Weekly Update 18/01/21

Hi all

Tash and I are missing you all and looking forward to seeing you beyond our screens! This week we had a great time on live prayer. We saw words of knowledge, prophecy, and at least one healing testified to. We also managed to bring Cheryl Smythe on as a guest too! God is moving as the church continues to operate in a much more public setting.

We are praying for you all and for your families. Declaring health, provision and the abundant blessings of God upon each of you.

 

Lockdown Services

http://https://youtu.be/zZrgsDTChB4

CLC family testimonies

 

 

We love our church family and we want to hear from you!

 

As we continue with church online we want our services to have an authentic CLC family feel. Send us your stories of Worship, Welcome, and Witness, then we will share them in our CLC online services.

 

If you have a testimony in any of the following areas then please send it to us:

 

Worship

 

Do you have something to thank God for? What is inspiring you to worship God at the moment? How is God impacting your life currently?

 

Welcome

 

How are you and your family doing? Where are you from? What are you praying about at the moment? How can we pray for you? Are you new to the CLC family then take a moment to introduce yourself.

 

Witness

 

Which not yet Christian people are in you Reach that we can pray for?  Have you shared your faith with anyone recently? Do you have a story of healing, salvation, or answered prayer as you have been sharing your faith?

 

The technical bit:

 

    • Testimonies should be between 1 and 3 minutes long
    • Record on your phone in landscape
    • Record in a quiet area with good lighting
    • Send your videos to us via whatsapp or wetransfer

 

We are looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you in our online services.

 

Pray without ceasing

 

Our weekly Wednesday evening prayer meeting led by Dave and Sue continues via zoom every Wednesday at 7:30pm. Contact us for the zoom codes.

 

The freshness of God

 

I don’t know about you but for us as a family, lockdown life can feel pretty stale. Particularly for Naomi and Isaac who like the majority of children are home schooling. The daily routine of life can get monotonous. However God is never monotonous or stale. His word tells us that His mercies are new every morning. God’s blessings, His love, His life, His creativity, joy, and grace are not just new in the material sense of being brand new, unused, never owned by anyone else. They are also fresh, unperishing not prone to rot or rust, never going stale. The blessings of God are fresh every day!

In these difficult and somewhat mundane times of lockdown let us ask God “Father what do you have that is fresh for me?” His Mercies are new every morning and He will do new things in us if we will posture ourselves to discover and receive.

 

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

 

 

Love and Blessings

 

Craig

Weekly Update 11/01/21

Hi Everyone

 

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I am increasingly excited as God continues to speak to me about movement and the power of God within each of our people. Even during the darkest most challenging of times scripture is filled with miraculous interventions. The old testament is filled with accounts of God delivering the nation of Israel from slavery, and from captivity. He leads them through the wilderness and into the promised land. The new testament teaches us that God can turn all things for good, that Jesus redemptive purposes are powerful and always at work. As we walk through this current lockdown let us do so with our heads held high, looking up in hope to the God who is able to redeem!

Live Prayer

Tash and I will be back on Thursday evening live on facebook for prayer and prophecy. Join us as we pray, share and release others to pray for each other.

 

 

 

 

Lockdown Services

http://https://youtu.be/zZrgsDTChB4

CLC family testimonies

 

 

We love our church family and we want to hear from you!

 

As we continue with church online we want our services to have an authentic CLC family feel. Send us your stories of Worship, Welcome, and Witness, then we will share them in our CLC online services.

 

If you have a testimony in any of the following areas then please send it to us:

 

Worship

 

Do you have something to thank God for? What is inspiring you to worship God at the moment? How is God impacting your life currently?

 

Welcome

 

How are you and your family doing? Where are you from? What are you praying about at the moment? How can we pray for you? Are you new to the CLC family then take a moment to introduce yourself.

