Forward thinking

by John Betts

Fitting something else into the diary is always a challenge. Changing priorities requires that we believe that the change is in the Lord’s will and purpose and depends upon our willingness to accommodate something new into our busy programmes. Read more...

Outworking of our strategy 

by John Betts

How do we go about being the one body of Christ in greater Norwich?

We begin by no longer being content to maintain the status quo but desperate to see the Kingdom of God advance. To understand the times and know what the church of our Lord Jesus Christ should be doing in these days. To be willing to change and adapt as necessary for the sake of the Kingdom. A new era needs new wineskins. Read more...

The Church of the place

by John Betts

According to the New Testament there is only one church in each place whether it is Corinth, Rome, Ephesus etc. The apostle Paul writes “To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints”, “To the church of God in Corinth”, “To the saints in Ephesus” It is not that there were no expressions  of the body other than the whole church but that they were all part of the one body, the body of Christ. Read more...

Called to the City

by John Betts

In 1969 God unmistakably called us as a family to move to Norwich. I came to pastor a Baptist church.  However four years later when that ministry came to an end we knew that we could not leave the city as God had called us to put down our roots and serve Him here. Read more...

Daily Prayer

As a small boy I was first taught to pray by my mother. At a time when I suffered regular nightmares I learned from her to pray the prayer book prayer “Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all the perils of the night; for the love of thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.” I was always able to get a peaceful night’s sleep after that. Read more...