Teaching Proverbs

This year at The 9:30 Service and 11:15 Morning worship we’re going to be teaching from the book of Proverbs. Here are some notes we’ve shared with our preaching and teaching team about how to approach the book. Continue reading



carol service 2015Happy Christmas and New Year everyone. Over the next two weeks we won’t be posting any new articles. We’ll be back in January, continuing to discover what it means to say that God is Good!

In the meantime, if you haven’t had chance to do so already, why don’t you check out our miniseries from last year on the meaning of carols. Here are some links:






From this year, we’ve also got an article based on the new carol “Jesus Joy of the Highest Heaven”

https://faithroots.net/2015/12/16/what-happens-to-strangers-the-answer/ and one based on It came upon a midnight clear


Oh and if you want to come along and sing some of these carols, why not join us this Sunday at 10:30am for Family Carols or 6pm for Carols By Candlelight. You are also welcome to join us for our Christmas Day celebration at 10:30am.

What happens to strangers? The Answer

My granddad grew up in Birmingham. He was the son of Italian immigrants. When he grew up he joined the army and travelled the world serving in India and China before eventually settling in Derby as a builder. Apparently on one occasion he returned to Birmingham to visit. He got off the train at New Street, came out of the station and found himself completely lost. He had to ask directions. The place had changed so much that he felt like a stranger in his own city. Continue reading

Freedom (Simeon’s Song)

Do you remember the film, “Braveheart”? There’s a scene in the film where the Scottish army are frightened by the English and suspicious of their own generals. They are about to desert.  William Wallace rallies them with a stirring speech. He finishes with those now famous lines “They may take way our lives but they will never take away our freedom.”  This message is all about freedom. What does it mean to be free? Continue reading

What happens to strangers?

In a week when the front runner to be Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump has proposed banning Muslims from entering the USA and at a time when there is increased suspicion of people from other backgrounds, many people will find themselves feeling like strangers in their own country. Continue reading

God is Love (God is Good 2)

“God is Love.” This is that wonderful statement from 1 John 4:8 which we started our thoughts on “Who is God?” with. We saw that we can say that God is Love not just that He loves.  The love is an eternal and essential attribute of God. There wasn’t a time when he started to love and there will never be a moment when He will stop loving. We know this because God is Trinity. As we saw earlier, the Father has eternally loved the Son and the Son has eternally loved the Father and so on with reference to the Holy Spirit. This is God’s self-love (John 3:36; 5:20; 10:17; 14:31). Continue reading

The Christmas Café Event

christmas treeJoin us this Sunday evening  at Bearwood Chapel for one of our first Carol Services of 2015. This year our Christmas Café event will give you the opportunity to enjoy some well-known carols over coffee and mince-pies. We’ll also be hearing some poetry, life stories and re-tracing the original Christmas story through the eye-witness accounts.  All of this in a relaxed café style environment.

The Carol service will be at 5pm and repeated at 7pm with food served in between from 6pm-7pm.

We’ve got lots of other fantastic events coming up over the Christmas period including: Continue reading