South Oxhey Baptist Church

140 Gosforth Lane South Oxhey WD19 7BX : 0208 421 4054
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Sunday services: 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

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We aim to be a welcoming community with Jesus Christ at the centre who
Love God, Love Each Other and Love the Lost

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Welcome to our website

We are pleased you've found the South Oxhey Baptist Church (SOBC) website, we hope that you find it helpful.
Whether you've just moved into the area, or going to church would be a new thing for you, whether you are a Christian looking for a place to get started again or to grow and serve ... we would love to welcome you to a Sunday service or one of our other events. You can also contact Steve Hobbis, the minister by phone or email.

A modern psalm springing from Psalm 104, v10-35

Written together in the morning service on Sunday 30 October 2017
 
Praise the Lord,
 
He makes the rivers and streams pour water onto the land and into the sea. It flows incessantly and
powerfully. He gives water to all the people of the Earth; living water to all the people to quench their
thirst.
 
The doves nest in the oak trees, they gather among the branches. He waters the land from his upper
chambers; the children down below are satisfied by the fruit of his work.
 
He makes grass grow for animals to eat and food for people to live – bringing forth the fruits from the
earth; and beauty that gladdens human hearts, wonder to make their faces shine and love that
sustains their hearts.
 
The family of the Lord is well watered, the church that he planted. There the children make their
nests; the brothers and sisters have their home in the house of the Lord.
 
The high mountains belong to the Lord; the crags are a refuge for the weary and broken-hearted. He
made the trees to mark the seasons, and the blossom knows when to fall.
 
You bring darkness, it becomes night, all the animals prowl. The lions roar for their prey and seek
their provisions from God. The sun rises and the people pray; they return and lie down in green
pastures. Then they go out to their work, to gather crops until evening.
 
How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your glory. There is
the ocean vast and spacious, teeming with life beyond number – living things from single-celled
organisms to great squids. There the boats go to and fro, and people which you formed to cover the
earth.
 
All people look to you to give them their forgiveness at the proper time. When you give it to them, they
thank you and rejoice; when you speak to people they are satisfied and they are thankful for your love.
When you hide your face they are lost; when you take away hope they die and return to dust. When
you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.
 
May the goodness of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in the praises of his people, he
who looks at the earth and all of creation, who touches his people and they respond.
 
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will pray to my God as long as I live. May my everyday life be
pleasing to him, as I honour and walk with the Lord. But may war and oppression vanish from the
earth and suffering be no more.
 
Praise the Lord, my soul
 
Praise the Lord

Digging a bit deeper...

We are offering two ways to start exploring the Christian faith - an Alpha taster course (evenings) and a Life course (daytimes). For more details on these look here. If you have questions that you have always wanted to ask about the Christian faith, come to 'Got Questions' and ask away: First Tuesday of the month at church at 12:30pm. If you can't get there you can always contact our minister, Steve Hobbis by email or phone. 

We're a mixed bunch

We are made up of young and old, including children and young people of almost every age. We have people who've lived in the area since South Oxhey was built and lots of more recent arrivals; families and single people; people who've been Christians for years, some who have more recently become Christians and others who are exploring what it's all about. We could say more about different occupations, variety of nationalities, life experiences and so on... a variety of different people growing to know a wonderful God who loves each one.

Mercy Flipped The Script

Below is a video we used a while ago as part of a series titled "...... But God ......". The video was part of a service led by the church youth on "Failed .... But God". Make sure you watch it to the end to get the true picture!

 

The video was made by Mercy Ministries.

 

God's heart on display through his people

At the end of a Sunday a while ago, we prayed the following prayer, and were challenged to go on praying it and partnering with God to make this a growing reality in us. The basis for this prayer is the Bible's declaration that God is 'gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love'. 

A Prayer
Thank you Lord that you are
gracious and compassionate
slow to anger and abounding in love.
Help me to recognise  and respond to these qualities in you;
I declare that with Jesus Christ in me, living in me by the Spirit of God,
I too can display these qualities.

I confess that I have fallen short of being gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love...
[when]
Thank you for these qualities in your heart that led to 
Jesus dying so that we might be forgiven and your justice upheld.
Thank you that you love me that much.

I commit to...
...Celebrating the display of the image of God in others when I see them being
gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.
...Looking for opportunities, and seeking to take them, to display your heart
towards people in this way.

Lord Jesus Christ, if I belong to you, and
you live in me then I thank you that...
I can co-operate with YOUR Spirit,
YOUR life, YOUR love in me.
May I not feel overwhelmed and alone in this, but empowered and united with you
as I live as someone who is growing to be gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love.

As well as my lips giving testimony to your works.
May my life be a testimony to your life,
that your heart might be displayed through me.