Virtual Church

While we are unable to meet we are still church.

Church is the people, not the meeting. Church is about community. Obviously, with meetings being suspended this is more of a challenge but we’re excited that we can still meet via social media.

 

 

Our plan is to add new things regularly – blogs, videos, teaching, links to stuff, meditations, prayers and thoughts. We want to stay in touch and keep ourselves focused on Jesus as a body.

This page will be the hub for everything, so, keep checking in here for updates.

Coming Up

Mornings

Morning Prayers for Early Birds, from Shane Claiborne’s Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 6;30am-7:00am

Click to Join.

Every Sunday

From 10am, for a 10:15am start. SVC Live! church service via zoom (click here) – please remember to bring a drink of your choice and bread for communion.

 

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Sunday 7th February 2021

In part 6 of our series on Joy.  The very caring and inspiring Jo Spicer gives a powerful message titled Joy in Compassion.

In this talk Jo unpacks what compassion means, not just looking at today’s understanding but what was originally meant by the Hebrew word for compassion (Rakhum).

Jo encourages the listener that compassion should be described as an ‘action’, and that with compassion it is to care for others and mirror God’s love for them. But it is also just as important to be compassionate on ourselves, allowing God to lavish his love and care on us.

Jo challenges the listener to consider a week of compassion, to do something that you do not already do.

For links to the Bible passages, the Bible Project video Jo mentions and a list of all the ideas to show compassion please click here. 

Sunday 31st January 2021

In part 5 of our series on Joy.  Our Assistant Pastor Nick Thomas discusses how we can experience joy through the practice of gratitude. Check out the talk here. 

In this talk, Nick unpacks how 10 people suffering with leprosy responded to being healed. Nick challenges the listener as to what their focus is on, looking at 3 key areas, as well as sharing from experience what not to do if you ever visit a restaurant in China.

Lastly Nick shares a Gratitude practice which anyone can do.

 

Sunday 24th January 2021

For part 4 on our series on Joy. We welcome back the wonderful author and vicar Dave Tomlinson, who seems to be becoming a regular in our Sunday meetings!

Dave recorded a video for all of our housegroups to watch over the last couple of weeks, if you have not seen the video please check out: Your brightness is my darkness. From this video, Church members submitted questions to ask Dave.

In this Q&A the awesome Con Williams interviews Dave, asking the questions that Church members put forward. Check out the Q&A here.

 

Sunday 17th January 2021

For part 3 of our series on Joy.  The wonderful Dev Rajwani asks the question, was Jesus joyful? And what did Joy mean for Jesus? Check out this excellent talk: Here

Dev passionately shares how Jesus was able to discern the times to be joyful, but also knew when to weep. Dev shares how God will share in the fullness of our sufferings, whether sufferings due to our own choices or sufferings due to things that are out of our control.

In this talk Dev gives the listener hope, illustrating joy and suffering with the fight against the Coronavirus and inspiring us to mirror Jesus.

For links to the Bible passages, illustrations and song Dev shared, please click here.

Sunday 10th January 2021

For part 2 of our series on Joy, we have Vicar and Author Dave Tomlinson return. Dave speaks on The Light and Dark of Everything, Check out the challenging talk: Here

In this talk Dave passionately shares how joy is in the light and dark of everything. Dave explores how darkness is not necessarily a bad thing and that we should view light and darkness as partners or twins rather than opposites.

Dave unpacks this for the listener further looking at the Eastern theological view (cataphatic and apaphatic theology), the happy clappy Psalms as well as the raw Psalms of complaints, laments and protests.

Dave suggests that life will move in cycles of light and dark times, muck (polite version) happens, but how will we react? How can we have fresh vision? What does joy look like in these times? Could joy be different to happiness? Where is God in all this? Check out this talk to find out more.

For links to the Bible passages and quotes Dave shared, including links to Dave’s books, please click here. 

