All Talks

Vision – Transformed Church – John 4:27 – 38

David Walker

16/09/18

David continues our series looking at the Vision of Greyfriars.  This week we look at what it means to be part of a transformed church.  We look at the healing and acceptance that comes from new life in Christ.  How we are continually redeemed and restored and that through this process our lives revel the truth of who Christ is.  David reminds us that a transformed church is marked by Healing, Holiness, Obedience and Generosity.  During the series we will be focusing our response in three areas – prayer, giving and serving.  This week we are encouraged to respond with a prayerful look at how we give.

Vision – Christ Transforming Us – John 4:1-26

David Walker

09/09/18

David begins our series looking at Greyfriars Vision to see Reading transformed by the love and power of Jesus.  He looks at the need for us to be transformed by the power of Christ in our lives and that as we see this transformation in us it will begin to flow outward.

He challenges us with three questions from the passage:

Do we need transformation?  What does transformation look like?  Are we hungry for more of Christ in our lives?

You can download the prayer guide here Greyfriars Vision Prayer Guide

Action Heroes – Priscilla & Aquila – Acts 11:4, 18-19 & 24-26

Sarah Jones

02/09/18

In the last of our summer series looking at the action heroes of Acts Sarah sees what we can learn from the actions of Priscilla and Aquilla.

Action Heroes – Paul – Acts 17:8-11 & 33-44

Jonathan Thatcher

26/08/18

Jonathan looks at how Paul dealt with difficult situations in his life.  He encourages us to recognise that God allows us to go through these times as part of making us the person he wants us to be.  He challenges us that if we are not currently experiencing hardship to be investing and preparing for when these times come.

Action Heroes – Lydia – Acts 16:11-15

Fiona Pollard

19/08/18

Fiona encourages us to consider where is God looking to take us and what new challenges does he want us to say yes to.

Action Heroes – Peter – Acts 12:5-17

Dan Bright

12/08/18

Dan unpacks Peter’s miraculous escape from prison with a focus on freedom and stepping out in the spirit.

Action Heroes – Acts 11:19-26 – Barnabas

Hayley Searle-Barnes

05/08/18

Hayley continues our summer series in Acts with a look at Barnabas the encourager.

Action Heroes – Paul & Barnabas – Acts 14:8-20

David Walker

29/07/18

David begins our series in Acts looking at the visit of Paul and Barnabas to Lystra and Derbe

Walk to Freedom – Freedom’s Joy – Exodus 40:1-5 & 34-38 am

Annie Wilmot

22/07/18

Annie concludes our series in Exodus with a reminder that God still guides today as he did with the Israelites.

Walk to Freedom – Freedom’s Joy – Exodus 40:1-5 & 34-38

Dan Bright

21/07/18

Walk to Freedom – Freedom to be Shared – Exodus 34:29-35 & 2 Cor 3:7-18

15/07/18

Andy continues our series in Exodus.  He reminds us that in the difficult times, the good times and the new times there is good news to be shared.  Let our light shine!

Walk to Freedom – Freedom under Threat Exodus 32:1-14

08/07/18

This week Sarah looks at how we can experience freedom even in the face of threats.  She focuses on how Jesus brings us that Freedom.

Walk to Freedom – Living in Freedom – Ex 19:3-13

01/07/18

John continues our series in Exodus considering what it means to live in freedom.

Walk to Freedom – Exodus 16:1-18 -Freedom to Trust

David Walker

24/06/18

David continues our series in Exodus  with a look at how God met the needs of the Israelites through the provision of Manna and Quail.  He looks at the lessons we can learn about trusting God.

Tough Questions – Is Christianity Sexist?

Visiting Speaker

17/06/18

Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics challenges us as she tackles the Tough Question “Is Christianity Sexist?”

Baptism Service – John 3:1-8

Visiting Speaker

10/06/18

Bishop Andrew looks at Nicodemus’s encounter with Jesus and what lessons we can learn.

Walk to Freedom – Passover – Exodus 11:1 & 12:21-30

Sarah Jones

03/06/18

Sarah continues our series in Exodus with a look at the Passover.  She considers how in times of despair, when we ask where is our God, that the Passover reminds us that he is the one that brought Israel out of Egypt.  She looks at how the Passover points forward to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and the freedom that His sacrifice can bring to us.

