Real Lives

1st– 3rd October 2021:

A weekend to think about life and faith with Glen Scrivener

Real Lives is a weekend of events for people of all ages. It is based at St. John’s Church, 384 Ashley Road, and at its heart are chat-show style interviews of ordinary people with engaging and powerful stories of how getting to know Jesus Christ has changed their lives forever. Each person interviewed has encountered and worked their way through real life issues. It is an opportunity to hear real stories from real people who have been changed by encountering the real Jesus.

The Host:

Our interviewer for Real Lives, Glen Scrivener, is a popular Christian speaker and writer who regularly crosses the UK speaking at universities and churches. He is originally from Australia but has lived in the UK for more than half his life. He was curate at All Soul’s Church, Eastbourne and now heads up Speak Life, an organisation which has produced many hundreds of video resources which have been viewed many millions of times. Glen is a very able and engaging interviewer and speaker. Why not get to know Glen by watching one of the videos here:

The Programme:

Friday 1st October, 7.30pm – An evening with local shop-owners Darren & Amanda Peach. Free entry, no need to book. Refreshments served from 7.15pm.

Darren is a partner and manager at Keith Jones Christian Bookshop where he works with his wife Amanda,. Keith Jones is one of the Bournemouth’s largest bookstores. Together Darren and Amanda will share their real life story of the difference Jesus Christ has made to the lives and their business, especially during the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Saturday 2nd October, 9am – 10.30am – Messy Breakfast for all the family. Free entry, no need to book.

Families with children are invited to come along to enjoy breakfast together (inc’ bacon butties!), fun craft and children’s activities. Glen will give a short age-appropriate talk on the difference Jesus makes to the lives of Christians.

Saturday 2nd October, 3pm – Senior Citizens’ Tea. Free entry, no need to book.

Senior citizens are warmly invited to attend our afternoon tea party. Join us for a cream tea, a selection of cakes and an opportunity to think about life and faith.

Saturday 2nd October, 7.30pm – An evening with Major General Tim Cross CBE. Free entry, no need to book. Refreshments served from 7.15pm.

Major General Tim Cross CBE (Retd) is a former Director General of the UK Defence Supply Chain. He served in the first Gulf War in 1990/91 and in Iraq in 2003, as well as three times in the Balkans, including Kosovo, and Northern Ireland. He was awarded a CBE for the humanitarian effort with refugee camps in the aftermath of the Kosovo War.  He was the General Officer Commanding, Theatre Troops – one of the three Divisions of the UK Field Army – and latterly the Army adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. Early in his army career, a trip to Jerusalem got him thinking about whether the stories about Jesus could be true, and then what that would mean for his career in the Army.  Come and hear Maj Gen Tim Cross and Glen Scrivener (director of SpeakLife) discuss faith and leadership under pressure.

Sunday 3rd October, 10am Morning Worship at St Paul’s Church Canford Heath (featuring a pre-recorded talk by Glen Scrivener). All welcome.

Sunday 3rd October, 10.30am Celebration Service at St John’s Church, Poole (featuring live talk by Glen Scrivener). All welcome.

What next?

We hope that hearing these real stories of real lives will raise questions and leave you wanting to know more about Jesus and his claims about real life lived in real relationship with him. St Paul’s and St John’s will be running a joint 7-week course called “Christianity Explored.” It starts on Wednesday 6th October and will meet at 7.30pm. The venue will depend on numbers – so please let us know if you are interested!. Please get in touch if you would like to join it (contact details below). It will involve no prior knowledge but provide a chance to look at some big questions as we explore together the life and times of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark.

The Venue:

With the exception of one of the Church services on Sunday morning, all events will be held at St. John’s Church, 384 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset. BH14 0AA. Limited onsite parking. Parking also available nearby at the Jubilee Road Car Park (BH12 2PU).

For More Information Contact the Church Office at St Pauls Church:

Telephone: 01202 605311