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ABIDING IN JESUS -

AS DISCIPLE-MAKING DISCIPLES


Because we have received and experienced God’s great love, and hear his word to us, we want to share the real life we have in Jesus Christ with others.


By teaching ourselves and others to obey all that Jesus has commanded us, and loving one another as he has loved us, we aim to build one another up into disciple-making disciples of Jesus Christ. To this end we are committed to encouraging and equipping one another for a life pleasing to our heavenly Father.


Our aim is to communicate the love of Christ in the common language and culture of our time so that we are understandable and relevant.


As well as promoting local activities held throughout the year at St Andrew’s Kinson, this page will include articles written to encourage us to grow and develop as disciple-making disciples.

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The essence of belonging

I think it's safe to say that there will be times where our sense of belonging is challenged as members of the church.


Here at St Andrew's Kinson, we hope and pray all members and visitors will find a place of welcome and belonging - we hope this article helps to inform but also challenge us as to what we as individuals bring to the table...


Click here to listen to podcast.


You may find the audio cuts off just at the end...


if so, here's the last paragraph...


We can only experience what it is like to really be a member of a body when we are active as contributing members of that body. We can only experience the ‘community’ of Christ when we put into practice the only thing that truly matters in our fellowship: faith in Jesus Christ that is active in love.

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Introducing God

If you want to know someone you have to meet them first!


Over a number of weeks we are encouraged to explore a personal relationship with God - recognising his commitment to us, and our response to trust and serve him.


Over 8 sessions each unit consists of a 30 minute video talk and an accompanying Bible study. 


The first course will commence Wednesday 4th May at 10:15am in Meeting room 1 at the St Andrew's Church Centre, Millhams Road, Bournemouth, BH10 7LN.


Contact the Parish Office on 01202 570010 if you would like to be included in the first course or if you would like your details kept for future courses. Or call Reverend Lee Shirvill on 07763 558 433.


You can find an introduction video to the course by clicking the link below:


Introducing God Intro Video

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Easter 2022 @ St Andrew's Kinson
Gatherings for Easter 2022 will be hosted on Good Friday 15th April @ 9:30am, Easter Sunrise Service @ 6.00am (Branksone Chine Beach, off Pinecliff Road) and Easter Sunday Family Celebration @ 10am.
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Caring for God's creation @ St Andrew's Kinson
This coming Saturday is the annually designated Earth Hour, organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and scheduled for 8:30–9:30pm on Saturday 26 March. 

People and organisations all across the world switch their lights off for one hour, making a public statement of concern about the ways our lifestyles and behaviour threaten the well-being of God’s earth.

Why not ask friends and neighbours round for candlelit drinks and nibbles, and talk together about how to have a positive environmental impact?
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St Andrew's Church Centre - Open for hire

Are you looking for that perfect location to host a birthday party, training session, community activity? We have rates and rooms for all occasions - for one-off bookings or regular events. Our facilities are well cared for, COVID secure and clean. We can provide ample car-parking, Wi-Fi, a fantastic commercial kitchen - in a peaceful and secure location. Why not give us a call on 01202 570010 or enquire by email on info@standrewskinson.org for more details.

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Join us as we celebrate Christmas 2021

Please note that we continue to operate all services as scheduled.

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What distinguishes you as a Christian?

The Holy Spirit in the past has not held a prominent role within the Church but these days people are claiming spectacular manifestations of His power. Focusing on signs and wonders believing that this distinguishes Christians from others.


Paul writes in Galatians 5:22-23 that the fruit of the Spirit, as in its manifestation in our lives is LOVE. From that love comes joy and peace and so forth. The hallmark for a believer is the fruit of love, we love because we are loved first.


As we become like Christ it was through His love for us that he willingly gave up his life. It was His through love that he happily gave up all the privileges of Heaven to become flesh and walk this earth to suffer and be humiliated. As Christ tells us it is by the way we show love to one another that we will be known as His disciples John 13:34-35.


Some people think the hallmark of a Christian is truth, sound doctrine, creeds and the Reformation confessions. To fight the good fight and stand firm in the teaching of the scripture. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13 that if he can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge but does not love he has nothing. Knowledge puffs up while love builds up therefore love trumps knowledge.


Others may say, holding true to faith alone that we are saved by justification alone, God's grace. Again Paul in 1 Corinthians says even if he has faith to move mountains, yet does not love, he is nothing.


Religious experience is key to our identity as Christians. That knowing Christ is enough as everything else is at a loss. The experience we can receive through Christ and the power of the Spirit reveals how spiritual we are and how Christlike we are. Yet, Paul argues "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal".


Service can also reveal that we are followers of Christ, service to the poor, those in need our neighbours as Jesus reveals through the parable of the Good Samaritan. Guess what, Paul declares "If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing".


Here is the thing, all the people are correct, holding true to scripture, living by faith alone, having some religious experiences and works by faith are all hallmarks of what makes a Christian. Yet the core fruit the main distinguishing telltale sign that we are Christians is Love. The love and grace of God and our Love for Him and how that transforms us change our priorities and hearts as we love others with that same intentional love that seeks to build others up and to transform the culture around us to glorify God alone.


So, brothers and sisters you may be the smartest, theologically minded person, you may be able to speak in tongues and seek other signs and wonders, you may be passionate about helping others out and you may have had some great experiences as Jesus has revealed things to you through scripture and the Spirit. But if your whole motivation is not loving and for the building up of God's kingdom and church then there is nothing that distinguishes you from other people.


