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Church Weekend Away 2018

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It’s on!  for the first time in over five years, we’re have a CLC Church Weekend Away!

What a great chance to spend un-rushed time together, talking, eating worshiping & praying!

I hope you will come and help us make it a very special time as we look back at our Season of Prayer and reflect on what Papa-God’s been saying to us.  Plus we’ll have an important chance to look ahead together for CLC.

Tom’s found us a great location nearby at Burwell House, only 15 miles away, which we’ll have all to ourselves for the second weekend in June (Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June).

We’ve come up with a plan to keep the cost low, but if the price is a problem, please talk to Tom, Lyn or myself as we don’t want money to be the reason for anyone to miss out.

Pictures speak better than words, so here’s a few views of the place:

 

lots of outdoor space

 

 

upstairs bedroom samples, plenty of space for CLCers

 

 

downstairs together area

 

 

dining area

Prayer for February in CLC

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This month our Text is Matthew 6, where Jesus taught us all His Disciple’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

See His Glory (lights) all through heaven (the white sheet) and He’s there in Heaven, and we ask for His Glory to be here on earth the same.

We practiced in the listening station closing our eyes, shutting out the noise (in the room and in our heads) and listening to Him. It’s not easy, but we can repeat things like, ‘Father, I want to hear you’ and ‘Papa, God, please speak, I’m listening.

Praying Together in January

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We launched our season of prayer this month, and it was good.   Have you enjoyed being closer to Him?  Has He answered any of your questions or requests?

 

 

 

We saw how Jesus is the Real Vine and we are His branches, and how

important it is for us to stay connected to Him for life and fruitfulness!  I enjoyed giving some kids the gardening shears and I’m sure the parents were glad the only thing that was cut was the visual aid branches brought along just or that purpose.  Can you visualise yourself connected to Jesus?  Why not close your eyes and consider Father God, our Good Good Gardener doing some wise pruning?

Did you take home a watercress plant in your own little pot?  Have you watched whether it grew?

Has He talked to you, reminded you of anything through seeing it, tasting it?

Lucy Mann tells her story

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Do you know anyone who’d be intrigued to hear our guest Lucy share her story of hope and loss and pain and joy and heartbreak?  This is Lucy’s story, but don’t forget that it’s our story as it’s the Good News, the Gospel of our loving Pappa-God, Jesus Christ.

“Hope is an anchor for my soul” (Hebrews 6:19).

Lucy Mann works in Arbury, North Cambridge and lives in Histon, having spent the majority of the past ten years in Swavesey. Her Daughter Abi is doing a foundation year in Performing Arts at Impington Village College and son Chris is in his final year at Swavesey Village College. Lucy’s other son, Ben, died of a brain tumour in 2009 aged 8.

I invite you to invite a friend, neighbour, relative–to join us on Sunday, February 25th at 3pm at our traditional meeting place of St. Andrew’s Church Hall as we meet with God and each other, sharing important Kingdom stories.

2018 Season of Prayer

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Praying is really important for CLC.  We were born from prayer & we’ve enjoyed many milestones along our 20 years history–talking & listening to God along the way.

I remember when we were considering renting Portugal Place — the student house that embodied our unconventional approach to blessing students while blurring boundaries and experimenting with words like community and authenticity.  This great blessing was a decision which was preceded by an answered prayer–this one was for the down-payment (as our requests to God can be practical and so can His answers!)

A few years before that CLC was bursting with vision to reach students and see Jesus do something new in their world.  So what did we do?  We dreamed and we talked and we acted.  But also we prayed.

The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].  James 5:16b

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We prayed specifically, effectively, passionately, asking Him to send us three key students as we didn’t know anyone inside the illustrious walls and gates of our city’s fine university.   And, He did!  Not right away, but thanks to His righteousness and love, He heard our trusting requests and answered with a ‘Yes!’.

More recently, only last year, I’ve been asking us to join me praying for visitors and guests and new folks to join CLC.  My specific prayer has been:

  • add our next youngster
  • add or next family
  • add our next worker who we can release to take us forward reaching out

Well, have you met our young guests in December?!  We’ve had grandchildren and a grandparent–what fun!  Come on, let’s keep  asking, seeking and knocking!

Our season of Prayer starts this month and it’s a special chance for us to meet Him together, hear Him for our church and our communities.

We know prayer is about so much more than just asking.  While we talk and listen to Him, He changes us, blesses us, grows us more and more into the people that He always intended us to be!   Sometimes it’s great to be with Him, to enjoy Him with our agenda’s set aside. That’s what we’ll be doing Be Still and Know that He is God at our Sunday evening, Jan 7th, gathering at the Cades.   You are welcomed to come around 8pm and we’d love you to join your prayers together.

love & blessings,

KC

Tidying as we Go

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We’ve found a new phrase for a value that we want to pursue as CLC.  We were on Crow Hill and while tidying up our own rubbish we decided to collect some other rubbish, thus leaving the area cleaner than when we first arrived.

