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Gabriel Collective Easter Meet-Up

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Who Do You Say I Am?

The book: ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ is written for your non-Christian friends and neighbours; the people you will be inviting to your church’s Easter guest service. ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ takes readers on a journey of discovery using words and pictures to help you explain who Jesus is, why he died and what the resurrection can mean for people today.

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Created and Creating

The gospel is always situated within a particular cultural context: but how should we approach the complex relationship between faith and culture today?

In Created and Creating (Apollos, March 16 2017), Professor William Edgar offers a biblical theology in the light of our contemporary culture that contends that Christians should - and indeed must - engage with the surrounding culture. He does not shy away from those passages that emphasize the distinction between Christians and the world. Yet he finds, shining through the biblical witness, evidence that supports our role in engaging with culture today.

‘An important book on a topic that, for Western Christians, has never been so crucial.’ - Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

WILLIAM EDGAR is Professor of Apologetics, holder of the John Boyer Chair of Evangelism and Culture and coordinator of the apologetics department at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.

Job Vacancy at Billy Graham

Training and Church Coordinator, Internet Evangelism- Job Vacancy
 
Thousands are indicating decisions for Christ on the internet across the UK every month - and we want to encourage more local churches to join all God is doing.
  • Are you passionate about helping churches share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the UK
  • Are you a gifted encourager, called to help churches connect with the tens of thousands of people asking questions of faith on the internet and social media?
For more info click here
 

Connections Conference: Resourcing the Local Church for Seniors' Ministry

We would love you to join us at Holy Trinity Claygate, on Thursday 1 June, to see how God has been at work through Connections - our weekly group for Seniors, participate in a session for yourself, and learn how to implement this highly relational model of evangelism in your own church.
 
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, writes: "I encourage you without hesitation to attend this conference... Connections is extraordinary... pioneering, simple, transforming..."
 
Who is it for: all church members and ordained ministers with a heart for older people
When is it: Thursday 1 June 2017, 10am – 4pm.
Where is it: Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Claygate, Surrey KT10 0JP
Cost: Free of charge (bring your own lunch)
 
Find out more: Click here to download the conference brochure
Register: Click here to book your ticket (no charge)
Website: holytrinityclaygate.org.uk/connectionsconference
Email: churchoffice@holytrinityclaygate.org.uk
 
What is Connections?

  • Established 6 years ago
  • Over 150 elderly guests attend regularly
  • Weekly morning sessions - numerous activities, a Thought for the Day, coffee and homemade cake
  • One of the largest regular gatherings for Seniors in the UK
  • A safe and welcoming place for Seniors to meet
  • A highly relational model of evangelism
  • To find out more click here to visit the Connections website

 
What will the conference include?

  • Join in a 'typical' Connections session
  • Learn about the background to Connections, vision and format, how to set up a Connections in your own church, how to build an effective and loving team, and evangelism amongst Seniors
  • Take part in workshops relating to the practical aspects of Connections
  • Meet and hear from current Connections guests and volunteers
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions, and take home a handbook with helpful information and ideas
  • Leave equipped to grow Seniors' ministry in your own church

 

Holding on to God when life hurts

Dr Elizabeth McNaught is a medical doctor, and a Christian, who nearly died from anorexia when she was fourteen. She spent many months in an inpatient hospital and years in community care. She fought hard against her illness, went to medical school, and qualified as a doctor in 2016. She attributes her journey through anorexia to her growing faith that God loves her unconditionally, as well as the professional care she received and the support of her family (she is the, now married, daughter of Nick and Carol Pollard).

She is now telling her story, and reflecting on it from her perspective as a doctor, with a vision that this will inspire and encourage others to see that, although life hurts, there is hope for all of us.

‘Life Hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia.’ by Dr Elizabeth McNaught is published in February 2017 to tie in with Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb-5 March). For more information see LifeHurts.net.

God Suit On

New Children's resource

News From Tom Elliott

Recognising that the church building in itself can so often be a barrier to non Christians engaging in events, the Joy Ride Tour, brings churches together, equips them for sharing faith and resources them with an easy invite, high quality, evangelistic comedy and illusion theatre event. Download the info pack here > www.tom-Elliott.org/JRTInfo

Happy Christmas

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas!

