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Sunday 18th November 2018
Chris explains the different types praise offered to God in the Psalms.

Sunday 11th November 2018
Joel explains why there are more songs of Lament than there are of praise in the Psalms and that Lament isn’t just about complaining it’s a structured way of telling God how we feel.

Sunday 4th November 2018
Chris explains why trust is mentioned so many times in the Psalms and how by trusting in God in our daily lives is so important.

Sunday 28th October 2018
Simon kicks off the new series where we will be looking at how the Psalms help us deepen our connection with God in prayer. They help us grow in expressing every range of human emotion and situation.

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Sunday 21st October 2018
Simon explains how we should live life as if Jesus is in charge.  Before that Pauline tells us about her feelings of peace and happiness through her amazing encounter with the Holy Spirit at a prayer meeting in Herne Bay last week.

Sunday 14th October 2018
Firstly, Baiba from Friends International talks about their work among students in the Canterbury area and Julian unpacks the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus.

Sunday 7th October 2018
Keely looks back to celebrate all that God has done this year in the life of Riverside and Simon looks ahead to what we believe God has for us in the coming year.

Sunday 30th September 2018
Fantastic to celebrate with Tom, Mark and Jo today as they are baptised.  Before Simons short explanation of baptism we hear their great testimonies of how Jesus changed their lives.

Sunday 23rd September 2018
Continuing on from lasts weeks ‘Eyes Being Opened’ talk, Simon explains how the giving of sight to the man in this story is a sign that Jesus can open both physical eyes and spiritual eyes.

Sunday 16th September 2018
Using the story of Jesus healing the blind man in the gospel of John chapter 9, Simon explains how heaven touched earth at that moment and how we should use kingdom opportunities.

Sunday 9th September 2018
Simon explains the ‘perfect storm’ that was brewing around Jesus when he started his ministry.

Sunday 2nd September 2018
Simon’s short sermon introducing the new series ‘Simply Jesus’ where we look at the person and centrality of Jesus and look at the basics of what it’s like to follow him.

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Sunday 29th July 2018
Simon concludes this series by looking at how by modifying the habits and rhythms in our lives it might help us grow as individuals.

Sunday 22nd July 2018
Simon looks at how emotional health helps us discover our true self.

Sunday 15th July 2018
Simon continues the series looking at the benefits of emotionally healthy spirituality

Sunday 8th July 2018
Simon begins our series looking at the importance of integrating spiritual growth and emotional health.

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Sunday 1st July 2018
One of the most crucial lessons we can learn as a Christian is to handle suffering.  Continuing in the series on 1Peter, Keely unpacks this based on chapter 5 verses 1-11.

Sunday 24th June 2018
Amy continues our series in 1Peter and explains how we should keep on rejoicing - not in spite of our afflictions but even because of them.  This is not a little piece of advice about the power of positive thinking.  This is a supernatural way to respond to suffering.

Sunday 17th June 2018
Chris continues our series in the book of 1Peter and talks about how living for Jesus is challenging as we want to belong – we want to be accepted.

Sunday 10th June 2018
Julian Barnard considers a Biblical approach to compassion in a tough world.  Jesus is our example and our challenge is to follow Him in obedience.

Sunday 3rd June 2018
Simon looks at the transferable principles for all of us that Peter raises when speaking to husbands and wives.

Sunday 27th May 2018
Simon explains how Peter encourages us, so whatever our situation or circumstance, we are journeying on to something greater.

Sunday 20th May 2018
Joel explains how christians need to be light filled people in a darkened world.

Sunday 13th May 2018
An exciting milestone in the life of our church today as we are adopted into the Vineyard movement and become Riverside Vineyard Church.

Sunday 6th May 2018
Chris explains that to be holy people, we must be focused on Christ, obedient in all of life, and growing in our knowledge of God's word.

