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Mark and Meg are Moving to Bath


We have been here at St Mags for almost 7 years. It has been an amazing journey and the St Mags family are some of the most courageous, faith-filled and Jesus focused people we have ever met.

At the start of this year it seemed like God was leading us to make plans for what the next 8-10 years looked like for St Mags and for us. So we followed that path for us personally but also thinking ahead for the life of the church family.

Then at the end of March we went to dinner with some old friends. He was coming to the end of his curacy (his training to be a vicar) and so was looking for where God was calling him. In passing he mentioned a church job in Bath he looked at but he did not have the experience to apply for the post.

As we got in the car we turned to each other and said, "we are not even going to look at it, we have just made plans". But over that weekend we could not get it out of our heads. Then on the Tuesday morning Meghan looked at the job and when I got home I looked as well. As we read it was like God burned it on our hearts. By the end of the day, we knew we had to apply and that if we did not get it that God was leading us on from St Mags. We applied and were offered the Job. 

The official role that Mark will be taking on is, Rector of All Saints Weston Bath with Langridge and North Stoke. We will be moving on from St Mags over the summer. Our last Sunday is going to be 23rd July and I will be licensed on Thursday 7th September at All Saints.

You can see a map of where we are going below.

Bath

What about St Mags? The team here are fantastic, full of faith. We are working through what needs to be in place for St Mags to continue to grow. That conversation involves, churchwardens, PCC, curates, staff team and the diocese, who are being really supportive. The team are still catching up and getting used to the idea, but I am confident that Jesus will lead and equip them for this next part of the journey. Over the next few weeks the team will communicate clearly what the leadership structures will look like for this next season.

Please pray for us, for St Mags and for churches in Bath. 

God bless

Mark and Meg Searle






 


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Hope Filled Easter Weekend 

It has been a wonderful weekend here at St Mags.
 
We have been live at The Living Room with Access as well.
Access at The Living Room

Then a Family Fun Day.
Fun Day

Followed by 10 baptisms in the sea. Jesus is changing lives, one by one.
 

Mark Searle, 18/04/2017

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Bible reading apps

Reading the bible is really important. It not only helps us understand who God is and how to live well but actually creates space for the Holy Spirit to lead us into "all truth". 

 

At St Mags we have bibles that we give away to anyone who wants them. But if you are wanting to go a bit deeper, develop a regular pattern of reading and grow in your understanding, then just reading the bible by yourself can sometimes feel like quite hard work. Joining a group at St Mags is a really important thing to do. But there are also some great apps that can help you along the way.

 

I can recommend a couple:

 

Bible by Life.church

A great free app that comes with multiple versions of the bible for free, with excellent additional material including video. My favourite bit is that most bible versions have audio as well. This means you can have the app read the bible to you. They also have loads of bible reading plans. I use this app for my personal reading.

Bible App

 

 

Logos Bible by Faithlife 

Again a free app but with lots of paid options (some very expensive) aimed at deeper study. A wide range of other Christian study books available. The free package gives you a good set of basics. I use this app for preaching prep.

Bible Logos App

 

There are loads of others out there, whatever you use to read the bible, a real book or an app, reading regularly and widely is really helpful.

Mark Searle, 10/04/2017

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Growing Family

Thank you for being part of the St Mags family this year. We are not a building or even an institution but a gathering of people who are following Jesus and learning how to live life to the full. It is a privilege to be here with you.

Last year at St Mags we have welcomed a number of new people to serve on team and others who have stepped up to more formal roles. Nathan and Brigit, Rob and Cam, John, David and Ingalill. As well as having many people join the church family. We have started some new ventures like Access, pushed deeper into others like The Living Room and even had a gift day where you gave over £7000. The heart of our mission strategy is not a program or a course, but you and me. It begins when we stand in front of another person and simply ask the Holy Spirit how today we can play our part in sharing the good news of Jesus. You have all be doing this in extraordinary ways and it is deeply moving. Thank you for helping to live the vision of, Jesus: Full  Life for All.

We Are St Mags
(Image of St Mags Family locations 2016 - a church in mission)
 

Tough and Hopeful

In many ways, it has also been a tough year. A number of people in the church family have experienced significant loss through the death of a loved one, or things just not working out as you had hoped. Sometimes these things have been external but for others, the struggle has been in our thinking and mental health. One of the things I love about the St Mags family is that we are not afraid of these painful things. There is no need to hide away, but in fact, you can (and are specifically invited) to live with these things in the context of community. As together we make that daily choice to worship so we will begin to see things from God’s perspective.

Looking at the wider world we have also seen significant change and hardship. Brexit, Trump, continue terror attacks, Calais Jungle and Syria to name a few. How are we to handle our personal difficulties as well as society? Isaiah 9 gives us a hint.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called
    Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


We have hope not by ignoring the difficult things, but in the context of them. Into this world a child is born, a son is given. He is our wonderful counsellor and the prince of peace and his government is increasing daily.

So I pray that you will have a happy, peaceful and hope-filled Christmas.

God bless you loads

Mark and Meg


 

Mark Searle, 24/12/2016

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Sex talk at St Mags

Over the last few years, we have had a number of talks about relationships, porn, sex, sexuality. Some of these are first thoughts as part of the conversation some are things that Mark (the vicar) is thinking along the way. 

You can find a few links below to the original articles or talks.

At St Mags we want to try to talk about these things well and honestly. We will often not agree on everything, but we encourage you to take time to think deeply, to reflect on your journey and engage with the bible and culture.

In your conversations with others we encourage you to be loving, gracious and take the time to listen. In talking about these things we may not always use the right words and on occasion even speaking will offend but I encourage you to reflect, speak, listen and engage. God is good and loving.

If there are things that you would like to talk through with Mark then please do get in contact.

Enjoy, and be part of the conversation.

God bless

Mark

Sex is Good! + Resources

Porn on the brain

Sexuality, a different response 

Love Hurts


 


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The Densmores are coming 

I am excited that we can soon welcome Rob, Cam, Max and Ralph Densmore to Torquay. Rob has been studying at Dukes in the USA for the last few years and will be a curate (vicar in training) for the next 3-4 years. Cam grew up in the area and they will be moving back in August and they  are coming to be part of the St Mags family in September. 

Densmores

They will be part of a growing team here at St Mags. Rob is being ordained on Sunday 11th Sept as deacon, Nathan Kiyaga is being ordained priest on 25th Sept and we hope to also add a SWYM youth work trainee to the team very soon - watch this space.

Please pray for Rob, Cam, Max and Ralph as they prepare to move and that they would settle in well. 

Mark Searle, 27/07/2016

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Gathered in and around hope 

It has been quite a week. Some are pleased with the results of the referendum, while other are troubled, hurt or even angry. But this morning at St Mags, however people voted, we all gathered in the name of Jesus, to worship, prayer and seek first the unshakable kingdom of God. Each of us laid bits of paper around the cross as a simple declaration of hope.

Hope1000

This is what communities that are trying to follow Jesus can be like. So proud to be part of St Mags, so full of hope that lives are changing. 

Mark Searle, 26/06/2016

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