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...Speech & Words


Last Sunday, during our worship service, I began marvelling at the miracle of communication and words. In our songs, prayers, readings and testimonies; we use an assortment of sounds and patterns, a shared spoken and written language, so that our community can join in common purpose – to pour out praise before our God.

This human ability to communicate through words is inherited, a divine gift, as we are made in the ‘image of God’ (Gen 1:27). Like all inherited gifts, words can be utilised to celebrate and reveal the one that bestowed the gift, or they can be employed to obscure and rebel against the giver.

The book of Proverbs continues to remind us that we must make a choice, that our choice will be lived out in our behaviour, and that our behaviour will inevitably have consequences.

Will our speech & words lead us into Godly wisdom or worldly folly?

Words of Creation…

‘Let there be light’...
(Genesis 1:3)

Like a baby’s first cry filling a delivery room with joy or an announcers voice shattering the stilled silence of a waiting theatre; these words echo out into the darkness of Genesis 1. The Eternal One has spoken and all of heavens hosts look on in eager anticipation to see what will happen…

When I was a teacher, misbehaving children would often be sent to ‘Mr Greenow’s Classroom’ to be disciplined. Using my deep voice to utter some carefully selected words would often give a disruptive child enough of a shock to make them consider the wisdom of their choices. However, once in a while there was a child that would’ve remained unmoved by even the fiercest of Viking war cries…and everyone in the classroom, including me, was left wondering ‘What happens next!?’.

In the creation account we witness the power of God’s voice. His commands carry such energy that atoms, particles and forces that ‘were not’ now ‘are’. Nothing resists or refuses God’s decree – as Benjamin Rhodes puts it:

" …the universal Lord, 
by whose almighty word 
creation rose in form complete." *1

God uses words, His creative tools, to wonderful effect. When His work is done, He records that it is ‘very good’ (Gen 1:31) – There isn’t a ‘snagging list’ or jobs to come back to - the task is complete!

We need to understand that because God’s words are perfect and true (Ps 18:30); all words are powerful. Proverbs repeatedly tells us this:
– Proverbs 12:6; 12:18; 14:25; 15:4; 16:24; 16:27-28; 18:21.

Words of Anti-Creation…

‘…did God really say?’...
(Gen 3:1)
It should come as no surprise that Satan twists words, their message & meaning. This is his main weapon to destroy all that God has created as good - after all, he is the father of all lies (John 8:44). This is why God hates lies and liars (Pr 6:17; 12:22) because by misusing and abusing His good gift, they tear down what He has created.
Proverbs also identifies other harmful patterns of speech:
  • Boasting about ourselves (Pr 27:2)
  • Showing off in front of others (Pr 12:23)
  • Speaking hastily (Pr 18:13; 29:20)
  • Sharing in gossip (Pr 11:13; 26:22)
  • Speaking behind people’s backs (Pr 25:23)
  • Using words to seduce others (Pr 2:16; 6:24; 22:14)
    and more…
There are many places today where these foolish patterns of speech are practised and even celebrated. Prideful boasting, swift judgement and seductive talk all contribute to the toxic atmosphere that poisons almost every social media platform – and our destructive words have far reaching consequences.

Extremely loud voices are now trying to convince us that the answer to all this is to be ‘open-minded and tolerant’ of ‘everyone’s truth’. Words are simultaneously robbed of their meaning whilst being used as reductionist labels to divide us into smaller and smaller identity groups.

The Word of Life…

"Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid." *2

I think G.K. Chesterton said it rather well - an open mind, flapping in the breeze isn’t an achievement. We were created as communicating creatures because our creator wanted to communicate with us. We’ve been invited into a conversation with the Eternal One – Wrap your open mind around that!

The Psalmist encourages us to desire God’s word (Psalm 19:7-11). In Hebrews we learn that God has ‘spoken to us by His Son’ (Heb 1:1-2). John begins his account of Jesus’ life by explaining that the ‘Word of God’ is now visible (John 1:1;1:14).  In John’s first letter we are told that Jesus is the ‘Word of Life’ (1 John 1:1-2). Paul writes to the Colossian church about Jesus, so that they ‘won’t be deceived by fine sounding arguments’ (Col 2:2-4).

Our heavenly Father has spoken… Will you listen and learn wisdom or resist and act foolishly?


  1. Written or spoken - Which words do you think are more powerful?
  2. Have you ever been surprised by the ‘power’ of your words? When?
  3. What words have had an influence in your life? (Good or bad)
  4. Are you guilty of speaking or writing out of worldly folly?
    How can your words & speech show Godly wisdom? Do they?
  5. Why does knowing Jesus keep us from being foolish?


*1 – Benjamin Rhodes, 1814 – ‘My Heart and Voice I Raise’ –
*2 – G.K. Chesterton, 1936 – ‘The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton’. –

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Sunday Worship...

This is an overview of a typical Sunday morning service so that you'll know, beforehand, what to expect when you visit.

Where and When

We meet in the Chapel (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you'll be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.


There is wheelchair access via a paved ramp, and T-loop packs for anyone who needs them. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is an accessible toilet in the community hall.

Our Service

The service begins at 10:30am with a warm welcome from one of our members. This is usually followed by a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 3 or 4 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Créche (0 months to 4 years). Parents/carers of younger children are welcome to use our créche facilities but they must remain with their child at all times.
  • Trailblazers (4-11 years)
  • Young people (11+ years) Stay in the service

It's best to register your children for their groups before the service begins - just speak to a member of our welcome team. Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the appropriate time someone will announce that our younger members will now go to their various groups. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we may pause to take time to chat to someone sitting near or next to us, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Your children will be brought back to the chapel at the end of their session.


Getting Connected...

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some mornings and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join. We can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make sure things run smoothly, you'll need to talk to one of the leaders about joining a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Nursing Home Services
  • Children's clubs
  • Crafting club
  • Warm Space
  • Foodbank

A Note from Phil, our Pastor...

Phil, Becks, Alice & Martha

Becks, Alice and I joined 3C in 2018. Since then Martha has been born, there's been a global pandemic and we've finally moved into the neighbourhood. I work full time for the church whilst Becks works as a music teacher at a secondary school in Gloucester during the week. We know that God led us to 3C and this ministry. He's been shaping us as individuals, a couple and a family to serve Him here in Cam.

Becks uses her musical gifts to serve God and the congregation as part of the music ministry team. She is also heading up the Sunday morning kids ministry - 'Trailblazers'. I lead the church eldership team along with some of our ministry teams. Though I've recently enjoyed a major church building maintenance project, my deepest joy is found in sharing the Word of Life with God's people.

We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Every Blessing,


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