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The latest talks from Greyfriars Church, Reading.
Apr 4, 2021
Easter Day 2021
Whatever this past year and season of life has brought you, if you are feeling down, hopeless, hurting, broken or unsure about the future, Jesus has the power to transform your life. David Walker speaks about the transforming power of Jesus, as he explores Luke 24: 13-35
Apr 2, 2021
Good Friday Reflection: 6pm
As we come to the end of our Good Friday Reflections, Joy Atkins helps us to prepare for Holy Saturday as we reflect on Luke 23:50-56.
Apr 2, 2021
Good Friday Reflection: 3pm
After another three hours, we come to the death of Jesus. David Walker helps us to think about this important moment from Mark 15:34:41.
Apr 2, 2021
Good Friday Reflection: 12pm
It's noon on Good Friday, and Jesus has been on the cross now for about three hours. Annie Willmot helps us to reflect on this moment from Luke 23:35-44.
Apr 2, 2021
Good Friday Reflection: 9am
At 9am on Good Friday Jesus is led to Golgotha, where he is crucified. Sam Brown leads our reflection on Mark 15:20-27.
Apr 2, 2021
Good Friday Reflection: 6am
We begin our Good Friday Reflections at 6am as Jesus is brought before the religious leaders and Pilate to be questioned and tried. John Freeman shares on Mark 15:1-19.
Mar 28, 2021
Faith, Hope and Love - Love
What actually is love? Alyssa speaks today about true love, speaking about the example of love God shows us in 1 John 4:7-21.
Mar 28, 2021
Good Friday Trailer
Listen to Sam and John introducing the plans for our Good Friday Reflection podcasts. To find out more, head to www.greyfriars.org.uk/easter
Mar 22, 2021
Faith, Hope and Love - Hope
What is hope and how can living with Christian hope change the way you see the world today? David Walker speaks about hope as he unpacks Romans 5 in the latest in our series on Faith, Hope and Love. Join us online for Easter greyfriars.org.uk/easter
Mar 14, 2021
Faith, hope and love - Faith
If we're honest, we don't really know what we are doing. God invites us to build our lives on him, trusting in God through faith and not trying to work it all out for ourselves. John Freeman explores how we can live a life of faith. Speaking today on 1 Peter 1:13-21.
Mar 8, 2021
Faith Hope and Love
As we travel towards Easter we are exploring the call to be transformed. Today David Walker unpacks the call to transformation as we explore God's words through scripture. He speaks today from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Feb 28, 2021
Under Pressure - Kingdom Power
John Freeman points us towards a reminder that prayer is always a right response under pressure. He explores how it unlocks forgiveness and healing in our lives – a present outbreaking of the future Kingdom. He speaks today from James 5:13-20
Feb 22, 2021
Under Pressure - Kingdom Endurance
When times are tough, when we are in a difficult or dark place, how do we respond? Nick Hill speaks today of a call to patience. He shares how he has found blessing in living patiently despite his own sense of urgency in life, as he speaks from James 5:7-12.
Feb 22, 2021
Under Pressure - Kingdom Finances
On Valentines day David Walker asks who, or what do you love? As we face pressure in life what do we fall on and put our trust in? Today James 4:13-5:6 challenges us to examine our own approach to our finances and where we put our trust.
Feb 7, 2021
Under Pressure - Kingdom Submission
When you are trying to hold everything together, gain control, and find a way to navigate life, Jesus offers us a new way. John Hudson speaks on what it means to submit to God's plan in 2021. He speaks from James 4: 1-12.
Feb 1, 2021
Under Pressure - Kingdom Talk
This passage in James gives us some very practical reminders of the power of our words and the ways in which we are called to use them. Dan Bright speaks from James 3:1-18
Jan 24, 2021
Under Pressure - Kingdom Integrity
Loraine continues our series in James. She challenges us to live out our faith and demonstrate the love of God through action. Speaking today from James 2:14-26.
Jan 17, 2021
Under Pressure - Kingdom Equality
How do we treat the person who can’t do anything for us – the poor, the marginalised and discriminated, and the unpopular. John Freeman calls us to explore our hearts as he speaks from James 2:1-13
Jan 10, 2021
Under Pressure - Kingdom Living
Alyssa Carey calls us to action as a result of our faith in Jesus. Speaking from the book of James she explores what a Kingdom Life might look like during a global pandemic. James 1:19-27
Jan 4, 2021
Under Pressure - Kingdom Perseverance
As we begin a new series, David Walker speaks about Kingdom Perseverance. We all face trials and temptations and yet these can be used by God to mature us in the faith and help us grow spiritually. These words of James are clear that temptation does not come from God, but that He can work through them. (James 1:1-18)
Dec 21, 2020
God With Us
This Christmas we are more aware than ever of the importance of being together. Speaking at our Carol Service, David Walker reminds us that even though so many of us are apart, God is more present than ever.
