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Sunday 10th November 2019
Simon explains how “starting out” starts the story. He looks at how Philip’s obedience to the Holy Spirit in Acts 8 carries a radical message of God’s love and inclusion to the Ethiopian travelling back from Jerusalem.
The full interview with NT Wright referred to in his talk is available to view below.

Sunday 3rd November 2019
Using the story of Jesus’ first miracle in John chapter 2 where he turns the water into wine Jake explains how obedience is a choice and obedience is also an action and Jesus will lead us when we step out in faith.

Sunday 27th October 2019
Simon teaches us using the book of Acts ch27 v9-44 about the apostle Pauls shipwreck, that we are called to bring words of life into the storms of life.

Sunday 20th October 2019
Our expectation is influenced by our perspectives and prejudices and today Simon explains how sometimes our perspective around church, religion and even Jesus can obscure the work of the Spirit in our lives.

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Sunday 13th October 2019
We all have doubts, especially hearing God’s voice and having the confidence to act on it.  Jake explains how it will become easier when we change our mind set from our worrying about our ability and just giving God our availability.

Sunday 6th October 2019
Our six monthly look back and celebration of the great things going on in the life of Riverside and also looking ahead to what we believe God has for us in the coming year.

Sunday 29th September 2019
In part five of this current series ‘Spirit-Led Living’ Simon talks more about listening to God in the quietness or stillness.  Think about it… listen and silent are spelled with the same letters.

Sunday 22nd September 2019
In part four of this current series ‘Spirit-Led Living’ Simon talks about if we were to sense that Jesus is close, what would we need to do to allow him more free rein in our life.

Sunday 15th September 2019
Simon continues to explain how we need to learn to listen to Jesus’ voice in our everyday lives and allow him to truly lead us. We can believe all sorts of things about Jesus but unless he occupies the position of “Saviour of the world” in our lives we will never be able to fully follow him.

Sunday 8th September 2019
Simon uses the story of the woman at the well in John 4 to explain how important it is to listen to the Holy Spirit talking to us in our everyday lives and how we can therefor see the world differently.

Sunday 1st September 2019
Before Simon introduces this new 10 week series where we hope to grow as a church in responding to the leading of the Holy Spirit, we hear from Martin Franks about his story leading up to him becoming our latest Assistant Pastor today.

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Sunday 18th August 2019
Chris unpacks this well-known story that appears in all 4 gospels – it is the story of a miracle, 5000 men + women and children fed from so little.  Four times means it is important!  Today Jesus says to us “you feed them” or “you go and make disciples”.  People are hungry – spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually – Jesus tells us to feed them.

Sunday 11th August 2019
In part four of this series Red Letters….the words of Jesus, Amy explains Jesus’ words in the ‘great commission’ in Matthew 28: 16-20 where he assures and promises to always be with us.

Sunday 4th August 2019
In part three of the current series looking at the words of Jesus, Simon explores what Jesus had to say about worry and anxiety.

Sunday 28th July 2019
In part two of the series looking at the words of Jesus in the Bible Chris uses Mark Ch2 V1-12 exploring questioning faith. “Faith is not about not questioning, it’s about your actions despite your questions.”

Sunday 21st July 2019
Julian Barnard launches our summer series on The Red Words of Jesus with John 15 verse 9. We are invited into a wonderful relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. Julian considers how we can abide in and develop our relationship with God.

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Exploring the book of Galatians
new life, new freedom.

Sunday 14th July 2019
As Simon concludes this final talk in the Galatians series we get to appreciate the apostle Paul’s summary of the preceding chapters and completeness of God's work in the "finished work" of Jesus Christ.

Sunday 7th July 2019
Simon explains how one of the burdens the apostle Paul mentions is the weightiness of our temptation to give into sin, and the heaviness of trying to get out of it.  Paul wanted us to share that burden and not battle sin and temptation on our own.

Sunday 30th June 2019
Simon looks at how the gospel affects how we relate to each other and how we should overcome our hunger for honour from each other.

Sunday 23rd June 2019
Simon continues by looking at how our “old self” produces desires and actions that are contrary to our new identity in Christ.

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Sunday 16th June 2019
In part 5 of this series on the book of Galatians, Simon explains the Apostle Pauls allegory of Hagar and Sarah is written to persuade us (along with the Galatians) not to follow the Judaizers into slavery with Hagar and Ishmael, but to follow Sarah and Isaac into freedom.

