John's church

Emmanuel Methodist Church
Barnsley *Province/Other , S70 1DT

About John
  • Experience: 33 years of Christless living followed by a road to Damascus conversion in 1995. Accredited as a Lay preacher in the Barnsley Methodist Circuit in 2007. EEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAA Thank you God.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Read them with joy and a smile.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: The Alpha Course - not connected with my conversion but helped me move on in my faith.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: "Come as you are caught party" It’s like a fancy dress party but you have to come as you were caught by the party organiser when he called in the days or weeks before the party. LIKE when Christ comes calling - we will go to the party just as we are"
  • Family: Married with 2 children, 1 dog, 1 fish
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I’m not from a Christian background and neither of them have ever heard me - give it time, give it time!!!
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: OK I s’pose.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: For God’s sake SMILE. Start your sermon by going out to meet the congregation where they are (metaphorically) The most important words of your sermon are the first words. Grab the people’s attention and you can work them, loose their attention and it does not matter what you say - they won’t hear your message"
  • Books that have had an impact: "Modern Cereal Chemistry" by Kent-Jones and Amos (sorry, but it’s a great read - honest) "Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation" by Adrian Plass "Taken on Trust" by Terry Waite
  • Hobbies: Ice Hockey - Fan of the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Team
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: He who laughs last must be a Christian.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: In a very small village church the organist started playing the first hymn in the wrong key - it sounded terrible. I stopped the hymn and said that she was playing in the wrong key, to which she replied, "it’s the only key you’re going to get" I fell into the pulpit with laughter and then "corpsed" (giggled uncontrollably) throughout the whole service as every hymn she played was also in the wrong key. Eventually I suggested we sing the last hymn unaccompanied. Unfortunately for me, I was having a quality assessment that day but fortunately the assessors were laughing so much themselves they understood my plight.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Please note my new address: ;-)
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  • Jesus The Bread Of Life

    Contributed on Jun 10, 2007
    based on 11 ratings

    Explores bread throughout the bible, compares bread as we know it today with scripture. Looks at some hard bits fom the bible and suggests that, like the hard bits in bread, they make God’s word "low Glycemic" (Low glycemic foods sustain us for longe

  • You Think Your Life Is Sorted? Well Think Again!

    Contributed on Mar 5, 2007
    based on 17 ratings

    Some people have heard of the teachings of Jesus Christ. They have read the bible. They have eaten the bread and drank the wine in church. The trouble is that although they know OF Jesus they do not yet know him personally.

  • 101 Things To See Before You Die . . No:1 . . . .

    Contributed on Mar 5, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    The title of this talk is 101 things to see before you die – well numbers 2 to 101 are up to you and you may or may not get the opportunity to see them in your lifetime. But the number one thing to see, is Jesus.

  • Servants Are The Greatest

    Contributed on Sep 22, 2003
    based on 14 ratings

    An interactive childrens address demonstrating that the people whom we consider the greatest are very often servants. It asks who’s serving who. Jesus is Servant to all and we are all serving God.

  • What's Important At Christmas

    Contributed on Jul 19, 2003
    based on 6 ratings

    A light look at business and the busyness of Christmas. Looking at the important things we do in the run up to Christmas put pointing out THE most important part is so obvious - Jesus Christ.

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