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Chesterton Festival 2017 – why?

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Why come out to Pye Rec on Saturday?  Don’t you have something better to do than give away balloons and popcorn to strangers?

Maybe, but I’m going to be there to smile and give stuff to people–as a small little gesture that says, “God loves you, no strings attached”.

Join me praying that people ask, “why?” Why are we are giving away free food at our Sunday Lunches?  We do it because He loves us and we want to share a symbol of that love by serving an enjoyable meal, with some friendship thrown in as well.  He is interested in putting a smile on people’s faces.

You’re invited to come and enjoy the Festival, the bouncy castle, our free popcorn, a CLC Sunday Lunch balloon.

And you’re welcome to have a go with the popcorn popping cart, the balloon blower-upper hand-pump.

You can even join us giving away invites to our Sunday Lunches and free smiles.

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Why?  Because He loves us and we want to share that love with others who He loves too.

Why?  Because church comes alive in a dynamic fun way when we are together outdoors in the fresh air, in our communities, sharing our Life with new folks.

Why?  Because He loves and He said to ‘go and make disciples‘.

Worship & Serving in the Fresh Air

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I love worshiping Him by singing.  It’s my favourite way to express my love to Him with others.   But do you know what’s good about getting out of the four walls of our church meeting place?  Witness!

Yes, our lives speak of Him every day.  At the school gate in our relationships and at workplace–the respect and value we have for people is a witness to the God we serve and the Life of Him in us–as individuals.

But what about when we get out in the community to serve those He loves?  We are taking action to communicate the Gospel to people who won’t hear it in our church gatherings.  We are showing His love to those in a way that I think are answers to prayers for His beloved!  And we are doing together what we can’t do alone.  The Bible verse about a chord of three strings is not easily broken is used as an analogy for husband, wife and God.  It can be used for us as His people working together too.

The Chesterton Festival, on June 17th, is a community event where we have can work together to express His unconditional love for unchurched in our community.

Similarly, this Sunday, 30th April, we can meet together at Daily Bread to litter pick the area and pray as an act of worship, being church without walls!

for the little ones

Litter Pickers, fun for the little ones

Creative All-Ages Outdoor Praying

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Here’s some ideas to get us started:

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  • All together:  let’s dedicate this time to Him, thanking Him that we can be with Him anywhere,anytime–like now and here!

 

  • In a pair: look for an area, a location or a landmark and thank God as you make your way to it.  Thank Him specifically for who He is, what He’s done.

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  • on your own, or as a family: walk (or run!) to another location and when you get there ask Him for something for yourself, your family, neighbourhood and city.   This can be quick and fun–why not try just blurting out a phrase?  It doesn’t need to be formal.  i.e. “sleep!”, “grades!”, “healed depression!”.  He knows what we mean before we even ask.  For example, kids run to the slide and decide what you’ll pray.  Then pray it out on your way down the slide!

 

  • your own idea:  In the flow, try your own fun and informal way to pray on the move

 

  • Together again to finish:  Any prayers you overhead from others inspire you?  Want to repeat a prayer you heard from one of the kids to cultivate your child-likeness?  Go for it!

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Communion for all ages

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Is this just a time to be somber?  Is this a church activity for grownups only?

No!   Anyone who calls Jesus their Lord is invited to eat and drink in the way Jesus teaches us to remember His sacrifice for us on the Cross.
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It’s sometimes referred to as the Lords Supper, or Holy Communion.  People often get serious when then think of Jesus dying for our sins, which is understandable.  But on the other hand, we might communion can be a time for us to remember Jesus coming back to life and our freedom–with joy!

Sarah reminding us that we eat bread to remember how Jesus nourishes our soul and we drink wine to remind ourselves how Jesus is the vine and we are connected to Him to get our life.

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Luke 22:19,  John 6:35, John 15,

Sunday Lunch invite

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You are invited

to Sunday Lunch!

CLC Sunday Lunch

3rd Sunday of the month *

at St. Andrews Church Hall

come for food, friendship, family

* Note: April Sunday Lunch is on 2nd April

Welcome to you

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We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning.  We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers. We welcome you whether you like to sing with your hands in the air (like you just don’t care) or prefer to contemplate the concept of worship with God quietly.

You’re welcome here if you see God as a He, a She, or if you’re not sure if God is real, or if you and The Almighty talk to each other regularly.  We don’t care if you think you are a great Christian or, like most of us, struggle with self doubt and often forget He loves you.  We welcome those who are over 30 and are realising they know less than they thought, and we extend a special welcome to teenagers who might be realising they know almost everything.

We welcome mums playing catch-up, football-watching dads, starving artists, tree huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, junk food eaters, if you just woke up or just got out of prison.  We especially welcome those who are in recovery or not ready to own their addiction, the high and mighty and the down-in-the-dumps. 

We welcome you if you’re having problems, you think you are a problem, can’t get organised, or don’t like organised religion—which we don’t like either.  We offer welcome to those who think the Earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here only because you are visiting friends in Cambridge. We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither.  We want to make time for those on linked-in, facebook, youtube, twitter, snapchat, instagram, who don’t like the internet or don’t own a computer.

We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids, are curious about spirituality, or found us by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters, people who don’t like being categorised, and you.

inspired by welcome from Coventry Cathedral.

2017 Baptism Photos

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fun Swim, light lunch and water baptism.  Fantastic!

what a great day.  They say that when one sinner repents there is much rejoicing in Heaven.  There was much rejoicing in CLC too.

Why are we here? What’s the point?

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We have a purpose that’s bigger than just you and me.  Come help us figure it out together.  We were never meant to live our lives without each other and He loves you dearly.  Our first Vision Sunday is 15th January.  See our calendar for details.

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Plumbline Leaders Retreat 2016

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One of the great things about our yearly Plumbline Leaders Retreat is Jean, from HCC, sharing a quiet and gentle Word of prophecy with folks one on one.  She uses beautiful picture postcards to kickstart Father talking to you through her.  

 

Here’s the one she gave me this year.  The Word accompanying it was a simple: Sometimes Father wants you to relax.  There was more, but see her in the background of these photos?  That’s her in the middle sharing with another:
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We had good input from Simon Matthews, other leaders in Plumbline, and very valuable relationship time to make new friends and deepen existing ones with our spiritual family members from Plumbline Ireland and Plumbline UK.

Tim shared about how we can run up our ‘rev counter’ like  a car but need to be prepared to change gears–shifting up as well as shifting down, depending on what’s right in His timing for us.

Rosemary‘s stories were my favourites and Graeme‘s gift for teaching always shines through too.   All these recordings and the rest are on the Plumbline Facebook page for you to check out to get a sense of the Plumbline Ireland’s sense of humour, our DNA of reality and faith, and good solid guidance.

CLC Giving Cake Chart 2017

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Like a pie-chart, but it’s made out of a cake.

We are thankful for generous giving of CLCers that will help us to give to people for missionary work in Morocco, fighting sex trafficing in Moscow, church planting in Great Britain, emergency aid around the globe, as well as community needs in Cambridge and supporting Christians in Parliament!  Most of all, we are thankful for our generous Father God who gives us every good thing that we enjoy.

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