Walk to Freedom – Exodus 3 v 1-15 pm

Dan Bright

27/05/18

Walk to Freedom – Exodus 3:1-15 am

Joy Atkins

Joy introduces our new series looking at the book of Exodus.  She challenges us to live out the freedom that has been won for us by Jesus.

Pentecost – Acts 2-1-21

Hayley Searle-Barnes

20/05/18

Hayley looks at the events of the first Pentecost.  She challenges us to be followers of Christ that are prepared to proclaim the will of God in the power of the Holy Spirit so that all who call on the name of the lord may be saved.

LIVING LIKE CHRIST – In Humility and Endurance 1 Peter 5:1-11

David Walker

13/05/18

David leads us through this passage.  He reminds us of the challenge of facing up to a hungry lion and encourages us in how to stand firm.  He reminds us of the importance of taking up the full armour of God on a daily basis.

LIVING LIKE CHRIST – holy and loving – 1 Peter 4:1-11 – am

Sarah Jones

06/05/18

LIVING LIKE CHRIST – holy and loving – 1 Peter 4:1-11- pm

Joy Atkins

Living Like Christ – Being a True Witness – 1 Peter 3:8-22

John Hudson

29/04/18

John looks at the challenge to make difficult choices in our walk with Christ, reminding us why it is that we are called to live this way.

Living Like Christ – Submitting To Others – 1 Peter 2:11 – 3:7

Dan Bright

22/04/18

Dan takes a look at this passage and challenges us to be different.  He asked us whether, if life were a spot the difference competition would our lives as followers of Jesus would make us stand out as different.  In a different approach Dan used emoji’s to illustrate his talk.  If you would like to see click here Dan Bright 1 Peter 2

Living Like Christ – A New Identity 1 Peter 2-1-10

David Walker

15/04/18

David reminds us of the wonderful fact that we are accepted, called, loved and forgiven.  He encouraged us to think about who we are listening to.

Living Like Christ – Saved and Holy – 1 Peter 1:1-16

Hayley Searle-Barnes

08/04/18

Haley introduces our new series on 1 Peter.  She reminds us of all that Jesus has done for us through his death and resurrection.

Easter Sunday – PM – Luke 24

Sarah Jones

01/04/18

Sarah looks at the miracle of the first Easter.  She challenges us that if we have never experienced the resurrection power of Jesus in our lives to invite Him enter our life and accept the gift of his resurrection for ourselves

Easter Sunday Morning – Luke 24

David Walker

David talks about the miracle of resurrection and looks at the joyful events of the first Easter

Palm Sunday – Matthew 21:1-11 – pm

Joy Atkins

25/03/18

In this week running up to Easter Joy looks at the events of the first Palm Sunday and considers the impact on us today

Palm Sunday – Matthew 21:1-11 – am

Andy Storch

Andy Storch guides us through the events of the first Palm Sunday.  He encourages us to think through which of the various scenes we would fit into and which character we would be.

The Beatitudes – Blessed are the Persecuted – Matt 5:10-12 & 1 Peter 4:12-19

David Walker

18/03/18

The Beatitudes – Blessed are the Persecuted – Matt 5:10-12 & 1 pet 4:12-19 (PM service)

Fiona Pollard

The Beatitudes – Blessed are the Peacemakers – Matt. 5: 6 & 9 and Colossians 1:19-23

John Hudson

11/03/18

John continues our series on the Beatitudes looking at blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness and blessed are the peacemakers.  He encourages us that we are part of God’s plan to bring righteousness on earth.  He points out that we should be peace bringers to those in our direct circle of influence.  He also challenges us that if we do not know the peace of knowing Jesus.  The gift of his peace then we need to turn to God and come to him.

Blessed are the Meek – Matt 5:5-8 & Psalm 51:10-17

Sarah Jones

04/03/18

Sarah continues our series looking at the Beatitudes.  She challenges us that we need to be involved in daily heartwork and that our starting place is recognising that we do not have pure hearts.

