Weekly Update 19.10.20

Hi All Great to see some of you online this week whilst others met with Phil and John as they led our in person gathered service. Lot’s to share this week as we continue to be the family of God despite the limit on our physical gatherings. Next Sunday is our online only week so do you best to gather with us and join in the chat. We love to see your greetings and share together through our Church online website and our facebook page. Looking forward to gathering with you all together virtually next Sunday morning.

Honouring Roy & Brian

  On Sunday we had the privilege of honouring Roy and sharing our gratitude, prayers, and words for Roy and Barbara.  We will send our video around later in the week for you to watch. I would like to again thank Roy and Brian for their Godly example and their faithfulness to God and to CLC. The Elders and I have been praying and will continue to pray and seek God for the appointment of new Elders. We believe God has been speaking to us about the next generation and we will continue to seek Him in the coming weeks.  In this moment we want to focus on celebrating the wonderful service of Roy and Brian and honouring them both. If you would like to send cards or gifts to Roy and Brian and don’t have an address then we will gladly receive them at church and deliver them on your behalf. Please be praying for Roy, Brian, and their families at this time and for the Elders as they seek God for the next season.  

Gathered Services

  Our services in November are now filling up please follow the link below to book your places.

Local Lockdown – Tier 3

  As we now settle into the new rules in Liverpool City Region since being placed in Tier 3 we are praying for you and are always here for a phone call or online catch up if you need someone to talk to. Places of worship can thankfully still meet under the new restrictions. We expect church services to continue under our current COVID safe measures. As more information is made available we will update you on any changes required for places of worship. As we did under local lockdown we are currently advising Reach groups to meet on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Hangouts for the moment.

Good news – Advent Calendar

This Christmas we want to share good news stories throughout December on our social media platforms. Our idea is 24 days of good news to encourage believers and witness to those who are not yet Christian – 24 days of good news gifts. We will release these in the form of an online advent calendar with a new video to open every day from the 1st to the 24th of December. We will then add the link to our online Christmas Day service. We need your help Could you record a video on your phone sharing a short testimony of how the goodness of God has impacted your life. The more simple and concise they are the easier they will be for people to access. How to get involved Simply record your story in no more than 1 minute (as this is the limit on some social media platforms) on your phone (in landscape) and send them to us via WhatsApp 07742 638809 or email office@sthelensclc.com! Looking forward to hearing your stories and blessing our communities with good news.
 

Live Prayer

Join Tash and I for live prayer on the St Helens Christian Life Centre facebook. Bring your prayer requests and come to pray and prophesy together.   We Are Family   Tash and I have loved observing how our church family has stepped up and cared for each other in this restricted season. Can I encourage you, as Lockdown continues to be strict in our area, can we again step up in our communication? Why not call people, text them, send cards and letters. We all need to be encouraged and connected as we travel this journey together. We are family, unified in Christ, connected through HIs love. Let us reach out in ever more creative and loving ways to each other this week. Praying for you as you express the love of God as his family at CLC.  

Ephesians 3 14 & 15

For this reason I kneel before the Father,

from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

  Praying Holy Spirit empowering as you love one another outrageously in this season.   Love and Blessings   Craig

Eldership Announcement

Following our announcement on Sunday 4th October, as many of you will have heard, after much prayer and hearing God, Roy and Brian have decided to retire from Eldership. They both are and will remain spiritual fathers in our CLC family. They believe it is now time to step back from the responsibility of Eldership to make room for new younger Elders to emerge. We will be taking time in our next two services to honour two Godly men who have served us with excellence. I would like to thank them again for their Godly example and faithfulness to God and to CLC. I am also thankful that they have both agreed to remain available to me and the elders for advice and wisdom.

The Elders and I have been praying and will continue to pray and seek God for the appointment of new Elders. We believe God has been speaking to us about the next generation and we will continue to seek Him in the coming weeks. Before we look ahead to the recommendation of new elders to our members, and the subsequent appointment of any new elders; we believe in this moment it is important to focus on celebrating the wonderful service of Roy and Brian, giving honour to both of them. If you would like to send cards or gifts to Roy and Brian and don’t have an address then we will gladly receive them at church and deliver them on your behalf.

Please be praying for Roy, Brian and their families at this time. Please also pray for the Elders as they seek God for the next season.

