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.
We held our Annual Summer Praise Event on Saturday 21st July. A wonderful night for all of worship praise food and fellowship. Thank you for all who supported this event. A church full of people worshipping our awesome God.
Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
Good morning. The verse of Scripture above simply tells us how to live our lives. As His dear children we are to imitate His essence. Jesus is God revealed so we are to model Him. How? Love; forgive; graceful; Merciful; obedient; Caring; gentle; Patient; Peaceful; Joyful and powerful. When we choose to live like Jesus we will walk in His power and reflect His glory! Hallelujah! Have a Christ like day. God bless.
We are holding our first Alpha Course, commencing on the 5th of September starting at 6 o clock. We are delighted to be able to commence this course as part of our outreach. If you know anyone who would like to come, first ask them and bring them along with you. The sessions will begin with food and then discussions. The first session will be "Is there more to life than this.". In this session we will be discussing, what does Christianity have to do with life today? What Am I doing on earth? What is the point of life and where am I heading?
Lindsey and I had the pleasure of attending our 4th WRU conference at Swanick in Derbyshire. We had a wonderful time meeting with great friends from throughout the churches of the union.
We were privileged to lead worship on the Monday evening segment, leading to Colin Braithwaite's induction as the new president.
There were some excellent sessions at conference including the business, and teaching. Colin's address was about what does Church look like, and it was very revealing and challenging.
Lindsey and I were accepted onto the General Committee and were also selected for the Overseas Missions and Home Missions sub-committees, respectively. We are so looking forward to being involved in these committees and weare excited to learn of what has bee achieved in the past and also what we can bring in the future.
The times of worship were wonderful, prayer groups were powerful, and fellowship wonderful too. We thank Almighty God, that we are part of this excellent Union of Churches.
We are delighted to announce the visit of the New President of the Wesleyan Reform Union to our church on the 22nd of July 2018. Colin Braithwaite who retired as the General Secretary of the Union two years ago is the new Union President. We look forward to his visit, and I am sure we will all welcome him and what he will bring to share with us.
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.
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. All donations from this monthly event go to Arab World Ministries Yemen
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.
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 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.
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
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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
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