God cares so much for His dearly beloved creation–people and world too.   Making our patch better for the next person who comes along symbolizes how we all share the hills, the parks, our world.  Cleaning someone else’s litter reminds us that we give freely and God commissioned us to be a blessing and not being distracted by things like who made the mess in the first place.  We love, like He loves us, generously and with no strings attached!

This is a good value to cultivate.  There are many ways we can do this in our lives.  Not just litter.  We can even contribute some encouraging words to a conversation, give someone a smile who comes to us frowning.

We are copying our loving Papa God when we bring His redemption into our wold.  Who knows the big impact we are having.

This is why, on Sunday at our BBQ on Jesus Green, we brought some litter pickers and all ages enjoyed leaving the area cleaner than it was when we first arrived!

Hilltop Praying

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I enjoy praying with friends in a very specific, visually engaging way. We go outside, find a hill and get to the top. Then we look to the four directions and speak out Bible verses as prayers, reminding ourselves of how big Father is, remembering how wide His influence reaches. We see a little glimpse of how much authority He has while seeing his amazingly beautiful creation.

Genesis 14: God said to Abram, “Open your eyes, look around. Look north, south, east, and west. Everything you see, the whole land spread out before you, I will give to you and your children forever. I’ll make your descendants like dust—counting your descendants will be as impossible as counting the dust of the Earth. So—on your feet, get moving! Walk through the country, its length and breadth; I’m giving it all to you.”

I’m struck by Papa-God’s generous heart and big-scoped promises.   We will have a home, a place to call our own.  And a family, children and grand-children are promised to us here.

Isaiah 43:6“So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.  I’ll round up all your scattered children, pull them in from east and west.  I’ll send orders north and south: ‘Send them back. Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places.  I want them back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child Whom I created for my glory, yes, personally formed and made each one.’”

People and relationships are priority one to our God. See what he wrote about those who have scattered?  We are all His beautiful wonderful creation and He cares deeply about us all.

Keeping in mind God’s heart shown in these two passages, find a hilltop and pray something similar.  Pray for freedom and reconciliation with family for those supported by Mayak east of us.  Pray for the decision-makers in the USA west of us.  Ask for wisdom and generosity from our government south in London, in regard to immigrants and foreigners who need somewhere to live.  Make it more personal and thank Him for a family member or colleague or friend who needs some of these blessings.

Good News euangelion

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Once upon a time there was a family.  See them huddled together in the loft with the door locked and the curtains pulled closed tight?  They are scared as they wait to hear news of the nearby army invasion.  Will they loose their home?  They know they might loose their freedom, even their lives!  They are waiting expectantly because they know how these battles go.  One of their youngsters volunteered to go out to the edges of the town and find out what is happening with the battle.  He’s going to come back with the news.  Will it be bad, or will it be good?

If we have won the battle, if we will be safe, then he’ll shout, “euangelion!”  Everyone knows this means, “good news”.  It means we’ll be healthy instead of dead.  It means we’ll be free instead of slaves.  It means we’ll be happy instead of afraid and we can look forward to a good future!

Father God sent Jesus to die on the cross to win a worldwide battle for humanity.  He rose from that death to bring us life to replace our own spiritual death   euangelion!

Jesus defeated selfishness on the cross so we can live our lives for each other and find true contentment and real purpose  euangelion!

Jesus suffered everything as a human but overcame it all as God.  One of the great things about this awesome victory is that we can enjoy wholeness where we have been sick.  We can be healthy and leave behind our mental and physical illnesses.   euangelion!

Chesterton Festival 2017

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What a great time, what a great church.

What an amazingly creative and generous Father God we have.

Lyn & Lucy

above: two of the hardest working ladies in the land
CF Tom worshipping
Tom, showing how to worship Him while serving His beloved.
CF Lyn Lucy
CF Tom serving
CF Lyn KC chillin

KC Chesterton Festival 2017

CF balloons Jose Dan Bethia

Dan chasing a rogue balloon blown by the wind while His dad tied some other balloons.
C F popcorn kids1
CF Lucy popcorn kids Liz
C F popcorn kidskeen for some of the freshly popped corn
Chesterton Festival Lyn & Lucy4
Chesterton Festival Lyn & Lucy

the sun was scorching, no worries of rain for us!
Chesteron Festival setup 2017
Our LT will look at what we can learn from the experience.

And we’re keen to hear your thoughts on how we can improve for next year, at the Chesterton Festival, unless there’s an even better chance to show His love with no strings attached, while giving away something to put a smile on folks’ faces, and be a blessing to the unchurched.

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.

lunches invitation

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‘.