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audio_headsetWe are a Christian Church but are not a part of any particular denomination. We believe the Bible is God’s Word for us today. “Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God” We believe these seven words summarise what Jesus felt was the greatest commandment (Matthew 22: 37-39), and also what he shared with his followers by way of the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-20).

Listen to a couple of talks on Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God These messages are from Roger Frapwell, our Pastor (Both recorded on Sunday 6th January 2013) – Expand boxes below…

Talk - Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God - Part 1

Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God

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This file was recorded on 6th Jan 2013.

Speaker: Roger Frapwell,
Series: Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God
Date: 6th January 2013
Download: Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God - Part 1
Scriptures: Matthew 22: 37-39, Matthew 28: 18-20
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Talk - Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God - Part 2

Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God

Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God - The strapline of our Church

This is the strapline of our Church

Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God - Part 2

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This file was recorded 6th Jan 2013 by Pastor Roger Frapwell

Series: Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God
Date: 6th January 2013
Download: Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God - Part 2
Scriptures: Matthew 22: 37-39, Matthew 28: 18-20
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PURPOSE

We aim to fulfil this through an equal focus on five areas audio_headset

Where people are encouraged to BELONG in our Church family, to WORSHIP Jesus as Lord, to GROW in their faith, to SERVE using their God given gifts, and to SHARE God’s love with others. The first Christian Church was committed to these five areas, so we believe that our focusing on these same principles will enable us – with God’s help – to become both a balanced and biblical Church. We seek to express this through five areas, like the five points of a star if you like, and try to hold these in balance. ( Click on the titles below to read more about these five areas and also listen to a talk on each )

WORSHIP

Christians can look at this and immediately focus on the particular songs that are used, or whether or not there is a band or an organ…!

Worship, however, is of course far wider than our musical preference – and that is all it is.

We try to encourage people not to make a theology out of what is, in essence, their preferred musical style. After all, worship is for God, not us…That said, music is important. For many it has been the trigger to enable people to encounter God, or to sense His presence, and that’s great. Such precious occasions should be eagerly desired by each of us, but we believe we should worship God with our whole lives – offering all that we are to Him, not just the ‘music bit’. Does my whole life seek to honour God…? Am I worshipping God through my lifestyle…?  It’s not so much about how we are in Church together on a Sunday, but how I am when I leave Church for the rest of the week that matters!

The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God. God wants me to be a MAGNIFIER of his name. Psalm 34:3  says, ” O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt his name together ” (NASB). We are called to worship God.

There is an inborn urge to worship in every human being. If we don’t worship God, we will find a replacement – job, family, money, a sport, or even ourselves. That’s why the very first commandment says, “ You shall have no other god’s before me. ”

Listen to a talk on WORSHIPPING

The 5 Areas

Belonging, Worshipping, Growing, Serving and Sharing our faith

Where people are encouraged to BELONG in our Church family, to WORSHIP Jesus as Lord, to GROW in their faith, to SERVE using their God given gifts, and to SHARE God’s love with others.

Worshipping

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Part of our PURPOSE as a christian is to WORSHIP

Speaker: Roger Frapwell,
Series: The 5 Areas
Date: 10th February 2013
Download: Worshipping
Scriptures: Psalm 150:1-6, Exodus 27:1-19
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BELONG

Many people are looking for somewhere to belong, and Church is a great place to find what you are looking for. We aim to be people who belong through fellowship. Sounds a religious phrase I know, but it speaks of a real depth of friendship and trust, and this is only able to be cultivated in the context of meeting with other Christians.

Sundays and small groups are key for this, as are other social occasions. If you are new, or feel you are not getting to know people but would like to, do get in touch and we’ll help where we can. We recognise the value of friendship.

Why not ask for a free copy of our monthly magazine ‘The Bridge ’…?  The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God. God wants me to be a MEMBER of his family. This is the purpose of fellowship. The Bible is very clear that following Jesus is not just a matter of believing. It also includes belonging.

