Wednesday, 21 November 2018

COMPASSION SUNDAY FEEDBACK

Hello all,

Just to say how wonderful it was being with you at New Life Chesterfield on Sunday.  You are a beautiful church and it was an honour celebrating with you all that you are doing through Compassion amongst so many other things.

Thanks especially to Ben and Talita for setting this all up and inviting me to be part of it.  What a joy!

So many precious lives already being changed through sponsorship....

God bless you in all you do.

Until next time,

Clare x


Clare Nelson
Regional Partnerships Manager
Compassion UK - North England

Monday, 19 November 2018

THE HIDING PLACE

This is the production that Dave mentioned in the meeting on Sunday:

The incredible story of the ten Boom's, a devoted Christian family who felt they couldn't just watch the devastating circumstances of the Jews so they acted and set out on an incredible rescue mission. This led to Corrie and her sister being imprisoned in the Second World War.

The production focuses on God's influence on Corrie's life and how God gave her the strength and means to do his work in terrible circumstances. It is the story of God's love and hope in an environment of darkness and brutality.

"What a powerful performance showing how God's love can overcome hatred and evil - it's an inspiration to us all"


Friday, 16 November 2018

HEALED

Good news from our friend Charles Kudzerema in Zimbabwe:

Special greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am here to inform and confirm that I am now completely healed.
Thank you very much for your financial and spiritual support.
This was my first time to be admitted in a hospital.
I thank the Lord for giving me another opportunity to stand in front of his loving people teaching , preaching and prophesying.


Please  continue praying for us as a nation.  Our country is still faced with a lot of problems.  We still believe and trust that God has got a better plan for us as a Nation.


Greet all the Saints on our behalf.
Yours Because of Him;

CHARLES AND GLADYS 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

BREAKING NEWS...

We have a real treat in store this Christmas as we have managed to book Bean Baker to perform at our Christmas Concert.  He comes highly recommended.

"Bean is a young man with a fantastic voice, carrying a heart to lead people into worship. Bean has lead worship and performed at events of all sizes including New Wine, CreationFest, River Camp, Encounter Wales and many Sunday Night Lives.
Bean loves playing cross-genre, so you’ll find him pulling some unexpected cats out of the bag. His songwriting also produces gems that will stay in your head for at least a week (if not more!). But above all, he creates because of his love for the Creator.  
Bean brings with him a sense of joy and fun, which tends to be incredibly infectious! This is a man who brings the presence of God into any gathering. "

Have a listen to this version of a Christmas favourite: 


Tickets will be available at the door at £2 each or £5 for a family ticket.

TIME TO REMEMBER

This Sunday we will take time to remember those men and women who served their country and gave their lives in times of war so that we can live in peace.  It is particularly poignant this year as we commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1.  Why not make time this week to visit some of the fantastic tributes that are in place all over our town.

On Sunday morning we will also be honouring Jesus who gave his life so that we might enter into an eternity at peace with God.  Spend some time thinking this week and remembering what God has done in your life.  Remember those times when he has miraculously provided for you, when he has intervened to turn impossible situations around for you, when he has healed your body or someone you have prayed for.  Write down your thoughts and bring them with you on Sunday to put in a thanksgiving box.

GIVE THANKS FOR PEACE

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 6 November
6 days to go
I will bring my people Israel back from exile. They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
Amos 9:14 (NIV)

RESTORATION
The Lochnagar Crater sits now in the quiet, rolling countryside of Picardie in northern France. The people live in peace. Visit in July and you can see the crops ripening in the sunshine. The crater is huge – 98 feet deep; 330 feet across. It was created on a very different July morning – 1 July 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Somme, when British forces detonated explosives under German army positions. The carnage of the Somme battlefield is unimaginable. Lochnagar’s sheer scale is a reminder of what happened. But the setting now is a sign of how God can restore peace to places of unimaginable horror.

PRAYER
Loving Father, thank you that you are in the business of restoration – of peace and reconciliation. Thank you that nothing, and no-one, is too far gone that you cannot rescue and restore and bring peace, hope and even prosperity where there was once none.