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 05/10/20

Hi all

Praying for you this week as we continue to walk through the strange season we are currently in. Confusion seems to be commonplace as our government try to manage a complex and unprecedented situation. Our prayers are with all of our leaders in national and local government. We continue to pray for you and are blessed by your love for us and for each other. Keep pressing in to Jesus, look to him and keep serving each other. You are an amazing church family to lead and we love every expression of the love and compassion of Jesus demonstrated in and through every one of you.

Eldership Announcement

On Sunday we announced that after praying and hearing God, Roy and Brian have decided to retire from Eldership. They both are and will remain spiritual fathers in our CLC family, however they believe it is time to step back from the responsibility of Eldership to make room for new younger Elders to emerge. We will be taking time in our next two services to honour two Godly men who have served us with excellence. I would like to thank them again for their Godly example and faithfulness to God and to CLC. I am also thankful that they have both agreed to remain available to me and the elders for advice and wisdom. The Elders and I have been praying and will continue to pray and seek God for the appointment of new Elders. We believe God has been speaking to us about the next generation and we will continue to seek Him in the coming weeks.  In this moment we want to focus on celebrating the wonderful service of Roy and Brian and Honouring them both. If you would like to send cards or gifts to Roy and Brian and don’t have an address then we will gladly receive them at church and deliver them on your behalf. Please be praying for Roy, Brian and their families at this time and for the Elders as they seek God for the next season.

Gathered Services

Our 18th October service is now fully booked. To book in for a service in November follow the link below.
https://sthelensclc.com/connect

Local Lockdown

As Merseyside is in local lockdown we are currently advising Reach groups to meet on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Hangouts for the moment. Places of worship can continue to gather under the local lockdown rules with our COVID measures in place. Therefore our Sunday gathered services will continue as planned.

Daniel

During Sundays word I issued us a challenge to read the book of Daniel together asking the question “How does this book and the example of the people of God inspire me to stand up for and demonstrate my faith today?”

Live Prayer

On Thursday from 7pm til 7:30pm Tash and I will be on the CLC Facebook page offering live prayer. Please join us, bring your prayer requests, and come ready to pray and prophesy over others. Sharing the posts on social media would also be a great way to help us minister the gospel to more people.

We are the Church

In this time we have seen a demonstration of the people of God being His church. Never before in my lifetime in the UK have we been restricted from our buildings. yet growth spiritually, growth in our reach, and an increased interest in the church from people who are not yet Christians are evident in our church family. You are the church, we are the church. In our unified relationship and purpose every small act we do in the name and character of our Lord Jesus is connected together as a Spirit empowered demonstration of the Church of Jesus Christ. Let us keep serving in the little things, love well, give generously and care for one another with compassion and grace as we are the church.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Love & Blessing Craig

Weekly Update 21/09/20

Hi everyone

Our first in person Sunday gathering since lockdown took place this week alongside our online service. God is so good to us a we had a great time back in our building and were blessed in our homes watching online despite a number of technical issues..

For those who have not attended an in person gathering yet, why not watch our church service walk through video below to help you know what to expect and for help with how to book a service.

To book your space for October 4th & October 18th by please follow the link below:

Local Lockdown

As Merseyside is in local lockdown from Tuesday 22nd September we are now advising Reach groups to meet on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Hangouts for the moment. Places of worship can continue to gather under the local lockdown rules with our COVID measures in place. Therefore our Sunday gathered services will continue as planned.

Live Prayer

Tash and I will be back on live prayer again this Thursday on St Helens Christian Life Centre Facebook. We love to share and pray together as well as taking your prayer requests live and ministering prophetically. Join us if you can.

Blessing

My prayer for you in this season is that you will see the face of God shining upon you. That you will know His smile upon your family and friends. I am praying that you will receive prophetic hope and visions of the joy yet to come as God smiles upon you. Declaring God’s blessing and protection over you and yours at this time.

Numbers 6:24-27 The Message

God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper.

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 14/09/20

Hi everyone

We have been busy these last few weeks preparing the church building and organising your bookings as we ready ourselves for live in person services again. We are really looking forward to seeing you. Our online services continue to be a blessing to us and we so appreciate the talent and effort of all of those involved. This has been a challenging season but the Church of Jesus Christ continues to be built by him and the enemies plans will not prosper as Jesus calls his church to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth. We continue to see our reach and influence for the kingdom go beyond our walls as our online presence takes the good news of Jesus into new and fresh areas each week.