Sunday 29th April 2018
Before the baptisms this Sunday, Simon explains how it started in the Bible and the reason we baptise people.
Photos have been added to our baptism album here

Sunday 22nd April 2018
Chris unpacks Peter’s message to the church to be born again and not to quit.

Sunday 15th April 2018
Christians are strange people in a strange world!  In this opening talk of this new series based on the book 1Peter Simon explains how Peter was writing to the pilgrims, or the strangers, those who are temporary residents on this earth.

Sunday 8th April 2018
This week Kevin Crook, who works with churches, volunteer's and supporters across the UK for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) talks about their work.

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Sunday 1st April 2018
Simon follows in the footsteps of Jesus’ followers as they travel on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus and get talking to someone who gives them the biggest surprise of all!

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Sunday 25th March 2018
Simon helps us prepare for Easter Sunday by looking at Jesus’ dynamic entrance into Jerusalem.”

Sunday 18th March 2018
Tom and Helen Murphy explain their heart for compassion.

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Sunday 11th March 2018
"Come, Holy Spirit" is a prayer Vineyard people have been praying for decades – and it's also a prayer that has been prayed throughout church history.  This week Simon explains how the Holy Spirit is just as active today as he was in New Testament times.

Sunday 4th March 2018
The phrase that John Wimber was known to say often was ‘everyone gets to play.’  His goal was to create opportunities for normal people to do extraordinary things.  Chris explains this week how we at Riverside can live this out.

Sunday 25th February 2018
Simon explores and unpacks the mystery of the Kingdom of God.

Sunday 18th February 2018
This Sunday Simon explained why worship is our highest priority and how we create a culture of expectant, intimate encounter.  Just before that Kirsteen tells us an inspiring story based on the Stewardship 40acts challenge during Lent.  See for more information.

Sunday 11th February 2018
Simon starts the new Vineyard Values series by explaining what Vineyard is and we hear its founder John Wimber's story.

Sunday 4th February 2018
Simon and Keely look back to celebrate all that God has done in 2017 and look ahead to what God has for us this year. Watch the video below to see some of the things we got up to in 2017.

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Sunday 28th January 2018
Detoxing continues at Riverside as Chris looks at relationships.  What habits do we need to change.  We look at one of the hardest words to say and how we might want to handle our social media footprint better.

Sunday 21st January 2018
Simon continues the Detox series by explaining why it’s time for a "belief garage" clear out.

Sunday 14th January 2018
Simon continues our Detox series by looking at how to take an active stance with your thoughts.

Sunday 7th January 2018
Around 40% of what we do is an automatic habit.  Simon begins our Detox series, looking at how to make good choice to put ourselves back in the driving seat.


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Monday 25th December 2017
At our Christmas Day service Simon finishes the series with a short sermon explaining how we can follow Jesus’ demonstration of the way we’re supposed to live.

Sunday 17th December 2017
At the evening Carol Service Keely talks about the miracle of the manger and what significance it has for all of us in our lives.

Sunday 10th January 2017
The Christmas story is just full of miracles.  After 400 years of silence God's plan to save mankind goes into overdrive.  The plan is bold and beyond true comprehension and its impact is still being seen today in changed lives.

Sunday 3rd December 2017
Simon explains how God wants to come and meet us where we're at and this story gives us a window into God's heart.

Sunday 26th November 2017
Simon begins our advent series looking at the miracle of God's timing.

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Practical wisdom for a difficult world...

Sunday 19th November 2017
Following a presentation from CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Simon concludes the series on James looking at how patience and prayer deepen our trust in God.

Sunday 12th November 2017
Chris explains how every area of our lives is impacted when we meet Jesus if nothing changes then we have not really met him.

Sunday 5th November 2017
Kim gives us a flavour of what goes on at Riverside during the week and Gaby tells us about the joy that the boxes from Operation Christmas Child brings to the people that receive them.  Julian Barnard considers the Power of Words.  What God says, what others say and what we say.  He encourages us to not only use God’s word positively but to develop our relationship with Jesus, the word of God.

