We’re now entering the last few weeks we will have as a church meeting at the HG Wells Conference Centre. From January, after almost 12 years of waiting, we should be back at our own site, meeting in our brand new building. I’ve visited the building twice this week and it’s really starting to come together now. I’m getting excited!
Over the last few weeks at HG Wells, in the run up to Christmas, we’ll be enjoying a short preaching series called ‘Walk Humbly’. I’ll kick the series off this Sunday and explain what it’s about then.
As we go through the series I want to recommend a book, and encourage as many of us as possible to get hold of it and read it; it will do you good!
The book is called ‘Humble Roots’ and is by Hannah Anderson, who many of us heard speak at Westpoint this year.
We won’t be ‘preaching through the book’, but it has inspired some of my content and it speaks to the subject we want to address in far more detail than we will get to in a few short Sunday talks.
I would actually recommend this book to every Christian everywhere, and it could also make a great Christmas present (though do bear in mind it is written for Christians and is not an ‘evangelistic’ type of book).
Obviously you can buy a copy on line, or download it to your electronic reading device or get it in audio format to listen to during your commute … but if you do want to buy a hard copy then why not consider supporting our local, very excellent, Christian book shop – Origin Books – based at Christ Church in Jubilee Square.
And if you tell them you’re from Welcome Church they will give you a 20% discount on this book too …
Over the last few weeks at Welcome Church we’ve launched a brand new initiative called Welcome Stories.
Welcome Stories are short videos from people in our church whose lives have been impacted for good by Jesus. You can check some of them out on our Welcome Stories website, or you can find them on our Welcome Church Facebook page, our Instagram account or our YouTube channel. There are lots more coming in the weeks ahead.
As we launch these stories week by week we want to encourage people to share them to their friends via social media. Liking them is kind of you, but sharing them is actually useful for the gospel!
Please don’t use religious language when you share them, but do perhaps use the hashtag #WelcomeStories.
You can share them on Facebook and Instagram easily by sharing the posts we’ve already made on our Welcome Church pages. You can also share them from You Tube or from the Welcome Stories website onto Twitter and other media.
Why do it?
These videos are about helping people connect to Jesus … and that is already happening. We are already seeing fruit from these stories.
So far over 28,000 people have viewed one of our Welcome Stories. Just imagine the impact we could have in Woking if everyone in our church shared these?
And of course, this is all part of the run up to the launch of our new building on January 19th. It’s part of the invitation process. We will even kick off our new year with a preaching series called “Welcome Stories”.
So let’s get sharing, let’s get praying, and let’s expect God to do big things!
I’ve put a link to one of the stories here – Enjoy!
The video should be visible above, if it’s not then please click here to view it.