I was born Sidney Little (Sid) one of a big family of seven children. We didn't have much in the way of money or possessions, but I had lovely parents. My Dad was a horseman on a farm and my Mother was a Dairy Maid, and we lived a hard life. We could be moved from cottage to cottage as work permitted.
My Mother often took me to cottage meetings in homes like a house church and I remember the Salvation Army, I liked them they were happy meetings. I always believed in God and I used to pray later on in my life for my wife and children, although I didn't really know God.
At 17 years of age, in 1951, I joined the RAF, which I loved, I was employed as a fireman driver, it was an amazing life visiting different countries and different cultures.
Later I met my first wife and sweetheart Isabel (Bell), and we married in 1958. Life was good. Our children came along Elaine and Kevin, and we spent a few years based in Singapore.
I left the RAF in 1969 to settle down mainly for the children's education and there begun a new chapter in our lives. After the children had grown up and married Bell and I moved to Ashington, we then had grandchildren and had a really happy time.
Sadly my beloved Bell became ill in February 1998 and died two months later from lung cancer. Bell was only 58. I was devastated after 40 years of marriage and I was now alone!!
It was at this time that my thoughts started to turn to the Lord. I started my search and I prayed during that time of grief for either a divorced, widow or disabled lady, who I could take care of, as I felt that I had to move on with my life and I still had plenty of love to give.
I went back to work driving school coaches mainly for something to do, and it was during this time that I met Milly. She was a born again Christian of many years and was also a widow.
Milly was just what I needed and the Lord had answered my prayers. I gave my heart fully to Jesus and became a born again Christian after getting down on my knees in my home and praying for Him to come into my life and forgive me of my sins. That was on the 30th of November 1998. What joy and peace followed! Milly and I started falling in love. We were married on the17th of April 1999.
I love the Lord and praise Him for bringing Milly into my life and making our lives complete. We both love working together in this church and love reaching out to others and helping where we can to tell people about this wonderful Jesus who we serve.
Life isn't always easy, but I know I am a better man for finding salvation in Jesus.
He changes you from the inside out. I can recommend Him to you, He is only the distance of a prayer away. Please pray the prayer on the home page of our website if you really want to know Jesus.
The Word of Life Church are open for Sunday Services following the latest government guidelines to ensure we are Covid Compliant, with the wearing of face masks, hand sanitisers in place and social distancing measures in place to protect everyone attending the services.
We now have our coffee mornings re-opened and our monthly Diner, which is open to everyone. Prayer Meetings are now fully re-opened in the Church but Bible Studies will continue on Zoom until September where we will decide upon which will be the right forum, it could possible be a mixture of Zoom and in church attendance for the Bible Study.
We look forward to July 25th, when all of our services can once again be in the Church building and we can meet freely without restrictions.
God bless. Pastors Michael and Lindsey Hedley
Following our successful bid to gain funding for a post-Covid journey to recovery programme, we are pleased to announce that nearly all of the courses that we originally intended to deliver are now being delivered in Church. We had to do sone of the courses on Zoom and facebook during the lockdown and while they have been successful, we are so pleased that we can now offer these programmes in person and in Church. The funding from Allchurches Trust means we can deliver English as an Additional Language courses free of charge, healthy living courses combining exercise, healthy eating, and help with debt management, as well as basic computer literacy aimed at people who have been isolated due to having no access to technology to help them stay in touch with others.
This comes on top of the funding sucessfully gained from All churches Trust, for the development of our upper rooms in the church to create a prayer room, better storage facilities and an arts and crafts room that CRE8 are using. This has involved putting in a new staircase to allow better and easier access, a partition wall in the storage room, as well as painting and decorating the area. This has been hampered somewhat in the development by the Pandemic, but is now complete and is ready to to be used.
Praise God for all that He is doing.
It was our very great privilege to attend the launch of Toks (Olaronke Ashiru Gbadebo's) book "Don't Take the Poison", on Saturday 19th September.
We are promoting her book on our website to support her in this work and so the following is a description of the book and there are two links for you to purchase it, through Amazon and Google.
*Don't Take that Poison* is a call for anyone who desires to live a life that pleases God, and who is committed to enjoying the abundant life available in Christ.
The book looks deeply into the issue of offences and how it impacts our lives and our ability to be fruitful.
It provides deep insights into the purpose of relationships and different ways offences can wreak havoc.
You will get answers to questions like:
a) What causes offences:
b) The signs of an offended heart:
c) Effects of harbouring offences:
d) The path of victory
It provides compelling answers to deep heart issues especially those that have been wounded through lifes circumstances and are struggling to let go of the wounds incurred.
The book will help to escape the poison offences brings into our lives.
Even though we are now able to meet more freely and we wait with anticipation the restrictions being cancelled on the 19th of July we will still continue to live stream our Sunday services every Sunday morning from 10:30 am till 12:30. This is being streamed through facebook live on our facebook Word of Life WRU Church page. We have secured a live stream licence, and a music reproduction licence which allows us to broadcast songs of various Christian artists that are named within the database of CCLI. This means we will be singing our praises to God together, sharing communion together and Pastor Michael will continue to share his sermons live through facebook live. If you miss that live feed then they will appear on our church facebook page.
The project for the Wesleyan Reform Union's Overseas Mission Department will this year be to continue to raise funds for the Good News Hospital in Mandritsara in Madagscar. They are building a new operating theatre and all funds that the Word of Life Church raise this year from our Diner's will go towards that fund. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause please contact Pastor Lindsey and she will assist you in making your donation. God Bless.
Our Mission House next door to the Church is available for bookings to stay for 1 to 30 nights. The house is used as a Christian retreat, and we can offer a wide range of support programmes during your stay with us.
From Bible Teaching - various topics - to Worship Leading prayer and a range of other activities.
We are based on the wonderful panoramic Northumberland coastline which is literally 5 minutes drive away, but also have access to the beautiful Northumbrian Countryside and Cheviot hills which are only 30 minutes drive.
Pleas see our Mission House Christian Retreat Section on this website, or visit our Mission House Retreat page on facebook.
Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever
This is not just breaking news, it is the news from yesterday, today and tomorrow and guess what? It is forever. Hallelujah!!!!!
Contact us at:
Word of Life Church
Wesleyan Reform Union
North Seaton Road, Ashington Northumberland NE63 0AG
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