The past four months have been a challenge but now we have some more freedom and choice so we wanted to canvas you to see what activities we should prioritise.
Paper surveys will be distributed to those who receive the sermon transcripts each week. For anyone else needing a paper copy, please leave a message with your name and address on the church office telephone: 01249 701078
Paul says, “Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified” (Gal 3:1). He’s saying, “We proclaimed Christ so clearly, it was as if you could see Him for yourselves.” That’s how we help one another – not by imposing a set of rules, but by portraying Christ crucified.
This post by Alex Drew was originally published at Seventy Two
1 Peter: 13-25
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”a]
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.b]23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.24 For,
“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”c]
“Running aground,” then, is not the end of the world. But it helps to make the world a bit less appealing. It may even be God’s answer to “Lead us not into temptation” – the temptation complacently to settle for visible things.
The ‘new normal’ continues with prayer and fellowship – contact your LIFE group leaders for when and how that is happening. Or use the contact form if you’re not part of one but would like to join in.
Activities for various age groups will be live on the CBC Junior Church channel on Sunday morning.
Evening prayer @ 8pm
Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.
MK Staff Training Course
For the last three years CBC has hosted this training course for new workers going overseas to care for and teach missionaries’ children. This year, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, it is happening on Zoom. The participants come from Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Kenya, Switzerland and the UK and they are heading for Thailand, Senegal, and the Gambia. One couple are currently in Canada learning English and French, and another participant is based in an Asian country, so time-zones are a challenge. We are looking forward to meeting them all online on Sunday evening 26th July. From Monday 27th to Friday 31st there will be 15 adults and from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th, 9 adults, joining in with Zoom teaching for two hours twice each day, from 1 till 3 pm and from 4 to 6 pm. Both Steve and Gill will be teaching each day.
At the moment it is unclear when they will be able to travel overseas and when schools will reopen.
Although CBC cannot host the course this year, you can still join in by praying for us. Also Norman and Pat (Tuesday 28th), Rob (Thursday 30th) and Joan (Friday 31st) will be giving devotional talks, so it would be good to pray for them too. Please pray for all of the participants, especially as they have had to do a lot of advance reading and preparation in English, which is an additional language for most of them. There are seven children aged 18 months to 11 – we will not be teaching them but will supply materials for the parents to use. Pray that they will gel as a group even with the more limited time together. Also for God’s hand on the technology. Thank you.
If you would like further information such as a timetable or photos of the participants to inspire your personal prayers, please get in touch with Steve and Gill.
Holiday club online
Looking for something to occupy your primary school aged children during the summer holidays? Then look no further! Join Rhiannon for:
Rhiannon’s world-famous fire drill
10am Monday Aug 10th to Friday Aug 14th
Registration is COMPULSORY!!
In order to receive your craft resource goody bag (or for more information), please email children’s names, ages and delivery address to Rhiannon. Deadline for registration is Friday July 31st and goody bags will be delivered the week beginning Aug 3rd (socially distanced drop off)
Youth Groups pause for summer
Wed 22nd will be the last youth group as we’ll not be meeting during August. Look forward to catching up first week of September.
Re-opening Priory Street…
Priory Street is now open to all within the fellowship and indeed the wider community. There has been a lot of careful consideration put into this and we believe we have done all that we can to reduce the risks of virus transmission. This included removing Bibles from use, so please bring your own. Dan will also start his Wednesday group in person.
We ask that no one with symptoms comes and we will need to record your names and contact details in case someone subsequently displays symptoms and we need to let you know. You can read our full set of precautions including the privacy statement about how to we will keep your personal information safe here.
Many activities happen even while we cannot meet together in person. If you or someone you know is feeling left out, please get in touch via the contact form or call the office.
Each Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm, Lunn Green will be hosting a live prayer event. This is a great way to feel connected to the wider family at a time when many of us are isolated and under pressure. Please use this link to connect to the event.
Updated 19 July: dates of devotionals led by Norman and Pat and by Rob were originally the wrong way around, now corrected.
This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE
“8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. 11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.”
Colossians 2:8-15 New Living Translation
We are grateful to You and Your Word which warns us NOT to be led astray and deceived by false new movements or messages or experiences that draw us away from You! Lord help us to keep our eyes on Christ — that Christ lives in all Your fullness in a human body which makes us complete! We have died and been raised to a new life with Christ! We thank you because the sin and rebellion have been cut away from our hearts IN Christ for a new beginning with You! Praise God, our sins have been dealt with at the cross where every spiritual authority and power lays defeated at Christ’s feet! Thank you Lord! Help this sink into our hearts so that we will less likely to drift from Christ. Cause us to realize more everyday, that we don’t need to add to Christ; but instead to remind ourselves constantly of the greatness of Christ and all that He is for us. Help us to stand together as a church family in this reality and truth.
We entrust ourselves into Your care as we grow in You and love others, AMEN.
I wonder what you do, not because it’s the right thing to do or because you want to please God, but because you fear the disapproval of other people. … Jesus says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Mt 11:30). If the burden of serving Christ feels heavy, then something is wrong. The chances are you’re trying to prove yourself or impress others.