Author Archives: Ray Cheung

Megaquest – Team Builders

Dear Parent/Guardian

This year Freshbrook Church are running a 4 day MEGA QUEST event called ‘Team Builders’ from Tuesday 31st July – Friday 3rd August. Every morning will start at 10.00am (doors open 9.45) and finish at 12.00 noon. Team Builders is for children starting reception in September to children who have just finished year 6.

Following the popular and successful pattern of last year Team Builders will run Tuesday 31st July – Thursday 2nd August for children only, then Friday will be a Families morning where the children who have been to Team Builders and their family can enjoy breakfast together before we conclude the programme from the week through stories, craft, game and songs etc. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this morning.

Spaces are limited, so you will need to book in advance.  Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  This week is completely free of charge.  If you would like your child to join us at MEGA QUEST: Team Builders please complete the registration form by clicking the link below and return it to Chris Davison c/o Freshbrook Church as soon as possible.



You asked, the Bible answers

Although we’ve been involved in the community for many years we’ve been trying to get to know our neighbours and bit more, and it’s been really very enjoyable. We’ve been asking them 3 questions, one of which is:

“If you could ask God one question, what would it be?”

The two most popular responses were:

Why all the suffering? And,

Why can’t we all just get along?

We are inviting our neighbours, and anyone else, to come to two special services on 22/July and 29/July, 10 am, when our pastor, John Edmonds will be answering these questions from the Bible. We believe the most famous book in world has answers of substance and that they bring hope. Come and find out!

GN4S – Ministry and Praise, Sun 1/Jul, 6-8pm

We are inviting all Good News for Swindon Churches to join us at Freshbrook on the Sunday evening, 1/July. Refreshments will be served from 6pm,  the meeting itself will start at 6.30pm and our aim is finish by 8pm.

We look forward to welcoming Bernard Thompson from the Life in the Spirit movement. Bernard is an anointed servant of the Lord and we are looking forward to receiving his ministry on that night.

This is a great opportunity for God’s people from different churches across the town to meet together for fellowship, worship, ministry and encouragement. Let’s get excited about what God is doing and fill Freshbrook to overflowing with God’s people.

(On behalf of Tom Price, chairman of Good News for Swindon)

Men’s Curry Club, 16/Jun, SA Braai

A Men’s Curry Club Special! Come and enjoy a real South African Braai!

Here are the details:

  • It’s Sat 16/Jun, Lydiard Park, come any time after 6pm, eat around 7pm, finish around 9pm
  • Please sign up by 3/Jun as we need definite numbers for catering purposes
  • Cost £10, includes soft drinks, braai and dessert – there should be plenty to eat. Payment in advance would be really appreciated as this will help with the shopping
  • Bring your own alcohol if so desired, bring also you own cup and garden chair (can probably borrow church chairs if necessary)
  • Suggest we arrange lifts to Lydiard to avoid parking charges

Numbers are limited, but do invite friends and sign up quick. It’s going to be great event!

You can sign up by 3/Jun on the usual clipboard, or contact Ray Cheung via





Men’s Breakfast, 16/June

This is a great event for men organized by Gorse Hill Baptist Church, much of the details are on the poster below already. As to the breakfast itself, there is an all you can eat breakfast for £4.69 (smaller breakfast for £1.29 available) and unlimited tea or coffee for £2.09.

Care for the Family do not charge for this event, but will ask for donations towards the ministry. This will be a fantastic chance to bring friends and neighbours to hear a great speaker, tickets limited so book fast!

Please sign up on the clipboard at the church or contact our office latest by 10/June.

Out of this World for Men – 22-24/June

CVM (Christian Vision for Men) are holding an out-of-this-world exciting festival for men between 22-24/June, ‘in a field near Swindon’!

Loads of events, activities, stories, teaching, … just for guys and their friends. There’s an incredible amount to do, learn, and enjoy. Do go to their web site, here and here and you’ll see all that’s on offer. CVM are committed to reaching men for Jesus, and so are we!

If you book before 1/June you can still get it at a cheaper price of £105. After that it goes up to £116.

If you’d like to know more, do talk with Courtenay Merchant. If you don’t know Courtenay, just email and it will get through to him.

(Photo by NASA)


Oh So Close!

Congratulations to the Freshbrook cricket team for nearly bringing back the trophy.

The team, from top left clockwise, of Steve Cox, Courtney Merchant, Tim Rabbitt, Finlay MacNaughton, Roy MacNaughton and Alex Smith, were runners up in the United Churches 6 a side cricket competition.

Eight teams competed in this prestigious sporting event on a beautiful May bank holiday Monday: Freshbrook, Christ the Servant, Faringdon Baptist, The Stowe Church, Stratton Methodist, South Marston CE School, Christchurch, St. Mary’s Ashbury.

Having won 3 & lost 1 of our matches meant we finished tied 2nd with two other teams. However, based on number of wickets taken, we qualified for the final. We lost the final against South Marston CE School who went the day unbeaten.

Special mention goes to Finlay & Tim who bowled particularly well throughout the day. Everyone in the team played their part in a fantastic achievement finishing 2nd! Unfortunately the final was slightly clouded by Courtenay snapping his Achilles while trying to take a quick run while batting. Had this not happened we would have doubtless won. Whoever said we are sore loosers! Only kidding – congratulations to South Marston!

It was a great day enjoyed by all.

Veg Attack!

Incredible Edible started over 15 years ago in Todmorden,Yorkshire. Essentially it was guerilla gardening that got out of hand! Now there are groups all over the UK and further afield. Some groups (Bristol for example) are extremely active, and others concentrate on just one or two patches. The common denominator, however, is turning patches of unused land into edible plots with and for the good of the local community. Incredible edible is a catalyst to help get the project started and offer advice and some plants but the community can sow, hoe and reap for themselves as well.

The latest willing participant of this guerilla action is, as you see, our very own church.

Incredible Edible Swindon currently have 5 areas in West Swindon, with Freshbrook Church now becoming number 6. They are not all maintained at the same rate as they depend on the community that surrounds them. In addition to us, there are also plots in Godolphin Close and Freshbrook Centre (by the school).

The valiant volunteers managed to clear nearly half the bed.There are plans to do the rest at a later date. So if you’re interested in helping, please do contact the church.

We are very grateful to Incredible Edibles Swindon for descending on us with this great idea. If you’d like to find out more about what they do, please do to go to their web site. Who knows, you may be next!

Ladies Not Just Desserts – 23/May

What does it take to be a missionary?

Jane Poole will be sharing about the work at Nagaland Bible College and showing a short video.

She will speak about the vision for a Missionary Training Centre which will be for ‘All nations.’  It is being built for people who have a definite call on their life to become a missionary. These potential missionaries will mix with other nationalities and be taught about cross cultural mission, they will experience what it is like to live in another culture, live alongside students from other nations and eat the food of other nations. All sounds so straight forward …

All ladies welcomed.