meet the ministers

Rev. Tim and Daniel Lockwood

Tim and Danni met at a youth event they were both taking part in and after a few months of chasing (on Tim’s part), Danni’s heart was captured and they married around a year later in 1998. They have two amazing children, Acacia and Joseph.

Tim was raised in a Christian home where his parents were both pastors. At the age of 19 he embarked on a significant journey with God, travelling over toSouth Africaand studying Christian Leadership atRhemaBibleCollegefor a year. During that year he developed a passion for church and knew God had placed a calling on his life to become a pastor. When he came back to the UK he took up the role of Youth Pastor at a localCornerstoneChurchwhere he impacted the lives of many young people. Another passion of Tim’s was to become a Police Officer so in 2001 he successfully completed a police training course, obtained a Warrant Card and became a fully fledged P.C! He continues his police work alongside his ministry within the church, as his role within the police is very much of a pastoral nature, working alongside offenders to get them out of the lifestyle of crime.

Tim is God-driven by a desire to see people saved, set free and released into a purpose filled life with God. He is a man of vision, and is committed to go where God leads.

Danni had her first revelation of God at the age of 11 at a Christian Camp, but soon fell away due to peer pressure and for the next few years led a lifestyle that was destructive and damaging. Eventually she hit rock bottom and knew the only way to turn was back to God. She began her journey on the road to recovery and experienced Jesus in such an incredible way transforming her from the inside out, impacting her outlook on life and her attitude to her future. She developed such a passion for God, His Church and His People that she made a decision to commit her life in service to God and His church. Because of her own experiences, she is passionate to see people saved, hope and healing arise and destiny restored. Her greatest delight in life is to see people come into a purpose-filled, awesome adventure with their creator God.

In 2010 Tim and Danni felt that God was relocating them and they both developed a heart for Guildford. In 2011 they became the Senior Pastors of Eternity Church taking over from the founding Pastors. Tim and Danni are passionate about seeingGuildfordtransformed by the power of God working through His church.

We are a modern and vibrant church that loves God, loves people and loves life. Our passion is to reach our community in a real and relevant way, demonstrating that there is a God in heaven who is for them, who believes in them and who is completely and utterly sold out for them. Experience church in a fresh and vibrant way!

Come along and join us every Sunday morning 09.00am or 11.00am at The Electric Theatre,Guildford for our fantastic services.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You, your friends and your family can expect a warm and friendly welcome at both our Sunday services and our team will be there to serve you in any way they can. We have our fully trained, CRB-checked Kids Church team on hand in the foyer area, ready to meet and greet you and your children at the 9am service, where you can sign them in to their very own age-specified programme for a fun-filled time. At the 11am service there will be fun filled kids packs available for under 12s during the word part of the service. You can also expect a powerful time of worship with our live band, an opportunity for prayer requests, and Bible-based teaching that is relevant to your everyday life at both services.

We would love to see you on Sunday, so come along for a refreshing church experience.

 

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message of note

 

John Lancaster

HELP PEOPLE FIX THEIR EYES ON JESUS

AND   FINALLY…

The pulpit in the parish church inSt Leonard’s on Sea inSussexwas made inIsraeland is a beautiful replica of the bow of a Galilean fishing boat. To the preacher and his congregation it becomes a powerful reminder that what he is about to do is to continue on the shores of the English Channel what ‘Jesus began to do and to teach’ on the shores ofGalilee. Even more powerful for the preacher are the words which face him as he enters that pulpit. Taken from John 12:21, they read, ‘Sir, we would see Jesus.’

The little group of Greeks who came to Philip with that re­quest were men who had ‘turned from idols to serve the living God’, but their problem was that, having turned from the sensuous emptiness of pagan religion to the stern rituals of Judaism, they had still not found the living God. All around them people were talking about Jesus, so could he be the answer to their search? It was not mere curiosity that lay behind their request; they sincerely sought an encounter with Jesus. Tired of religion, they wanted reality.

The congregations that face modern preachers may not spell out the same request. In fact, some would never even think it was their prior need, but the truth remains that, above everything else, people in our churches – and outside of them -need to be led into an encounter with Jesus. Modern preachers and communicators at every level and in every medium need to hear this message, ‘Sir, we would see Jesus! We don’t want to hear your opinions about this and that, or learn about your experiences and achievements; we need more than therapy for our hurts, we need more than advice about self-fulfilment, more than instruction on meth­ods of achieving success. We do need help with many of those things, but most of all we need an encounter with Jesus. Help us to “fix our eyes on Jesus”.

‘Tell us more about him, about who He is, what he has done, and what He still desires to do in us. Show us His glory, declare His Lordship, tell us about His second coming. Yes, we’ve heard it all before, but we need to hear it again and again, so that we will be able to worship Him in spirit and in truth, be inspired to live for His glory and be a witness for Him in a world that needs to see Him.’

This Christ-centeredness was the secret of the early church. Whether in a city-wide crusade (Acts 8:4), a one-to-one en­counter (Acts 8:35), a hostile court of enquiry (Acts 4:10) or an encounter with cynical academics (Acts 17:18), the message was the same -Jesus. Whatever else they talked and wrote about, they always came back to the centrality of Jesus; their preaching and writings were saturated with his name.

Nor was it only in their preaching that they proclaimed Christ, but also in their personal conduct. Intellectually out of their depth in an encounter with the cream ofIsrael’s academics, and psychologically under pressure because this was the court that had condemned their master to death, the apostles conducted themselves with such composure, mental alertness and free­dom of speech that the Council ‘noted that they had been with Jesus’. Intimacy with him through his Word and the Spirit enabled them to rise above their natural limitations.

There are many important issues that demand our attention and our voice, but in the end the deepest need of our fallen world is an encounter with Jesus. This means that, whatever else we talk about and do, we must help people to meet Christ.

Living Devotions

Rev. E. Anderson

FAITH AND PHYSICAL HEALING

Living Devotional Ministries

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you” — Luke 18:42

A survey conducted in the 1990s by theAmericanAcademyof Family Physicians showed that 99% of doctors believe that a relationship exists between faith and physical healing.

This line of thinking was bolstered by a California study of the effect of prayer on recovery from heart problems. About two hundred heart patients were assigned to Christians who prayed for them, while an equal number, a control group, received no known prayers. Neither group knew about the prayers, yet those who received prayer developed half the complications that were experienced by those in the control group.

A similar study by the Dartmouth Medical School examined the effect of prayer on healing when the patients prayed for themselves. The death rate six months after bypass surgery was 9 percent for the general population but 5 percent for those who prayed for their own healing. And none of the deeply religious patients died during the period of the study.

Study after study shows that faith works when it comes to improving your health. Yet so often, many people downplay this relationship thinking if they can just get the physical problem fixed, everything will be okay.

As a human being, you’re more than just a physical body. You have a very real and active spiritual dimension as well. So as you focus on keeping your physical body healthy, remember to also nourish your spiritual well-being!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray that God would help you see yourself as more than just a physical being, and that He would help you keep your spirit healthy too!