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River Together Talks

This page provides access to audio files of talks recorded at River's cross-congregation meetings such as the regular River Togethers (used to be called Big Gatherings).

A Message of 'R's     Listen     Download     Slides
Stephen brings a Now Word for River, as we start a new season under Ceri's leadership, about Renovation, Restoration and Rejuvenation.
Stephen Klemich
New Season Sunday 
Excited for the future!     Listen     Download
Colin Barnes briefly reviews his time leading River and looks forward to what God will do next, thanking some of those who have been most significant in supporting him during the 8 years.

Same God, same Promises, same Anointing     Listen     Download
Billy Kennedy speaks briefly about landmark occasions and then leads a time of commissioning of Ceri and her new team (Ian Linton, Simon Tempest, Andy Read, Colin Barnes). Ceri then thanks Colin for his leadership and presents a gift from the whole church,

History Makers and Hero Makers     Listen     Download     Slides
Ceri Davies calls us to recommit ourselves to live for God as River enters this new season; He hasn't finished with us yet - there is so much more to move into.

Praying for the Leaders     Listen     Download
Simon Tempest leads us in praying for the leaders of all four River Churches.
Colin Barnes
Colin - Pyrenees
Billy Kennedy
Bill Kennedy
Ceri Davies
Ceri Davies
Simon Tempest
Simon Tempest
God Is Kinder Than We Think     Listen     Download     Slides
Colin talks about the incredible kindness of God - He is far kinder than we think! Let a fresh revelation of this aspect of His character refresh you today, and be brave to step out in taking it to others.
Colin Barnes
Resilient Faith in an Uncertain World     Listen     Download
These are uncertain times, and as a Christian community we're having to learn to live in a society which is sometimes hostile. Steve asserts however that whilst we might see occasional opposition there is also incredible opportunity for the gospel to have greater impact.

Link to video about The Evangelical Alliance (opens in new window)
Steve Clifford
The Grace     Listen     Download     Slides
In a fitting message for the start of a new year Colin unwraps 2 Corinthians 13:14, commonly known as 'The Grace'
Colin Barnes
The Discipline of Community     Listen     Download
Billy (leader of Pioneer) reminds us that it's vital for the mission of the church and for our individual growth that we thrive in community. This can be difficult to achieve in a 'Minster' / resource church like River which is dispersed and so diverse, for various reasons. We cannot accurately represent God to the World without living in community.
Billy Kennedy
God's Heart & Call for River     Listen     Download     Slides
Colin speaks from Ephesians 1, reminding us that we have every blessing in Christ and about the six key actions we have been called to do as a result.

Link to the new 'River Streams' teaching and discipleship programme.
Colin Barnes
Do it now! (because sometimes 'later' becomes 'never')  
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Paul (Senior Leader of New Generation Church in Sidcup) enourages us to listen for God's whisper and to act on it, and recounts the amazing story of how Sidcup's Hope Community School came to be set up.
Paul Weston
Never give up! The past is your history, the future's your destiny    
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LZ7's Lindz West recounts some of the amazing ways that God has touched the lives of young people without hope, and about their upcoming UK tour called Illuminate.
Here is a taster of LZ7's music: 
Lindz West
Singing the Lord's song in a strange land     Listen     Download
How do we serve God faithfully when the environment and the circumstances aren't in our favour? For a start, we need to get on the pitch!
Billy Kennedy
The talk given at the September River Together was not recorded due to the sensitive nature of some of the content.    
Building Bridges     Listen     Download     Slides
Speaking from the story of the woman at the well, James asserts that a harvest is near ('the one will bring the many'), and encourages us to build bridges to our local communities and to other groups, to act in wisdom and to reach out to all generations.
James Treasure
Wherever the river flows ... it will bring life     Listen     Download     Slides
Colin introduces River's new logo and explains what it tries to communicate: that we are flowing, moving, lively bunch of people who aim to bring life in the name of Jesus wherever we go.
Colin Barnes
Prophecies     Listen     Download

Dr. Sharon Stone blessed the four congregations at River Together with her prophetic words. Sharon is based in Windsor and is part of Christian International Europe: a group of ministers/ministries dedicated to helping the Body of Christ fulfil its God-given destiny and transform our world. She is known for her accurate prophetic gifting, and the first thing others say about her is that she sees the best and brings out greatness in others. She didn't disappoint!
Sharon Stone
Prayer that shakes the room     Listen     Download
Brian is National Director of 24-7 Prayer in Great Britain. In this talk he encourages us to lean in to God, be persistent in our praying and always to listen out for God's prompting.
Jill's testimony     Listen     Download
Jill tells us about what happened the other week in Slough city centre after she asked God to arrange a 'divine appointment'. 
Brian Heasley
You are the light     Listen     Download     Slides
Colin encourages us to spread the good news at every opportunity because, after all, we are the light of the world (says Jesus in Matthew 5:14). As we've been blessed, in turn let's bless others. It's time to shine!
Colin Barnes
Heavens Signs and Missions Gateways     Listen     Download