Dec 13, 2020
Promise Keeper - Presence
How can we be certain that God is with us at all times? John Hudson speaks today from Isaiah 43: 1-7 where God promises to be with us even in the fire and trouble of life.
Dec 6, 2020
Promise Keeper - Provider
Through God’s promise of provision comes transformation. During times of great challenge and difficulty, we need to be reminded of God’s promise to provide for us. John Freeman speaks today from Isaiah 41: 8-20.
Nov 29, 2020
Promise Keeper -Strength
As we focus on our own weakness and the bleak nature of this current situation, through Isaiah God reminds us of His promise of strength to those who are weak. Once again, this promise of strength is directly related to trusting God. David Walker speaks today from Isaiah 40: 27-31.
Nov 22, 2020
Promise Keeper - Hope
Facing invasion and removal from their spiritual home, Jerusalem, God’s people are given these words of comfort and hope. Annie unpacks how we can access and hold on to this hope in our lives right now. She speaks from Isaiah 40:1-8
Nov 15, 2020
Promise Keeper - Mercy
John Freeman speaks about the path to a life well lived. He shows how the example of the people of God in Isaiah 30 invites us into the arms of a God of mercy. John speaks from Isaiah 30: 15-21.
Nov 10, 2020
On Remembrance Sunday Joy Atkins speaks to us about the spiritual power and importance of remembering. She speaks from Exodus 12: 12-17.
Nov 2, 2020
Promise Keeper – Wholeness
The perfect peace that is spoken about in Isaiah 26:1-6 and 57:14-21 is more than just peace: it is a promise of wholeness for all those who put their trust in God. This week, Lorraine unpacks what it means to have wholeness during a time such as this.
Oct 26, 2020
Promise Keeper - Light in the darkness
In Isaiah 9, we hear that there is a ray of light amongst the darkness of Israel’s sin and disobedience. David shows us how Isaiah points forward to the birth of a child who will bring justice and righteousness: a promise for Israel and for us.
Oct 18, 2020
Promise Keeper - Purpose
As the fatigue and difficulty of the global pandemic leaves us feeling weary and lost, we begin a series looking to God's promises and purposes for us in a time like this. John Hudson explores Isaiah 6 to see how we are called to respond to our own weariness.
Oct 11, 2020
God is doing a new thing
Nick Hill is the new vicar of Whitley, and he joins us at Greyfriars as part of our vision to help resource the church across Reading. He speaks to us today about where he sees God doing a new thing in this season.
Oct 4, 2020
Hearing From God
Mark Iles from the School for Prophecy speaks on the topic of hearing from God, ahead of the launch of the prophecy course at Greyfriars in October. He speaks from John 16:1-15.
Sep 27, 2020
This Is Church - Grow the kingdom
Dan Bright rounds off our series on what it looks like to be church in this unprecedented time. He challenges us with the call to be people who demonstrate the Kingdom of God through our actions, drawing people to God. He speaks on 1 Peter 2: 11 - 17 & 1 Peter 3: 15b - 22
Sep 20, 2020
This Is Church - Grow in Faith
David Walker calls us to turn and face Jesus as he explores what it looks like for each of us to grow in faith in this season. He speaks from 1 Peter 1: 13-22 plus 2: 1-3.
Sep 13, 2020
This is Church - Gather to Serve
John Freeman continues our series looking at what it means to be church in this new season. He explores our call to discover and use our unique God given gifts to love our town. He speaks from 1 Peter 4: 8-11.
Sep 6, 2020
This Is Church - Gather as believers
As we begin a new term of church under Covid-19 conditions, David Walker explores how we can be church scattered across our town in this season. He speaks from 1 Peter 1:1 & 1 Peter 2:4-10.
Aug 30, 2020
The Power of Ordinary Lives - Playing Our Part
As we end the series exploring the Old Testament book of Ruth, Lorraine unpacks the part played by each of the characters in the story and encourages us to play our part in the story of God's Kingdom on earth. Lorraine speaks from Ruth 4: 9-17.
Aug 24, 2020
The Power of Ordinary Lives – letting go of control
So often, the everyday ordinariness of our lives seem undramatic, but that doesn't mean that they are unimportant. This week, John explores how God can use our lives to weave together a greater and better story. He speaks from Ruth 3:1-18.
Aug 17, 2020
The Power of Ordinary Lives – Stay where you are
We can so easily look ahead to the future, to the bigger and better and miss the blessing we are given in the here and now. This week Joy Atkins helps us to understand the blessing God has given us in this time and to rest in the here and the now, even if it is hard work. She preaches from Ruth 2:19-23.