Church Sunday gatherings

New Government guidance:

From Monday this week the new government guidance around social gatherings comes into effect with no more than 6 people allowed to gather socially inside or outdoors. Thankfully places of worship are exempt from this and as long as we adopt the correct measures our services can still go ahead. Please only attend if you have booked a place as we will not be allowed to admit people who haven’t booked.

Gathered Services:

Yesterday we showed our church service walk through video to help you know what to expect when you have booked into a service. Watch it here for help with reserving your place and to see what measures we have put in place.

Our Service for 20th September is now fully booked. You can still book your places for October 4th & October 18th by following the link below:

To book your space at one of these services please follow the link below:

Elim Prayer

A message from our movement:

In light of the continuing uncertain times I am even more encouraged that praying and fasting online together next week is significant and vital.

There are different ways for you and the church to engage. Here’s a short promo video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQClfg_uxJMthat unpacks the various ways to engage. More detailed information is below.

Morning Prayer + Communion  (Elim FB Live)

Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 September – 7.30am-8.00am

Start your day right! Join in with others across the Elim Movement as Elim leaders lead us in prayer, devotions and communion.

Midday Prayer (Tues15th – Thurs 17th Elim + Elim Prayer Facebook, Twitter, Insta)

We would love you to pray the Lord’s Prayer each day at Midday. Take a picture or a short video of where you’re praying and post it using the hashtag #EngageLordsPrayer #elimprayer 

Tuesday 15 September – 7.30pm-8.30pm (Elim FB + Youtube)

Engage Prayer Panel

With a whole host of guests and contributors we will be wrestling with these questions and praying for churches and leaders:

Lockdown Lessons – How can we respond as the church in prayer and action? 

Understand the Times – What is God saying and how can we pray and intercede?

Engage Prayer (Elim FB + Youtube)

Live Prayer

Thursday 17 September – 7.30pm-9.00pm

An evening of online prayer and worship. Praying with Elim, for the Kingdom and a fresh move of the Spirit. 

Join in as we come together, with guests and contributors, to pray and seek God, to intercede and stand in the gap.

Reassuring Presence and power to build 

As we pray with our movement Elim, feel free to join in all of these or choose the sessions which suit you. Praying you connect with God in fresh ways as we seek him for the coming season.

As we close this week I will leave you with this quote from Jesus speaking to Peter which reassures us that His presence and power is with us to build His Church.

Matthew 16:18 NLT
Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 07/09/20

Hi all

What a great morning we had together as we streamed live from church using some of our new equipment. Thanks to Ste, Jay, and Gabbi for your hard work in setting things up. Thanks also to everyone who helped out and was involved in the service. We are so looking forward to welcoming more of you back into the building in the coming months. It is unusual to gather with masks and listen to the worship rather than singing together but as the team found yesterday there is still something special about seeing each other in person and gathering corporately to worship.

Streaming services how can you help?

We are now looking to recruit a team of volunteers to help with the technology and a team of online pastors to minister to those connecting. We see this as an expanding ministry with great potential to reach out beyond the walls of the church. If you feel this is something God is calling you to then please contact us.

you can also still give into the fund for streaming equipment If you would still like to. To give online please use the reference “stream” For physical offerings place them in an envelope marked “Stream”.

Church Sunday gatherings

Gathered Services:

As we announced yesterday We will offer three morning services during September and October all starting at 10:30am on Sept 20th, Oct 4th & Oct 18th. To hear the announcement again watch the Video below:

To book your space at one of these services please follow the link below:

A flexible approach in a changing landscape:

All of the options above are dependent on the COVID 19 situation and Government guidance. We are confident that with any changes in the virus situation we will be able to adapt between our three options for services (pre-recorded online only, gathered services, and live stream gathered services). As lockdown restrictions lift we will increase numbers allowed in gathered services; conversely should a local lockdown occur we have the ability to shift back to only online services.

Reach Gatherings

You are still able to book your Reach groups into church should you require a larger space to meet. You can also still sign up to join or start a Reach group online. Follow the link below.

All things for good

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Our God is the God of redemption. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ redemption is available for all of humanity. Salvation, forgiveness, freedom and abundant life can be ours. I believe in this time we are going through our God is doing a redeeming work. I am expectant in faith of what God will do in each of our lives as He moves us out of this dark season and brings His light. What are you expecting for your life, for your family, for our town and our Nation?