It is by the way you love, this reveals to others that the Holy Spirit is manifesting in your life, it is love that shows others that God is in you. It is love that will show the world that you are Christ's disciples. What, if you are truly openly and honestly reflecting, are you revealing to those around you?


Rev' Darren Dalton

St Andrews Church

Kinson Bournemouth

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December 2021 @ St Andrew's Kinson

We have something for everyone as we begin the month of December - a festive concert by the Dorset Accordion Group, Carols by Candlelight, Family fun on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and a traditional Carols and Communion Gathering at 11pm on Christmas Eve to help us see in Christmas Day 2021. More details will be posted on our Facebook page and at standrewskinson.org

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Ramblings of aCurate!!

Image-Bearer


Genesis 1:26-28 reveals the origin of mankind, we are created male and female in God's image and likeness. We can be creative within the arts, create life, we can communicate and long for community because these are some of the characteristics of our triune God, and we show our creator through our lives.


Just as Christ came to make the invisible God visible by being the image of God, Colossians 1:15. We too are called to be imitators of God Ephesians 5:1. The Ephesians passage says that we are to live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.


To love as Christ loved, forgiving, welcoming, friendly, serving, healing, and compassionate. These are some of the things we think of when we think of Christ's love. This is true yet often churches only focus on these aspects, and congregations are left with half of the Gospel. A Gospel filled with grace with no challenges and the message that God loves you just as you are.


Christ's love goes further, through His love he reveals the dark truth about who we are. We are sinful people in need of a saviour, Luke 5:32. Jesus did not come to sit and eat with sinners, tax collectors and prostitutes to be all-inclusive and loving, He sat with sinners to call them into repentance. He challenged, judged people's hearts by their fruit, and disciplined and rebuked those who needed it.


Christ loves us though we don't deserve it, he came to give us new life in and through Him and that love we recognise that we need to be transformed. We are called out of the darkness and into His marvellous light as the Holy Spirit continues to work on our hearts.


Grace is that we are loved so much that Christ chose to give up His life for us, to take upon Himself our sinful natures and the wrath of God. Then, through His resurrection, we to take on His righteousness as Christ has defeated the consequences of sin and conquered death.


Truth is also His love as we come to understand our dependency upon Christ and our need to be transformed in all areas of our life that we too become imitators and image-bearers of God revealing both Truth and Grace.


As I reflect upon myself as an image-bearer of God, do I truly reveal the image of God or just the comfortable bits? Am I willing to be unpopular for speaking out in truth around certain aspects of the wider church life and the life within our church?


Also, am I consistent with my character or do I have two personalities a "church persona" and a "private persona". It seems easy to be one person in church but as soon as I am in the car and someone does not let me out of the roundabout, or the kids start arguing or if I have to listen to the same song for the twelfth time in a row, do I switch back to my old self?


I urge you to do the same, reflect upon your lives, the way you respond to someone annoying, someone you know who is living the wrong way or how you are, around different groups of friends and family. Is your life consistent with your new life in Christ?


Are you truly an image-bearer of God or the culture around you?


Rev'd Darren

St Andrews Church

Kinson, Bournemouth

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Ramblings of the Curate!!

Heart Matter


1 Samuel 15:22 is one of those verses that helped me as I began my walk with God.


But Samuel replied:

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams."


This is the difference between knowing the path and taking the path. Head knowledge, rather than faith being actively lived out in a way that not only transforms you but also builds up others around you for the sake of God's kingdom.


Jesus said this against the Pharisees in Mark 7:6:


He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me".


We all wear masks and only reveal the things to others that we want them to see. We often live one way that looks like we have it all together, or we have the head knowledge. We know what we are supposed to do and, with our lips, we say the things that sound good whilst in our hearts we live the old life. We leave church with not godly thoughts but ones that are negative.


We need to be transformed within our hearts, God does not care about what outward actions or words of praise are made because we know we ought to, but He sees what is happening in our hearts.


1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


We might be able to deceive others and ourselves but we cannot hide away from God. The things in our heart are what shapes us, it is what we desire and chase after. It is what we are committed to, it becomes what we give our time to and what we allow to prioritise our lives around.


God does not care about the doing, but would rather have you come to Him in obedience. So that your heart can be transformed as you discover not only who He is but who you are in Him. Then once that has been established, the way you live your life, the motivations behind your actions will be transformed from the things of this world to God's will.


The question I ask myself is who or what is in my heart? Do I find excuses not to spend time with God by saying I'm too busy or will do it later? On Sundays does my heart groan with the idea of getting out of bed and making the sacrificial action of going to church. Is being tired or grumpy the right reason for not coming to church?


If the answer is yes to those or I'd rather stay at home and watch t.v is a clear indication that my heart is not in the right place. I may know scripture, I may pray beautifully in Hebrew and Greek (I can't) but if my heart is not in it I'm not living it and I am in the danger of living as if I'm saved by works and not by faith.


As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but do not love, I am a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. Brothers if I feed one hungry person or a thousand and I did it out of duty or obedience to the law it is as if I did not do it at all. The motivation was not from a heart that was transformed by the Gospel and from a relationship with God but from my own achievements and what I think I ought to do.


I like to use the last verses in Psalm 139 as a way of meditation on God's will and repenting.


Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


I like to leave you with a reminder, there is a difference between knowing the path and walking it.


Rev'd Darren

St Andrew's Church

Kinson Bournemouth.

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