 

Witness

 

Which not yet Christian people are in you Reach that we can pray for?  Have you shared your faith with anyone recently? Do you have a story of healing, salvation, or answered prayer as you have been sharing your faith?

 

The technical bit:

 

    • Testimonies should be between 1 and 3 minutes long
    • Record on your phone in landscape
    • Record in a quiet area with good lighting
    • Send your videos to us via whatsapp or wetransfer

 

we are looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you in our online services.

 

 

A way in the wild places and streams in the wasteland

 

 

I will close this week by declaring our scripture for 2021 over you and your families.

 

 

Isaiah 43:19

I will close this week by again declaring our Scripture for 2021 over each of your lives and your families

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

 

 

Love and Blessings

 

Craig

Weekly Update 03/01/21

Hello Everyone

 

Happy new year to you all. Declaring a healthy, prosperous and mightily blessed 2021 for each of you.  It was wonderful to gather online and in person for church yesterday and we look forward to continuing both of these expression of church throughout January.

 

Sunday Gatherings

Following the Prime Ministers announcement of a 3rd national lockdown we are currently reviewing Sunday Gatherings. Under government guidance we are allowed to meet with no household mixing, however we are in the process of considering how many of our teams for worship, welcome, Pastoral staff and streaming teams are still able to serve under the current lockdown restrictions and with shielding now in place. We will email all members and contact all those booked into service within the next 48 hours to inform you of our decision.

 

Elim Prayer

Invitation from Elim – Join our National Day of Prayer

At the start of the new year, we invite your church to take time to put first things first. Let’s pray together as one movement onThursday 7 January. Let’s call on God. Let’s seek Him in wonder and worship. Let’s stand in the gap in intercession. Let’s bring our thanksgiving to Him.

God invites us to participate together in His plans and purpose through prayer. As we head into 2021, let’s take hold of this invitation and promise, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3

As we come together to pray, the focus for this National Day of Prayer willcover these four key themes:

  • Power demonstrated
  • Wisdom received
  • Grace abounds
  • Love expressed

Online prayer events

The day will include two unified times of prayer hosted online on the Elim YouTube and Facebook channels, along with a special leaders prayer time for our ministers held on a private video conference call.

Live for everyone:

Morning prayer and communion @ 7.30am – 8.00am

Live for everyone on YouTube and Facebook

Evening prayer and worship @ 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Live for everyone on YouTube and Facebook

Join with us as we begin 2021 with a National day of prayer across our Elim movement.

 

Town Prayer

 

On Monday 11th January at 7.30pm is our next zoom town wide prayer meeting. Here are the details:

 

Craig Lawrenson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Town wide prayer
Time: Jan 11, 2021 07:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89836188251?pwd=WkhnY2oxRlA0Sm0xZFI2MDVmenFBdz09

 

Meeting ID: 898 3618 8251
Passcode: 566453

 

Movement

 

On Sunday Morning I began to share the word I feel God is releasing to us for 2021 and beyond. I believe God is growing a movement at CLC. Out of the global pandemic God is doing a new thing. The walls of the church have been opened up and the church is expanding and looking beyond ourselves to the world. Mission will be shot through our movement.  As will creativity and freedom as we become a movement of believers fully expressing the creativity of God through our own unique giftings, callings, and personalities. I believe God is calling us to 3 words as we align ourselves with the new thing He is doing.  Transparency, Authenticity, and Reality are the words I believe God is calling us to explore. Yesterday I shared around transparency, next week will be authenticity and I will close out January services sharing on reality.

 

To catch up on yesterday’s service or listen again follow the link below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdUYg01MoSg

 

Declaring new things to break out all over your lives as God expresses His love, kindness, goodness and mercy to each of you.

 

See, I am doing a new thing!