The Christian life is not a solo act. God has given us the Church as a spiritual family for our own benefit. Ephesians 2:19 (LB) says, “ … You are members of God’s very own family … and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian. ” For many, the first step towards ‘belonging’ is to be baptised. To find out more, view the page on  Baptism.

Listen to a talk on BELONGING

The 5 Areas

Belonging, Worshipping, Growing, Serving and Sharing our faith

Where people are encouraged to BELONG in our Church family, to WORSHIP Jesus as Lord, to GROW in their faith, to SERVE using their God given gifts, and to SHARE God’s love with others.

Belonging

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Part of our PURPOSE as a christian is to BELONG.

Speaker: Chris Webb,
Series: The 5 Areas
Date: 17th March 2013
Download: Belonging
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GROW

Of course when we say ‘grow’ we are not meaning in the physical sense! We mean in our understanding, and in our discovering what it means to be a Christian, to be a more effective follower of Jesus. This is what it means to be his disciple, and in this sense it is true that we all still have our ‘L’ plates on. There are no experts, and none of us have arrived, let alone worn the T-Shirt. A great place to grow spiritually is to join one of our many ‘ LIFE Groups ’, where we can learn from one another in smaller groups.If you have a load of other questions about the Christian faith, why not check out  www.rejesus.co.uk  – To help us to grow spiritually we also  give away a quarterly magazine   FREE  of charge.  The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God.

God wants me to be a MODEL of his character.

This is the goal of  Discipleship. God wants every Christian to grow up to become like His Son, Jesus, in character. Now there’s a challenge! In the New Testament, Paul gives us several specific areas where we are to model the character of Christ: “ … set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity ” (1 Timothy 4:12). Notice that maturity is not measured by one’s learning but by one’s  lifestyle.

Listen to a talk on GROWING

The 5 Areas

Belonging, Worshipping, Growing, Serving and Sharing our faith

Where people are encouraged to BELONG in our Church family, to WORSHIP Jesus as Lord, to GROW in their faith, to SERVE using their God given gifts, and to SHARE God’s love with others.

Growing

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Part of our PURPOSE as a christian is to GROW.

Speaker: Roger Frapwell,
Series: The 5 Areas
Date: 17th February 2013
Download: Growing
Scriptures: Judges 13:1-2, Judges 13:6-9, Judges 13:24-25, Judges 16:4-10, Judges 16:15-21, Judges 16:26-30
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SERVE

This isn’t just the business of Andrew Murray (the Tennis player). In fact, in Church, you could say it is a whole new ball game!  The Church is the largest voluntary organisation in the world. When we look at what “the Church should do… ” (and this could be at either a local or wider level) we need to realise that nothing will happen unless ‘we’ seek to serve. Jesus gave us an example we should follow (John 13) and we understand that this highlights the priority of serving others. At Dorchester Community Church there is somewhere for everyone to be involved in something – whether that be playing an instrument, making banners, helping kids, or something more behind the scenes like folding the welcome sheets, visiting those who can’t get out, creating posters, cleaning the toilets, giving hospitality, or writing articles for the local press…Of course, if you are new to us we would not expect this. Take your time. Make some friends, and see if you feel at home with us… but if you want to help with the washing up no-one will stop you!  The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God.

God wants me to be a MINISTER of his grace.

There is a responsibility for every Christian to  serve . God expects us to use the gifts, talents, and opportunities He gives us to benefit others, but it is ‘how’ we serve that matters. Is this willingly or grudgingly…? 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. ” God intends for every believer to have a ministry. Church is for participators, not spectators. Have you discovered your gifts…? If you would like to discuss this further, chat to one of the Leaders.

Listen to a talk on SERVING

The 5 Areas

Belonging, Worshipping, Growing, Serving and Sharing our faith

Where people are encouraged to BELONG in our Church family, to WORSHIP Jesus as Lord, to GROW in their faith, to SERVE using their God given gifts, and to SHARE God’s love with others.

Serving

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Part of our PURPOSE as a christian is to SERVE.

