IMPORTANT Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
In accordance with government regulations all meetings are currently cancelled.
Instead of the usual services and Bible studies we will be posting a short message on the church website each Sunday on the Letters from Prison page
For Pastoral care or advice please call 01905 425976.
Welcome to West Side Fellowship
The West Side Fellowship is a small church planted in the St Johns area of Worcester in March 2012.
For what I received I passed on as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15v3-4
From the beginning our goal as a church was to be as Christ focused as possible. Our forgiveness, salvation, access to the Father are only possible through the complete work of Christ on the cross. As such our goal is to bring glory to God in thankfullness for what he has done for us through Christ. The core focus of our teaching is on seeking the Lord, listening to what God has to say to us sothat we may walk in obedience to his ways.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.
Putting the Kingdom of God first is a key part of the focus of the church with the goal to have the same devotion to the Lord as we see in the early church. As such church life centres around teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer (Acts 2v42), that as a church we would grow in maturity and bring glory to the name of Jesus.
Our vision is to see each member finding their place in the body of Christ and allowing their ministry to be developed.
As well as a desire to see people come to a knowledge of Christ locally we also have a world vision with members actively involved in ministry in Poland as well as supporting the needs of Christians in other countries.
If you would like to join us or want more information please feel free to get in touch.
Sunday Service Room Changes
Our Sunday services take place at the Worcester Early Years Centre, Manor Farm, Lower Wick, Worcester, WR2 4BS.
Room location can change so please check the website or contact us for more information or transport.
Contact Simon on 01905 425976 or email email@example.com.
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1st May 2020
The last 10 weeks have seen changes in society that could not have been imagined a year ago and as a church it has been no different.
As a small church it meant that as the situation grew worse the chairs became further apart and precautions had to be taken. Thankfully we had plenty of room and so continued services until the last possible moment. For some on the outside this can raise questions about a duty of care, but as a church there is a balance to be struck in situations like this. For the priority of the church is to save souls, not lives and the two often come into conflict. The job of the church is about the maintaining the spiritual well being of the congregation, their relationship with God Himself. As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus we follow along a path of self sacrifice and this can mean physical risk, even loss of life. It is the example that Jesus gave and from the outside can seem foolish, but the Bible says:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord.
Even when Jesus spoke to his disciples they did not fully understand this concept. When Jesus started to teach about the need for him to sacrifice himself at the cross the Bible tells us:
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, "Never, Lord!" he said, "This shall never happen to you!"
Peter meant well from the worlds point of view, who wants to see a friend sacrifice them self and yet Jesus knew it was the complete opposite of what his Father wanted him to do, therefore his response was one of the strongest we read from the lips of Jesus:
"Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men".
For true love, the love that God has shown towards man, and the love He in turn deserves from us is sacrificial love. It's not measured by what we give but by the amount we hold back. How much of our lives are we willing to give and where does our selfishness, our self preservation start? It is why over the years ministers have worked in war zones, plagues and famines, knowing full well the risks involved, yet following in the footsteps of Christ they are willing to lay down their lives. Again as the Bible says:
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
Our last services before the lock down became special times. It was important to be able to say goodbye… even at a distance, as we all looked forward to the inevitable lock down.
As a low technology church it meant that our Sunday messages got printed out and delivered to those without the internet, while those who could get online read it from the church website. Prayer meetings changed from being all together to a WhatsApp group praying by text.
Yet church life goes on. Those who are able, continue to help those who are vulnerable as best they can while we continue to try to build up and encourage each other in the Lord and learn from the situation.
On Sundays the messages have been about what God is trying to teach us during this period and the lessons that need to be learnt. Many in the world are saying that we just can't go back to the way things used to be. The question for us as individual believers and as a church is the same.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7v14