    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

 

Love & Blessings

 

Craig

Weekly Update 14.12.20

Hi all

This will be my last Weekly update of 2020. As the year comes to a close and we look ahead to resuming in person gatherings in January, please don’t forget to book online https://sthelensclc.com/connect/

 

What a challenging year it has been! We started with our word for the year with God asking us to explore and take new ground, then to exploit the ground He is giving us for His kingdom purposes. What a year of exploring it has been! A whole new way of doing and being church is emerging from the the global pandemic.  I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you for the way you have loved and supported each other this year. A massive thank you also to our worship team, our preachers, leaders, streaming team and tech teams, welcome team, children’s workers, youth workers, prayer teams, healing Encounters, Sozo team, Reach groups, our DIY volunteers, all at the CLC and all at The Hope Centre as you have stepped up this year with passion, commitment, and innovation. Tash and I have been so blessed and so proud of the way the whole church has responded. We are so thankful for you and love each one of you.

Christmas Services

 

Zoom Coffee & Mince pie

 

 

On the 20th December before our Carol service we will be holding a virtual cafe. Bring you own tea, coffee, mince pies and Christmas cake. Join us on zoom from 4:30pm til 5pm where we will use zoom break out rooms to share a brew and a catch up before all going online for our service. Join us and catch up with your CLC family, Zoom details below:

 

Join Zoom Meeting

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89360879049?pwd=RkxRNDFvVE51SFRSNjYvUjlpY2Jldz09

 

Meeting ID: 893 6087 9049

Passcode: 540087

 

 

In Person Gatherings back in January – Book here:

We can’t wait to welcome you back into church. Our next in person gathered service will be January 3rd and gathered services will then be weekly on a Sunday morning throughout January. Bookings are now open at the connect page of our website https://sthelensclc.com/connect/

Live Prayer

 

We are back for the last time this year. Please join us on CLC Facebook live as we give thanks to God for what He has done this year and pray for each other, our families and friends.

 

Can you Help?

The Hope Centre has been so blessed with food donations this year. We have so much to distribute that we need extra help. Are you physically fit and able to help on December 23rd. If so Ken Barton needs help moving food. Please contact Beryl if you are able to help. Email  beryl@hopecentre.org.uk

2020 & 2021

At this time of year as Christmas approaches we are in the twilight of 2020 and looking ahead to the dawn of 2021.  A time of reflection as we look back on the challenges, lament the losses, and celebrate the kindness and fresh opportunities that 2020 held for each of us. It is also a time when we lift our eyes up to see the dawning of a new year and begin to dream with God for the new opportunities He will awaken us to. I believe Christmas will be a prophetic time of praise and revelation as we give thanks to God for HIs keeping power and look ahead to the new things He is about to birth in each of us and in HIs church.

19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

Have a happy Christmas and an abundantly blessed new year.

love and blessings

Craig and Tash

Weekly Update 07.12.20

Hi all

 

As we continue through this advent season we are really looking forward to what will be a different Christmas this year. Videos are now coming in for our advent series, our online nativity, and Carol Service; with lots of you getting involved. We had a lot of fun recording our Carol and worship service last week. Hopefully the Joy and sense of worship will be evident when we share the service together. Please feel free to invite family and friends to these services. The nativity and Carol Service in particular will be great events for family and friends.

 

Christmas Services

 

Zoom Coffee & Mince pie

 

 

On the 20th December before our Carol service we will be holding a virtual cafe. Bring you own tea, coffee, mince pies and Christmas cake. Join us on zoom from 4:30pm til 5pm where we will use zoom break out rooms to share a brew and a catch up before all going online for our service. Join us and catch up with your CLC family, Zoom details below:

 

Join Zoom Meeting

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89360879049?pwd=RkxRNDFvVE51SFRSNjYvUjlpY2Jldz09

 

Meeting ID: 893 6087 9049

Passcode: 540087

 

 

In Person Gatherings back in January

We can’t wait to welcome you back into church. Our next in person gathered service will be January 3rd and gathered services will then be weekly on a Sunday morning throughout January. Keep your eyes on our website at the connect page https://sthelensclc.com/connect/  as bookings for January services will open this week.