Speaker: Roger Frapwell,
Series: The 5 Areas
Date: 24th February 2013
Download: Serving
Scriptures: Isaiah 41:5-10, Isaiah 41:13-14, Isaiah 41:17-20
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SHARE

The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God.

God wants me to be a MESSENGER of his love.

This is the Church’s purpose of evangelism or, as we often say, of outreach. Once we become a Christian, we become messengers of the Good News to others in the Community. It’s part of the job description for every believer. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 says, ” For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you: we beg you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, receive the love he offers you – be reconciled to God. ” (LB)

We each have a mission on Earth and part of it includes sharing with others what we have in Jesus – both in word and in deed. Paul said, ”Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love. ” (Acts 20:24 LB)

While fulfilling these five areas of Church life are a responsibility of every Christian, they also provide spiritual, emotional, and relational benefits for us personally. The Church provides people with things they cannot find anywhere else in the world:

Worship – helps me focus on God;

Belonging – helps me face life’s problems;

Serving – helps me find my talents;

Growing – helps me fortify my faith; and

Sharing – helps me fulfill my mission.

No wonder Jesus said he came to give us “life in all its fullness “(John 10: 10)

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The 5 Areas

Belonging, Worshipping, Growing, Serving and Sharing our faith

Where people are encouraged to BELONG in our Church family, to WORSHIP Jesus as Lord, to GROW in their faith, to SERVE using their God given gifts, and to SHARE God’s love with others.

Sharing

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Part of our PURPOSE as a christian is to SHARE.

Speaker: Roger Frapwell,
Series: The 5 Areas
Date: 10th March 2013
Download: Sharing
Scriptures: Isaiah 49:1-10
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These five features were key to both the health and growth of the very first Church nearly 2,000 years ago. It was a natural result of what God was doing among them, and this is the kind of Church we want to be and to become. God still changes lives today. Come along at 10:00am on a Sunday morning and you’ll find out more of what it’s all about! Or, why not ask for a free copy of our bi-monthly magazine ‘ The Bridge ’…? If you have a load of other questions about the Christian faith, why not check out http://www.rejesus.co.uk

VISION

Our Vision is to be a Church…

  • Where everyone feels accepted.  (BELONG)

  • Where prayer underpins everything we do and is reflected in our lifestyle.  (WORSHIP)

  • Where everyone is encouraged to be actively involved and be part of a team.  (SERVE)

  • Where everyone is encouraged to be attached to a small group.  (GROW)

  • Where we engage with the community in order to reach people in a relevant, creative and excellent way.  (SHARE)

THE DREAM

“I have a Dream…”

Pastor Roger Frapwell

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people…” (Acts 2: 46)

On 11th April 2010, Roger read the above verse and then shared the following…

There was a sharing as they met together – conversation, worship, prayer, communion, meals, meeting one another’s needs. There was a genuine positive spirit as they met together – they were authentic and real, yet sought to be positive, encouraging, engaging, seeking out the good.

There was a desire to meet together – if there wasn’t they wouldn’t have met! Whatever our motive for coming to Church, in our own “temple court”, it’s so much better and easier if there is a desire to be together. While there are always genuine reasons for absence, without the desire we find it easier to make excuses, and we can be very clever at justifying these.

There was a commitment to meet together – Every day! This is not a prescription for us but it does outline their commitment to one another, and also what they saw as one of their top priorities. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another” (Heb 10: 25).

They met daily – didn’t they work?! The whole Church could not possibly have been there all the time. So let’s imagine what that might have looked like… Maybe their central meeting place was simply open all through the day and people from the Church came and went as they were able…? Imagine that being the case in our potential new building? Picture it in your mind and allow yourself to be taken on a journey of what could be… imagine…

…. Someone comes to the Church at 5am to open up because there’s an early morning prayer meeting going on that’s been growing for weeks. Early risers from the community don’t understand it. From 7am onwards several come in for breakfast, have a quick chat, share their day’s prayer needs and go on to work. Someone’s in the kitchen preparing communion for later. Just after 9am some flustered parents arrive for coffee and to offload their various children orientated frustrations. Several share an idea of starting a parenting course and wonder what the local health visitor might think? The smell of fresh coffee seeps out into the streets. Good news begins to spread. Various community groups use the building through the day, it’s rare to find a room that’s not in use.