Sunday 22nd October 2017
Joel continues explaining from the book of James the connection between faith and deeds.

Sunday 15th October 2017
Simon introduces our new series on James, explaining how trials can turn to trust.

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Sunday 8th October 2017
Simon concludes the series by looking at how we partner with the work of the Holy Spirit in every area of our lives.

Sunday 1st October 2017
Simon explaines how the water baptism and Holy Spirit come together as we baptise Phil & Lynn.

Sunday 24th September 2017
Simon completes his talk on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and explains how we can grow the gifts.

Sunday 17th September 2017
Simon begins a two part talk on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Keely and Chris speak and pray about the tragic loss of Richard Newman.

Sunday 10th September 2017
Who is the Holy Spirit and how do we get to be filled with?  Jesus thought that being baptised or filled with the Holy Spirit was worth waiting for.  The disciples met and prayed come Holy Spirit and the rest is history! 

Sunday 3rd September 2017
In this all age service Simon looks at some of the different metaphors the bible uses to describe the Holy Spirit.

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Sunday 20th August 2017
A small book with a seemingly small story about ordinary people facing life's tragedies and overcoming.  The three main characters show their character amidst the challenges they face.

Sunday 13th August 2017
Guest speaker Joel tells us about the story of Queen Esther and shows how bravery saved an entire nation!  God can use anyone to fulfil His purpose and to change the world.

Sunday 6th August 2017
God had a plan for Jonah but Jonah also had a plan for Jonah.  God has plans for us too but who's is best?

The “One Another” series explores how the Bible expects us to treat each other.

Sunday 30th July 2017
Julian Barnard concludes our ‘One Another’ series encouraging us to show hospitality.  He considers some biblical examples and principles we can apply in our lives.  We are encouraged to pour out the little we have and allow God to multiply it.

Sunday 23rd July 2017
Paula Martin tell us about her last ten years serving in Pakistan and Keely looks at the life of Jesus to see a model of how we should serve one another in love.

Sunday 9th July 2017
Simon looks at the encouragement from James for “hands on” prayer.

Sunday 2nd July 2017
Simon explores Paul’s encouragement for the church to become a growing, learning community.

Sunday 25th June 2017
Encouragement takes many forms from a simple smile to a challenge to be the person God made you to be, but not everyone can receive it why?

Sunday 18th June 2017
Simon looks at growing a culture of honour within the church.

Sunday 11th June 2017
Simon will be looking at the power of forgiveness and avoiding the trap of offence.

Sunday 6th June 2017
In the first talk of the ‘One Another’ series Keely explains about the different types of love mentioned in the Bible and most importantly God’s agape love for us.

Sunday 28th May 2017
Our guest speaker Sam Miller concludes the Walk Wisely series by explaining how by anchoring our trust in God we have a hope based in what God alone could do.

Sunday 21st May 2017
In order for us to be able to speak the truth, we need to know the truth.  How much truth is there within the Bible?

Sunday 14th May 2017
Simon describes how badly managed anger is a heart “hardener” while cultivating compassion is a heart “softener”.

Sunday 7th May 2017
Simon explains how all of us face temptations everyday and how the Bible helps us to know the right decision and face temptation.

Sunday 19th March 2017
In part four of the Walking Wisely series Joel explains why developing discipline in our lives is so important.

Sunday 12th March 2017
Chris talks about how the book of Proverbs gives us an insight into how life works, especially doing good to others.

Sunday 5th March 2017
Tariq continues with our sermon series 'Walk Wisely' based on the book of Proverbs.

Sunday 26th February 2017
Tariq introduces our Walk Wisely by showing how Proverbs is not another self-help book, but a “with God’s help” book

Sunday 30th April 2017
At Chris' last sermon as pastor he explains how walking wisely means to continually work our salvation with fear and trembling because God is at work in us.  Know your calling and your destiny!  The song used by Chris 'You raise me up' removed from podcast due to copyright.