Keep sharing the good news

 

Thank you all for sharing our posts and helping people see the good news of Jesus. Our advent series continues this week so why not share these 1 minute good news messages with your friends!

If  your on Social media it is easy, follow us on twitter, facebook, and instagram and become an online evangelist. Social media analytics mean our posts are largely seen by those who already like and follow our pages. This is where we can work together to share the good news. Liking our content is a great start, but sharing it transforms the reach of our message. If you share our posts they are seen by your friends and followers. If we all share our posts then the good news is preached to a much wider audience.

Simply hit “share” on our posts and engage with your friends as they comment!

 

Advent reminds us of our lifestyle of Hope

 

As we heard from John yesterday our hope is in God and His promises not in the problems or even solutions of this life. During advent we often consider hope and expectation. The great season of looking ahead to the God who came and the God who will come again. However for me this isn’t a season of hope rather it is a reminder of the lifestyle of hope we have available to us from the God of hope! In this advent season of hope may the God of hope fill you with permanent, glistening hope, and empower you to live a prophetic lifestyle of Hope in His promises.

 

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 30.11.20

Hi all

 

I hope you are enjoying advent, as we look ahead to Christmas with all the Joy and peace that brings for us as followers of Jesus. Advent is a hope filled season, a season of looking ahead. Yes to the coming of Christmas and also on to the second coming of Christ, our soon coming King. Let this advent be a season where we reflect on our hope in Jesus.

Don’t forget to watch our advent videos across all of our social media platforms as we fill advent with 1 minute good news stories.

 

Live Prayer

 

It has been such a blessing for Tash & I to lead live online prayer and see what Holy Spirit has done and said to people as we have shared these times together. We will be back on the CLC facebook page on Thursday evening, come and join us. Come fully expecting God to do something in and through you.

 

 

Link to Dianne Emanuel’s Funeral Service from Walton Crematorium

 

Dianne’s funeral Service takes place on Tuesday 8th Dec at 11:40am. Dave Hanratty  will be leading the short service and we have been given a link from the Crematorium for anyone who would like to watch online.

Simply Search Obitus on google 5mins before the service. You will then be prompted to login.

To login use the following:

 

Username Weyo4305

Password 264625

 

Christmas Advert & Services

We are so looking forward to our Christmas services. For the first time this year our Christmas services will see us all gathered together online. We are expectant for what God can do in this season and believe our Christmas programme will reach more people than ever this year.

 

In Person Gatherings back in January

Our next in person gathered service will be January 3rd and gathered services will then be weekly on a Sunday morning throughout January. Keep your eyes on our website at the connect page as bookings for January services will open soon!

Thank you

We now have well over half of our advent good news videos. A huge thank you to those who have sent them in. There are still a few spaces to go so check out the detail below to discover how to get involved!

 

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! Send your videos as soon as possible, the final deadline for all videos is no later than November 30th.

Looking forward to hearing your stories and blessing our communities with good news.

Keep sharing the good news

 

Thank you all for sharing our posts and helping people see the good news of Jesus. Our advent series starts this week so why not share these 1 minute good news messages with your friends!

If  your on Social media it is easy, follow us on twitter, facebook, and instagram and become an online evangelist. Social media analytics mean our posts are largely seen by those who already like and follow our pages. This is where we can work together to share the good news. Liking our content is a great start, but sharing it transforms the reach of our message. If you share our posts they are seen by your friends and followers. If we all share our posts then the good news is preached to a much wider audience.

Simply hit “share” on our posts and engage with your friends as they comment!