Aug 9, 2020
The Power of Ordinary Lives - Work
Who are you working for? An easy question to answer, but what if we are working for the wrong purpose? This week John Hudson explores how the story of Ruth in the Old Testament gives us a reason to work for God. He speaks from Ruth 2: 1-12
Aug 2, 2020
The Power of Ordinary Lives - Love
Even if we think of our lives as completely ordinary, we have the power to change the world person by person as we understand the extravagant nature of God's love. Annie explores love in the story of Ruth as we begin a 5 week series exploring the book. She speaks from Ruth chapter 1.
Jul 26, 2020
Honest to God - Bold
How should we pray when under pressure? David Walker explores the call to pray for boldness in times when we are squeezed and vulnerable as he speaks from Acts 4:23-31
Jul 19, 2020
Honest to God - Overwhelmed
As so many of us come to a place of feeling totally overwhelmed, we are reminded that God hears us as we call to him in prayer. John Freeman speaks today from Psalm 23 & Matthew 26:36-46.
Jul 12, 2020
Honest to God - Frustrated
How can our frustrations be used in prayer? Lorraine speaks today from Revelation 6:9-11 & Psalm 13 to explore the place of bringing our frustrations into prayer.
Jul 5, 2020
Honest to God - Joyful
Mary's famous prayer reminds us what it looks like to be joyful in prayer. Dan encourages us that there is a place for the Joy of the Lord in even the lowest times. He speaks on Luke 1: 46-55
Jun 28, 2020
Honest to God - Despondent
There are times when we feel despondent and burdened, but Annie show us another way as we lay it all before God. She speaks from Numbers 11:10-15.
Jun 21, 2020
Honest to God - Thankful
We explore the power and importance of an attitude of gratitude, even in the midst of challenging circumstances. John Freeman speaks from Philippians 1:3-11.
Jun 14, 2020
Honest to God - Guilt
Joy Atkins explains that there is a place in our prayers for guilt. An approach that gets us into the right heart attitude, so that we can move through it into God’s grace and transformation. She speaks from Daniel 9: 1-19.
Jun 7, 2020
Honest to God - Obedient
We begin our new series rooted in eight prayers from the bible. Today David Walker speaks on Matthew 6: 5-15, Jesus call to pray the Lord's Prayer.
May 31, 2020
Life Transformed - A new chapter
On Pentecost Sunday, John Freeman speaks of the power of prayer to transform our lives. He brings us a message from Acts 2:1-14a, 37-39.
May 24, 2020
Life Transformed - New Access
What should our response be to the promises in Joel of an outpouring of the Spirit. David Walker explores the access we have to the power of God as we respond to him. He speaks from Joel 2: 28-32.
May 17, 2020
Life Transformed - New Life
How should we respond in a crisis time like we are facing during Covid-19. Ezekiel has a vision of a God who is calling us forward and the blessing on offer as we respond well. John Hudson speaks from Ezekiel 47: 1-12.
May 10, 2020
Life Transformed - New Gifts
Dan Bright unpacks what it means to receive gifts from God and what it might be that you are called to at this time. He speaks from 1 Corinthians 12: 1-14.
May 3, 2020
Life Transformed - Rooted In Spirit
David Walker looks at how our character can be transformed as we become rooted more deeply in the Spirit, as he speaks from Galatians 5:13-26.
Apr 25, 2020
Life Transformed - New Creation
John Freeman introduces our new series "Life Transformed" with a look at what it means to be a new creation, by exploring 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.
Apr 18, 2020
Abundant life - Abundant Love
In the conclusion to our series in John Lorraine reminds us that the Love of Jesus reaches out to us no matter where we are. He challenges us to follow Him.
Apr 13, 2020
David Walker continues in our Abundant Life series, speaking from John 20 of the difference the resurrection makes in the lives of every person.
Apr 9, 2020
Good Friday Meditation
John Freemen leads us through the events of Good Friday. With readings and pause for prayer we are led to the cross where Jesus died as a sacrifice, once and for all, to provide forgiveness and new life for us.
Apr 8, 2020
Helped by the Girdler family Joy leads us through the events of the day including the last supper
Apr 4, 2020
Abundant Life - God's Glory
Annie looks at the start of Jesus' prayer and how it helps us to focus on the glory of God. She encourages us to see how the presence of Jesus living in us helps us to focus on God and his glory.
Mar 28, 2020
Abundant life - Unity
John Freeman looks at Jesus' prayer in John 17 and encourages us to embrace the relationship of unity in love
Mar 21, 2020
Abundant Life - Take Heart
In our first Church Online Stream, our Vicar, David Walker, talks from John 16, speaking on how we can take heart in light of the what is happening in the world right now, and how we can be the abundant life of Jesus in our homes and communities.