Adrian Butcher is director for communications for the Anglican Communion. www.anglicancommunion.org


100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days

Monday, 29 October 2018

SHINING POSSIBILITIES OF THE GOSPEL - MATTHEW LING

"For he has rescued us from all that is really evil and called us to a life of holiness—not because of any of our achievements but for his own purpose. Before time began he planned to give us in Christ the grace to achieve this purpose, but it is only since our Saviour Jesus Christ has been revealed that the method has become apparent. For Christ has completely abolished death, and has now, through the Gospel, opened to us men the shining possibilities of the life that is eternal."  
(2 Timothy 1: 9-10  J B Phillips)

Paul wrote this letter to Timothy towards the end of his life.  He was leaving an inheritance for posterity - what was most important that they remembered after he had gone.  In this translation it is the 'shining possibilities' of a life lived in Christ. 

Some characteristics of this life:


  • Our salvation is not just about us, it is for God's own purpose.  The story didn't start with us, in fact we arrived in the middle of God's plan which was already underway.  Because Jesus lives in you every day you can be a part of God's plan.  Daily living in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and saved to play a part in his eternal purposes.  Start each day with a question to God.  'Show me how I can be a part of what you are doing today?'   Psalm 110:3 'When you go to war, your people will serve you willingly.'  Wherever you are at work today Jesus I want to be part of it.
  • For us the notion of 'before time began' is a difficult one but God's story is eternal.  Before anything was created God had purposed what he was going to do.  We are part of a bigger story than the world's story.  The Kingdom of God is the biggest story.  Isaiah 11:9 'Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.'  God is transforming the world through us and the earth will be filled with people who have come to know him.  Remember the parable where the man given one talent buried it in case he lost it and was rebuked? We need to work the talents God has given us to change the world around us.
  • God gives us grace in Christ Jesus.  Just like Israel had the promises of God fulfilled in the 'Promised Land' for us living in Christ is the same.  As we abide in Christ we find ourselves in the place where God fulfills his promises.  Ephesians 2:9-10  'Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.' When we accept Jesus as Lord we take our pre-prepared place in the plans of God.
  • Whatever we achieve that is worthwhile is achieved by God's grace.  We need to learn to operate from a place of rest  and not striving to do things in our own strength.  If we are getting tired it's worth asking God to show us what we are doing that we shouldn't be doing.  Anything that is of eternal value will be from God.  When the call came that Lazarus was ill, Jesus listened and was obedient to God by waiting several days.  He could have dashed to be there quickly and heal his friend.  But instead he submitted to the will of the Father with a confidence that the end result would bring glory to God. Lazarus was raised from the dead and it was shown that Jesus had authority over life and death.  This life is one lived in intimacy with the Holy Spirit submitting every decision to God.   I'm reminded of a line in the song 'I hear the sound of rustling in the leaves of the trees' which goes 'the prompting of the Spirit is our word of command'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2rSway6Cgc
  • Christ has completely abolished death. Abolish means ' to render ineffective with the expectation that it will cease to exist.'  John 1:4  'The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.'  1 Corinthians 15:45  The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit.  In the natural we will all eventually die but Jesus became a life-giving Spirit.      1 Corinthians 15:26  And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.  If this is true and death the last enemy has been defeated then all the other works of the enemy are fair game. Jesus healed people who eventually died but the Kingdom is bigger than any one life time.
  • The Gospel is not just a message that we preach.  Through the Gospel a way is opened up in the hearts of men for God to enter and transform lives.  
  • Shining possibilities of the Gospel   With God there are no limits, no difficult situations, no impossibilities.  If we put Jesus first, and walk in obedience to him then we become a beacon to the world around us.  We demonstrate the Kingdom of God by the way we live, how we treat others, how we speak.  We will shine out the reality of our eternal existence.  The glory of God displayed in earthly vessels.                                                                                                             

Friday, 26 October 2018

CLOCKS GO BACK B4 WHOLE CHURCH MEETING

If you should arrive at the meeting an hour early this Sunday feel free to get the room set up ready for the whole church meeting and be sure to put the kettle on ready for the rest of us!

This week we welcome Matthew Ling who will be speaking on 'The Shining Possibilities of the Gospel.'

