City Life Church, Cambridge started 24 years ago with a vision, passion and boldness to do something risky. It's been a blast, and like everything worthwhile, it's been difficult as well as joyous. Still, we see God has brought our time to an end. As of June 10th CLC Cambridge will disperse, sending our final number out to change the world--the mission God gave us right from the very start. Thank you to everyone who's joined the amazing adventure! There is so much to be grateful for. We still identify as family and we remain friends as we enjoy finding out what God has for us all next.
--Kevin, Tom, Lyn & Tim
The first sunday of October played host to CLC’s student welcome barbecue on Jesus Green and we lucked out on probably the last barbecue-able day of the year. It was a real pleasure to all get outside as a church community, welcome newcomers (amongst others) to the city, and have some really tasty barbecue from our resident Texan chef!
If you’re new to the city, but missed the welcome barbecue, you’re still more than welcome this Sunday 12th October at St. Andrew’s hall for our Sunday service. We’re kicking off a new teaching series on ‘The Big Story’ – aiming to cover the overarching story of the Bible in just five talks! This will be particularly good if you’re new to Christianity and want to explore it.
(re)create, the students & young adults group, is open to all newcomers and will be providing more time & space to grow in our five ‘core values’ of community, word, mission, worship and creativity. Dates and times on the website calendar!
(re)create learned how to do pottery this month. Under the skilled eye of Annie, we rolled, cut, shaped, moulded, wet, dried and eventually FIRED a selection of pots, plates, bowls, piggy-banks and other ornaments. Why? To get creative, learn new things and have fun – also to interact with one of the most Biblical of activities; to appreciate what the Bible means when it likens God to a potter and us to the clay (Isaiah 64:8), to hold in our hands the same kind of jars Gideon’s army broke to reveal their lights and startle their enemies (Judges 7:20), and to get the beautiful analogy of having ‘treasure in clay jars’ (2 Corinthians 4:7).
… If only it were that simple! We found out that in our modern lives we don’t really have all the know-how to so easily produce ceramics! Or at least, it’s not so easy! The ‘kiln’ (an oil drum packed with flammable things) mostly made our beautiful creations smash, exploding from within as the heat hit them. Having said that, a few recognisable and very well ‘vitrified’ (learned a new word, means made hard and brittle) items did emerge from the flames! Good fun, thanks Annie.
You’re a lucky, privileged person! You’re coming to (we believe) an exciting, interesting, dynamic city full of opportunities – and, for church-seekers, loads of great churches! If you’re coming as a student, we’d fully recommend coming along to a church here in Cambridge.
CLC meets on Sundays at 3pm (we like a good lie-in) at St. Andrew’s Hall. It’s a small, outward focused community church – so it’s somewhere you can be noticed, believed in, can ask questions and find opportunities to serve and grow!
CLC is home to an exciting new missional community for students and young adults, (re)create. Since launching last year, we’ve developed our core values (Community, Creativity, Word, Worship and Mission – more here: http://citylifechurch.net/recreate-in-april) and grown as a group. In our group we have international students, grad students, a family, old and new christians, people who attend CLC and people who don’t! We’ve done all sorts of fun things out of this – barbecues, edge-y foreign films, experimenting with pottery, baking cakes and prayer-cycling to name a few – all with the aim of growing as disciples of Jesus, and introducing him to those who are looking for him. You’d be more than welcome to join us – get in touch if you want to find out more.
About time we post something about CLC’s very own (re)create missional community! Since September last year we’ve been growing together as a group, settling on wanting to value five things in our time together and lives apart. These five things are; Community, or having time to chat and share life together; Worship, whether sung or stomped or painted or prayed or whispered; Creativity, which means anything from knitting to cooking, gardening to DIY wedding decorations; Word, or spending time together reading the Bible, praying and learning; and Mission, which is basically making sure we don’t keep it all to ourselves.
Meetings often involve food. In April we cooked up an amazing spread of tasty things and ate together. Afterwards we headed out towards Grantchester meadows on full bellies – good relaxed time, the perfect lazy Sunday. Except Cambridge lost the boat race.
Tom G and his lunch
We had also planted some seeds earlier in March, and they’d started to really grow up and needed planting out. Here’s my coriander just as I planted it out – a city kid gardening, I’m well proud!
In April we also spent an evening together getting arty, praying to God and then painting/drawing/sticking, believing God was there with us and was in what we were doing. It was a great time to think on what God’s done, who God is, and what God’s doing in us. Not a bad end result!
(re)create’s prophetic painting
Roll on May – we’re looking to get outside a bit more, making use of those bank holidays (except most of us are students and this therefore means very little), and getting stuck into a clay pottery project!
This is how people are describing what they love about CLC.
the people, community, worship together, servant-heartedness, loving, family, Holy Spirit present, great food together, supporting each other, meeting Jesus, class young people! Dreams big, sends out people, afternoon meetings, having fun, believing in people, appreciation, being together, prayer, practical inspiring teaching, friendships across the age ranges, not stiff and starchy, welcoming, honesty, authentic, everyone valued and accepted, freedom, peace and love, great children’s groups…
Each week we’ll be thinking about a different aspect that makes us, “us”. We are excited about being church together! If you’re looking for one to join, this might be a great community to check out
Saturday 7th April 2012.
Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Buchan Street, Cambridge CB4 2XF
Come to the end of yourself and wondering what’s next?
Whatever you suffer from we believe that God wants you to know how special you are to Him, and how much He cares about you individually. We believe that Jesus can heal any condition or sickness and that He can do this today.
Sessions: 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
The evening is free of charge. On arrival you’ll be greeted and welcomed to free drinks and hospitality.
Each session will begin with a 15min presentation of live music and a short talk introducing Jesus and explaining his power to heal. This will be followed by 45mins on sofa’s and one-to-ones with trusted local spiritual prayers to have a listening ear, receive prayer for healing and spiritual consultation. Once you have been prayed for you are free to go or stay for further Easter hospitality served throughout the evening for guests to enjoy.
Prayer and consultation covers: All kinds of illness and health conditions including prayer for cancer, arthritis, depression, anxiety, relationship-tension, things troubling our thoughts, guidance for future planning and dream interpretation.
The right of personal dignity and confidentiality is respected. No further contact is expected out of the evening but guests can make follow up with the teams if so wished. No childcare is provided for on these sessions.
Sponsored and overseen by City Life Church – Cambridge in partnership with Faith Life and other local churches.
Sunday 25th March 2012 1pm-4pm we are rolling up our sleeves and taking the afternoon to love Kings Hedges with forks, spades and any other means to undertake some projects in the community. With projects coming in, if you think you’d like to be part of the community action team contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. All welcome, family groups ideal.