Welcome to Churches Together in Folkestone
We hope that you find the website both useful and informative. Churches Together Folkestone consists of 28 member churches from across Folkestone Sandgate and Hawkinge. We seek to enable and enhance local church life in local communities around the area.
|From the Chairman, Mark Fletcher
'For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him may not die but have eternal life'.
With prayers for a New Year in which we all draw nearer to Jesus, and in which, led and empowered by His Spirit, the churches of Folkestone increasingly bless the whole town with the love of God.
In Philippians 3: 20 we read 'We, however, are citizens of heaven, and we eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to come from heaven'.
We live in exciting expectation!
It is a huge privilege and honour to serve God and his church here in Folkestone as Chairman of CTF,and to see God making things possible as we set aside our differences and prayerfully focus on the things that unite us, and especially on His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Fantastic projects such as the Winter Shelter are resourced together in a way that couldn’t happen through individual churches. Wonderful acts of mission and service are made available through volunteers from all denominations working together at the Rainbow Centre and Operation Sunshine. Heartfelt praise and worship take place when we meet together from our different traditions and raise the roof at our United Services. And, so importantly, a real and genuine love is created between us to make us a blessing to others.
In The Message edition of the Bible, the Apostle Paul writes in Colossians ‘…regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.’ I would dare to say that love is indeed the garment of the Churches in this town. A love for one another that, through the Holy Spirit, brings compassion and the knowledge of the good news of Jesus, that ‘Life in all its fullness’ to individuals, and into our needy communities.
Father's Love Letter
An Intimate Message From God To You.
You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
For you were made in my image.
In me you live and move and have your being.
For you are my offspring.
I knew you even before you were conceived.
I chose you when I planned creation.
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I knit you together in your mother's womb.
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
I have been misrepresented
by those who don't know me.
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
For I am the perfect father.
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
And I rejoice over you with singing.
I will never stop doing good to you.
For you are my treasured possession.
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
For it is I who gave you those desires.
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
And I'll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
He is the exact representation of my being.
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
My question is…
Will you be my child?
I am waiting for you.
Love, Your Dad
Reprinted with permission