husband Andy was pulling weeds out from under the hedge along the church
driveway. Some of the weeds were getting quite big - in fact, they were turning
into small trees; self-sown seedlings of ash and enormous brambles. In amongst
the tangled, thorny mess of roots, litter and weeds, Andy spotted something
small and round - a bottle top? A penny? It was brown and caked in mud, but he
picked it up and put it in his pocket. He wondered where it had come from and
who might have dropped it. Maybe it was something interesting, like an ancient
Roman coin from a nearby hoard! 'Not very likely,' he thought but he brought it
home and washed the mud off under the tap.
The object was metallic and very tarnished; certainly a coin of some
sort, bigger and heavier than a penny but still so grubby we couldn't read the
inscription, or see whose image was depicted on it. So we put the coin in
vinegar overnight, hoping to dissolve the remaining dirt. The next morning what
we discovered amazed us! It wasn't a penny at all - it was worth one hundred times more than that!! - it
was a pound coin from the year 2000. But the story doesn't end there. We'd
never looked very closely at a pound coin before and I realised this one had a
dragon on the reverse side, which looked like it might be rather handsome if I
could see it properly. So I got out the Brasso and gave that coin a good polish
and now it's as good as new! The Queen's profile is clearly visible on one side
and a distinctive dragon on the reverse. What's more the inscription around the
edge - words from the Welsh national anthem - is legible once again. Something
that looked like a filthy old bottle top discarded in a hedgerow has now been
restored to its true value and purpose.
The good news of the Kingdom of God is that people who are lost and
whose lives are a mess, stuck in the mud between the rubbish and the weeds,
when they are found by Jesus, they get a fresh start - cleaned up, polished,
restored to their true value and purpose, displaying the image of Jesus, the King
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If you'd like to find out more, join us at one of our Sunday services this summer, when we'll be going through Luke's Gospel to discover more about the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ.
We have two special services coming up:
19th June: United Service with Chipperfield Baptist Church. Starts with a fundraising Father's Day breakfast at 9.45 am - proceeds to TEARFUND for their work with the world's poorest.
17th July: Making a Splash! A service of Believers' Baptism at 10.30 am. This will be an especially joyful occasion as several of our congregation take the big step of making a public confession of faith in Christ. There will be a celebratory lunch afterwards and all are welcome.
If you have questions about church and life, you're welcome to join our Alpha
Course - meeting on Monday lunchtimes at 12.30 pm from 18th April - 18th
July. Awaydays on 27 June and 18 July. For details contact Mary.
At BBC we are informal and friendly, a
'one table' church where people of every age and stage of faith worship
together and share with one another like a big extended family. Our Sunday
services begin with 25 minutes of whole church worship and then different ages
continue their learning in various groups: crèche for pre-schoolers; Sunday
Club for children of primary school age; Upper Room for young people
aged 11-16 years. We also have all sorts of things happening on weekdays: an
open youth group on Fridays; a coffee morning on 1st and 3rd Mondays each
month; Life Group bible studies; film nights; games nights for the whole
family in the summer holidays...
Check our diary page for
up-to-date information about what's on at BBC.