It's going to be a great time together!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

DAY 73/100 DAYS PRAYER FOR PEACE

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 16 October
27 days to go
He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

GOD’S POWER IN OUR WEAKNESS
One of the times I felt weakest in my life was when I had two babies and my husband was in Afghanistan. Sleepless nights and non-stop days left me feeling broken, physically and emotionally. Strangely, it was a time punctuated by happy moments. A postman promising to get my Christmas present to Afghanistan when I stood crying at the till, the children unwrapping Sellotape by my feet. A nanny scooping the children up for a day at her farm. A rat-catcher making it his mission to expel the rats from our garden. The same Bible verse appeared repeatedly. During that time, God showed me that his grace is sufficient, sending rays of peace and hope to shine through the clouds.

PRAYER
We pray for all military families during times of separation. We pray for marriages that are tested and children who may encounter uncomfortable emotions. May they know your grace and peace especially in times of weakness. Amen

Katie Kyle is a military wife, mummy to three children, and a desert-dweller (due to current posting).

Monday, 15 October 2018

LUNCH ON JESUS 2018

Thursday, 11 October 2018

ALL THERE BUT NOT WHERE YOU'D EXPECT

This weekend all of our three elders are preaching but not where you would expect to find them.  Martyn from Alfreton is speaking in Chesterfield.  Peter from Clay Cross is speaking in Alfreton and Dave from Chesterfield is speaking at Clay Cross.  Confused yet?  Rest assured whichever location you are heading for there will be a shared time of worship and the word of God will be brought.
                                             Make sure you are there to hear what God wants to say to you.

Monday, 8 October 2018

PATHWAYS SLEEP OUT EVENT AT SPIRE

Each person will need to register in order to sleep out, it takes just 1-2mins



Contactella.pathways@gmail.com  call 01246 498204 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm)


 
 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

DAY 59/100 PRAYER FOR PEACE

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 2 October
41 days to go
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)

INNER PEACE
Peace comes from within; it comes when there is no cloud between us and God. Peace is the consequence of forgiveness and the hope that nothing will obscure his face and break union with him.

PRAYER
Father forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us, so that we are able to live together in peace and harmony, releasing all our fears, woes and pain to you for your divine healing. Thank you Lord for your saving grace, through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen

Latifah Forrest works for the Peace Alliance, a charity that works in partnership with the police, government agencies, the corporate sector, and faith and voluntary organisations.



100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days

GOD IS CHANGING LIVES THROUGH CAP

You may be interested in the programme The Debt Saviours  on BBC 2 next Friday at 21.00. It features Christians Against Poverty https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bmblny

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The BBC website says

“Across Britain more than four million people have debts considered unsustainable. Responsibility for advising and helping these vulnerable people is increasingly falling to charities. One of the biggest is Christians Against Poverty (CAP), led by its charismatic founder, Dr John Kirkby CBE, pictured.
In this access all areas documentary, director Phillip Wood follows Dr Kirkby and some of the charity's debt coaches. CAP has more than 6,000 staff and volunteers around the country providing help to people who often face losing their homes. The film shows how the home visits often include an offer to pray with clients and asks whether the real motivation is debt relief or bringing people to Jesus, or both.
One of the debt coaches featured is Gaz, who has overcome homelessness, dependency issues and losing a marriage before becoming a born-again Christian. He now works for CAP, and in the programme travels to meet donors in Jersey to help raise funds for the charity and to share with CAP's clients the story of his road out of debt.
Holly has been in debt all her young life and lives alone. She can barely afford to heat her home and is desperate for a change in circumstances. Her debt coach takes Holly under her wing as she tries to transform her life.
Ronnie was on remand for over two years before he was found not guilty. When he was released from jail he found himself homeless and in debt. He now lives alone in a bedsit, suffers from mental health issues and thinks life in jail was better. His debt coach Neil introduces Ronnie to Christianity - but Ronnie isn't sure what to think.”

Julie Minns

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

GARETH & SANDRA DUFFTY

This Sunday we delighted to have Gareth and Sandra Duffty with us and you will have two opportunities to meet them. 
Gareth will be speaking at the whole church meeting in the morning 10.30 am at the Winding Wheel. 
Sandra will be speaking at Cafe Church at the Compass which runs 6-7 pm.
Be sure to take these opportunities to come and hear what God wants to say to you through their ministry.

