Arriving – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 40 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Arriving – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 40 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

I’ve just finished walking to the top of a hill, this involved a number of stages.

The first stage was to get to the right place at the bottom of the hill.

There were also a couple of intermediate tops before I reached the ultimate peak.

I then needed to get back to the start of the walk to pick up the car.

Climbing this hill was, for me, part of a greater goal which involves climbing lots of hills.

We are just finishing off our 40 day journey, and that’s an achievement we should celebrate. For some of you it’s been your first “hill” and to you I’d like to say a special “well done”. For other’s this has been another “hill” as part of your greater journey., even so “well done”

We’d love to hear your stories of what God has done as you’ve travelled this journey. This may have included amazing answers to your prayers. You may not have received an answer to all of your prayers, we’d like to encourage you to keep perceiving in your prayers. Perhaps you’d like to pray with someone about these prayers, the prayer team is always willing to pray with you on a Sunday.

As we conclude this part of our journey it’s worth reminding ourselves that prayer is not about results, it’s about relationship, Jesus is always walking with us as we climb our “hills”.

Compelled to come! – reflections from Andrew Gardner | Day 38 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Compelled to come! – reflections from Andrew Gardner | Day 38 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

When I get a wedding invitation I am happy. It’s always great to celebrate a brand new marriage and to enjoy a feast. I especially like the weddings where they have a big meal and then in the evening, serve bacon butties, my favourite. I want to go. No one has to compel me.

There’s a story of a deep, perilous battle siege in the Bible. People are suffering and dying from starvation. Four lepers decide to flee and risk going over to the enemy in an attempt to survive. When they get to the enemy camp it is deserted. Everything has been left. They sat, ate and drank their fill and took some of the spoils of war. Then they had a chat. “This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. Let’s go at once and report this to the king.”

They could not keep quiet about the victory, about the feast. They had to tell their friends and share the good news.

We have been invited to enjoy the presence of Jesus, the King of kings, the King of love. And He calls us to compel others to come to the feast. Who can we tell?


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.

Co-operating – reflections from Sue Chastney | Day 36 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Co-operating – reflections from Sue Chastney | Day 36 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

So often I hear people in church saying: “I’m not good enough”, “They don’t need me”, “I could only do”, “ I can’t do it as well as they can”, “ I don’t have much time to offer”. These are all things people say about serving God in and through His church.

God has given us ALL different gifts and abilities to use for His glory. Some we will see ‘upfront’ but many more contribute quietly in the background. Modern Cruise-liners have around 2000 staff, most people think it’s the Captain who makes everything happen BUT he knows and will tell you that without the 1999 other staff (engineers, chefs, laundry, maintenance, medics, entertainers, etc.) his ship would never run and the customers wouldn’t be happy. Churches are like that! We all need to find our place to serve – we are all valuable and need to find our place to make the church effective.


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.

Daring – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 35 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Daring – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 35 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Do you feel daring today?

Is there a something that you would love to do, but aren’t sure whether you have the audacity to do it?

Do you worry that if you step-out you may get embarrassed?

The Bible is full of people who dared. Some of their daring acts were huge, others appear a bit more mundane, but each act resulted in them being remembered in the Bible. Imagine how brilliant it would be to be in heaven and to know that your name appears in the Bible?

We each get to choose, today, whether we are going to step-out or step-back. In our worship let’s try to be a people who step-out.


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.

Forgiveness – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 33 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Forgiveness – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 33 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Forgiveness is a massive subject and takes us a lifetime, and more, to learn.

Last weekend Andrew Gardner spoke about the part in the Lord’s Prayer which says: Forgive us our sins

Ever since that day I’ve had a picture in my mind of a pair of hands clasped together trying to contain a snake. It’s not a very big snake, but it’s the small snakes that are the most poisonous and have the worst bites. The small ones are the most deadly.

The hands are holding on to the snake in the hope that one day they will be able to throw the snake back at the person who gave it to them.

While it’s vital for us to receive God’s forgiveness, the Lord’s Prayer goes on:

and forgive us our sins,
    as we have forgiven those who sin against us.

Matthew 6:12

Forgiving others isn’t just a duty, it’s vital for our health. Holding on to bitterness is like holding on to the snake, we think that we will be able to use that bitterness to get back at the one who hurt us, but the reality is, all we are doing is hurting ourselves.


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.

Identify Yourself – reflections from Andrew Gardner | Day 32 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Identify Yourself – reflections from Andrew Gardner | Day 32 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

“Halt, who goes there?”

It’s an old army saying. Anyone on guard duty had to ask the person approaching to identify themselves. So how do you, how would you identify yourself if asked?

Many people are choosing to identify or re-identify themselves according to who they believe they are. A man can identify as a woman. Someone else may choose to identify as neither male nor female, just as a person. People want to break away from stereotypes, values and labels and request we value and accept them for who they believe they are or who they have chosen to be.

Amazingly, when we become Christians, we begin to identify ourselves differently. So often how we see ourselves is damaged by bad experiences, labels, negative values and hurtful stereotypes. Jesus longs for us to see ourselves as simply loved by him, loved by God. He values us, loves us so much he died for us.  We can hold our heads up with the dignity and grace of being a child of the living God. This is not a label, it is our liberating identity.

If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Halt, who goes there?”


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.