Julian Richards visits from the Cornerstone Church in Swansea. He tells us how Jesus told us to spread the word of God to all people, and therefore apostles spread the good news about Jesus to all.
Julian Richards
Journey of the Heart     Listen     Download     Slides
Andy speaks about the journey of discipleship, and introduces 'HeartLife' as a potentially extremely valuable tool for anyone wishing to assess their progress.
Andy Read
Sent     Listen     Download
Steve Clifford talks about being sent - how we are sent and called by Jesus to follow him and to spread his teaching around the world. We just need to be open the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Steve Clifford
Becoming Good News     Listen     Download     Slides
Colin explains how we can be good news in 2015 through reading the word (Look on the face of Christ), through who we are (Love everyone we meet) and through what we do (Live like heaven is near).
Colin Barnes
Pushing through into Healing     Listen     Download
Ceri considers the ups and downs of praying for healing, recounting some of her own journey on the subject. She encourages us to be bold and not to give up praying for those who need a healing touch from God.
Ceri Davies
The Spirit of Adoption     Listen     Download
Colin explains what it means to be adopted into the family of God, and the hope that this brings.
Colin Barnes
Link to RiverFest:14 audio, video and photos - the River network weekend away with guest speakers Dary Northrop and Carl WIlls, and the theme 'Face to Face'. Dary 04Jul14
My Mission Journey     Slides     Photos     'Father of Lights' video     'No Child Taken' video
Dave introduces the morning's theme speaking first to Richard Emmett about Malawi and then to Alison Hopkinson about Tearfund and her upcoming trip to Cambodia     Listen     Download
Next Dave chats to Nigel & Karen about the journey that led them to Berlin, and then to Dave & Charlotte via Skype about their move overseas     Listen     Download
Dave then talks to Terry Murphy about his links with Sierra Leone and finally Andy Read sums up the morning and urges us all to take a new step today on our own mission journey     Listen     Download
With host Dave Vann 
The Power of Story     Listen     Download      Slides     'We are One in Christ' poem     Photos
Colin explains the 'Power of Story' and points out that our story is in fact very similar in key respects to that of Jesus!
Colin Barnes
GOLD values     Listen     Download     Slides     Photos
Dave brings fresh perspectives on our GOLD values - Goodness, Openness, Love and Dynamic power.
(links to the video clips are given in the slides).
Dave Jones
Working with the Spirit     Listen     Download     Slides     Video     Photos
God is looking for people to work through to bring in the harvest. Colin talks about the relevance of this to the current restructuring of River Church as it becomes the River Network.

Rachel Odeniyi / Nepal Trip Report     Listen     Download     Slides
Wayne Dixon / Christian Connections in Schools     Listen     Download     Slides
Colin Barnes
On earth as it is in heaven     Listen     Download     Slides     Video
Colin unpacks the meaning of this short phrase from the Lord's prayer and challenges us to say 'send me'.
Colin Barnes
LZ7 Update     Listen     Download     Video     Photos
Lindz reports on what LZ7 have been up to recently, with moving accounts of lives being turned round, 100's of schools visited, 1000's of young people saying yes to Jesus; and invites us to share in the next phase of their work.

Video: River does 'The Strobot'
Lindz West
The Cost of the Calling     Listen     Download     Slides     Video     Photos
Vicky talks about the joy and pain of "taking up our cross" and following Jesus in relation to each of us fulfilling what he has called us to.
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Vicky Earll
Missions Sunday - Being A Kingdom Investor     Listen     Download     Video
Duane talks passionately about giving to the Kingdom and in particular to mission.
Prophetic words for Riverchurch and for individuals     Listen     Download

   Missions team 2013        "Meet our missionaries" video
   Mission trip opportunities 2013 
Duane White
Vision 2013 - You are the light of the world     Listen     Download     Slides     Photos     Video
Colin shares his vision for River in 2013 and reminds us that (Jesus said) we are the light of the world. What will this mean for us individually and corporately in 2013?

