Close Encounters with the Risen Christ
A series looking at characters who encountered the Risen Jesus and how they found encouragement, strength and purpose to keep on going.



Sermon Text

Sermon Title

8 Apr 2018

Easter 2

John 20:24-31

Close Encounters with the Risen Christ: Thomas

15 Apr 2018

Easter 3

 Acts 14

Release International

22 Apr 2018

Easter 4

John 21:1-19

Close Encounters with the Risen Christ: Peter

6 May 2018

Easter 6

Mark 16:14-18

Matt 28:16-20

Close Encounters with the Risen Christ: Disciples

13 May 2018

Easter 7

Acts 9:1-31

Close Encounters with the Risen Christ: Saul

20 May 2018

Pentecost Sunday 

Acts 2:1-20




  Past Sermons :Jigsaw - Services

church roof and tower

He is Risen

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sun 1st April 2018

Mark 16:1-19

This morning we look at Mark's Account of the resurrection.

Palm Sunday

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
SUn 25th Mar 2018


Life Group guidelines

 Mark 11:1-26

“Blinded by Religious Expectation & Failures”




            Can you think of a time when you couldn’t see the obvious – even when it was right in front of you?  Why could you not see the obvious?


            Can you think of any beliefs or views that you held to that you have changed your mind on over the years of being a Christian?  What were they and why have you changed your mind about them?


            If any of these beliefs were about God, as Father, or about Jesus’ ability to


to do something for you, or about the power of the Holy Spirit to enable you to do something, how did that change effect your relationship with God if it did? 


            How can we strengthen our faith when we realise that we have misunderstood something about God and perhaps a time of testing or hardship has shown that up? 


             The untruth that we accepted was our untruth and not God’s – as in the case of Jesus’ welcome into Jerusalem – many saw his task as obvious (to kick the Romans out and establish a Jewish Kingdom again) but it was different than expected but went to a much greater and a more revolutionary depth.  Could our wrong theology have caused us to miss God’s plans of greater and more revolutionary depth working in our lives?  


            As we welcome King Jesus into our lives and our family and our church – what might we sacrificially lay before Him as our act of welcome and worship?


            Jesus confronted the Temple institution for its failure to be a lightbearer to the nations and in the dramatic act of cursing the fig tree spoke judgement over it.  Could there be something within our thinking or doing (something where we are disobedient, unfaithful, neglectful, sinful) where we are failing to be what God is calling / expecting us to be that we need to repent of and be cleansed of, find forgiveness for?


             What could you go and do this week as an individual or Lifegroup in response to what you’ve heard and discussed tonight?


(AAA: Remembering the three A’s of doing the Word,




Changing Attitude's

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sun 18th Mar 2018

Life Group guidelines

 “Marks Gospel: The story of Jesus”

“Changing attitudes”    

(READINGS: Mark 10:1-52)


  • Ice Breaker: -Share a time when you needed to change your attitude.
  • In this chapter Jesus sets out a number of paradox Statements that at first glance appear contradictory.
  • Two shall be one
    • In marriage we find this statement.  What does this say about closeness?  
    • What attitude does Jesus refer to that says divorce was necessary?  
  • Adults shall be children
    • How do you have faith like a child?
    • Where are you struggling to simply trust God with childlike faith?  
  • First shall be last
    • The young man said he kept the commandments but how had he failed?
    • What would Jesus say to you?  What do you need to do to follow him?
  • Servants shall be rulers
    • How does Gods economy differ from the world’s?


  • Poor become rich.
    • How was the poor beggar made rich?  
    • What was his response to Jesus?

Take a few moments to pray into how you feel God wants to change your attitudes.