The Beatitudes – Blessed are those who mourn – Matt. 5:4 & 7 and Isaiah 61:1 – 4 (am service)

Annie Wilmot

25/02/18

Annie Willmot continues our series on the Beatitudes looking at those who mourn and those who are merciful.

The Beatitudes – Blessed are those who mourn – Matt. 5:4 & 7 and Isaiah 61:1 – 4 (pm service)

David Walker

David continues our series looking at the Beatitudes.  He reminds us of the challenges that face both those who are mourning and how we should respond and support them.

The Beatitudes – Blessed are the poor in spirit – Matt. 5:1 – 3 & Deut. 8:10 – 18

Dan Bright

18/02/18

Dan introduces our series looking at the Beatitudes.  He reminds us that without Christ we are all poor in spirit and that we should come as we are to Jesus who wants to show us the Kingdom of Heaven.  He points out that the Beatitudes are attributes of the whole church, unlike spiritual gifts which are individual.

Prepare for the Storm – Trust in God – Matt 8:23-27

David Walker

11/02/18

David reminds us that in life we will face storms and that as Christians we are not exempt.  He encourages us to plan ahead and to create a storm shelter ready for when the storm breaks.  He reminds us when the going gets tough we need to trust in God to see us through.

Click here to see the video David refers to in his sermon Huddle against the storm

This is Church – A Missional Community – Mark 16:14-20

David Walker

04/02/18

David concludes our series looking at what it means to “be Church” with a reminder that we are called to look outward – to be missionaries where we are.

This is Church – A Missional Community – Bishop Andrew am service

Bishop Andrew encouraged us to be a church living on the outside.    To feel the glory of god flowing out through us into the world.  He encouraged us to  have the courage to live outdoor lives.  And he reminded us that our core purpose making Christians new and making new Christians.

This is Church – A Growing Community – Mark 10:35-45

28/01/18

Joy challenges us to look at what love looks like in a church setting and encourages us that a result of how we love will be a desire to serve.  As a church we were encouraged to consider where we might get involved.  A booklet of different areas of ministry has been produced to help us prayerfully consider what God would have us do.  It is also a great resource to help inform us in our prayers for those who are serving. This is Church – Service Booklet

This is Church – A Generous Community – Mark 12:41-44

David Walker

21/01/18

David continues our series focusing our thoughts towards our giving.  He encouraged us to look to God for direction as to what we should be giving.

To see more about supporting the church go to the Giving and Serving page of the website.

This is Church – A Gathered Church

Sarah Jones

14/01/18

Sarah encourages us on the importance of meeting together for corporate support and encouragement, because we are hungry to be in the presence of Jesus and because we long to have our hunger satisfied as we are fed.

This is Church – A Praying Community – Mark 1:35-39

David Walker

07/01/18

David introduces our new series on what it means to be Church.  Today we look at the importance of being a praying community.  David encourages us to look at the why, what, when of prayer and challenges us to take a new focus on prayer in our lives.

Christ will Come Again – Matt 1:18-25

Sarah Jones

17/12/17

Carol Service – The Christmas Connection

10/12/17

J John points us towards the true meaning of Christmas and challenges us, if we have not done so, to open the gift that God has given us in Jesus Christ.

God With Us – Matthew 1:1-17 pm

Joy Atkins

03/12/17

God With Us – Matthew 1:1-17 – am

Anthony Wisdom

Anthony encourages us to look towards Christmas, and the celebration of the birth of Jesus with expectation

Micah 7:7-10, 14-20 – A message of compassion – David Walker

David Walker

26/11/17

Micah 7:7-10, 14-20 – A message of compassion – Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Micah 6:6-8 – A Message about true worship

Sarah Jones

19/11/17

Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4 – A Message of Hope pm Service

Joy Atkins

12/11/17

Joy continues our series in Micah

Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4 – A Message of Hope am Service

David Walker

David continues our series looking at the book of Micah.  He reminds us that God has a plan, a perfect plan, and when life gets troubled and difficult we need to look to him for reassurance.