Hazel's testimony     watch
Colin Barnes
God at work      Listen     Download     Slides     Photos     Video
Colin explains how God often works in our lives - in response to our faith and actions, not just in answer to prayers. He then challenges us to let God "show Himself strong" through us in various ways,
Ian Linton is to join the Central team     Listen     Download 
Congregation testimonies     Listen     Download
Snippet from the worship time     Listen     Download
A Word about God's love     Listen     Download
Colin Barnes
One     Listen     Download     Slides     Photos     Video
Andy speaks with passion about one of the exciting things that God is doing in the UK church - making us One.
Andy Read
Tearfund in action      Listen     Download     Video

Pastor Cuthbert (Malawi) video     Moses (Uganda) video     Cambodia video

Virgina (who works for Tearfund) shares stories from round the world which demonstrate how that organisation works effectively with local churches to transform lives.
Virginia Luckett
Essence - the manifesto of Jesus     Listen     Download     Slides     Video

Roger talks about the essence of Jesus' message to the world and unpacks what it means to be a "Kingdom smoothie".

Roger EllisRoger 11Mar12
Live Like Heaven is Near     Listen     Download     Video
Vicky gives an passionate talk about what it means to "live like heaven is near" (the third aim of the River community). Share your stories  by emailing them to

Testimonies from the congregations     Listen     Download

Praying for Ceri Francis in her new role overseeing worship across River     Listen     Download
Vicky Earll
The Aims of Community     Listen     Download     Slides

Colin describes the three things that need to happen if we are to see River's vision fulfilled. Are you a 'thin place'?

Testimonies from the congregations     Listen     Download

Honouring & praying for Christen and Judith as they take their next step     Listen     Download

Colin BarnesColin

Photos from the whole morning
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Keep fresh and avoid well-meaning brothers in law     Listen     Download

In more of a chat than a "Word", Georgian brings insight and wisdom with humour.

Georgian Banov
The Heart of Mission     Listen     Download     Slides (Bono: clip1 clip2)     Photos     Video

Andy speaks about what is at the heart of mission, and encourages us to get more involved in praying, giving and going.  

PrayingAsha in Delhi     Listen     Download     Link to video clip

Daughters of Cambodia     Listen      Download     Link to clip

Glowing Life home in Thailand     Listen     Download

Larchfield Festival '11 report     Listen     Download    Video

BIG Year Nepal Mission trip report    Listen    Download    Video
Andy Read
Hidden Manna and a New name     Listen     Download     Video

Christen explores the dynamic of private prayer that releases the transitions of life.

Christen Forster
Unity and Intimacy     Listen     Download     Video

Colin speaks about the importance of unity with each other and intimacy with God.

Colin Barnes
Go out with boldness to bring in the harvest     Listen     Download     Slides     Photos

The Kennedys encourage River to get out there - we're already prepared and equipped to succeed.

(Billy and Caroline head up the Pioneer network, of which River is a part)

Billy & Caroline Kennedy
The start of a new move of God?     Listen     Download     Video

Christen is looking forward to 2011 - listen to hear why.

Christen Forster
The Wedding Invitation     Listen     Download     Video     Slides

Colin takes as his text Matthew 22:1-14, speaking about weddings, and in particular the ultimate wedding of Jesus and His church.

Worship time video

Colin Barnes
Transition of Central Team Leadership   Recorded at the 2nd 'River Together' meeting

Commissioning Christen     Listen     Download     View slides     Vdeo

Colin describes Christen's new role, and then River's central team, together with Billy & Caroline Kennedy, and Stephen & Mara Klemich, commission Christen.

Commissioning Colin and Vicky     Listen     Download     Video

Christen speaks into the handover of the leadership of River's central team to Colin and Vicky. Billy & Caroline Kennedy and the rest of the team then bring prayers of commissioning. After this Colin talks about the emphases God is calling him to bring, and then Billy rounds off the meeting.

To see some photos from this meeting click on the picture below (pop up window will open).

The KlemichsKlemichs

The KennedysKennedys

Al BullenAl

and Andy Read & Linda Southwood

The Church I Live For     Listen     Download     Video

Andy explores what Jesus said about the church, by looking at Matthew 16 and 18. Recorded at the first "River Together" meeting.     Accompanying slides

Andy Read
Personal Transformation     Listen     Download     Video
Christen shares from his personal journey in seeking genuine inner change that is not just behaviour management, but a healing at the deepest level of bad motives and inclinations. He examines the relationship between the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and our requirement to co-operate in the change.
Christen Forster
Addicted to mission     Listen     Download     Video

Duane admits that he has a problem - he's addicted to mission! A passionate and inspiring talk.

Duane White
Roy Fields 'We Are The Generation' UK Tour (Maidenhead leg)

Main talk part 1:     Listen     Download

Main talk part 2:     Listen     Download

Worship parts 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Roy Fields
River Quarterly "Big Gathering"

Religion vs the Spirit:     Listen     Download

Christen comments on the negative press given to the Lakeland Outpouring by some Christians and outlines the history of how the Holy Spirit has moved over the centuries, also often provoking opposition from the current religious authorities.
Christen Forster Christen 14Sep08

Click for: archive of talks from even earlier meetings!