Hair Today… Gone Tomorrow. Again!

One of our members has gone all hairy in order to raise money to support Youth Work taking place here at Bolton Villas Family Church as well as for emerge in Bradford. Justin has been growing his hair, beard and moustache since doing Movember in November 2019 and plans to have it all shaved off nearly 7 months later in May 2020.

Justin’s fundraising page on Give As You Live gives more details about the work he is aiming to support as well as providing some increasingly hairy pictures of the man in question.

Hair Today Collage 1

This isn’t the first time Justin has gone bald in aid of Bolton Villas as he did something similar in 2009 when we were raising money for a re-building project. However this particular campaign is proving to be more hair-raising than previously as we’re currently speculating as to whether the beard will be long enough for plaits!

Give As You Live Donate logo

So, please do support Justin’s fundraising campaign by visiting his donation page and supporting both these wonderful causes (even if we do say so ourselves!).

Thanking you in advance.

You can help us to raise FREE funds…

Bolton Villas Family Church is pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with Give As You Live to help raise FREE funds.

If you’d like to help us do this then all you need to do is to sign up to the Give As You Live website, choose Bolton Villas United Reformed Church Charity as your chosen charity and every time you shop online via Give As You Live a FREE donation will be made to us and it won’t cost you a penny extra!

Give As You Live has over 4,000 retailers including Amazon, eBay, John Lewis and Expedia. Plus, you can also compare insurance and energy companies, get voucher codes and create donations and fundraising pages all to help raise money for our charity.

To get started click on the image below or visit www.giveasyoulive.com/join/boltonvillasfamilychurch.

Give As You Live poster

Month of Prayer

During January 2020 we will be spending the month focused on prayer. As well as our regular Sunday services we will also be holding some daily open prayer meetings. We’re going to be asking God to cleanse us and refresh us.

Why? Because we believe God has spoken to us. We believe He has given us a prophecy.  We believe He is telling us:

It’s not working.
Lay things down.
Come to Me in prayer
and see how I will restore you.

We believe God is calling us to spend time praying and listening to Him.  We must therefore be obedient.

You are very welcome to join us in prayer, either virtually or in person. As part of our month of prayer we have also put together a Prayer Diary of Bible verses that we’ll be praying through twice a day. If you would like a copy then please email [email protected].

January 2020 Month of Prayer Poster

Start Course

If you have questions about God, Jesus and the journey of life then why not come along to our Introductory Night where we’ll tell you all about our Start Course which will run over 6 sessions in the following weeks (at a time to be decided with the participants).

There’ll be no pressure, just open friendly conversation about matters of faith. We’d love to see you.

Start Course Poster

Wrestling with Life

We’re running a Live Pro Wrestling event on Friday 25th October 2019, the evening will feature lots of action along with the story of a life transformed. It is a ticketed event and tickets cost: Adults £5; Under 16s £2; Family Ticket £12. Tickets can be purchased from Refreshed, our charity shop and cafe. There will be refreshments including hot dogs and cheesy nachos available.

Wrestling with Life event poster

Harvest Festival

Our Harvest service takes place on Sunday 29th September. This year all donated goods will be split between two local charities, the North Bradford Foodbank and Caring for Life. Both are great organisations that do a lot of good work in the communities in which they’re based. If you’d like to support us as we support them then these are the goods they’re looking for.

Bradford North Foodbank Harvest Poster 2019
Caring for Life Harvest Poster 2019

Freedom!

We’ve got a new banner going up on the outside of our church today. This is a quote from 2 Corinthians chapter 3, and it reminds us that when we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, when we receive the Holy Spirit therefore we are truly free. This is because we are no longer bound by sin and death. Christ died so that we might receive eternal life. Amen!

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

Jesus said: I am the Light of the World

A new Banner should be going up on the outside of Church this week. This quote comes from John’s Gospel chapter 8; it is a reminder that no matter what we have going on in our lives Jesus is always there. That even in the midst of total darkness, even when we have sunk down into the deepest darkest despair we could possibly imagine He is there. Jesus provides the light we need to find our way back out into the sunshine.

Banner: Light of the World

New Banner

A new Banner has gone up on the outside of our church this weekend. As everyone starts thinking about their summer holidays and time away from work or School, time to relax away from all those pressures which we live with in our day to day lives we encourage you to Be still and know God is with you.

Be Still and Know that I am God banner

New Painting

Our Senior Pastor, Rev Ashley Evans, is part-way through a sabbatical period at the moment. He’s using part of his time to do some painting and here’s his latest one. This is all about Walking the walk. Searching, seeking, asking & praying. (Seek and ye shall find- Luke 11:5).

To find out more about what Ashley is up to then head on over to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/boltonvillaschurch/.

Painting by Rev Ashley Evans