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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.

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above: two of the hardest working ladies in the land
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Tom, showing how to worship Him while serving His beloved.
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KC Chesterton Festival 2017

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

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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!

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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,