Sunday, 3 May 2009


All-age communion Cheddington

Gospel Matthew 28

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."



8 track players
Carbon paper

Button A and B

MS Dos
Floppy disks

Curly bus tickets
Slam door trains

Top loaders

Blue whitener

Facit machines

Dial telephones


iPod v1


About to become extinct

Yellow pages
Video recorders

Telephone boxes
Ham radio

Incandescent Light bulbs
Analogue TVs

Camera film

Emperor penguins
Dot matrix printers

Book shops

Correct punctuation
Stag beetles

Family dinners at table
Public toilets

Make your own list of 3 each

Did anyone include the Church of England?



1968 1.6m

2008 850,000

C of E losing 20,000 per year


1997 180,000

2007 127,000

-30% in 10 years

Sunday attendance dropping – but monthly and midweek holding up.

More than 1.7 million people attend Church of England church and cathedral worship each month while around 1.2 million attend each week - on Sunday or during the week - and just over one million each Sunday.

Cheddington – about 1 – 2% attend church.

Graph shows church will be extinct in a few years – what can be done to reverse the decline?


What happens if membership of a club declines? What do we do?

Personal invitations to join a club
Taking people along to meetings


The Great Commission

All authority has been given to Christ

We are commanded to go out and make disciples

A disciple is one who learns – not a follower

Not followers or supporters or associates

So we are to impart the good news, as if to pupils

The man with the extinguisher “I’m not a religious man”

We need to impart knowledge – not convert – that is for God alone.

In doing so, we can remember that Jesus is with us, beside us, and the Holy Spirit will provide the words to speak: as he says at the end of the Great Commission -

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.


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