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.
Our new Women of Action group commenced in January of this year. Aiming for the women of the church to build each other up spiritually and to reachout into the community around us to ensure that the Gospel message is heard and understood. The group is facilitated by Sue Farr and the meetings are held monthly, generally on the last friday of the month with a few exceptions.
We are holding a Good Friday Service at our Church commencing from 11:00am till 1:00pm, this is for the free churches in Ashington. Hot drinks will be served prior to the start of the meeting. Worship and the Word will then be delivered.
We held a Nigerian Evening in the Church on Saturday the 17th of February. A wonderful night of Nigerian Worship, Culture, food and fellowship was had by all, led by the Akinsola Family. Pictures below.
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.
The Lent Services this year will be our own in the church for six weeks starting from Thursday the 15th of February, from 6 till 7. We will be focussing upon the Beattitudes for the six week period. Rev Michael Hedley and Pastor Ayodeji Akinsola will be sharing the teaching over these six weeks.
The ordination service of Rev Michael Hedley took place on Saturday the 25th of November 2017. It was led by Phil Hartshorn the WRU President of 2017/18, with input from Rev Ian Fall chair of the ministerial committee. It was a wonderful day for all concerned. A very special privelege that this service was delivered in our home church and not as it is usually done at conference. Thanks to all who participated and a heartfelt thanks for the wonderful gifts that you have given us both
Reverend Michael & Lindsey Hedley.
We welcome back once again our great friend and brother in Christ Pastor Ayodeji Akimsola as he went back to Nigeria to minister at his home Church, the Charis Family International Church in Basorun. He has now returned to the UK to our church and it is lovely to see him again. We are planning a Nigerian worship, food and fellowship night on the 17th of February.
Once again this year it was a great priviledge for our rapidly growing Church Family to witness yet another baptism. Gordon gave his life to Jesus in July earlier this year and he went through the waters of baptism at Bedlington Trinity Church. A fantastic time was had by all and we truly rejoice that his life is now heading in a new Holy Spirit filled direction.
We have commenced a new Parent Toddler Group in the church in Ashington starting on Thursday 5th October The Tiny Rainbows Toddler Group is held on every Thursday morning apart from School holidays from 10:30 - 12:00.
We held a Baptism Service on Saturday May 27th at Bedlington Trinity Church for Caroline Taylor who joined our fellowship earlier this year. We had a wonderful time in God's presence and the service went so well. Pictures of the event are below this text.
The property adjacent to our church number 73 North Seaton Road which is currently a dwelling house and in need of refurbishment can now be utilised as The Word of Life Mission House.
Work will begin soon to refurbish the building ready for it to be used for our outreach programmes.
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!!!!!
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Word of Life Church
Wesleyan Reform Union
North Seaton Road, Ashington Northumberland NE63 0AG
Tel: 01670 814425
Mobile 07879253072 Michael
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Our new range of Christian Greetings Cards and encouragement scripture cards are now available to purchase from us on this website and also in church
Check here for visiting guest speakers in the coming weeks and months