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.
A wonderful service was held in the presence of God on Sunday 17th March 2019 to install three deacons into the church.
Graham and Valerie Baldwin and (Toks) Olaronke Ashiru Gbadebo were installed as new church deacons. They agreed to serve as deacons in the church providing assistance to the ruling elders in pastoral visits, maintenance of the church building and serving in general so that the church can properly function.
Photographs of the service are displayed below:
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 Christain retreat, and we can offer a wide range of support programmes during your stay with us.
From Bible Teaching - various topics - to Worship Leading - to dance as a form of worship, 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.
Our first registered wedding service took place in the church on October the 12th 2018. The Couple Ian Sidney Wales married Linda Airey. Linda has attended our coffee mornings for over two years, and Sid has known Michael for many years.
The couple were pronounced man and wife after a beautiful service delivered by Rev Michael Hedley, the signing of the registars was overseen by Lindsey who is the appointed person for wedding services for the church. The wedding was attended by family and friends and they then had a function at the White House Club following the service. We wish them all of God's blessing and favour upon their marriage. Photographs of the service are below.
We held an Ashington Churches Together Harvest Supper in the Church on the 15th of October where £73.00 was raised for the local Wansbeck Food Bank.
The evening began with prayer, Psalm 65 verses 6 - 11 which talks about God supplying everything that we need in order that we can have a harvest
A local folk group called the "Canny Lads" were the entertainment for the night, along with a wonderful variety of food, and drinks. The evening closed with all 53 of us singing How Great is our God, and Rev Michael closing in prayer. Phoyographs of the event are below:
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
The answer to the question posed by the Apostle Paul here is that even though we are battered by the world system with trials, with problems seemingly of great magnitude. Nothing absolutely nothing shall separate us from Christ Jesus. He is with us through the midst of our troubles. So never let anyone tell you that your prayer life or your Christian walk isnt right because you've got a few problems. Jesus still and always will love you.
Our Mission House, of 73 North Seaton Road, the annexe to the church has now been completed.
We are using the building for a variety of things such as a Christian retreat, where specific programmes can be tailored for each group of people staying. Examples of the type of programmes we will be delivering, will be Leading Worship, Prayer, and a wide range of other Christian Programmes.
While staying here visitors can use it to be simply a place of rest, meditation and prayer, or take part in the church programmes, or take part in a specially designed retreat bespoke programme.
We will also be using the venue for Debt Management, helping those in need, as well as music lessons, job searching and basic IT programmes.
We are very excited about this development, and if you require any further information, please contact us either by email or by telephone on 07879253072 or 07854 820012. The cost for staying here is £30.00 per night. Donations are also welcome.
Our Friday Diner at church is on the last Friday of every month from 12:00 till 2:00pm. Soup and sandwiches and a range of other hot meals will be available for each of the coming months. This is an outreach for those who may be lonely, or who maybe are just in need of company. There is no charge for the food but donations are welcomed. All donations from this monthly event go to Arab World Ministries Yemen
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
Tel: 01670 814425
Mobile 07879253072 Michael
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