Author Archives: Ray Cheung

NJD 13/02/19 – A Love that Lasts

Come and enjoy a relaxed, informal girls’ night out with good food spending meaningful time in each other’s company.

Enjoy not just one, but two speakers talking of empowering work with destitute children in slums and upcountry in Kenya.

Come and be encouraged and perhaps challenged!

Church Text 2019 – Identity

“Who am I; What value do I have; Do I matter?”

We may never speak these questions out loud yet they knock repeatedly on the door of our heart. We look for identity in how others see us, value in how many people like our posts on social media, and worth in the way we perform. The results are increasing levels of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, and a devaluing of our worth as individuals.

The Bible offers a refreshing alternative. We can find identity, value and worth if we recognise we are created by God; even in the womb our bodies ‘knit together’ by God so that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Believing the Psalmist’s message can restore a proper sense of identity and open the door to us discovering the love of God revealed in his Son Jesus.

We encourage you to listen to the accompanying sermon and hear the affection with which God thinks of you.

GN4S – Week of Prayer 2019

It is good to seek the Lord at the beginning of the year.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)

The Good News for Swindon network has called a week of prayer – 5 nights of calling out to God for Swindon at the start of 2019:

On Mon-Fri, 14-18/January, from 7:30-9:00pm

A rough framework for each evening is 20-30 minutes worship, and four 15 minute prayer topic slots. Here’s the programme:

  • Mon 14th – Lead: Gateway Church, Focus: UK, Swindon – overview, local government, etc., Location: Trinity Centre
  • Tue 15th – Lead: Freshbrook Church, Focus: Children, youth, schools, Location: Freshbrook Church
  • Wed 16th – Lead: Gorse Hill Baptist Church, Focus: Other social/comminity needs,  etc., Location: Gorse Hill
  • Thu 17th – Lead: Vine Church, Focus: The church in Swindon, GN4S plans for 2019, Location: St Joseph’s School
  • Fri 18th – Lead: Discovery Church, Focus: Worship, prophetic equipping, empowering of the Holy Spirit, Location: Oaktree School



Christmas at Freshbrook 2018

The beauty of Christmas lies in The Real Christmas.

May be there’s more than meets the eye.

We invite you to join us peel back the years and take a look at what the original eye-witnesses saw and heard.

Through talks, puppets, carols, videos and choirs at our varied collection of Christmas services, find out why this event changed the world and why it is great news for you.




Christmas Market 2018

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Freshbrook Church Christmas Market!

If you’ve never been, why not pay us a visit …

All for a great cause …

Come and enjoy a buzzing market, fun program, festive goodies and music, all with great community spirit and for a great cause.

Once again we are supporting a local charity, Willows Counselling Service.

Mental health is a serious issue in our society, but not just. It affects princes and school children alike. It is an increasing concern for the NHS, and is, in fact, a growing global problem. Willows Counselling Service provide much needed support and counselling for anyone struggling with issues such as depression, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, abuse, loneliness, identity issues, and much more. This is a really worthwhile charity and we are very pleased to donate the profits from our Christmas Market to them.

Warm, Bustling and Friendly

Why stand in the cold? Our market is indoors. You will not only find interesting gifts, but you can also sit down, relax and enjoy a bit of community spirit. There will be many varied stalls for you to browse through.


Come and enjoy the traditional as well as the unusual:

  • Tea, coffee
  • Delicious warm aromatic mulled wine (non-alcoholic)
  • Tempting sizzling quality burgers and sausages
  • Delectable cakes, mince pies, festive cookies


  • Enchanting carol singing
  • Puppet shows
  • Live performances by our own musicians
  • Fun activities for children


  • Supercakes
  • Jill Painting and Artworks
  • Kaija Alanco Earrings
  • Avon Cosmetics
  • Buterfly Occasions Embroidery and Gifts
  • Sand Art
  • Sweatpea Creations
  • Dinky Press Books
  • Laura Misfud Sweets
  • And lots more …

So please put the date in your diary and join us! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Note: Information presented is subject to changes and updates.

Remembrance Sunday, 11/Nov/2018

Jesus said:

” Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

Come and join us in remembering those who gave their lives so that we can live free from tyranny.

Men’s Curry Club, 17/Nov/2018

The last Men’s Curry Club outing of 2018! And it’s going to be a good one. It would be great if as many as possible can make it. We heading for Mela Contemporary Indian Cuisine, 122 Victoria Road, SN1 3BH, at the usual time of 7:30pm on Sat 17/Nov.

The deal is 10% discount on your orders if we get 10 people or more. The discount does not include drinks, which is extra, just pay as you order as usual.

They have a great menu here. As usual, pre-ordering is required – by 11/Nov please. Email me at,, exactly what you want and the price as stated in the menu, and I’ll collate the info and work out the discounted cost. Just email me the info like this:

  • Plain Pappadum – £0.65, Chef Special Mixed Chutney – £0.65
  • Starter: Sheek Lohori Kebab – £4.45 (please don’t feel you have to order a starter)
  • Main: Karnataka Chicken – £10.95
  • Basmati Rice – £2.95

Do feel free to invite friends and neighbours.

Looking forward to a great evening!

Science and God Presentation, 1/Oct, Marlborough

Whether you are skeptical, interested, inquisitive or intrigued, whether you know little or much, why to come to this exciting and free multi-media presentation by Ben Allen at:

Theatre on the Hill
St John School
Granham Hill

On Monday, 1/Oct at 7:45 pm- 9:15 pm (vehicle access via Granham Hill entrance only).

Ben Allen is a physics teacher with a passionate interest in how science enhances personal faith in the God of the Bible.  Ben’s exciting multi-media presentation covering many areas of the sciences is for anyone. With Q&A session too.

Ladies Not Just Desserts, 17/Oct

All ladies are welcome to come to Not Just Desserts on 17th October at 7,30 pm to sample some delicious sweets and puddings.  There will be a selection of savoury items too.

Carol Beard, our guest speaker, will tell us about the work of the Samaritans and how she is involved.


Good New For Swindon – Prayer Night, Tue 18/Sep

Come and join us at Gateway Church on Tue 18/Sept for a evening of prayer. Doors will open at 7 pm with hot drinks served. The main meeting will start at 7:30 pm and finish by 9 pm.

The focus for prayer will be in these four areas:

  • Pastoral care and support to Christian leaders across Swindon
  • Providing a platform of ministry to serve the younger generation through events like Synergy
  • Coordinated social action to serve the town
  • Establishing a Discipleship Training School to serve all the churches from Sept 2019 onwards

There will also be an opportunity for a tour of the Warehouse next to the church and to meet the new team running the Swindon Food bank Collective immediately after the Prayer Meeting.

Please do join us as we work together to reach the town of Swindon with the Good News concerning Jesus Christ.