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Hi, my name is Phil. I’m the new associate pastor here at Westwood Baptist.
What can I tell you about myself?
Well, first and foremost, I am a child of God. Having a personal knowledge of God as my Father and following where His Spirit leads inspires everything that I do; whether that’s preaching, visiting, children’s or youth work, in home groups, or simply hanging out in McDonalds.
I’ve been married to Kirsten for nearly 2 years now. Kirsten has recently taken on the responsibility for the Children’s Church within the fellowship. She has a heart for the youth of the church and passionately seeks for them to know more of Jesus.
We’re both really excited to be part of a forward thinking fellowship, which constantly seeks to grasp onto the Spirit of God as He breathes in power through the fellowship.
Answers to a few random questions about Phil…
When I was younger I wanted to ...
Starter or pudding? -
Scariest thing I’ve ever done?
I’m told I look like -
I love ... God, Kirsten, our Wii, custard, a good party, and ‘Police, Camera, Action’.
If I could go anywhere in the world I’d go ...
Early bird or night owl? -
I’m surprisingly good at ... hula hooping.
I’ve never mastered ... DIY.
Make mine a ...
Phil and Kirsten at their baptism
Phil moves on ...
Phil starts his new job as Chaplain at the Inverclyde Hospital in Greenock on 19th August 2013.
Thanks, Phil, for all your work in the Fellowship and all that you’ve been to us. We bless you as you start the next chapter, may you bring the presence of Jesus to patients and staff and may it be a time of harvest for the Kingdom of God. Here’s how Phil introduced himself when he joined us at WBC:
Where to put the Screen -
We’re planning to improve our projection facilities and we are choosing what shape of screen (Normal or Widescreen) to have and where to put it. The thumbnails above show five options, click on each to get a bigger picture. Email your thoughts to the Editor.
Rhythms of Life
Well at least we didn’t experience a false dawn followed by severe frost. Hopefully the trees and gardens will soon be blooming and the harvest plentiful at the end of the year. Sowing and reaping are familiar images as we reflect on the seasons of God. The land must rest before the new cycle of productivity begins.
Rhythms of work and rest are part of the fabric of God’s creation -
Since the time of the Reformation, Christian culture has in part been unhelpfully affected by the ‘Protestant Work Ethic’. To work to exhaustion and take the reward of rest is not in keeping with the teaching of Jesus! Look at the pattern of Jesus’ life. His priority was to spend time with the Father, even when the people pursued him for his help and healing. Jesus knew that in order to be truly productive a person must first rest. His teaching was counter-
Try putting the brakes on from time to time this week and take time for sufficient rest in Christ. You may have to strive to enter his rest. But may you enjoy the productivity that comes from investing in abiding in Christ.
Family Collective Talent Show -
This was such a fun night, from Elisa’s dancing, through all sorts of games for kids of all ages, to Drew’s moving final song at the piano -
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