Sunday 9th June 2019
“In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God
Yes I am”

This verse from the Hillsong Worship song ‘Who You say I am’ sums up this talk by Simon from the book of Galatians.  The gospel puts us into the Fathers house we don’t have to be worried or insecure about our future, about whether we’re accepted.

Sunday 2nd June 2019
Joel explains how the apostle Paul is explaining that everyone trying to live by the law is under a curse.  Christ became the curse for us so the same blessing given to Abraham may be given to all who believe.  He emphasizes that the true purpose of the law was to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.  Showing that if we belong to Christ then we are heirs according to the promise given to Abraham.

Sunday 26th May 2019
Julian continues our series in Galatians considering Paul’s desire to share grace and freedom in Jesus.  Christian unity is important, more so than our personal preferences.  Our new life in Jesus presents many challenges but he equips us by his Holy Spirit.
Due to a technical problem the first five minutes of the message was not recorded.

Sunday 19th May 2019
Simon starts our new series in the book of Galations by unpacking why the apostle Paul needed to write to the Galations in the way he did.

Sunday 12th May 2019
Our guest speaker Chris Kimmance, Senior Pastor of Ashford Vineyard unpacks the miracle of Jesus calming the storm and tells us how we can be storm calmers of problems that affect our own lives.

Sunday 5th May 2019
Street Pastors from Whitstable and Herne Bay tell us about their exciting and much needed contributions to the communities on a Friday night empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Sunday 28th April 2019
Fantastic to celebrate with Annabelle, Anna, KC, Claire and Andy today.  Before the baptisms, Simon explains how it started in the Bible and the reason we baptise people. Following that are their life changing stories.

Sunday 21st April 2019
At our Easter family communion service Simon explains the Easter story with the help of several short videos.

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Looking at how we can bring new life to our coastland towns and communities.

Sunday 14th April 2019
Simon unpacks the topic of invitation, we are to invite everyone to an encounter with Jesus. We encourage people to “come and see” and discover the truth of the Gospel. Due to a technical problem the first couple of minutes of the message were not recorded.

Sunday 7th April 2019
Jesus told us we would bring salt and light to our communities. The Message puts it this way, “You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world…”

Sunday 31st March 2019
Chris talks about sharing the good news of Jesus with others as well as being generous with our money and possessions.

Sunday 24th March 2019
In part three of the coastlands series, Simon explains how Jesus embodied for us what it was to be a servant and how we should therefor serve others in the community.

Sunday 17th March 2019
Simon continues our current ‘Coastlands’ series and talks about how the church is called to ‘scatter’ and be sewn throughout society and be attractional to the needs of the community.

Sunday 10th March 2019
Keely kicks off our new Coastlands sermon series by unpacking how we are called to be a people revealing God to the communities around us.

Sunday 3rd March 2019
Simon and Keely focus on five of the many ministry’s going on at the moment with the help of the group leaders to explain the exciting developments.  It was also an opportunity to meet and interview our great new Assistant Pastor Jacob.

Sunday 24th February 2019
Sam talks about the dangers the persecuted church face around the world and the hope God gives us to face these.

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Living lives of increasing generosity

Sunday 17th February 2019
The best place for our hope is in God who calls us to generously reflect his nature.

Sunday 10th February 2019
Keely explains how God wants our hearts to be so big that they can contain everything that God has given us but then overflows into our workplaces and our towns.

Sunday 3rd February 2019
Simon starts the new ‘Overflow’ series by explaining what it means to live a joyful life of generousity.  Before that Keely explains the transition taking place of Mark and Rachel taking on the heading up of worship at Riverside and Darlene standing down from the roll.

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Sunday 27th January 2019
Chris unpacks the statement ‘God is love and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them’.  The song that was played and referred to near the end was ‘All you need is love’ by the Beatles.

Sunday 20th January 2019
Simon unpacks the story of Jesus’ healing of the sick women from Mark ch5 v24-29.

Sunday 13th January 2019
Before Simon’s talk explaining God’s love through the parable of the prodigal son, we hear one of the many testimony’s this morning of how God had met with us in a personal way in the last week.

Sunday 6th January 2019
Simon introduces the series by exploring the truth that God's character is love...