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

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