Micah – A Message Against Injustice – Micah 2:1-2, 6-11 & 3:9-12

05/11/17

Bishop Steven continues our series in Micah with a challenging look at where we see injustice around us

Micah – A Message of Sorrow – Micah 1:1-9

David Walker

29/10/17

David introduces our new series looking at the book of Micah

Tough Questions – The Environment

Visiting Speaker

22/10/17

In the first in our occasional series looking at tough questions, Mari Ovsepyan from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics encourages us to look at the impact we are having on our environment.  She challenges us to question our way of life with a view to reducing the impact we have on our world.

Spirit Filled Life – The Mission of the Spirit – Acts 8:26-40

Sarah Jones

15/10/17

Sarah concludes our series on the Spirit Filled Life .  She challenges us to see that what we have heard about in previous weeks points in one direction and that is towards mission. She encourages us to be open to the work that the Spirit wants us to do and asks the question how available are we God and his purposes.   She reminds us that our job is to be available to point others to Jesus.

Spirit Filled Life – Gifts of the Spirit (Pt. 2) – 1 Cor. 12:1-11

Joy Atkins

08/10/17

Joy completes our look at the Gifts of the Spirit.  She challenged us over the effective use of the gift of faith,  healing, and miraculous works. She encourages us to ask God for his gifts.

Spirit Filled Life – Gifts of the Spirit Pt 1 – 1 Cor. 12:1-11

David Walker

01/10/17

David takes the first of two sessions looking at the gifts of the Spirit.  He reminds us that as a body we are made up of many parts with different gifts.  He challenges us to ask: what gifts have you given me, and what is the purpose of these gifts?

Spirit Filled Life – Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:16-26

David Walker

24/09/17

David looks at conflicts in life through the filter of the fruit of the Spirit and shows us how love underpins each of the fruit.

Spirit Filled Life – Who can be filled and how? – Joel 2:28 – 32 & Acts 10:44 – 48

John Hudson

17/09/17

John Hudson challenges us to open up our thinking with regards to the filling of our lives by the Holy Spirit

Spirit Filled Life – Who is the Spirit? – John 14:15-26

David Walker

10/09/17

David continues our series looking at the person of the Holy Spirit

Spirit Filled Life – Do we need the Spirit – Ezekiel 37:1-14

Sarah Jones

03/09/17

Sarah introduces our new series on the Spirit Filled Life.  Looking at Ezekiel’s prophecy of the dry bones she reminds us of how God forms and then fills us with His Spirit enabling us to see things in a different way.

Jesus Meets …. The Desperate Mark 5:24-34

Hayley Searle-Barnes

27/08/17

Hayley concludes our series on Encounters with Jesus with a look at how a chronically ill woman believes Jesus can heal her.  Her encounter with Jesus sees her healed and so much more.

Jesus Meets the ….. Untouchable – Mark 1:40-45

Sarah Jones

20/08/17

Sarah encourages us by looking at how Jesus related to the untouchables of his day. She challenged us as to how we can respond.

Jesus Meets……..The Collaborator 7.00pm – Dan Bright – Luke 19 v1 – 10

Dan Bright

13/08/17

Dan continues our series looking at how an encounter with Jesus changed everything for Zacchaeus, and how we can experience the same change in our lives.

Jesus Meets ….. The Grieving – Luke 7:11-17

Tom Girdler

06/08/17

Tom continues our series looking at the circumstances surrounding the raising of the widow of Nain’s son

Jesus Meets ….. the Privileged – Mark 10:17-31

John Hudson

30/07/17

Jesus Meets ….. The Outcast – John 4:7-26 – 6.30pm

David Walker

23/07/17

David introduces our new series of people who met Jesus with a look at his encounter with the Samaritan women.

Jesus Meets ….. The Outcast – John 4:7-26 11.30am

Leonard Onugha

Leonard introduces our new series with an interesting look at the story of the Samaritan woman

Faith Under Pressure – Injustice – Daniel 6

Sarah Jones

16/07/17

Sarah concludes our series in Daniel with a look at how to manage when we feel hard done by.

Faith Under Pressure – Self Love – Daniel 5

David Walker

09/07/17

Faith Under Pressure – Pride – Daniel 4

Fiona Pollard

02/07/17

Faith Under Pressure – Idolatry – Daniel 3

Joy Atkins

25/06/17

Joy looks at the pressures we all face when our priorities in life displace our faith in Jesus. An challenges us to stand up against conforming.