About 11 O’clock some of the older members meet up for a group they’ve started running, today they’re considering how to reach those who can’t get out of their homes. 12 till 2 people working close by pop in to have their lunch at the Church and catch up with others who are there. They look through into one of the halls to see the parent and toddler group in full swing and hear the older members finish their group with a final hymn of praise. One member arrives to hoover the coffee lounge, another to change the posters and another turns up to give a lick of paint to one of the upstairs rooms.

At 2pm there’s an advice clinic for those with money concerns. As one lady leaves she comments to someone from the Church at the Reception desk that there’s something so good she feels about the place and the people whenever she comes. Smiles are exchanged. She picks up a leaflet about the Church on her way out. “You know, I might just see you Sunday!” From 3pm kids turn up in their uniforms, munching gummies and swigging from coke cans, some to be met by their parents, others to do homework in a side room with pop videos on in the background to ‘help them concentrate’, then from 4pm till 6pm there’s an after school club taking place.

At 6pm there’s a mixture of parents, kids and people popping in on their way home from work. Stories are shared of what God has done that day, one person saying that someone from where he works, who the Church had been praying for, has been healed. Everyone remembers the theme we had as a Church, that “Just one touch from the King… changes everything.” He wants to talk about how he could pray to God and whether there are any special words you have to use. There’s several prayer requests listed on the notice board for the intercessory prayer team to pick up at 7pm. A couple Trustees arrive to prepare for a meeting they have with members on the Council on plans for the Church to be able to extend because there’s not enough room – again! This meeting has been the Council’s initiative… “we need more of what you are doing, it’s making such a difference to the Town” they say.

Soon after there’s more hubbub in the kitchen as food is prepared for an ‘Alpha’ course running that evening, then the Youth Pastor’s rushing around like a mad thing getting things organised for the youth group due to start at 8 O’Clock. He’s expecting about 60 young people tonight. Noise increases as teenagers descend upon the Church. There’s a mixture of laughter and music from one end of the Church and intense discussion the other end in ‘Alpha’. Other members arrive to clear up the kitchen or help with the youth or to pray.

At 10pm one young person is being consoled by someone in a corner, elsewhere a young couple are continuing their conversation, feeling that they should no longer live together but be married. Other members arrive, one starts cleaning, another goes upstairs to photocopy some study notes for their ‘LIFE Group’ tomorrow, another pops in as they’ve just finished their shift at work and they see the chairs need to be sorted. Others see and lend a hand. There’s an evident oneness as each person plays their part. No superstars, just a team. There’s a cheer from somewhere as news breaks out that the young person being consoled has just become a Christian. This is shared with several others as they arrive to prepare soup to take out on the streets at midnight. As they venture out in the cold a couple of guys stay behind as a man has turned up badly beaten up.

He knew the church would be open and had hoped that someone might be there to help him They were. By 1am he’s on his way, just as those on the soup run return. Tired but satisfied, the day’s events are committed to God. Those there pray for one another, they share bread and wine, closing with a rousing chorus of `To God be the Glory’. The doors are closed. Silence.

Just 4 hours to go before someone arrives to unlock the Church for another day of opportunity. What a Church!

Listen, `Dorchester Community Church’, I have a dream … Where one day we will be that Church! Will you join me on that journey ….? Let us pray in faith to this end…

Roger

GOALS

Our Goals for the year 2019

  • To better resource Junior Church
  • To run an ‘Alpha’ course (Thursday evenings)
  • To develop the 9-12 youth group
  • To run a Family Fun Day (hopefully with Damers School)
  • To build a team for youth initiatives
  • To establish a Health & Safety group
  • To encourage a more positive ‘small group culture’ within the life of the Church

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