Sunday 3rd January 2021

Happy New Year! Welcome to the beginning of our new series as we begin 2021 exploring JOY.  Check out the talk: Here

In this talk our Associate Pastor Con Williams, reviews some of the highlights of 2020. Despite the challenges we all faced due to Covid, we saw the value in family experience, joining in with missions together and seeing so many Church members thrive as they used their gifts and talents that God has given them.

In this message Con will encourage you as we look to the year ahead and how the leadership would like to support you in your growth. Con dares you to imagine what it would be like to experience joy more freely in the Church and what each of our roles could be in this.

You will also get to hear about what our plans are for our services up until Easter.

If you would like to get in touch to discuss this message further or/and chat about things you would like to get involved in, please speak with your housegroup leader, or get in touch with one of the leadership team:

Con and Jo – conandjo@hotmail.com
Nick – nick@svc.church

Sunday 20th December 2020

Please click through our pictures from our first ever Zoom Nativity Production.

Sunday 13th December 2020

In the 3rd part of our Advent Series, we have special guest speaker Nick Page, author of over 80 books and co-host of the Mid-Faith Crisis podcast speak. Nick shares an encouraging and an inspiring message on LOVE. Check out the talk: Here

Nick explains how Christmas is all about love. That we can take in this good news that God is love, that love is God’s character and that God has loved us into existence.

Nick will encourage you, as he teaches that you are loveable, you are included and that our call as Churches is to show what God is like, by showing love.

 

 

Click Here for further links to Nick’s new book (Christmas, Tradition, Truth and Total Baubles) Nick’s website and the Mid-faith Crisis podcast.

 

 

Sunday 6th December 2020

In the 2nd part of our Advent Series, Sam East shares an inspiring and uplifting message on PEACE. Check out the talk: Here

In this talk Sam shares how peace (which is also known as Shalom) is the core of who we are.  That peace is the way things ought to be and how Jesus has a fitting title to show this (Prince of Peace).

Sam will encourage you by sharing Jesus’ words from the sermon on the mount, suggesting that making peace is the family business and that we can do this by making peace:

 

  • With Ourselves
  • In the World
  • With the Earth

This talk also includes special guest Annie East sharing a powerful example of making peace.  

Sunday 29th November 2020

The beginning of our Advent series starts with the inspiring Crystal Mintram sharing a beautiful and encouraging message of HOPE. Check out the talk: Here

In this talk we hear stories of hope from the Community cafe based at New Community Church. A free cafe that offers a free hot meal to anyone in need.

In this powerful message Crystal shares how advent is the ultimate story of hope and inspires the listener that we can be a light in dark times, bringing hope to those around us.

For more information on the Community Cafe: Please Click here 

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Check out today’s amazing talk from our special guest from the Mid-faith Crisis podcast Joe Davis: Click here

This verse will change the world

Joe speaks to those of us that are questioning our faith…
Are you in a place where you really do not know what you think anymore?
Are you finding the Bible hard to pick up?
Do you have doubts?

In this talk Joe will reassure you that doubt is a positive thing. We hear about the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur’s ‘second naiveté’ theory on our faith journey.  Before being encouraged on a verse that will change the world.

How will this verse change our day to day life? How can this verse help us to become a bit more like Jesus?

Street Pastors Interview – Please click here

In this inspiring interview, Sammy Whalley is interviewed by Con Williams about the incredible work of Street Pastors in Southampton. Sammy shares stories of lives that have been impacted, the difference Street Pastors are making, the unity between the Churches and the challenges they’ve faced through Covid 19.

For more information on Street Pastors and ways that you could be involved, please get in contact with Sammy or check out the Street Pastors website: Click here

Here are some wonderful pieces of artwork that two talented Church members created today as part of their worship.

 

Recent Sunday Service Artwork from the very talented Nick Fulcher

Please click on the image for full-size.

Sunday 15th November 2020

Have a listen to today’s interview as our Associate Pastor Con Williams, interviews the amazing Spears family.

Serving in Chad Update – Spears Family Interview – Please click here. 

The amazing Spears Family moved to Chad in January 2020 with BMS World Mission. Check out this interview to hear how their first 11 months has gone.

In this interview we hear about what life is like in Chad, stories of Tom’s work in the hospital, Mel connecting with the locals in developing community health outreach and learning Arabic and how the girls are settling in their new home.

Please look at this BMS’ recent article and video on the work the Spears family are doing in Chad: Click Here. 

Please also look at the hospital’s work in Chad (including video, featuring Tom), hear about the patients and the current need by clicking here and please give what you can.

Lastly to partner with Tom and Mel, see all their videos and updates, with the option of giving regularly to their work please click here.

Sunday 8th November 2020

Check out today’s interview with Con Williams as he interviewed Trustee of Bethesda Children’s Foundation Sarah Thomas.

Bethesda Children’s Foundation Interview – Please click here.

Bethesda Children’s Foundation is a UK-based charity that supports the work of Pastor Sam and his team to look after around 120 vulnerable children and young people in Tamil Nadu, South India.

Covid 19 has massively affected the work of the children’s home, many of the kids have had to go back to their original homes, with Pastor Sam and his team having to send money, food and supplies to not just the children but their families as well. This has meant a big increase in costs.

Here is the link to the video shown in the interview – Please click here. 

Can you sponsor a child:

For further information on Bethesda Children’s Foundation please check out there website: http://bethesdachildren.org/

Facebook Page: Click Here.

Sunday 1st November 2020

Check out today’s brilliant talk from our former Assistant Pastor and now Thornhill Vineyard Church Pastor, the incredible Duncan House: Click Here

How can I live the best life with God?

Duncan shares the story of the rich man’s conversation with Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark. In this conversation, the rich man asks Jesus “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Which in it’s context is asking the question ‘How can I live the best life with God right now?’

Duncan unpacks this passage to explain the culture and context of this story. As well as focusing the listener onto a verse in the passage which is rarely reflected on.

Could this rarely reflected on verse change how we understand this passage?
Could this verse teach us more about what our relationship with God looks like?
What could this verse teach us about the answer of the rich man’s original question?
Ultimately what could God be saying to each of us through this rich man’s story?

Southampton City Mission Interview – Please click here

Check out Con Williams interview with Duncan House who also works for Southampton City Mission.

Hear about the work this amazing charity does in schools, as well as delivering the Basics Bank project (food and clothing), helping some of the most deprived families and individuals.
Things are very tough in the midst of Covid. To find out how you can get involved and help during this time, please click here.

 

Here is a wonderful piece of artwork that a very talented Church member created today as part of their worship.

Please click on the image for full-size.

Sunday 25th October 2020

Check out today’s awesome talk from our special guest Vicar and Author Revd Dave Tomlinson: Click Here

What are you looking for?

Dave Tomlinson speaks with us on the first statement that Jesus says in the Gospel of John. Jesus first recorded words in this Gospel is a question: “What are you looking for?”
This is such an important question for each one of us to consider. What are we ultimately yearning and longing for?

Dave’s talk will grip you straight away as he illustrates through stories and asks important questions to ponder as we consider our spiritual intelligence, both personally and also as a Church.

“What are you looking for? This is the most important question we can ever ask ourselves, it is the basis of all spiritual growth. What sort of person do I wish to be?” – Dave Tomlinson

Here is a beautiful piece of artwork that a very talented Church member created today as part of their worship.

Please click on the image for full-size.

Sunday 18th October 2020

Check out today’s epic talk from the incredible Crystal Mintram: Click Here

There is Hope

We are living in uncertain and unsettling times. Crystal shares how this can results in many of us feeling unrest and discontent, these feelings have reached into lots of different areas of our lives and this includes Church.

The changes around us can be seen as scary, yet Crystal encourages us to view this as exciting.

Maybe after all the Church needed a good shake up.

In this inspiring message, Crystal will encourage you with hope and excitement for the future as she opens up the Bible to show us that our God is a God who renews, rebuilds and resurrects, whilst gently reminding us all, that we’re in this together and that we all have equal value in this Church family.

“The Creator of this world never leaves us and never stops pursuing us, forming her people, knitting us together for the good of ourselves and for the good of the world around us.” – Crystal Mintram.

Click this link to review Crystal’s reflective questions.

Here is a brilliant piece of artwork that a very talented Church member created today as part of their worship.

Please click on the image for full-size.

Sunday 11th October 2020

Check out today’s amazing talk from our Associate Pastor Jo Williams: Click Here

What would Jesus do if he were you?

In this talk, Jo confronts the difficulties many of us are facing in the midst of Covid 19 with the uncertainty and demands. Jo will encourage you through this sermon to think about how you are living, how are we spending our time and asks the very important question:

What would Jesus do if he were you with all your limitations and all your potentials?

“Jesus is not expecting us to be him, he is expecting us to be ourselves and bring something of who we are to him.” – Jo Williams

For links to the Bible Project video, book Jo referred to and reflective questions Jo asked at the end. Please click here.

Medaille Trust Interview. Please click here.

Check out Con Williams interview with Marc Pearson from the Medaille Trust. A hugely important charity that provides refuge and freedom from modern slavery. In this interview we hear about the work Medaille Trust do and the impact our Church Bags of Mercy ministry makes to the victims they support.

Sunday 4th October 2020

Check out today’s brilliant talk from our Senior Pastor Matt Hyam: Click Here

The Character of God Part 2

This is the second in the series on Exodus 34:6,7 where we explore the character of God, as He revealed it to his people for the first time. In this talk, Matt looks at the idea of YHWH being “compassionate” and how that affects us.

“God’s love for us is so utter and his connection with us so complete that in our suffering, he feels everything we feel. Every single moment of suffering that we experience our God goes through with us.” – Matt Hyam

 

 

 

 

Sunday 27th September 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it.

The Character of God Part 1

Exodus 34:6,7 is the most quoted statement in the Bible. It is quoted 28 times in the Hebrew scriptures. Why is it so important? What is so significant about these two verses? The statement from YHWH comes at a crucial moment in the story of Israel as they enter into a “marriage” with Him and it is the first time in the narrative that He reveals his character to Israel. This revelation is massive.

This talk is the first of a series in which Matt will be looking at what YHWH says that he is like and how that impacts us in our life.

Sunday 20th September 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it.

Waiting Sucks!

“I love waiting in a big, long, slow-moving queue,” said nobody ever. No one likes to wait. We want to receive the realisation of promises immediately. But what if it does not happen quickly? What if it does not happen for weeks, or months or even years? Maybe the waiting is not to be endured, but is a vital part of the journey? Georgina tells her story and looks at how we can learn to wait faithfully and how, in the process of doing so, we will become stronger and better equipped.

Sunday 13th September 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it.

Living Sacrifices

Often, we are very familiar passages in scripture but limitations of language and culture mean that we can miss the main message. Romans 12:1 is often quoted, but have we missed the point? Matt attempts to explore the original meaning and what this really means to us in terms of church, unity and worship.

 

Sunday 6th September 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it

Waiting For Things to Change

Sometimes, we can be waiting for something to happen and end up in a cycle of being inactive. Our mindset can often be one of “no point in doing anything now, because when it comes, all will be different.” Matt explores the question of, whether, in the current COVID crisis, we need to recognise that this is where we are now and things are not going to change soon, so how do we move forward in church and discipleship with a global pandemic as the background reality?

 

 

Sunday 30th August 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 23rd August 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 16th August 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it

Sunday 9th August 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

 

 

 

watercolour, pencil and lipstick

 

Sunday 26th July 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 19th July 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 12th July 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it. Here, also, is the meditation from Diana

 

 

 

 

Sunday 5th July 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 28th June 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is the meditation from this morning, which is well worth a listen.

The picture here is used with permission by Georgina’s friend Toni, @tones_ on instagram.

Here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

Sunday 21st June 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

 

Sunday 14th June 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

Sunday 7th June 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it

 

 

Nick

Sunday 31st May 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 24th May 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

Debs

Becky

Becky

Nick and Romero

Nick and Romero

Nick and Romero

Nick and Romero

Sunday 17th May 2020

Here is the talk from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

Rebecca

Rebecca (last week)

Con

Con

 

Sunday 10th May 2020

Here is the recording of the whole service this from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

Nick & Evelia

Nick & Evelia

Nick & Evelia

Love rain down – Gina

Debs

Sunday 3rd May 2020

Here is the recording of the whole service this from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

Evelia

Nick

Diana

Sacrifice

Sunday 26th April 2020

Here is the recording of the whole service this from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

 

Nick and Evelia

Nick and Evelia

 

Sunday 19th April 2020

Here is the recording of the whole service this from this morning, in case you missed it, and here is some of the artwork that people did today as part of their worship. Click on the image for full-size.

 

Nick & Evelia Fulcher

Deborah Cornah

Rebecca Billington

 

Sunday 12th April 2020

Here is the artwork that Nick Fulcher has been doing as part of the worship in the SVC Live! services that we have had. Click on each for larger image.

Sunday 29th March

From Sunday April 5th

Sunday 12th April (Easter Sunday)


Friday 10th April 2020 – Good Friday

Here is a short Good Friday Video Message (2 mins). I was not able to upload it to this page for some reason so this is a link to YouTube.

 

 

Monday 6th April 2020

  12:00-1:00pm – SVC prayer meeting via Zoom (click for link)

 

Sunday 5th April 2020

 

Friday 3rd April 2020

Noise

If your house is anything like ours, then it is crazy and both physical and mental space is hard to come by. Here is a great (vintage) Rob Bell video that I always find a great way to stop and meditate. It is about 10 minutes long. Click on the title or image to watch.

 

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Why is God Allowing this to Happen? (blog post)

 

Sunday 29th March 2020

Here is Nick’s talk from today

 

25th March 2020

If you found “The Bible Project” Video from yesterday helpful, then try this out. It is part one of an overview of John. Awesome.
A quick message from Matt about Sunday…and stuff.

 

23rd March 2020

If you have never come across “The Bible Project” then I totally, completely, 100% recommend checking it out.

They do 5-10 minute animated videos that are just amazing. The teaching is of the highest quality and it is so accessible. They do themes, books of the Bible, Word studies and they are so helpful. I found that I would watch their video before starting to read any book in my Bible and it was so helpful.

Let us start off with this video on “Heaven and Earth”, which was, in fact their first one. I shall post others as time goes on, but I totally recommend that you get stuck into them on your own.

Heaven and Earth video

 

22nd March 2020

SVC in a can

21st March 2020

A quick video message from Matt

 

19th March 2020

Take a look at this blog looking at the idea of lament in worship and how it is totally applicable to us right now.

 

18th March 2020

This idea was shamelessly stolen from Billy Kennedy. We could use this time to learn to pray in new ways.

We are meant to spend at least 20 seconds cleaning our hands each time. I think this is an opportunity.

Here are some prayers and liturgy or various lengths. In Biblical times, people learned “prayers”. Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer to be recited. In Acts, the believers devoted themselves the “the Apostles teaching and to *the prayers*”. It is a really helpful thing to learn ancient prayers and liturgy, especially ones taught in the Bible. So, print off the sheet, stick it by your sink and pick your prayer depending on how thoroughly you need to do your hands!

Handwashing Liturgy

 

17th March 2020

This is a video message from Matt (It is in two parts because it was too big to fit in one go…)
Video Message from Matt 17th March – Part 1
Video Message from Matt 17th March – Part 2