Faith Under Pressure – Fear – Daniel 2

Andy Storch

18/06/17

Using Daniel 2 Andy gives us some good guidance on how to deal with the challenge of fear in our lives.

Faith Under Pressure – Daniel 1:1-20

David Walker

12/06/17

David introduces our new series on the book of Daniel – Faith Under Pressure.  What does it mean to take a stand rather than to conform?  How can we stand together in community.

Who we are in Christ – Spirit Filled – Ephesians 6:10-20

Dan Bright

04/06/17

Dan challenges to be outward looking and missional as a result of being filled with the spirit

Who we are in Christ – Relational – Ephesians 5:23-33

David Walker

28/05/17

David challenges us to consider how our walk with Christ should influence and affect our relationships

Who we are in Christ – Holy – Ephesians 4:7-24 & 5:8-14 pm service

Hayley Searle-Barnes

21/05/17

Who we are in Christ – Holy – Ephesians 4:7- 24 & 5:8-14 am service

Visiting Speaker

We continue our series in Ephesians with a look at what it means to be Holy in Christ

Who we are in Christ – United Ephesians 4:1-16

Philip Giddings

14/05/17

Who we are in Christ – Messengers Ephesians 3:1-13

Sarah Jones

07/05/17

Sarah looks at what it means to be God’s messengers and challenges us to look at how we reflect his love around us

Who we are in Christ – Transformed – Ephesians 2: 1-10

David Walker

30/04/17

David continues our series in Ephesians looking at the transforming power of Jesus Christ

Who we are in Christ – Chosen – Ephesians 1 v 3-14

Philip Giddings

23/04/17

Easter Sunday Evening – John 21 1 – 17

David Walker

16/04/17

David looks at some of the events following the resurection

Maundy Thursday – John 13 1-17

Sarah Jones

13/04/17

Sarah Jones considers the events surrounding the Last Supper and in particular the significance of Jesus washing the disciples feet

What did Jesus Say ……… about money and possessions – Matt. 6:19-24

Simon Thomas

09/04/17

How much is enough?  Simon considers the challenge presented by possessions, or lack of.  He looks at what Jesus had to say about what we own and how we should give.

What did Jesus Say? ……… Love your enemies Matt 5:38-48

Sarah Jones

02/04/17

Sarah deals with the tricky question of what it means to love our enemies

What did Jesus say about ………. Life’s Worries – Matthew 6:25-34

Fiona Pollard

26/03/17

Fiona looks at what lessons we can learn from the Sermon on the Mount about handling what life throws at us.

What did Jesus say about ….. Relationships – Matt 5:21 – 32

David Walker

19/03/17

David continues our series on the Sermon on the Mount with a challenging look how we should manage our relationships with others

What did Jesus say about…… Distinctive Living – Matthew 5-13-20

John Hudson

11/03/17

John continues our series on the Sermon on the Mount challenging us to be different in the way we live our lives.

What Did Jesus Say …. Our Character – Matthew 5:1-12 – pm

Dan Bright

05/03/17

Dan Bright introduces our new series on the Sermon on the Mount with a look at what Jesus said about our character

What Did Jesus Say …. Our Character – Matthew 5:1-12 – am

Anthony Wisdom

We Believe in… The World to Come 1 Cor. 15:12-19

Andy Storch

26/02/17

Michael Lloyd – The Trinity

Visiting Speaker

19/02/17

Michael Lloyd of Wycliffe Hall leads us through the challenging concept of the Trinity

Download his talk outline here M.Lloyd Trinity Notes

Nigel Harris CEO Tearfund

Visiting Speaker

12/02/17

Nigel CEO of Tearfund shares how Isaiah 58 gives purpose to their mission

Living for God at Work – Jen Logan (LICC)

Visiting Speaker

07/02/17

Jen looks at the challenges of living out a Christian life in the workplace. She offers some practical advice to help us.

