I’ve been here & there over the past few weeks with a family break in Croatia (there for the WC final!) & the New Wine Summer Conference near Shepton Mallet with 35+ Christ Church folk. It’s a privilege to be able to get away from the everyday stuff of life & have space to reconnect to God, listen to his voice & discover fresh vision for life & work. It’s important to use this time of year to rediscover the pure joy of just being known by God & participating in his plans & purposes. It’s like a fresh refreshing fan blowing in the midst of a hot & dry day.
As for New Wine – after 30 years in Somerset it’s all moving in 2019 up to the East of England Showground near Peterborough (about an hour away) - www.new-wine.org/the-move. I’d love to see at least 70 of all ages join us either camping or in one of the 1000 beds available in local hotels. There’s always something for everyone – great worship, good teaching, brilliant children’s & youth work & lots of fun things to do. Worth booking early for good ‘Early Bird’ deals – we’re all aiming to go to Week One (27 July – 2 August 2019). Ask any who went this year for their impressions – it was a special time.
New Staffing – We have spent large parts of the past few months seeking out new staff to enable us as we seek to grow the kingdom here in Barnet. These days there’s adverts, responses, interview days, references, DBS forms etc but after a rigorous interview process we’re excited about those who will be joining us from September….
- James & Michele Herring together with their two young children (Talitha (4) & Ruben (3)) will be joining us as Associate Minister from Guernsey where James has been Associate Pastor at the ‘Church on the Rock’ for the past 7 years. Their heart is to build community, encouraging discipleship from within the church which impacts and welcomes those who do not yet know Jesus. He loves worship & is really excited about what’s in store in Barnet in the years ahead. One area to pray for would be for the right school for Talitha as there are currently no school places for reception available. Also….their new house at 8 Wentworth Road needs painting from top to toe – any volunteers contact Mary Rimmer on 07979292828
- Julie Lewis has been part of the church for many years especially leading the ‘Mother’s & Others’ outreach to parents & toddlers on a Wednesday morning each work. She’s felt a calling to children’s & families work for many years & bringing her on, initially in a part-time capacity will enable us to grow our work in this key area both in & outside the church & with the school as well!
- Ben Grist (from Poole, Dorset) & McKayla Maddox (from Vancouver, Canada) will be joining us as year-long interns to support the church as a whole in different areas but especially in worship, youth & IT support. They’ll be living on site (at the Vicarage!) & will play a significant role in shaping things over the next few months. Please pray for a quick & easy transition to CCB life!
Mission Support – on Sunday at the 10.30am Graham Paddon brought us feedback from his visit to South Africa (Delft) & Malawi (the Scutts) which was excellent. As part of what he shared he told us that 2 of the YWAM villages that the Scutts are involved with have no electricity but £700 would solve the issue. We have a generous God & so I immediately invited those at the service to give towards this project. £330 has come in so far but if you’d like to give towards this incredible lifeline for our brothers & sisters in Malawi please drop in the money to the church office as soon as we can so we bless them quickly!
What’s coming up…
Sundays 12th / 19th / 26th August 9.00am - Morning Worship with Communion / 10.30am – All Age with specific focus on the ‘Armour of God’…great fun, worship & input for all the family.
Sunday 16 September School Sunday – an opportunity to pray for the teachers & children of Christ Church school.
Sunday 23 September Morning Worship with baptisms & dedications – interested in exploring this more – please see me soon!
Tuesday 25 September Alpha Supper with special guest speaker Paul Cowley. More info soon so begin thinking of friends you can invite & bring.
Sunday 30 September SUPER SUNDAY @ 10.30am – the 5th Sunday means ONE joint morning service where we can catch up on one another, eat together (light breakfast from 9.45am), worship & hear from a guest speaker (to be announced!). Full kids & families on that day!
Alpha Course beginning on Wed 3 October, new series on the ‘untamed Jesus’ plus new discipleship & outreach initiatives…lots to look forward to.
Thanks for your love, support & encouragement – the best is yet to come.