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING THIS SUNDAY

'Better Together' was a slogan adopted by those campaigning for Scotland to vote to remain part of the UK.  They argued the benefits of remaining outweighed the reality of independence.  In recent meetings God has been speaking to us about the benefits of working together for the Kingdom of God. We can accomplish so much more when we work together than when we work alone.

Martyn spoke from 1 Corinthians 12 that we are all important parts of the body of Christ. It's a picture of the church as a human body with each person having a specific place and role to perform.  If the hand refuses to cooperate with the mouth to give it food it is the whole body that starves.  Conversely, when the hand takes food to the mouth the whole body is nourished and fed including the hand. It's when we all work together, fulfilling the roles God has given us, that the church will really flourish and grow.

What does all that mean?  It means you matter and it is important that you are there this Sunday.  Let's come together in worship and see victories in the heavenly realms made reality and lives transformed by the power of God as each of us does our part.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

BBQ IN HOLMEHALL WITH HBVC

On Saturday 29th September 12.00 - 3pm our friends at Holmebrook Valley Church are putting on a bbq for the people of Holmehall.  Invitations will be going out through the school and local advertising. They'll be offering a free lunch of burgers and sausages with a supply of cold drinks.  There will be free craft activities for children and the opportunity to learn some circus skills with Jugalubs. 
So come with your family and have a free lunch whilst enjoying the live music.

Monday, 17 September 2018

CONFERENCE FOR CHILDREN'S MINISTRY LEADERS


Revival Kids – Raising up a spirit filled, extraordinary generation”
 A Conference to inspire church teams in leading transformational Children’s Ministry.

With Emily Phelps Jones, Jarrod Cooper and the Revive Church team.
9.30am-4.30pm
Saturday 20 October 2018


Children are central to God’s heart for revival.  As Children’s leaders, we are here to raise ‘Revival Kids’; children who know their Father, who are filled with the Holy Spirit and change the world by representing Jesus in their homes, schools and cities.  We’re being called to raise up a generation of holy ‘freedom fighters’ who pray for the sake of the world and burn with the fire of God so that wherever they go, God’s glory is released.

Join us on Saturday 20th October for a day of envisioning and practical teaching on equipping children’s leaders to step out in Kid’s Ministry. It’s an opportunity for your leaders to build vision and explore approaches for seeing kids released in worship, prayer and the prophetic. 

At Revive Church we have a passion for children to know God deeply, see miracles and prophecy as a part of normal life, to encounter Jesus in worship and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Join us as we seek to become outstanding children’s leaders, raising an extraordinary generation, born for revival!

At this day conference you will enjoy:
-          Worship, prayer and prophetic ministry.
-          Inspiring keynote sessions
-          Teaching & equipping
-          Children’s ministry networking
-          An opportunity to be envisioned, empowered and equipped as we seek God for this generation.

Price: £5 per person

Venue:  Revive Church
Bridlington Avenue
Kingston-upon-Hull
HU2 0DU
England
[http://]TO BOOK IN CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

CAFE CHURCH IS BACK!

We hope you enjoyed the summer break and are raring to get back to Cafe Church on Sunday evenings.  Starting from this Sunday 9th September we will be back at the Compass from 6-7pm every week.  Join us for worship and Bible teaching in a relaxed setting with coffee and cake.  This week our speaker is Ben Bentley.

Monday, 3 September 2018

DAY 30/100 PRAYER FOR PEACE

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 3 September
70 days to go
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
John 14:27 (NLT)

A MAN OF PEACE?

As a young Christian, this promise from Jesus of inner peace became precious. Recently married, living in a new area, teaching in secondary school, was not conducive to such peace. But this gift was transformational. My inner life changed from ‘jagged black and white’ into a blend of beautiful colours. Since then this ‘inner peace’ has served me well. When I have lost it, it has been time to take stock of my life and sort out some issues. If big decisions have been required, the peace or lack of it has guided me. Faced with scary new challenges, this verse has set me on a calmer path, reminding me that I never face the future alone. What a gift!

PRAYER
Heavenly Father, Thank you that into a turbulent world you sent Jesus, the Prince of Peace, through whom we may have peace with you. Grant again today to your servant the gift of peace in mind and heart, through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen

Kathryn Morgan is a Baptist minister and Company Secretary of the Christian Enquiry Agency which runs www.christianity.org.uk.


