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It is our SECOND birthday today!

We welcome The Keane’s, Sally, Sean and girls to lead us in worship today along with Charlie, Julie, Neil and Sarah in the band and Ruth to lead the children’s worship.

There will be cake and sausages and toast and fresh coffee as usual as well as oodles of freshly brewed tea!

It was lovely to have a surprise visit from Richard Sandland last week and a special first star appearance from Baby Roud along with Mum and Dad, Philip and Sylvie!

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s scripture is bound to raise some great questions about how we could be following Jesus, but of course, you’ll have to be here to know what they are!   We are choosing the songs on Wednesday, so I’ll update this post then, when we know what we’re doing.

Matthew 20:1-16 The Message

A Story About Workers

20 1-2 “God’s kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. They agreed on a wage of a dollar a day, and went to work.

3-5 “Later, about nine o’clock, the manager saw some other men hanging around the town square unemployed. He told them to go to work in his vineyard and he would pay them a fair wage. They went.

5-6 “He did the same thing at noon, and again at three o’clock. At five o’clock he went back and found still others standing around. He said, ‘Why are you standing around all day doing nothing?’

“They said, ‘Because no one hired us.’

“He told them to go to work in his vineyard.

“When the day’s work was over, the owner of the vineyard instructed his foreman, ‘Call the workers in and pay them their wages. Start with the last hired and go on to the first.’

9-12 “Those hired at five o’clock came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, ‘These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.’

13-15 “He replied to the one speaking for the rest, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn’t we? So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came last the same as you. Can’t I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous?’

16 “Here it is again, the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.”

We are looking forward to welcoming John, Peter and Julie to Fairfield Church, Evesham on Sunday morning as our Chief Breakfast Cooks and Worship Leaders!  Julie sources some remarkable sausages so I’m a bit excited about that.

Last week, Ruth Axten provided more wonderful children’s worship, including, no less a table tennis table!

The worship band will be a quiet affair this week with possible just Sarah on guitar and vocals, but we’re also sort of hoping that Julie may pop in to provide much loved percussion… Julie?

There will too of course be questions and prayers – we are a church after all!

Almost back in full flow now after the August holiday… Playlist below

Also the calendar is being updated so check it out for our latest activities…

 

 

Incidentally, it is back to church on Sunday, anyone you know who hasn’t been for a while who would love our community?

 

The reading is:

Matthew 18:21-35 The Message
A Story About Forgiveness

21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”

22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.

23-25 “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.

26-27 “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.

28 “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’

29-31 “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.

32-35 “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.”

 

See you on Sunday!

Fairfield Lite August 2017

It was arranged throughout August to continue with our services in a way that was not too overbearing for the teams to conduct.  Using resources that Ruth bought for us, I complied everything each team would need for each week – apart from the breakfast, which we decided would be continental style.

So many thanks to Fred, Noelle, John, Pete, Julie, Ruth, Sally, Sean and Liz for pitching in throughout August.

Services throughout August were well attended and it has been decided to do the same next year.

Fairfield Church, Evesham

Wheat and WeedsWe are looking forward to welcoming Diana and Colin to Fairfield Church, Evesham on Sunday morning as our Chief Breakfast Cooks! They always do a fab job and provide many yummy things for us to eat.

Last week, Sean Keane led the children’s worship table from a last moment request and did such a great job that I’m kind of hoping he may be up to help out again this week, as Ruth and Andy are still away.   Sean?

We are also really looking forward to welcoming Charlie to play keyboard for us this week, which always provides such great entertainment too!  We love having Charlie with us!  We may also be joined by the awesome Neil and Julie and of course there is me too.

I will be providing our questions and prayer spot this week, whilst spinning plates (actually, that’s not as strange as it sounds because we really do spin plates at Fairfield Church!)

 

 

The Scripture is below the worship songs video posted here on our Church, YouTube channel.


 

The Reading this week at Fairfield Church, Evesham.

Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43  The Message 

24-26 He told another story. “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.

27 “The farmhands came to the farmer and said, ‘Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn’t it? Where did these thistles come from?’

28 “He answered, ‘Some enemy did this.’

“The farmhands asked, ‘Should we weed out the thistles?’

29-30 “He said, ‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I’ll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.’”

36 Jesus dismissed the congregation and went into the house. His disciples came in and said, “Explain to us that story of the thistles in the field.”

37-39 So he explained. “The farmer who sows the pure seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the pure seeds are subjects of the kingdom, the thistles are subjects of the Devil, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of history. The harvest hands are angels.

40-43 “The picture of thistles pulled up and burned is a scene from the final act. The Son of Man will send his angels, weed out the thistles from his kingdom, pitch them in the trash, and be done with them. They are going to complain to high heaven, but nobody is going to listen. At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father.

“Are you listening to this? Really listening?