It's All About The Baby- A Gabriel Collective Christmas Vlog

Faith in Research 2017

Wednesday 17th May 2017 09.30 – 17.00 

This exciting conference will provide you with insights from keynote speakers: Dr Liz Graveling & Olga Cara (Living Ministry), Bishop David Walker (The power of big (enough) data: using numerical information to understand distinct groups among Anglican churchgoers) and Dr Rachel Jordan-Wolf (Talking Jesus, 11-18 year olds). You will also be able to attend two of four breakout sessions which will tackle: Evaluating initiatives, Poverty and community engagement, Different shapes of ministry and Bringing new people to church.

We are especially keen to hear from students as there will be an expanded poster section for student research. To apply to have a poster displayed at the conference, please send a brief abstract to charlotte.sibtain@churchofengland.org by Friday 1st April.

Don’t forget to book your place by 31st January to receive out special early bird discount!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FaithResearch2017

Gabriel Collective Leicester Meet-up

The Gabriel Collective presents: The Leicester Film MEETUP February 4th 2017

If you are 18-35 and use social media sites to connect with you friends, come and join the Gabriel Collective on February 4th in Leicester from 11am to 4.30pm.

It's easy to say it's all about Jesus, but in our 21st century internet obsessed world what does that mean? How can we use vlogs to get that across to our friends and family? Bring your creative ideas.

If you have filming experience, camera kit, editing skills and know how … WE NEED YOU!

If you have no experience, no kit but would just like to have a go … WE NEED YOU!

If you’ve got the gift of the gab and like a bit of acting … WE NEED YOU!

If you’ve never acted and don’t know how, it doesn’t matter… WE NEED YOU!

You’ll have a whole day to dream up ideas, create films, edit and then share your production.
Leicester will be the backdrop, you can go anywhere and use anything.

Each team will have a budget to help with props, locations or whatever you need to create your film.

You can come on your own or with friends.

By the end of the day you’ll be in a film, have made new friends and learnt new skills!

So come and join the Leicester Film Meet UP!

To register visit: https://gabrielcollectivefebruary.eventbrite.co.uk

If you want to see what the Gabriel Collective has been up to in other meetups visit the Gabriel Collective YouTube Channel

The Lost Tree- A Gabriel Collective Christmas Vlog

Anvil

Anvil, a journal of theology and mission is now being hosted by the Church Mission Society and they have put together the first issue or rather volume 32 first issue. The good news is that it is available online and free. The web site address for it is http://churchmissionsociety.org/anvil

It will come out 3 times a year with each issue themed. And each issue will have 3-5 articles and 3 or 4 reflections on practice as well as book reviews. You can read articles online or download the journal as a whole or by article. There is also an option on the web page to subscribe to an email list to be notified when a new issue comes out. 

Go Chatter

New free video resource for churches: www.GoChatterVideos.com/video/archive.php
 
Go Chatter is a free website of bitesize videos that get people talking about Jesus.
 
Dan Rackham who used to be a community worker with St Philemon’s CofE in Liverpool started making
YouTube videos on his personal YouTube channel two years ago accruing over 1.4million views. Six
months ago Dan joined 10ofthose.com in a new ministry initiative to create short videos for churches and
Christians to use in the UK. This new ministry is called Go Chatter and the new videos he’s been creating
have already been watched over 30,000 times. All these videos are available to download completely free
of charge for showing in church services, events or youth groups etc.
 
Some of our videos are linked to current events or trending topics. Some have a seasonal emphasis.
Others feature someone’s life-story. Some of the videos include ones on Christmas, Easter, Halloween,
Remembrance day, TV series, the Queens Birthday or Brexit.
 
All our videos point to the good news of Jesus that makes sense of our world and brings hope to our lives.
Dan said: “Lots of churches have let me know that they’ve found these short videos really helpful for
showing in church services.”
 
By making our videos bitesize and engaging we hope they can be shared and watched really easily.
Sharing content on social media has become a part and parcel of our everyday lives. These videos are
ideal to share with others to spark conversations about Christ.
 
Dan Rackham (32) was a volunteer community worker in Toxteth, Liverpool for 3 years at St Philemon’s
CofE and since taking on this new role has moved to Leyland and is now part of St Andrews CofE. He
enjoys sports like cycling, sailing, and kite surfing, visiting wales on holiday and spending time with his
family and god-daughter. He used to work in the City in London.
 
www.GoChatterVideos.com is a free ministry funded by www.10ofthose.com We’re based in Leyland, UK

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