100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days

SUNDAY 9TH SEPT AT THE WINDING WHEEL

Yes we are back at the Winding Wheel this Sunday now that the refurbishments have been completed.  We're very grateful to the folk at the Ragged School for allowing us to use their building over the summer but it will be nice to be back home. 
We are planning a dynamic celebration so come prepared to be extravagant in your worship and to hear the word of God. 
Join us 10.30 am at The Winding Wheel this Sunday.

ALFRETON PARTY IN THE PARK

We had a great day in Alfreton on Sunday at Party in the Park.  The weather could not have been any better with beautiful hot sunshine all day.  Our musicians led a short time of worship -  looking cool in their sunglasses!  There were free craft activities for children making cards, painting glass jars and pebbbles.  Our face-painters had a marathon with a never ending queue of children.  Marvellous Martyn entertained the children with his illusions and Dave had them competing in the egg and spoon and sack races.  The afternoon finished with a battle over the tug of war.  Lots of fun had by all and the gospel shared for all to hear.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

STREET PASTORS BIRTHDAY


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

EARLY BIRD TICKETS UNTIL 21ST AUGUST

Dear Friend
What does freedom really look like? We try and maintain the momentum, but life keeps adding yet more challenges! From home, family and work pressures – it’s difficult to know what’s worth keeping up and what to let go.
However many plates you’re spinning it’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of who God has designed you to be. Free to Be is an event where you’ll leave feeling inspired with practical ideas and a renewed vision to step out into the life God has called you to.
Join Cathy Madavan and Bekah Legg to explore what freedom in Christ really looks like.
We hope to see you there!
The Care for the Family Team
 
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NATIONAL 100 DAYS OF PRAYER

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 14 August
90 days to go
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace…’
Luke 19:41-42 (NIV)

HE HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE

If you’ve ever sat with a human being as they grieve desperate loss, you may find that words fail as you try to bring peace. But if a deeply trusted friend comes close, then very often peace begins to return without the need for words. When the depth of pain in a fresh wound is met by a greater depth of love, peace becomes possible. When God wanted to bring peace to the most troubled city in the history of our planet, he didn’t send words or ideas. He stepped through its gates with tears in his eyes. The Bible tells us that ‘he himself is our peace’. His desire is to come close enough to touch our troubled lives.

PRAYER
Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, where there is pain, please come close. Where I need you, please come close. Where my people need you, please come close. Where my world needs you, please come close. Please open our eyes to ‘the things which make for peace.’

This reflection and prayer is contributed by Joel Goodlet who lives in Birmingham with his wife and three children, seeking the welfare of local neighbourhoods from a foundation of prayer.

100 Days of Peace and Hope is available with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for each week to download at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days

Monday, 13 August 2018

CHURCH PICNIC IN THE PARK

This Sunday (19th August) there will not be a meeting at the Ragged School instead the church will be meeting in Queen's Park for a picnic.  Come and find us near the bandstand from 11am onwards and remember to bring your picnic and something to sit upon.  There will be games for those who want to be sporty or time to relax and chat for those who don't..  Come and enjoy spending time with our church family.


PS Teddy Bears are very welcome at our picnic

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

CHURCH IN SUNNY SCARBADOS!

This Sunday there will be no meetings in Chesterfield and Alfreton because we are off for a day at the seaside.  There are a few places left if you haven't booked your seat already.  The coach will leave Chesterfield at 8.30am bound for Scarborough.  I believe we may well have bus bingo again this year to speed the journey along. 

We have lunch together on the beach and then people choose how they want to spend their day.  Some like to wander round the shops while others prefer a ride on the Pirate Ship.  There's usually a sandcastle competition and the opportunity to beat Dave at rounders!  Whatever you choose to do it's a fun church family day out together.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

THRIVING IN GWERU, ZIMBABWE

Thriving Farm
Report from Gweru, Zimbabwe

Charles Kudzerema reports that the new irrigation system and electric motor that was installed in the spring has allowed a good harvest of tomatoes on the farm in Gweru, Zimbabwe. This has enabled the farm to provide food and income to families in the local villages and sell produce in the local markets, along with providing food for the poor in the local area. 