 

So, here are our questions for this week:

 

  1. What does patience teach us?
  2. Why, in this story, is God patient?
  3. How can we be patient in the week/s ahead?

 

Our prayer this week will focus on those who provide our food:

‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’  One of the senses we rarely use in worship is taste.  When you eat, be mindful of the people responsible for getting the food to our tables: the growers, producers, financiers, transporters, marketeers and advertisers, shop assistants… and others.

There will be various things to taste as we pray, like strawberries…

Fairfield Church, Evesham

This week Fairfield Church, Evesham is being run by John Darby, Peter and Julie Rowell.  This means scrumptious breakfast and some great questions to follow – actually, I’ve already seen the questions and they look as though they will promote some really good discussion, but how could they fail to with the scripture as it is this week!

Breakfast is served

There are four songs.  You will have probably noticed that we use a wide selection of songs.  They spread across the centuries from the 18th to the 21st.  We are a very relaxed church, with informal worship.  The songs are chosen for their appropriateness aside the set gospel of the day (according to the Church of England) so we are always in line with thousands of other Christians across the whole world and that is a very comforting thought.

I think you have to be with us to really appreciate what Fairfield Church, Evesham is like or you could read our 5 Marks of Mission page for someone else’s opinion?

If you would like to subscribe to our YouTube channel you could click HERE in any case, our worship selection videos are pasted here each week to help you learn new songs and to know what’s coming up on Sunday.

I’m a bit late this week!  (Yes, it’s been one of those weeks!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 13:1-9 and 18-23 (MSG)

A Harvest Story

13 1-3 At about that same time Jesus left the house and sat on the beach. In no time at all a crowd gathered along the shoreline, forcing him to get into a boat. Using the boat as a pulpit, he addressed his congregation, telling stories.

3-8 “What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.

“Are you listening to this? Really listening?”

 

18-19 “Study this story of the farmer planting seed. When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road.

20-21 “The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.

22 “The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.

23 “The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”

 

 

If you’ve got this far in our latest blog post your reward will be seeing the questions in advance!

Why Tell Stories?

10 The disciples came up and asked, “Why do you tell stories?”

11-15 He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them.

Questions:

  1. In the world today how would describe :- the path; the rocks; gravel; the thistles / weeds; the good ground?
  2. Are we as individual represented by the whole field or are we single parts of the field – rocky ground, hard ground etc?

Overwhelming Roots

Fairfield Church, Evesham is a fresh expression of church and is one of a kind amongst churches in Evesham.

This week at Fairfield Church, Evesham…

It is the fabulous Team D providing scrumptious breakfast at Fairfield Church, Evesham today.  Diana and Colin Sturgeon will be providing the usual range of tasty items including fruit and sausages (…veggie options too).  Mandy Palmer is our Questioner and Prayer leader.

We will also be joined by the amazing Children’s Team, Andy Palmer and Ruth Axten and Worship Group, Charlie Binney (Keys), Julie Maull (Percussion), Neil Hewitt (Sax) and Sarah Hewitt (Guitar and Vocals)

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

 

 

Worship Songs

 

Matthew 10:24-39 The Message

24-25 “A student doesn’t get a better desk than her teacher. A labourer doesn’t make more money than his boss. Be content—pleased, even—when you, my students, my harvest hands, get the same treatment I get. If they call me, the Master, ‘Dungface,’ what can the workers expect?

26-27 “Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now.

28 “Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.

Forget About Yourself

29-31 “What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.

32-33 “Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you?

34-37 “Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.

38-39 “If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.

Questions

What kind of things can be overwhelming?

How does God sustain people who are suffering?

How has God reached out to you?

 

Prayers

Working in pairs, take two minutes each to describe someone you value highly, telling as many details as you can about their character, their looks, their actions.  Then invite everyone to keep a time of silence to reflect on how God knows the people who have been described – and everyone else, including you – in complete detail, and we are all precious to him.

 

 

Next week at Fairfield Church, Evesham… Team B, Liz, Sally, Neil and Sarah and our monthly Communion with Rev. Julian Bomyer

Big Yellow!

This week at Fairfield Church in Evesham.

This week we welcome Team C, Fred and Noelle Beaumont.  Fred and Noelle are providing breakfast, worship and questions for us this Sunday as Sarah Hewitt is with those being confirmed at a neighbouring Church.

Late last night we put our order in for a big tea cosy for our Jamie Oliver Big Yellow Teapot, so that is something very exciting to look forward to. There will of course be breakfast waiting for you all on arrival.

 

 

 

 

This weeks songs

Here are this weeks worship songs, chosen by Fred and Noelle.  Some of my favourites in there and a new one, so do be sure to listen to the songs so that you can sing your heart out to God in worship.

 

This weeks reading..

This weeks reading is the set reading and we’ve lifted it from Biblegateway.  To see it on the page, click the link below.