Let us pray in faith and receive all God has for us in this coming season.

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 31/08/20

Hello everyone

Lots to share with you all this week with some important news for the coming months.

Church Sunday gatherings

Following the results of our survey and our Elders meeting on Monday this week, I would like to share with you our plans for Sunday Services in the coming season. After prayer and discussion the Elders and I believe it is wise to offer a staged return to services.

We will offer three morning services during September and October (Sept 20th, Oct 4th, Oct 18th) leading up to November. Our teams will then be ready to host weekly church services again and our new live stream equipment and streaming teams will be ready to stream services weekly. Therefore, our aim is that from Sunday 1st November we will have weekly Sunday gatherings which will also be streamed as our online service.

Online Services:

In September and October we will continue to offer an online service weekly. These online services will be a mix of recorded services and services streamed live from church.

Gathered Services:

We will be offering three gathered Sunday morning services at CLC on September 20th, October 4th, and October 18th. These gathered services will be limited to a maximum of 35 people in line with social distancing and will follow our risk assessment and the Government’s guidelines to ensure we offer the safest environment possible. We believe this approach will enable some learning and development as we offer some opportunities to gather. This approach will also afford us the opportunity to grow in our experience of managing COVID safe services and our ability to live stream services online. Further information of how to book into our services will follow in the coming weeks. Be assured we will ensure everyone who wants to attend services has an equal opportunity to do so.

A flexible approach in a changing landscape:

All of the options above are dependent on the COVID 19 situation and Government guidance. We are confident that with any changes in the virus situation we will be able to adapt between our three options for services (pre-recorded online only, gathered services, and live stream gathered services). As lockdown restrictions lift we will increase numbers allowed in gathered services; conversely should a local lockdown occur we have the ability to shift back to only online services.

I am so looking forward to beginning to gather together again. If you have any questions regarding the resumption of services and the continuing offer of church online then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Reach Gatherings

You are still able to book your Reach groups into church should you require a larger space to meet. You can also still sign up to join or start a Reach group online. Follow the link below.

Non-Internet Gathering

This week we held our first church service for those not on the internet. This faithful group of people have been doing church through CDs with our updates and notes posted out to them each week. So, last Thursday we offered a service for those who wanted to attend. We had a great time together and will look to offer something again midweek to help those not online stay connected.

Live Streaming Gifts

A huge thank you for giving into this evangelistic opportunity as we purchase new equipment to stream the good news of Jesus online. So far we have received £770 in gifts for streaming. This is on top of your regular giving and our hardship fund. We are so blessed by your generosity and believe this is a new arena for the gospel as we continue online following the resumption of Church gatherings.

 If you would still like to give there is time to do so. To give online please use the reference “stream” For physical offerings place them in an envelope marked “Stream”.

Online Team Recruitment

We are now looking to recruit a team of volunteers to help with the technology and a team of online pastors to minister to those connecting. If you feel this is something God is calling you to then please contact us.

Elim Prayer – Save the date

We received this message from our movement Elim this week regarding prayer in the coming season:

This is just a quick message with a ‘Save the Date’ from Elim Prayer.

As you are aware we’ve been raising the level of prayer across the Movement during lockdown. Thank you to everyone who has tuned in and engaged with prayer. Many of you have asked if we can continue to do online prayer.

As we head into the Autumn there’s a sense that things are shifting again and we need to respond with prayer and fasting. In consultation with Chris Cartwright and the National Leadership Team we are facilitating 3 days of prayer and fasting from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 September.

We will have more information to follow with a mixture of morning, daytime and evening prayer online we are calling the Movement to prayer and fasting.

Please save the dates

Fruitfulness in abiding

John 15: 4 & 5

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

This week as I reflect on the season we are in and the journey we have been through I am reminded of Jesus words. As I consider the strange and challenging year it has been I am inspired afresh to the priority of our lives. We have all been through lockdown and as a church unable to meet physically. We have been restricted in the way we connect and minister to each other. We have also been busy in new ways developing technology and caring for each other through different expressions of love and communication. Normal life as we knew it was put on hold. In these times I am reminded that our fruitfulness is not dependant on our effort! Our fruitfulness does not flow from our busyness, our ability or even our spiritual gifting. Our fruitfulness is dependant on our remaining connected to the vine. Our abiding in Jesus is the beautiful relationship that will naturally allow us to bear much fruit.