 

Love came down

 

As we reflect on the season of Advent and the good news that Jesus brings, let us focus on the love it took for God to be with us. Immanuel – God with us, it is a beautiful name that we often reflect upon this time of year. Consider the descent as love came down! Jesus leaves His heavenly home to dwell with us, fully God and fully man. His life is lived perfectly in the mess of humanity. He demonstrates a sinless life, lives with beauty, grace, and love. Jesus shows kindness and compassion to all and ultimately dies a death on a cross to bring redemption for each of us. This advent let us reflect on the mind blowing act of love, let us consider the life changing mercy and Grace brought about when love came down!

 

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

 

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 24.11.20

Hi all

My update comes with sadness this week as we heard of the passing of Diane Emanuel on Monday. Diane is now with Jesus with no more sickness or pain. Diane is loved by all of our CLC family and our love and prayers go out to her Husband Joe, and to Paul and Joanna and all of the Emanuel family. What a godly lady who’s love and generosity will be missed by all at CLC.

Please keep Joe and the family in your prayers at this time.

Christmas Advert & Services

We are now looking ahead to a different Christmas with all of our Christmas programme online. We feel this will give us the best opportunity to gather as one church family and to celebrate the unchanging message of Christmas. Watch our latest Christmas advert below.

Our Christmas services this year will be gathered all together online. We believe this will allows us all to share together and give us the freedom to still have a family Nativity service and Carol service. See below for the details of our online Christmas programme.

In Person Gatherings back in January

Our next in person gathered service will be January 3rd providing there are no further government restrictions. Bookings for the 3rd of January will open in December.

We will also host a small Christmas gathering for those not on the internet.

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! Send your videos as soon as possible, the final deadline for all videos is no later than November 30th.

Looking forward to hearing your stories and blessing our communities with good news.

sharing the good news

A huge thank you to everyone who shared our Christmas advert. At the time of writing we are up to 4000 views! I believe God is moving and giving us an unprecedented opportunity with our online Christmas services, Good news advent calendar, and gospel messages. Can we ask that you continue to share our posts as we look to share message of the Gospel further than ever before this Christmas.

If  your on Social media it is easy, follow us on twitter, facebook, and instagram and become an online evangelist. Social media analytics mean our posts are largely seen by those who already like and follow our pages. This is where we can work together to share the good news. Liking our content is a great start, but sharing it transforms the reach of our message. If you share our posts they are seen by your friends and followers. If we all share our posts then the good news is preached to a much wider audience.

Simply hit “share” on our posts and engage with your friends as they comment!

Family

It seems God is reminding us of our position in His family as the Father heart and sonship message again comes to the front and centre of our services. We are loved by the perfect, faithful, ever present, all powerful, gracious, merciful, kind, and generous God. He is our Abba Father who is for us. We are sons and daughters of God and that makes us family. I count it a privilege to call you my family and to walk this life journey with my CLC family. We love you and are praying the blessing of God over each of you and your families.

so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 16.11.20

Hi all

You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are missing you all and I’m sure you are also missing our gatherings. Thank you to all of those involved in our online service this week as Shaun reminded us of Jesus revealing God as Father. What a wonderful truth, the God who created the Heavens and the Earth is a close loving Father to every one of us!

Online services

This week we will again be broadcasting from our building for our online service as we continue a mix of team only, live services and pre-recorded services. It is great to gather together online and to also have the ability to catch up and share our services with family and friends. I want to thank all of those involved in making our online services possible. The response of our teams has been amazing in such challenging times.

Christmas services Online

Sunday 13th December 10:30am – Nativity Service

Sunday 20th December 5:30pm – Carols & Worship Celebration

Christmas Day – Christmas day message

Sunday 27th December – 10:30am

Our next in person gathered service will be January 3rd providing there are no further government restrictions. We will open bookings for this once we know that we are again permitted to meet.

People not online

Our aim  is to host some small gatherings for those not on the internet after the current lockdown measures end. We are hoping to hold some small Christmas Services to celebrate with those who cannot join us online.

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! Send your videos as soon as possible, the final deadline for all videos is no later than November 30th.

Looking forward to hearing your stories and blessing our communities with good news.