Sunday 23rd April 2017
Before the baptism this Sunday Simon explains the reasons we baptise people with the help of a great visual aid for the children.  This is followed by Rachel’s testimony and baptism.

Sunday 16th April 2017
There was no podcast today as it was an Easter Day family service with lots going on and no sermon.

Sunday 9th April 2017
Chris explains the key players and how they took part in the events.  Jesus knowing what is to come issues a challenge to all who would follow him.

Sunday 2nd April 2017
Simon presses pause on Proverbs and begins a mini-series of the journey to the cross leading up to Easter.

Sunday 26th March 2017
Our guest preacher today was Eric Delve and in a non-series sermon he explains why looking forward is so important to christian living.

Sunday 19th February 2017
Our guest speaker today was Glyn Norman the Lead Pastor from the Central Christian Church in San Jose, CA.  He explains about how living the Christian life and having time to listen to people and tell them about the greatest story ever told will bring great blessings.

Sunday 12th February 2017
Simon concludes the Come & See series looking at Jesus’ invitation to walk personally with Him.

Sunday 5th February 2017
Jesus calls us to freely “sow” the good news of the Gospel in prayer and action.

Sunday 29th January 2017
Simon looks at how God’s story and our story come together through the culture of invitation.

Sunday 22nd January 2017
We all struggle with the word “No”. Simon looks at why No is an okay answer as we grow in becoming more invitational.

Sunday 15th January 2017
Simon introduces the Come And See series looking at how we can grow into an invitational people and an invitational church.

Sunday 8th January 2017
At the start of 2017 Simon looks at how growing in thankfulness is essential for our wellbeing


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Our advent series looks at the coming of the king through the eyes of different people there.

Sunday 11th December 2016
Joel explains the role of the Magi in the Christmas story and challenges us to be a greater witness for Christ.

Sunday 4th December 2016
God meets us right where we are and invites us into His story. He then sends us out to spread the word about Jesus.

Sunday 27th November 2016
Mary's calling was to carry the light and the hope of the worldthrough the birth of Jesus.  We as God's children also are called to be light and to bring hope to the world.

Our autumn series looks at the outward expressions of faith in Jesus.

Sunday 20th November 2016
The youth team share the news of their recent trip and challenge us about giving, praying, applying what you've learnt and visiting this important cause in Romania.

Sunday 13th November 2016
Simon looks at how we can grow in compassion by making active choices and overcoming “compassion blockers”.

Sunday 6th November 2016
Simon looks at the topsy turvy nature of the kingdom Jesus came to establish.

Sunday 30th October 2016
Graham Bough from Canterbury Food Bank explains its work and Samuel Grabiec explains with the help of the children how giving becomes a blessing to others.

Sunday 23rd October 2016
Simon looks at the many opportunities that being generous with our finances can give to us.

Sunday 16th October 2016
We worship a God of generosity and we are called to reflect Him through our lives and through our finances.

Sunday 9th October 2016
In part five of the signs of life series Tariq explains how we can better understand the Bible.

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Sunday 2nd October 2016
Tariq explains that scripture is to encourage Christians to believe that the Bible has power to change individuals and to change nations

Sunday 25th September 2016
Simon looks at how worship involves choice, cost and is completed in all of life.

Sunday 18th September 2016
Gavin Calver, Director for Mission at the Evangelical Alliance talks about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Sunday 11th September 2016
Chris explains how finding the right rhythm of prayer is about relationships not rules

Sunday 4 September 2016
Simon introduces our series and explains how prayer is the most natural outflow of our relationship with Jesus

28th August 2016
In part six of the Encountering Jesus series, Simon talks about the example Jesus set of serving others by washing their feet.  Before that Sam tells of how by listening to God and then a chance encounter with a stranger brought about a fantastic change in the life of that stranger.

21st August 2016
In part Five of the Encountering Jesus series Chris explains the death and miraculous resurrection of Lazarus.