Matthew 9:35-10:23 (MSG)

35-38 Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”

The Twelve Harvest Hands

10 1-4 The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives. This is the list of the twelve he sent:

Simon (they called him Peter, or “Rock”),
Andrew, his brother,
James, Zebedee’s son,
John, his brother,
Philip,
Bartholomew,
Thomas,
Matthew, the tax man,
James, son of Alphaeus,
Thaddaeus,
Simon, the Canaanite,
Judas Iscariot (who later turned on him).

5-8 Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:

“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.

9-10 “Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.

11 “When you enter a town or village, don’t insist on staying in a luxury inn. Get a modest place with some modest people, and be content there until you leave.

12-15 “When you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting. If they welcome you, be gentle in your conversation. If they don’t welcome you, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way. You can be sure that on Judgment Day they’ll be mighty sorry—but it’s no concern of yours now.

16 “Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you. You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove.

17-20 “Don’t be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don’t be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they’ve done you—and me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.

21-23 “When people realize it is the living God you are presenting and not some idol that makes them feel good, they are going to turn on you, even people in your own family. There is a great irony here: proclaiming so much love, experiencing so much hate! But don’t quit. Don’t cave in. It is all well worth it in the end. It is not success you are after in such times but survival. Be survivors! Before you’ve run out of options, the Son of Man will have arrived.

This week, we welcome Team A, that is, John Darby, Pete and Julie Rowell to lead the service for us. There will be breakfast as usual consisting of sausages, fruit and toast and of course lashings of hot tea from the big yellow teapot or freshly brewed coffee (which you will be pleased to hear are in their own coffee cafetieres!)  Come to Fairfield Church, Evesham to see for yourself, you will receive a great welcome.

Here are the worship songs we’ll be singing this week – and we have the fabulous Charlie Binney playing keyboard with the resident band.

Also, thanks to Richard Sandland for transposing this weeks music for Mr Neil ‘the sax’ Hewitt.

The reading this week is Matthew 28:16-20.  It is a very famous passage about what is known as Jesus’ Great Commission to us.

The songs I’ve chosen I feel reflect that passage.  In ‘Be Thou My Vision’ we are asking God to help us focus on him and his mission.  If we are to go and make disciples of all nations, a good place to start would be our church in Evesham, Fairfield Church.  Who around us in our community could we talk to this week about Jesus.

The second song is of a similar ilk, in that it asks God to ‘Open the Eyes of our Heart’.  We are asking God to show us the world through his eyes, and I think this is really important if we are to look for opportunities to speak to people about Jesus.

Thirdly, ‘Men of Faith’ and before you get all bent our of shape about that…. there is also ‘Women of Truth’ involved in the song.  This song asks God to help us even when our hearts are broken to sing to the broken hearted of God’s love.

Our last song of the day, ‘May the Words of my Mouth’ – well you can listen to it and work out for yourself, what we may be singing about in terms of bringing others to discipleship.

Matthew 28:16-20 New Living Translation

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

We look forward to seeing you at Fairfield Church, Evesham, 10 am on Sundays.

Our press release goes live!

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/regional/13647464.New_group_for_Mission_Church_in_Evesham/

SIXTY years since the doors opened on a new Mission Church on the Fairfield estate in Evesham, a new community is gathering called “Fairfield Church”. A group of people mostly from the Asum Group – six Evesham-based Anglican churches – have formed a team to provide a worship service that starts with breakfast, has craft and art activities for children, contemporary band-led music and interactive presentations.

“It’s a 21st century service for 21st century people. Food, friendship and contemporary music, a place where the whole family can worship together,”said Sarah Hewitt, missioner for the group

The first weekly service starts on September 27 at 10 am and Sarah is looking for more people (young and old alike) to come forward and help out at services in a variety of roles including musicians, welcomers and worship team on a regular or adhoc basis.

If that is you email Sarah Hewitt on Missioner@AsumGroup.org ENDS Website: http://FairfieldChurch.co.uk Facebook www.facebook.com/FamilyFairfield Twitter: www.twitter.com/FamilyFairfield Sarah Hewitt 07456 549969

Fairfield Church

60 Year Anniversary Marked With New Church Launch

60 Years since the doors opened on a new Mission Church on the Fairfield estate in Evesham, a new community is being planted called “Fairfield Church”.

A group of people mostly from the Asum Group, (6 Evesham based Anglican churches), have formed a team to provide a worship service that starts with Breakfast, has craft and art activities for children, contemporary band-led music and interactive presentations.

“It’s a 21st Century service for 21st Century people” said Sarah Hewitt, Missioner for the Group “food, friendship and contemporary music, a place where the whole family can worship together”

The first weekly service starts September 27th at 10 am and Sarah is looking for more people (young and old alike) to come forward and help out at services in a variety of roles including Musicians, Welcomers and Worship Team on a regular or adhoc basis.  If that is you, please drop in to the hall on Saturday September 5th 10 – 11 am for an informal chat or email Sarah Hewitt on Missioner@AsumGroup.org

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