Monday, 23 March 2020

NLC IN ISOLATION - NO WAY!

We may have had to shut down our meeting in line with government directives for a while but that just means a period of physical isolation.  We are doing everything possible to ensure that no one is in social isolation.  How are we doing that?
  • Regular chats on the phone
  • Whatsapp chat groups
  • Online streaming of worship and teaching on Sunday mornings
  • Messenger groups
  • Church Facebook page
  • Teaching on line 7.30 pm Wednesdays followed by group discussion
  • Prayer chain 
  • Shopping for those in isolation
  • Access to help or support readily available
If you want more information on any of the above contact Dave on 01246 200768.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

MEETINGS TEMPORARILY CANCELLED

Hi Everyone,

We are in difficult and very troubling times, but it is in this kind of situation that we as a church can SHINE!!!

Our daily life is going to have to change.  We have been told we must implement social distancing and must accept social isolation but I like to think that it is only distancing in a physical sense.  My prayer is that, if anything, we will become socially closer as we maximise the use of social media and are diligent in phoning one another.

So because we take our responsibility towards you seriously and to those around us, & because we realise that faith and wisdom are not in opposition,  we are going to make some changes for the next 3 months as suggested by the government.  With immediate effect we must stop all Sunday meetings, home groups, prayer meetings and social gatherings in order to protect you and to play our part in protecting our community.  It is clear anyway that those over 70, pregnant or with serious underlying health problems (respiratory, cardio vascular, diabetes etc) will have to self isolate for 3 months.

Please don't despair!  We have known what was coming for a while and have been making plans.  We will be aiming to 'do church' but differently.  We will look to live stream or post messages each Sunday for you to watch at home.  We are also looking into some Bible teaching podcasts that you could watch and discuss with those in your home group midweek.  We're working on Whatsapp for small groups and across the church. If you are not comfortable with that there is always the opportunity to phone each other regularly for a chat.  All sorts of ideas are being worked on so we can be together, all united and no one feeling alone or isolated.

I promise you this - we will get through this and we as leaders will do everything possible for those who are having to self isolate.  We will help you in every spiritual and practical way.  For those whose work is affected by the virus and experience financial difficulties we will be here to help you.  We will stand together.

This is not the end of church!  It's just the physical meeting together that is on hold - we are the church and we will continue to be church.  This is the beginning of a whole new way of advancing the kingdom and who knows when we come back to meeting together maybe we will find we have gained so much from all these other ways of socialising, encouraging and inspiring others.

We trust God, he is Almighty God and we continue to pray that the church will remain untouched by the virus.  Join me now as we move forward together and be totally assured of our love and determination to be with you and support you at this time.

Love

Dave XXX





Monday, 9 March 2020

ALPHA COMING SOON

First there's food
Whether it's friends gathered around the kitchen table, or a quick catch up over a coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together.  It's no different at Alpha.  Most sessions start with food, because it's great way to build community and get to know each other.

Then there's talk
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation.  Usually about 30 mins long, it is a fun, interactive presentation.  We explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from 'Who is Jesus?' and 'How Can We Have Faith?' to 'Why & How Do I Pray?' and 'How Does God Guide Us?'

Finally, a discussion
This is probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share your thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group.  There's no obligation to say anything and there are no questions that you cannot ask.  It's an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly, open environment.

We usually offer a free taster session so you can come along and give Alpha a try with no obligation to continue unless you want to.  This is a free two course meal followed by a short introductory talk.  

If you would like to book in for an introduction to Alpha in your area contact 
Dave on 01246 200768 or email us at new_life_church@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

Here is the word the Lord gave Jill while she was praying about the fear and panic people are having about Coronavirus:

"You are not to fear but to have confidence and trust in me.
See this as a time of opportunity.
As people see you are not afraid, give them reassurance of my love for them .
Just as the people came to Joseph in Egypt in their desperate times for food, you are to give them my spiritual food.
Seize this time for the gospel.
Be that place of refuge and peace in turbulent times."


Monday, 2 March 2020

BACK HOME

We had a wonderful meeting with Ignite at Holmehall last Sunday while the Wedding Fair took over at the Winding Wheel.  Derek lived up to his billing from the week before and gave us not one, not two but three messages in one! 

This Sunday (8th March) we are back at the Winding Wheel and it will be Dave B bringing us God's word.  Please pray and think who you could invite to come with you to our meeting.