14th August 2016
In part Four of the Encountering Jesus series Tariq explains that Healing of longstanding emotional or physical problems means answering Jesus’ question “do you want to be healed”.

7th August 2016
In part three of the Encountering Jesus series Tariq reminds us that story of the Bible is God’s story being worked out through millions of encounters with men and women and their stories as part of God’s purposes.

31st July 2016
Chris continues our series “Encountering Jesus” with the story of the man born blind from John’s gospel and explains how to meet Jesus is to meet love that changes everything.

24th July 2016
Simon introduces our series “Encountering Jesus” with the story of the woman at the well from John’s gospel. He looks at how vulnerability is the key to our growth in Jesus.

17th July 2016
In this final part of the series on Ephesians, Simon looks at how we stand firm and counter the enemy’s strategies.

10th July 2016
From Ephesians 6:10-13 Simon looks at how our enemy, the devil, uses different devices to try to undermine our identity and authority in Christ.

26th June 2016
In part 11 of the Unified series from Ephesians 5:21-6:10 Chris explaines the call for Christians to live as humble servants who love and respect each other.  Status and position should not be used to lord it over others.  Christ came to serve not to be served.

12th June 2016
Chris continues with the Unified series looking at Ephesians 5:8-20 explaining that we are to live worthy of our calling – Paul says we are to be the light of Jesus Christ to the world. A people who forgive, who are Holy Spirit filled and worshippers.

5th June 2016
Simon continues with the Unified series looking at Ephesians 4:25-5:7 comparing the Kingdom of Self with the Kingdom of God.

29th May 2016
Simon continues with the Unified series, looking at Ephesians 4:17-24 and how our heart attitude shapes the rest of our lives.

22nd May 2016
In part seven of the Unified series Tariq talks about encouraging Christians and the church to strive for maturity, to know what it looks like and how with God’s help we may become more mature.

15th May 2016
Keely talks from Ephesians chapter 3:14-21 about God's incredible love for us and how we can know it in a deeper way.

1st May 2016
In part five of our Unified series Chris looks at Ephesians 3: 1-13 and talks about the church which was God’s plan from the beginning.  The church reveals God’s manifold wisdom and is the hope of the world.  It is called to administers God’s grace to all who will receive it.

24th April 2016
We will be looking at how the church must be a demonstration of God’s love for all whatever their cultural, gender or social status.

17th April 2016
In part three of our Unified series Chris looks at Ephesians 2:1-10 and talks about God’s grace and mercy to us.

10th April 2016
In part two of our Unified series Simon looks at Ephesians 1:13:-23 and Paul’s prayer for us to fully know who we are in Jesus.

3rd April 2016
God at work in our history, our present and our future.

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27th March 2016
On this Easter Sunday Simon explores the reconciliation peace that comes through the cross and the resurrection power demonstrated by the empty tomb.

20th March 2016
Exploring what doesn't change when the world around us changes

13th March 2016
Jesus calls us to do good by fighting against evil and injustice with goodness, kindness and love

6th March 2016
Simon looks at how goodness over time will always produce results.

28th February 2016
Keely shares the vision for the cafe at the new campus followed by 'Space for God' from Simon. God is passionate about creating space in your home, home life and work for people to connect with him.

21st February 2016
Jesus calls us to be his presence here on earth. He equips the whole church with gifts that enable us to be more than good enough. Those gifts are the way we become mature,  United, loving and Christ like. Ephesians 4 reveals the 5 gifts that Christ gives the church

14th February 2016
As we follow Jesus, His goodness changes us. God calls us to become channels of His goodness into our communities.

7th February 2016
The theme of the sermon is How big is our gospel. Do we believe that the gospel can change communities, cities and even nations.

31st January 2016
The old testament God is seen by some as a blood thirst vengeful God. A closer look reveals a God who shows kindness and love to those who believe in him. His goodness is inherent in his nature and that nature is imparted to us who also believe in him through Jesus his son. God is good and Riverside church seeks to be a people who are good for everyone.

24th January 2016