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Welcome to our Blog page. We’ll try to keep you up to date with all that’s happening at Encounter Church. If you click on a post you will then be able to add your comments. We’d love to hear from you…..

Sermon Updates

by admin

Unfortunately we’ve been having a problem with recording our Sunday Talks. We’re working hard to get this sorted. Our current series is based on 1 Thessalonians called ‘Survive or Thrive’ and if you would like a copy of these notes then please let us know and we’ll send them out to you. We are asking the […]

New Year… Same Me…

by admin

We recently had someone share with us a different way of looking back on the year….. The concept of New Year Resolutions can reinforce a feeling that we aren’t good enough. The toxic “New Year, New You” message which gets pedalled out by gyms and diet companies can make us feel as if we have […]

Note from the Pastor

by Fernley Hext

We all woke up last Sunday morning to a carpet of white, the first snowfall of winter.  Despite the usual chaos on the roads, trains, airports etc. there is something amazing about the reflected light – so much more intense than the grey sky would normally allow and everything seemed so clean and fresh.  The Vicar […]

What Makes a Successful Church? …..Generous to a Fault

by Sue Hext

Pastor Fern spoke to us at our Sunday Gathering on Sunday 19th November.  He continued our series on What Makes a Successful Church? Here are his notes. If you have any questions or comments then please email him at pastor@encounterchurch.org.uk We have looked at the need for: Enabling people to encounter Jesus Teaching and supporting people […]

Christmas is Coming….

by Sue Hext

Whether you like it or not Christmas is just a few weeks away! We do try not to focus on Christmas in November but we have lots of work to do to prepare for our Christmas Community Events. On Saturday 23rd December WAM Kids Cafe Group will be performing our Nativity Play – “Knock Knock… […]

What Makes a Successful Church….. How we deal with Intimidation.

by Sue Hext

As we were unable to record this sermon here are the notes from Pastor Fern’s talk at our Sunday Gathering on Sunday 15th October. THE ENEMY WITHIN – DEALING WITH INTIMIDATION Continuing our series on what makes a successful Church We have looked at the need for: Enabling people to encounter Jesus Teaching and supporting […]

What Makes a Successful Church……The Serving Church

by Sue Hext

Unfortunately we have not been able to record our sermons recently but here are the notes from Pastor Fern’s first talk under the heading “What makes a Successful Church?” from Sunday 8th October. THE SERVING CHURCH In looking at what characterises a successful Church we looked at the two key elements that flow from Jesus’ […]

Your value in Christ – Judy Eyres

by Ron Wienand

Sunday 10th September was our church anniversary weekend. We had a guest speaker Judy Eyres. Judy gives her story and shares how important you are to God and how much he loves you. She also encouraged us to go and share that same love with other precious people. Listen here to Part One and Part Two.

How to measure the success of a church

by Sue Hext

On Sunday 10th September  our Pastor Fern spoke about how to measure the success of a church. It was our 4th birthday weekend as Encounter. If you would like to listen to this talk then please click here 

Mental Health Awareness Week

by Sue Hext

THE CHURCH AND MENTAL HEALTH This week (8th – 14th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health is very much in focus at the moment and even Princes William and Harry have joined the media campaigns to raise awareness. This week I listened to a sermon by Kay Warren entitled The Church and Mental Health. […]