Friday, 8 July 2016

Luca Anderson

I'm guessing that by now many in RFC will have heard the tragic news that Luca Anderson died on Sunday night (3rd July). His death was unexpected and as yet unexplained. His second birthday is only a month away. 

Clearly for James & Jenny, their daughter Zara and their wider family and friends, this is devastating news. It is also heart breaking for us as their church family, it wasn't that long ago we had his thanksgiving. 

Like many, Liz and I have cried a lot this week, as well as hugged our own kids a little tighter. We shall be around this Sunday and I will be speaking at all three meetings. 

Please keep praying for family Anderson. Let's be those who 'mourn with those who mourn' (Rom12v15) but with a robust hope in Christ and the resurrection to come (1Thess 4v14).

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Sabbatical: Another day in the cabin

I've got to be honest ... am loving this space to think, write and pray. 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

My sabbatical

Purpose: To be refreshed, to listen to God and to return with a ferocious appetite for Jesus! Essentially the trustees and my fellow elders recognize I need a break and are giving me permission to not feel responsible for our beloved church.

12 weeks: Starting Monday 20th June and finishing on Sunday 11th September. I have drawn up a 12 week plan to ensure I make best use of this gift. I have scheduled times of quiet reflection, attending a conference, writing & editing a study guide and family holidays.  

Family Green: Whilst technically it is only me on sabbatical, this will impact Liz and the children. Liz and I wont be around on any Sundays, the children may be, unless they’re with us visiting another church.

Be normal: If you see me in Asda, or around town, just say hello, tell me I look well, you miss me and ask how my sabbatical is going. But please don’t joke about ‘how’s my 12wk holiday is going’. I really won’t find that funny but may try to chuckle so you don’t feel foolish. 

Also, please don’t tell me what isn’t going well in church, or the challenges the team are facing. I am only one person in a highly competent elders, deacons and staff team. They can figure out whatever challenged or problems RFC face. To be honest I am expecting the church to continue to power on without me, it's Jesus who is building His church.  So please, just tell me the good news!

Study Guide: over the 12 weeks I shall producing, helped by a small team, a study guide to support our sermon series on 1Corinthians. I have written it but now it needs to be edited and formatted ready for publication in the Autumn term.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Cotswolds 113 Triathlon

On Sunday I joined 800 other crazy people to swim 1.9km, ride 90km and run 21km in the Cotswolds.

I did this race a few years ago and really enjoyed it ... mainly because I seemed to be better prepared then!

I raced with my good friend Craig who stopped on each run lap to kiss his wife! Liz and Zoe cheered me on but it didn't occur to me to stop for them. You can make of that what you will.

I finished in a time of 5hrs 5 mins which I was delighted with. The biggest challenge has been dealing with sore calf muscles making descending stairs a blend of comedy and agony.  

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

An encouraging email ...

I just thought I'd let you know to encourage you that this morning I've transferred 2 gifts from different RFC members within the church to 2 other RFC families as anonymous gifts to bless them. This happens fairly frequently so just thought you may like to know. 

Karen Fisher
Finance and Administration

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Cityhill Church, Jo'burg

Liz and I returned this morning from a 5 day trip to CityHill Church, Jo'burg, which is led by Sibs Sabanda. 
Whilst there we stayed with Sitho & Miranda, he who was an elder with us here at RFC, and is now an elder at CityHill. 
Liz & I spoke at their Men's & Women's breakfasts, visited their foster home project and joined them on their food bank run. I preached at their Sunday meeting, which was followed by a BBQ for their wider leadership (where we were interviewed on balancing marriage & ministry). We also visited PJ Smythe's church 'Godfirst' which was really interesting.
To be honest it was a bit of a whirl but we did spend a LOT of time listening & learning from them. They are exploring a discipleship strategy and I've asked Sibs to speak on this when he is with us in November. 
We also found a few hours to drive out in the bush and play in Sitho's Discovery: top-tastic fun!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

Last weekend, 20 of us from my Tri club travelled up to the Dales for our 4 day  Spring cycling camp. We stayed in a youth hostel in Kettlewell and I shared a room with 4 others -  fun but not a recipe for a good nights sleep!
It was my first visit to the Dales and the landscape is truly beautiful: vast empty spaces, lots of sheep & lambs, postcard villages and lanes lined with daffodils.
We arrived Friday lunch time and the first ride set the pace: long climbs with fast descents, stunning scenery, blustery wind and changeable weather. 60 miles in the Dales is not the same as 60 miles in Berkshire. It's proper cycling there!
When out on a bike for the day, stopping for lunch is a welcome break. Nowhere was busy so we had the pick of the tea shops, I reckon the cafes must be heaving with people in the summer.

I was also presented with some Boomf marshmallows, apparently sent to me by Krispy Kreme because I am a loyal customer ... an ongoing TVT in-joke ... they occasionally refer to me as 'Krispy Green'.
There is already talk of next years trip, and I for one will be signing up ...