Can I encourage you this week to take some time out with Jesus? Let each of us be intentional about remaining and abiding in the presence of Jesus. Let us drink in His love, bask in His grace and overflow with thankfulness as we abide in Him.

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 24/08/20

Hi all

A huge thank you to all of our teams who are serving us so well at church online. Our worship team, children’s team, our preachers and service hosts are doing an amazing job to keep us connected each week. Thank you also to Ste Anders who continues to develop his production and editing skills to bring us excellent online services each week. You are all such a blessing to us.

As a family we have enjoyed a holiday in Wales and are now looking forward to being able to see more of you and hopefully begin to gather together again very soon.

Many Thanks

We arrived home from Holidays to a huge number of cards and gifts from our church family for our Silver Wedding Anniversary. Tash and I were overwhelmed and a little emotional at the love and generosity shown by you. We would like to thank you all for your greetings, messages, cards and gifts. You are an amazing family to be part of and we love each one of you.

Survey & group gatherings

Thank you for the excellent response to our survey. We are now praying, listening to God and considering the responses we have received. We will soon make an announcement with our options for our next steps post lockdown.

Great to see more Reach groups beginning and zoom gatherings becoming more regular as we look to gather together. If God is speaking to your group or you have a greeting for the church from your group please send us a video, we would love to hear from you all. To start or join a reach group or to book your reach group gathering in church please follow the link below.

Reach

Live Streaming

We have begun to purchase our live streaming equipment in preparation for the coming season post lockdown. Thank you for giving into this evangelistic opportunity as we purchase new equipment to stream the good news of Jesus online. If you would still like to give there is time to do so. To give online please use the reference “stream” For physical offerings place them in an envelope marked “Stream” .

We are now looking to recruit a team of volunteers to help with the technology and a team of online pastors to minister to those connecting. If you feel this is something God is calling you to then please contact us.

Blessing

Philippians 1:3

I thank my God every time I remember you “

This week has been such a blessing and this verse sums up perfectly our thoughts and feelings. Paul send this greeting to the Philippians and for us it is what we have been doing as we think of you all. We thank our God for a wonderful church family and we also speak blessing over you.

“The Lord bless you and keep you;  the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 17/08/20

Hello

We are away enjoying a break in Wales this week. Lovely to get some time with family and to still also be at online church with you all. Great to hear Dave share with us about abiding in the presence of God and spending time in the secret place with God. Dave shared a vital truth with us that the presence of God brings transformation “Intimacy leads to imitation” as we become like the one we worship.

Survey

Thank you to those who have took the time to complete our survey to help us as we prayerfully consider the next steps for church gatherings. If you are yet to complete the survey there still an opportunity to do so as it is open until August 22nd. Following the survey the Elders will prayerfully make plans for resuming gatherings. We will announce a range of options in the coming weeks.

To complete the survey please follow the link below:

Survey

Reach group gatherings

Thank you for the excellent response in trying to gather your reach groups online and in person as we aim to gather each of us together in a Reach group. We continue to see this as a priority for the life and mission of our church. Reach groups will be vital during these challenging times and will continue to form a vital part of our relationships, our discipleship, and our mission.

To inquire about starting or joining a reach group or to book your in church Reach group gathering follow the link Below:

Reach

Send us your videos

We would love to see & hear from you as you begin to gather in your Reach groups. Please send us some photos or even consider recording a short video greeting and a word on what God is saying to your group.

Live Streaming

We believe God has moved us out beyond the walls of the church in this season. Our online church presence is here to stay and we will be offering a live stream of our services going forward beyond the COVID19 pandemic. We will be recruiting a team of people to help with the technology and a team of online pastors to minister to those connecting.

Thank you for giving into this evangelistic opportunity as we purchase new equipment to stream the good news of Jesus online. If you would still like to give there is time to do so. To give online please use the reference “stream” For physical offerings place them in an envelope marked “Stream”

This is how we love

This Scripture from 1 John reminded me of you all as I read it this week.

1 John 3:16-18 NIV

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

I have been blown away by the CLC family response to the unprecedented situation we have faced and are still facing this year. Your love has been practically demonstrated, your generosity has been evident. Let this scripture be a celebration of how our Church family has responded. Let this scripture also be a challenge for us to go further in laying down our lives to practically demonstrate our love to each other and to the world around us.

Love & Blessings

Craig