Tuesday, 22 December 2015

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Thank you to everyone who put such a lot of hard work into making our Christmas events so special this year.  It's a busy time of year with lots to do preparing for vistors and entertaining at home so we do appreciate you giving your time and money to make these events happen.  Praying that you will have a lovely Christmas and find time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family.  Remember to set some time aside to spend with your heavenly Father too, to sit at his feet (or go for a walk with him), just enjoying his presence and to hear what he has to say to you.

Clay Cross are meeting at Stretton Village Hall on Sunday 27th December 10.30am but for Alfreton and Chesterfield the next meeting is Sunday 3rd January 10.30am.  Cafe Church also relaunches at The Compass on Sunday 3rd Jan 6-7pm.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

ALFRETON CAROLS IN THE COMMUNITY

Alfreton New Life Church invite you to join us for some festive fun with a good news message.  This Sunday (20th) we have Carols in the Community 6-7pm at The Firs Community Centre, off Rodgers Lane, Alfreton. There will be carols, of course, plus poems, readings and a fun quiz with prizes and maybe a nice surprise for the children all served with tea/coffee and cakes.  Everyone welcome.
For more information contact Martyn and Gill 01773 834708
Carols, quiz and prizes, poems and readings

With tea/coffee and cake

Everyone warmly welcome

BUSY FESTIVE WEEKEND AHEAD

It's not too late, you can still come and buy your ticket for the Christmas Party (£5) at the door on Friday (18th)
.  We will start with the buffet at 7pm and party on until 11ish. If you could bring a contribution towards the buffet that would be appreciated.

Sunday morning (20th) we will be together celebrating the birth of our Saviour with worship songs and carols, special presentations and a delightful performance by our children.  10.30am at the Winding Wheel.

Then on Monday (21st) come and join us for our Christmas Concert 7.30pm at the Winding Wheel.  There will be video presentations, music from our worship band and special solo performances.  After coffee and mince pies we will be treated to a performance by ladies choir 'Local Vocals' and some fun sing-a-long songs from our band.  Tickets are just £2.50 at the door.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK IN MEXICO

We had a great time in November when Andrew Murray came to speak at our Sunday meeting.  He had just returned from Mexico where God had done a lot of amazing things amongst church leaders, in healing and salvation.There follows a report with more details for you to enjoy.  We have Andrew back with us on Sat 5th and Sun 6th March next year.  Please pray towards that weekend and get to work thinking about who you could invite along.

Mexico 2015 Mission Report  

In November 2015, Generation Builders partnered with Revive Church for a week long mission trip to Uruapan in Mexico. Evangelist Andrew was joined by members of Revive Church plus campus pastor Jonathan Whitehouse as well as Pastor Rene Rocha from Heritage Fellowship in the USA. 

We saw God do incredible things with many lives changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Here is Andrew’s report:
 

Our host was Pastor Salomon Valdez and our first service in Mexico was in his church: Uruapan Revival Center on a Wednesday night. 

I spoke on pursuing the anointing from the life of Elisha and we had a great time in God’s presence, with the Holy Spirit touching many people. It was especially amazing to see many young people and even unbelievers having encounters with God.

On Wednesday and Thursday morning we held pastor’s conferences in a hotel suite that had been hired. These two mornings were the undoubted highlight of the trip as God did incredibly significant things.

 We had been told prior to arriving that historically there had been a lot of division among churches, with pastors very rarely coming together to meet or work with each other. It was in this backdrop of hostility that we were ministering. Over 100 leaders gathered from all kinds of denominations and backgrounds from very strict conservative type churches, to churches that were much more liberal. It would need a true outpouring from God to break through all these different groups.

On the first day I spoke on “joy” sharing on how God’s joy is our strength and then prophesying over the city that they would rejoice as men rejoice at harvest time. As I invited people forward for prayer, there was a rush to the altar as the vast majority of the pastors were desperate for God to touch them. The fire of God began to fall on these leaders with many being refreshed, healed, set free and restored.

The second day was described by Pastor Salomon as “historic” and later he said he felt like he was dreaming because of what God did. As I ministered, the altar was packed as pastors and leaders lay weeping in repentance and rededicating themselves to God’s service. Afterwards, in a powerful form of unity the leaders ministered to each other, but I encouraged them to pray for those who were from different denominations or church affiliations. God did an amazing work of healing in this city, bringing true unity and restoration. It was an honour to see God at work.

The evening gospel crusades were done within the shadow of the “Day Of The Dead” festival which had taken place just days before. As the nation had come together to celebrate and worship death, we stood on the promise of God’s word that “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9)

On the first evening around 700 people gathered, with around 100 of those responding to the gospel. There were many healing's including a woman who had had pain in her knees for 5 years being instantly healed, people throwing away walking canes and demons being cast out.

The second night was another incredible service with many salvations, impartations and encounters. One amazing testimony was that of a blind lady who was instantly healed during the ministry time. The woman was in total shock. She had been blind for over 2 years because of diabetes. Remarkably the woman was from California, USA and was only in Mexico on holiday!

On the Saturday we held a conference for youth and teenagers. Pastor Jonathan Whitehouse shared his testimony of deliverance from drug addiction and around 30 young people came forward to receive Christ as Saviour. Then another 200 or so young people came out wanting the power of God. The fire of God fell on these hungry youth and the meeting was extended as God’s presence was just touching lives.

On the Sunday, the team split up, with the ladies from Revive church ministering in one church and Pastor Jonathan ministering in 3 different churches. I spoke in 2 churches. The church I spoke at in the morning was led by Pastor David Rice, who translated in many of the services. His church were holding a “Bring a Friend Sunday” and many new people responded to the gospel. The altar was so full at the end of the message, that I couldn’t physically get to everyone to lay hands on them. We trusted that the presence of God would minister and it did.

We had an incredible few days in Mexico with God moving in such power. Already we are planning to return in 2016 but this time doing a tour of the region, with a repeat of the format (day time Pastors meetings, evening gospel crusades) in several different cities. Please continue to join us in prayer as we contend for a great harvest of souls in these days.

Monday, 7 December 2015

DELIGHTING IN HIS PRESENCE

This Sunday God called us again to simply spend time sitting at his feet and enjoying his presence.  We don't have to come with clever prayers and all the right answers or with a list of problems for him to solve to give us a reason to be there. 
He just wants us to come and enjoy being with him, a special kind of intimacy where no words are needed.  Jill spoke about special times sitting hand in hand in silence with Viv but just knowing that he loved her and she loved him. 
Ann Marie had a picture of a beautiful Christmas tree, you want to dim the lights to give it centre stage, to enjoy the light and warmth it brings.  Our Father wants us to dim the other distracting lights in our lives and just enjoy being in his presence. 
Bev talked about slowing down and appreciating the shoebox full of gifts that God gives to us every moment of every day. Then at Cafe Church Trev spoke about learning to listen to 'our friend' the Holy Spirit and to hear what he has to say into every situation in our lives.
Make time to enjoy God and hear what he has to say to you this week.

FANTASTIC RESPONSE

Today we have taken 125 filled shoeboxes down to the warehouse in Chesterfield from New Life Church, staff at the Magistrates Court and Hasland Primary School.  So thank you to everyone who contributed to that number.  We have seen over the last couple of weeks how one of these gifts can transform a life for the better and open the way for the gospel.  We prayed on Sunday that each one will have a positive impact on the children who receive them but also on their families and communities
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

CARE FOR THE FAMILY - PARENTING EVENT




 

 
WHERE & WHEN   Sheffield - 9 March