We believe in… The Church – Ephesians 2

Sarah Jones

05/02/17

Continuing our series on the Creed Sarah looks at what it means to believe in the Church

We Believe in ….. the Holy Spirit – John 16

David Walker

29/01/17

We believe in… Jesus’ death and resurrection Acts 2:22-39 (pm Service)

Hayley Searle-Barnes

22/01/17

Continuing our series on the Creed looking at Jesus’ death and resurrection

We believe in… Jesus’ death and resurrection Acts 2:22-39 (am Service)

Philip Giddings

Philip continues our series on the Creed looking at Jesus’ death and resurrection

We believe in…One Lord, Jesus Christ – Matthew 7-21-23; Colossians 1-15-20

Visiting Speaker

15/01/17

We believe in… One Lord, Jesus Christ Col.1:15-20

Sarah Jones

Continuing our series on the Creed Sarah considers the phrase “One Lord, Jesus Christ”

We believe in… One God, the Father Isaiah 45:18-25

David Walker

08/01/17

“A new series on the foundations of our faith, from the book of Isaiah”

Dec 18th 7.00pm Getting Ready: for His birth Luke 1:26-38

Fiona Pollard

18/12/16

Fiona looks at what it means to say “yes” to Jesus

11th Dec 10am Getting Ready – for His birth – Luke 1:26-38

Philip Giddings

11/12/16

Getting Ready – For His Return 2 Peter 3:3-13

John Hudson

04/12/16

Getting Ready – For His Return 2 Peter 3:3-13

Dan Bright

Getting Ready:For a Saviour – Isaiah 53:2 – 12

David Walker

27/11/16

David begins a three-part Advent series asking “are you ready for Jesus?

The Maturing Church – Transformed by Christ, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Sarah Jones

25/11/16

The Maturing Church – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Philip Giddings

16/11/16

Maturing Church – Holy Lives 1 Thess. 4:1-12

David Walker

10/11/16

Maturing Church – Unbreakable Faith

Hayley Searle-Barnes

02/11/16

Hayley Searle-Barnes, our Student Pastor, looks at what it means to stand firm in the faith

Maturing Church – Courageous Witness

David Walker

23/10/16

Integrity matters: David explores the Apostle Paul’s focus on character

Maturing Church: A Model for Others

David Walker

16/10/16

The Harvest is Plentiful Matt 9:35-38

Sarah Jones

10/10/16

Sarah helps explain the significance of Jesus’ words for us, that “the harvest is plentiful

Reaching Out – pm – Luke 5:1 – 11

Tom Girdler

07/10/16

Tom unpacks what it means when Jesus tells us to be fishers of men and women

Reaching Out – am – Luke 5:1 – 11

Andy Storch

Andy unpacks what it means when Jesus tells us to be fishers of men and women

Building Together – Vision 4 – Nehemiah 4:6 – 20

David Walker

25/09/16

Building Together Vision 3 – Nehemiah 2:1-8 & 15-20

Sarah Jones

18/09/16

Building Together – Vision 2 – Nehemiah 1:1-11

David Walker

11/09/16

David begins our vision series, looking at Nehemiah’s compassion and prayerfulness.

Laying a Foundation – Vision 1 – 1 Peter 2:1-10

Sarah Jones

04/09/16

Sarah explores what it means to put our identity in Christ, our cornerstone.

I Am the True Vine

Sarah Jones

21/08/16

I Am the Way the Truth and the Life

Chris Greaves

14/08/16

I Am the Light of the World

David Walker

31/07/16

I Am the Bread of Life

John Hudson

24/07/16

Growing in Holiness

Fiona Pollard

10/07/16

Expectant in Prayer

Anthony Wisdom

03/07/16

Bold in Evangelism

Tom Girdler

26/06/16

Filled with the Spirit

David Walker

05/06/16

Generous Compassion

Dan Bright

29/05/16

Generous Words

Andy Storch

22/05/16

Generous Service

Joy Atkins

01/05/16

Generous Prayer

Fiona Pollard

24/04/16

Living for Jesus

Joy Atkins

14/02/16

Alive in Jesus

David Walker

07/02/16

Rooted in Jesus

David Walker

31/01/16

Supremacy of Jesus

Chris Greaves

24/01/16

Spirit of Jesus

David Walker

17/01/16