This Christmas we would love to bless all those people who are destitute that come to Open Door North East. In previous years we've asked for a shoe box or a gift bag with small gifts for the 40-50 destitute asylum seekers they serve each week. These are people who have no right to work, no entitlement to benefits and more often than not, no entitlement to housing. They are severely marginalised in our society, often living an isolated life without knowing who to turn to for help.
However this year, as there are other charities in the area doing a similar thing, we don't want to duplicate what they're doing. So we're asking if you could consider buying one gift for someone, costing around £5 - £10. Could you buy something like a toiletries set or a nice box of chocolates or biscuits or something else? We are currently helping more men than women so men's gifts would be preferred.
Please bring your gift to one of our Sunday meetings or take it to Melbourne House, Newport Road, Middlesbrough before Wednesday 12th December. Speak to Liz Winstone or contact Open Door North East on 01642 213634 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
If you’d prefer to give a one-off financial donation, you can do this by giving a one-off donation to our 2020 challenge. please click here for more information about how to do this.
As we come to the end of our sermon series in the book of John, Gavin unpacks the final chapter looking at a miraculous catch of fish for the disciples. Having reverted back to their old life, as Jesus shows in this passage, that is often the place where he meets us. In this talk we look at teaching on mission, church and forgiveness...an action packed way to finish the book of John!
'Resurrection is the victory parade as Jesus the risen Champion comes out of his tomb fully alive to the amazement of earth and to the applause of heaven.' (Andrew Wilson). That's the Easter for you! The miraculous reappearances of Jesus after the cross witnessed by hundreds of people have been refuted for centuries. Yet the bottom line is that no one has been successful in explaining it all away as deception or lies. The reality is 'In its favour as living truth there exists such overwhelming evidence, positive and negative, factual and circumstantial, that no intelligent jury in the world could fail to bring in a verdict that the resurrection story is true.' (Lord Darling, former Lord Chief Justice of England)
Richard Dawkins echoes in the extreme humanities disregard for God:
‘In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, and other people are going to get lucky; and you won't find any rhyme or reason to it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference. DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music.’
Do we really believe this? Is life so meaningless?
In this section of John’s Gospel we hear what the real Jesus claimed about himself, about the world’s plight and why He came. It’s a story of compassion and love and hope. It’s a story of wrath absorbed, justice payed and suffering joy. As we approach Easter let’s meditate on the real Jesus - what he said about himself and how his story shapes and transforms ours like no other faith, worldview or belief does. This Jesus really is unique!
Jesus shares this popular parable as a way of demonstrating some of the different responses to his message. In this talk, Gavin looks at the theme of evangelism and what our motivation behind this should be, before looking into some different ways of sharing the Gospel in our everyday lives. As 2019 approaches the challenge to all of us is to think about how and why we should be sharing our faith with others.