Welcome to Elmwood Church!

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We are an independent, evangelical church, with a vision to be a loving and learning Jesus-centred family, united in our desire to serve God, in reaching our community.

Elmwood is a very welcoming church, where the services are quite informal, with a great mix of applied bible teaching, lively singing and heartfelt prayer as we worship Jesus each week.

This site reflects many of the ways you can connect with Elmwood and explore faith in the Lord Jesus - but the web can never do justice to the reality - so do come and see for yourself this Sunday at 10.30am or 6.30pm.

Elmwood Leadership team.

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Worship Dance

During two Sunday services late last year I very much enjoyed the two expressive, worship dances performed by Carina’s Worship Dance Group. Thanks also to Carina for her solo expressive dance to “Mary did you know?” I wonder if you, like me, felt they helped you focus on worship? Gentlemen, Ladies and young people, would […]

A Free Gift

Those who know me know that I love the idea of a bargain or a special offer and, at this time of year, they are everywhere. Even more appealing is the idea of a free gift. Except that free gifts usually have a catch – you have to ‘earn’ them by doing something or committing […]

Whole Church Alpha!

Starts Sunday 28th January then continues in small groups By now most of us will have received by post our personal invitation to participate in our whole Church discipleship course using the new Alpha Film Series. If you haven’t received your letter, more copies are available at reception as well as at the Alpha Booking […]

We’re hiring!

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Senior Leader to join the Leadership Team and Trustees. View details Closing date for applications: Monday 5 February 2018

Term-time groups resume

Week beginning Monday 8th January, all our term-time groups resume, such as Toddlers, Anchors and GEMs. For further info please see the latest Elmwood Family News below.

We’re Hiring!

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Senior Leader to join the Leadership Team and Trustees. View details
Closing date: 5th Feb 2018
 

Elmwood Family News

Leader’s Thoughts: A Free Gift

Those who know me know that I love the idea of a bargain or a special offer and, at this time of year, they are everywhere. Even more appealing is the idea of a free gift. Except that free gifts usually have a catch – you have to ‘earn’ them by doing something or committing to something before you get the gift, which often isn’t worth very much. Well that’s not true for the best free gift in the world.

Paul writes:
“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no-one can boast.”
Ephesians chapter 2 verse 8

God’s free gift for everyone is that we can be saved from the consequences of our sinfulness and have peace with Him by believing that Jesus, God’s Son, died in our place and rose again. The amazing truth is that we don’t have to do anything to earn this gift, just accept it. So if you’ve never accepted the free gift, what’s stopping you?  If you have questions, why not come along to the Whole Church Alpha, starting at the end of January?

If you have accepted the free gift, are you trying to live a ‘good’ life to show God and other people that you deserve it? If so, maybe you’ve missed the point. None of us can live a good life – only Jesus. But the great news is that the free gift includes God’s Holy Spirit, given to us to live Jesus’ life in us. If that doesn’t seem to be a reality in your life, then you too can find out more by joining in Alpha. Of course, if you don’t want to wait for Alpha to have your questions answered, speak to a member of Elmwood’s Leadership Team or someone you trust to be able to help you.

At the start of 2018 let’s commit to finding answers to life’s big questions.

 

Jill Baker
Chair of the Leadership Team