We were delighted tonight to host a session of the public inquiry into the Millfield Village Green inquiry. It was lovely to meet the people involved in the inquiry and also lots of Deepings residents who came along to hear the proceedings. It would be lovely to see you again sometime soon.
You, and your family, are invited to join us for a very special Christmas service on Sunday 16th December, 10:30am
Back in September, our church celebrated the biblical festival of Tabernacles. We held a drumming workshop, a cinema night and on the Sunday morning we built a ‘tabernacle’ in church. Loosely following the relevant scriptures, we built a flimsy frame and covered it with cloths and fresh branches before decorating it with fruit and ornaments. It has stood at the front of the upstairs hall ever since. The Zumba fitness classes have seen it every week, as have the Dream Dance children and everyone who attends our weekly worship services.
Originally, we learnt that it was a place to share God’s love and joy with our family, friends as well as the strangers among us. As each Sunday has passed, the tabernacle has become slightly more forgotten, forlorn and dishevelled.
At our morning service at 10.30am on Sunday 16th December, we are going to ‘rediscover’ the tabernacle. We are going to invite our entire congregation to enter the tiny tabernacle and discover the meaning of the famous words in the gospel of John:
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14
Please come and join us as we open up our tabernacle and tell the Christmas story in an immersive service that you will never forget!
On Thursday evenings, we meet at church to study the bible. We’ve recently completed studies of the early church and of the book of Ephesians.
Tonight, we began a look at the life of King David and the people involved starting with David’s turbulent relationship with Saul. We welcome any visitors that might wish to dip in for a week or more.
Next week (Thurs 11th Oct) we will be looking at David’s men.
The following week will be an interlude as we have a Church Members’ meeting.
On Thursday 25th October we will be looking at the women in David’s life.
Finally, on 1st November, we will consider David’s family.
The atmosphere is friendly, the furniture is comfortable but beware of the parental advisory content with strong likelihood that we will be discussing mental health, adultery, murder and war – Now that doesn’t sound too comfortable!
We’re celebrating two more baptisms this morning with our new portable baptistry. The service starts at 10.30 and will be followed by lunch of chilli, curry and jacket potatoes!
“On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees – from palms, willows and other leafy trees – and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.” Leviticus 23:40
This week at Open Door we are exploring the original harvest festival, the Feast of Tabernacles, and what it means to us as Christians in South Lincolnshire.
During our all-age service on Sunday morning, our pastor, Revd William Booker, blew a traditional horn (shofar, so good?). We then set about ‘building a tabernacle’ at the front of the church. The tallest of our congregation decorated the roof with leafy branches while the smallest made decorations to adorn the construction. The activity was punctuated by joyful songs and explanations of the feast of tabernacles and what it might mean in our contemporary culture.
Part of the original instructions for the festival relate to ‘being joyful’ and so we are doing a few things to try and make people joyful in the Deepings. We’ve already had a community film night but next Saturday we are planning a ‘drumming circle’. This fun event on Saturday evening (29th September) is free and open to everyone regardless of whether they normally come to church.
The following day we are planning a baptism service for two of our members with a ‘feast’ to follow. Everyone is welcome to come and join the celebration!
We will be celebrating the ancient biblical feast of Tabernacles on Sunday 23rd September, 2018.
You are invited to join our celebration.
During our family friendly service, we will build a ‘tabernacle’. If you like, you can bring flowers, fruit and/or vegetables to help decorate the tabernacle.
The Open Door centre regularly hosts the Deepings Neighbourhood Policing Forum. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 25th Sept at 7.00pm. Everyone with an interest in policing in the Deepings is welcome to attend.
The meeting will be attended by Mark Jones, Community Resilience Lead at South Kesteven District Council, who will give a short presentation about the Council’s approach to Anti-Social Behaviour and crime including the role of the CCTV cameras which are deployed in the Deepings (as well as the other towns of Bourne, Grantham and Stamford).
Open Door Church is not directly involved in the organisation of the forum but we are pleased to help facilitate activities which people in the wider Deepings community.
On Sunday 19th August, two of our young people were baptised in the River Welland, Deeping St James.
The event was preceded by a short service at the Open Door Centre where Revd William Booker preached about baptism using a passage from Ezekiel 47. This was followed by testimonies from the two sisters who had decided together to be baptised.
After the service the congregation walked down to the riverside where we were joined by friends from Deepings Methodist Church. There we sang ‘Amazing Grace’ as the young disciples entered the river to be baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit by William Booker and David Edden.
This uplifting event was followed by a friendly shared lunch back at the church building.
Please feel free to join our friendly congregation on Sunday, 15th July, we are having an All-age service of worship at 10.30am at Open Door Church.
The theme will be the Lord’s Prayer and the bible passage will be Luke 11 v1-13.
We hope to teach our congregation and any visitors how to say the Lord’s Prayer in Sign Language. This is a great way to explore the prayer because signing helps us to think more deeply about what we are asking from God.
Here’s a YouTube video so you can start practising: