Show someone they are loved

John Lewis’ poignant Christmas advertisement has once again highlighted the sadness of many of those who live alone. But in it we see the joy of the ‘man on the moon’ when the little girl reaches out to him with concern and love.

Christmas can be an exceptionally hard time for those who are alone. Some don’t have family or many friends or perhaps they live far away and don’t get to see them very often.

My mother was always so grateful to God that she had her family around her and that she often saw them. I lived and looked after her for 26 years until, after spending the last few months in a care home, she died at the age of 96. She was not lonely.

But I know that is not the case for everyone. Thankfully, there are charities and organisations in the town which are well aware of this issue of loneliness, especially for the elderly. Not least of course, the many churches in the town who welcome people into their church families.

There is a verse in the bible which says ‘God sets the lonely in families’ (Psalm 68:6). It is wonderful to be part of a loving church family and many can testify to that. However, there are things we can do as individuals too. Perhaps there is a ‘man on the moon’ that you know – maybe in your road or mine that we could visit or invite in for a cup of tea and show some love and care to? If we all reached out to even one person, I’m sure there wouldn’t be so many lonely people in Horsham.

Julie Shimizu

LCBC are not promoting the supermarket but their excellent depiction of showing someone that they are loved.

Building A Kingdom Culture


We have completed our ‘Sustainable Power’ sermon series where we thought about removing various blockages in our personal lives that stop us from being fruitful for God.

With effect from 6th September, we start a new series taking a fresh look at our church with a focus on building up. How can we corporately be more intentional about building a kingdom culture, not on the ways of the world, but upon the values we hold dear as a church which are:
1. Devotion to God – being worshipful, prayerful, committed to his word,
2. Love for one another – forgiving, honest, accepting.
3. A desire to grow – in faith, in holiness, in fruitfulness.
4. A willingness to serve – sacrificially, lovingly, with humility and
5. Readiness to go – proclaiming the gospel in word and deed.

Please pray as we go through this series and let’s see what God will do.

Wally is preparing some notes to go alongside the series that we can look at in life groups for further discussion, consolidation and prayer.

Julie Shimizu

Our office is on the move!

house moveWith effect from 12th August 2015, our office address for postal correspondence will be:
1 Meadow Close, Horsham, West Sussex.  RH12 4JS

We have a new telephone contact number:   01403 541688

We also have a new contact email address:

Please amend your address book!


Make a difference with a smile

It had been a very long time since I had taken anything to the Refuse and Recycling Site at Hop Oast.

It wasn’t a task I particularly relished but I’m in the process of moving house so a few trips have become necessary.

Well, I was so pleasantly surprised at how well organised I found it, how clear the signs were, the layout of the parking and the general atmosphere. There were several people on hand to help if necessary and I did need some help so I approached one young man (he said he was from Poland) and asked him.  He was so polite, willing, cheerful and smiley and he made my trip there an altogether pleasant experience!  Well done I want to say to the workers and management of Hop Oast for brightening up the site with your helpfulness, attitude and work ethic.

Wherever we go, whatever we have to do and whoever we meet in our daily lives is made so much better if there are smiles, willingness and helpfulness. A smile costs nothing but could mean everything to someone.

Job once said ‘When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them’ (Job 29:24)

Whose life could you brighten up today?IMG_0369

Rev Julie Shimizu

Water baptism is an important step of obedience

Baptism by immersion portrays a graphic picture of what it means to be united with Christ. The act of going down into the water represents dying with Christ. Being put under the water symbolizes being buried with Christ and emerging from the water depicts being risen with Christ. It publicly identifies us with the person of Jesus Christ. Water baptism is an important step of obedience for every follower of Jesus who is walking in accordance with God’s word.

We rejoice with Rachel Clarke who made the decision to be obedient to Jesus by being baptised on 28th June. We used a portable baptistery, set up outside the Business Enterprise Centre after the service. It is truly wonderful to see lives who have been transformed by Jesus. The following video are highlights from Rachel’s testimony and baptism

Click on the following link to listen to Julie’s sermon “Ready to listen, Ready to obey” based on Acts 8:26-40, Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch

If anyone else is considering baptism or would like to find out more please do contact Julie

Sustainable Power


Starting 10th May, for the next few weeks and over Pentecost, we begin a new sermon series called ‘Sustainable Power’. We will be looking at how we might continue to seek more of the tangible presence and power of God by His Spirit amongst us, as a church and as individuals. We have, for example, at times seen Jesus heal in wonderful ways over the years – but long to see more.  Jesus said in John 7:38 ‘Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him’.  Are there ‘rocks in the river?’  Are there things in our lives which block that flow and therefore we are not able to be as effective channels of His blessings as we could be?  We will be considering some of these over the weeks.

Let’s pray that we will be open to all God might say to us during this series for the glory of His name and the sake of His kingdom.

Easter is about Jesus

CollagesOur Easter service on 5th April 2015 was called “It’s not about the bunny”. Our young people were asked to paint or draw a picture about the real meaning of Easter and it was encouraging to see what they they provided.

God will never let us down or disappoint us

promisesHmmm. The election looms large. There is much feverish campaigning from all parties and promises abound.  Billions of pounds promised to be given to or cut back on for this, that and the other.

Confusing though it sometimes is, it is our responsibility to consider carefully and make a decision for one party or another even if we do not feel completely confident.  Some of the promises for whoever wins will be able to be kept but there are others that possibly will not be able to be fulfilled in the wider political arena.

My father was a newsagent when I was a child. A lady once came into the shop with a doll she had knitted. I looked at that doll and so wanted one for myself. The lady promised she’d make me one.  Every day I waited for that lady to come back in with my doll, but she never did. I have never forgotten the disappointment I felt. ( I have forgiven her by the way!).   Sadly we have probably all made promises in the past we haven’t been able to keep or have even forgotten we made and it’s something we must seek to be careful about especially in moments of enthusiasm.

God, however, will never let us down or disappoint us. If he says something he means it.  Psalm 145:13 says ‘ The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does’.

He has never let me down and I know he never will.  That is what fills me with confidence for my future.

Rev Julie Shimizu, Life Community Baptist Church


The Gospel of John – Lumo Project Film

There will be a three part TV series to be shown on BBC 2 this Easter  (Friday 3rd, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th  April 2015 at 8am), called The Gospel of John.

For the first time on British Television, a film using the actual words of the Gospel of John (NIV) will be broadcast.  This film is part of the Lumo Project, which comprises 4 Gospel films, of which The Gospel of John is the first, is intended as a much needed resource for outreach and education work.

The series narrates John’s Gospel over dramatized reconstructed video footage.  Jesus is played by Selva Rasalingam

For more information visit the Lumo Project Website

Our Easter Service – “It’s not about the bunny”


Our Easter Service is entitled “It’s not about the bunny”.    Come and join us on Easter Day and find out the real meaning of Easter and what it’s really about.