Mar 14, 2020
Abundant life - remain in Jesus
John Freeman explores John 16, and Jesus' words "Remain in Me" to discover a call to obedience to keep us connected with Jesus.
Mar 7, 2020
Abundant Life - Perfect Peace
Joy looks at the peace that comes from a life walking in partnership with Jesus and the Spirit
Feb 29, 2020
Abundant Life: Living in your calling
John Hudson looks at how what happened at a funeral in Bethany can give you a framework to discover your own unique calling in life. The passage today is John 11, the raising of Lazarus.
Feb 22, 2020
Abundant Life - The Good Shepherd
John Freeman continues our series in John's Gospel with a look at John 10:1-18. He looks at the need to hear and follow the voice and direction of the Good Shepherd.
Feb 15, 2020
Abundant Life - God's Glory
David explains Jesus’ approach to the blind man in John 9:1-12 and God’s glory at work through him.
Feb 8, 2020
Abundant life : True freedom
Annie speaks on John chapter 8:31-47 and the freedom that comes from seeing Jesus for who He really is.
Feb 1, 2020
Abundant Life - Living Water
Jonny speaks about Jesus’ words in John chapter 7 and what it means to be receiving living water.
Jan 25, 2020
Abundant Life : Letting go
David Walker speaks about John 4:27-42 and the spiritual blindness of the disciples, compared to the faith of the Samaritan woman. Like the Samaritan woman, we are called to let go of trying to control the world around us, and trust Jesus.
Jan 18, 2020
Abundant Life: Trust
John Freeman continued our series in John’s Gospel, looking at John 3. What have you come looking for? This was the question Jesus asked Nicodemus. He came looking for a teacher, but Jesus showed him so much more - a new life, healing and restoration. John challenged us to Trust fully in Him and to live the life Jesus can bring.
Jan 11, 2020
Abundant Life: Faith
David Walker continues our journey through John, exploring John 2:1-11. What will your year look like when you lean your whole weight upon Jesus and expect Him to work through you?
Jan 4, 2020
Abundant Life: Believe in Jesus
John Freeman introduces our new series on the Gospel of John, speaking from John 1 v1-18.
Dec 21, 2019
Do not be afriad: Find Peace
John continues with our theme of Peace at Christmas. He looks at the instruction given to the shepherds "do not be afraid" and what this means for us.
Dec 14, 2019
Christmas Carol Service - Find Peace
David shares with us the message of how to find peace this Christmas
Dec 7, 2019
Compassion UK partnership launch
James Waddell shares about the work of Compassion UK.
Nov 30, 2019
Advent Sunday - Isaiah 40
As we enter this season of Advent, David Walker spoke on the theme of waiting and how God uses our waiting for His purposes
Nov 25, 2019
Greater Vision (630 Service) Hebrews 12
Greater Vision (630 Service) Hebrews 12 by Greyfriars Church
Nov 25, 2019
Greater Vision (930 Service) - Hebrews 12
Annie Willmot rounds off our series in Hebrews by reminding us to run the race of life in community with other followers of Christ, so that whatever life throws at us we will end strong.
Nov 16, 2019
Greater Call - Hebrews 10
John Hudson continues our series in Hebrews with a reminder of the importance of foundations and faith.
Nov 11, 2019
Greater Sacrifice - Hebrews 9 and 10
David Walker reminds us that Jesus is the only perfect sacrifice for our sins, and provides total forgiveness.
Nov 4, 2019
Greater Representative (930 Service) - Hebrews 4 and 7
John Freeman reminds us that far from God not involving himself in our world He sent his Son to intervene for us.
Nov 4, 2019
Greater Representative (630 Service) - Hebrews 4 and 7
Dan Bright speaks about Jesus as our High Priest and our intercessor to the Father.
Oct 26, 2019
Greater Rest - Hebrews 4
David Walker continues in our series on Hebrews with a challenge to look at what true rest means
Oct 19, 2019
Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times - Hebrews 3
John Hudson shows us how to find hope and certainty when all around us seems so uncertain, as we continue working through Hebrews in our series called ‘Greater’.
Oct 12, 2019
Greater Holiness - Hebrews 2
John Freeman continues our series in Hebrews. We are reminded that we have a great calling but through sin we have created a great mess. John encourages us in the fact that we have a saviour who is able to bring restoration.
Oct 5, 2019
How God speaks to us today
David Walker begins a new series in Hebrews by exploring how God has spoken through all of time, and how we can know what he has for us today.
Sep 28, 2019
On One Family Sunday David and Joy explore what unity means to us as they explore John 17.