Evangelism time – sharing the good news

Our advent season and Christmas services will be different this year. Whilst we will miss meeting together and celebrating with you all in person; I believe God is moving and giving us an unprecedented opportunity with our online Christmas services, Good news advent calendar, and gospel messages,. The message can be shared way beyond our walls and our community but we need your help.

On Social media?

Can I ask you to engage with our content follow us on twitter, facebook, and instagram and become an online evangelist. Social media analytics mean our posts are largely seen by those who already like and follow our pages. This is where we can work together to share the good news. Liking our content is a great start, but sharing it transforms the reach of our message. If you share our posts they are seen by your friends and followers. If we all share our posts then the good news is preached to a much wider audience.

Simply hit “share” on our posts and engage with your friends as they comment!

Live Prayer

We are back this Thursday for our fortnightly live prayer on St Helens CLC Facebook page. Join us to pray for others and bring your prayer requests as we spend 30 minutes ministering together.

 

I will close today with a prayer that Jesus prays for each of us. I believe Jesus is doing a great work in this season of physical separation. As we learn to love each other more deeply, to connect creatively, to relate to Jesus personally God will increase our unity and the glory of Jesus upon HIs Church. Jesus prayed this way for us!

John 17:20-23

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

 

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 09.11.20

Hi All

Great to be able to broadcast our service live from CLC this week. A huge thank you to Vernon and the team for the presence filled worship, to Ste, Jay, Dave, and PB for their hard work on streaming. Thank you also to Phil for his anointed preach encouraging and challenging us to live with kindness in these difficult times.

Lots to share and some things to remind us about this week:

National Day of Prayer

This Friday (13 November), churches and Christians across the UK are uniting together for the National Day of Prayer – praying for our nations and our communities. As a movement, Elim is joining with this day and we are asking our churches to commit to pray and fast throughout the day.

To help people pray, the Evangelical Alliance has published an outline schedule for the day, along with a list of prayer ideas and these have been added to our Elim Prayer website. Also, if you follow Elim Prayer on social media, you’ll see prayer updates throughout the day leading up to a live prayer event in the evening.

LIVE PRAYER EVENT

At the end of the National Day of Prayer, we will hold a united time of prayer from 7pm – 8pm. This event will be live streamed on YouTube at elim.org.uk/youtube and Facebook at elim.org.uk/facebook. This prayer event will feature special guests and contributors from across the nations, together with worship led by Elim Sound. Both streams will have a live chat to interact and share your prayers as we join together in prayer.

Lockdown Reminder

Following the government announcement of a second national lockdown we are no longer permitted to hold gathered services. We can still broadcast from our building so we will continue with our mix of online team only live stream services and pre-recorded services.

Christmas services

Our plans for Christmas services are coming together. We want to be able to meet all together for our Christmas services rather than a small number in the building and the rest online. We obviously can’t do a live Nativity or Carol Service in the current climate, so we have plans to share online services together with two great Christmas video services online. We also plan to give our streaming and worship teams a break over Christmas after their amazing effort over the last 6 months.  So on Christmas day we will produce a short video message and worship for you to connect to and 27th December will also be all of us together online.

Our next in person gathered service will be January 3rd providing there are no further government restrictions. We will open bookings for this once we know that we are again permitted to meet.

People not online

We will continue to look after our people who are not on the internet with CD’s of the word from our services, weekly updates and notes delivered each week. We will also aim to do some small gatherings for those not on the internet after the current lockdown measures end.

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! Send your videos as soon as possible, the final deadline for all videos is no later than November 30th.

Looking forward to hearing your stories and blessing our communities with good news.

Evangelism time – sharing the good news

Our advent season and Christmas services will be different this year. Whilst we lament the loss of our passionate in person services; I believe God is moving and giving us an unprecedented opportunity. With our online Christmas services, Good news advent calendar, and gospel messages, the message could be shared way beyond our walls and our community but we need your help.