(Thank you to everyone at NLC who brought in their pennies to contribute towards this project)





Thursday, 19 July 2018

YE OLDE STREET PASTORS


If you happen to be visiting the Medieval Market in Chesterfield on Tuesday 24th July have a look out for the Street Pastor and School Pastor stall. 

We will be raising funds for our work and need the generous support of all our friends please.

WHOLE CHURCH MEETING AT RAGGED SCHOOL

This Sunday we are delighted to welcome Rob and Marion White to our whole church meeting at the Ragged School, Markham Rd.  We are temporarily meeting at the Ragged School while building work takes place to put in a new coffee bar at the Winding Wheel. 

We are looking forward to another great time together as we worship God and to hear the word Rob has prepared for us. 
Recently a couple of our home groups have been using his book 'Teach Us to Pray' which is based on the prayer Jesus taught his disciples.  Rob and Marion's have taken a lead with Youth for Christ and Hope for Justice and have a wealth of experience of walking with Christ to share. 

If you can't make Sunday morning they will also be at Cafe Church at the Compass, West Bars on Sunday 6-7pm.  All welcome.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

SUMMER HOLIDAY SCHEME

A few years back a lot of volunteers from NLC got involved with
Community Youngstars.  We had a great time and a lot of families were blessed.  Please read on to find out about a project that is running this year that needs your help...

The RAY (Rother Action Youth) project is set up to provide activities for children throughout the summer holidays.  It’s run by a group of different people from a variety of backgrounds who want to provide a fun time for children from the Grangewood, Birdholme, Boythorpe and St Augustine areas of Chesterfield.

We need people to help with different things, from making sandwiches, sorting food provided by Fairshare, to helping ‘hands-on’ with activities.  There are different needs on different days, but the main need for help is:

Tuesdays 3pm-6pm  (helping with activities); 
Wednesdays and Fridays 11am -2pm  (making sandwiches); 
Fridays 2pm -4pm  (helping with activities).  

You don’t need to be there the whole time, just an hour or so would be appreciated.  The activity sessions are taking place on Tuesday in St Augustine’s church (Derby Road) and on Fri on the Langer Field Park. 

This is a great chance for us to get to know some of the families who potentially will be coming to Umbrellas in the future, and also to really get to know some of the people who are already working here, from local councillors to Children’s Centre staff, to volunteers.

If you want to know more, or are interested in coming along to help, then contact Jane Bentley.  This is our way of being salt and light to the community.

Monday, 9 July 2018

DAVE'S MESSAGE THIS SUNDAY

Isn't it just like a man to change his mind at the last minute!  To be fair, the message Dave had planned for this week was relegated to 'coming soon' as God made it grow into something else.  If you missed it, here are a few of my notes...

Who said: I've had enough! (1 Kings 19)
No one is bothered about me.  They don't care! (2 Timothy 4)
If God is really is with us, why has all this happened to us? (Judges 6)

No matter what circumstances brought us there we have all shared these feelings at some time.  We need to do what each of these people did and draw on the refreshing and revitalising power of God.

If we have lost our "va va voom", God can REVITALISE
If our vision has grown old, God can RENEW
If we feel stale, God can REFRESH
If we started well but have ground to a halt, God can RESTART
If our batteries are flat, God can RE-ENERGISE
If our strength is sapped, then God can RE-INVIGORATE
If we lack vitality, God can REVITALISE
If our lives seem to have lost shape, God can REFORM
If we feel lost, God will help us to REDISCOVER

In 1 Kings 19 Elijah seeks refuge under the shade of a broom tree because he is so weary of life that he wants to die.  The broom is seen as a symbol of invigoration.  It can survive all kinds of harsh conditions in the desert and provides shelter for others.

In that place God provided food to nourish Elijah's physical body, he gave assurance that the problem was being dealt with to renew his thinking and finally God reveals himself to Elijah in a new way to fire up his spirit. The process began with Elijah sharing with God how he felt and then listening and receiving from God.

It is God who does the refreshing but sometimes he will use us in the process.  Paul speaks very highly of Philemon:

Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.  Philemon 1:7

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.  Proverbs 11:25


Be a refresher of God's people and see how God will refresh and revitalise you too!