On Social media?

Can I ask you to engage with our content follow us on twitter, facebook, and instagram and become an online evangelist. Social media analytics mean our posts are largely seen by those who already like and follow our pages. This is where we can work together to share the good news. Liking our content is a great start, but sharing it transforms the reach of our message. If you share our posts they are seen by your friends and followers. If we all share our posts then the good news is preached to a much wider audience.

Simply hit “share” on our posts and engage with your friends as they comment!

Online evangelism – Online follow up

Following the Good news advent calendar and the Christmas programme we will be launching an online Alpha for those who would like to discover more about faith. We believe this will be a powerful way to engage people in their own homes and see people encounter Jesus.

Mark 16:15 ESV “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”

This Advent & Christmas we have the opportunity to “Go into the whole world” from the comfort of our homes. Let us not waste this unprecedented opportunity!

Love & Blessings

Craig

Weekly Update 02.11.20

Hi All

As we move into a further lockdown I have some news regarding our services and Christmas! I also have three simple words on my heart for us as we live, love, and shine our light in these dark days.

Kindness, Honour, & Hope

I believe in this season God is calling us to a greater measure of kindness, honour, and hope. The kindness of God is evident to us in our salvation. How kind is the offer of Salvation through the death of Jesus? God came down, descended into our mess and sin, lived a sinless life and died a sacrificial death in our place, taking every punishment for our wrong doing. That is the kindest, most generous, loving act the universe throughout history has ever witnessed. Through our salvation we are then honoured as children of God. We have the greatest honour of being the family of God! Our future is then secure. We have eternal life, a destiny of Heaven and a life lived now from the perspective of being seated in heavenly places in Christ.

Salvation is radically kind, utterly honouring and injects hope into the lives of all who receive!

God freely gives, we freely receive and then overflow into giving!

Having received kindness, honour, and hope, I believe this is the season to give it more than ever. Can we be kind to each other and the rest of the world in fresh, creative, and greater ways? Can we Honour every other person despite their opinions? Can we honour national and local government even when we don’t agree? Can we receive hope when situations look hopeless? Can we be a people who speak out of the Hope we receive?

I believe the answer to all these questions is a resounding yes! It is yes because all we are called to give we have already received in Christ. So my charge to you is call from Jesus “Freely you have received, freely give”

Lockdown

Following the government announcement of a second national lockdown we are no longer permitted to hold gathered services. We can still broadcast from our building so we will continue with our mix of online team only live stream services and pre-recorded services.

Christmas services

Our plans for Christmas services are coming together. We want to be able to meet all together for our Christmas services rather than a small number in the building and the rest online. We obviously can’t do a live Nativity or Carol Service in the current climate, so we have plans to share online services together with two great Christmas video services online. We also plan to give our streaming and worship teams a break over Christmas after their amazing effort over the last 6 months.  So on Christmas day we will produce a short video message and worship for you to connect to and 27th December will also be all of us together online.

Our next in person gathered service will be January 3rd providing there are no further government restrictions. We will open bookings for this once we know that we are again permitted to meet.

People not online

We will continue to look after our people who are not on the internet with CD’s of the word from our services, weekly updates and notes delivered each week. We will also aim to do some small gatherings for those not on the internet after the current lockdown measures end.

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! Send your videos as soon as possible, the final deadline for all videos is no later than November 30th.

Looking forward to hearing your stories and blessing our communities with good news.

Live Prayer

 

 

Tash & I will be available on St Helens CLC Facebook Live again this Thursday for live prayer. We have had some amazing prayer times with people joining us from lots of different places. Please join us, bring your prayer requests and come ready to pray and share prophetic words with other people.

Protection Peace & Joy

Praying protection, peace, and joy for you as we live from a different foundation in this challenging season. Jesus is the rock we stand upon. Let us receive from Him lavishly and give generously of all that Jesus gives to us.

Love & Blessings

Craig