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Thy Kingdom Come

We’re turning our prayer to action after Thy Kingdom Come.

We know from research that many people say that reading the bible helped them decide to follow Jesus for themselves. So we’ve created a Thy Kingdom Come edition of Luke’s gospel with an introduction by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The gospel is for us to give away personally to our friends and family,  those that we pray for during Thy Kingdom Come. As you end Thy Kingdom Come events or prayer times, would you consider handing out a copy of this gospel to everyone who comes, not for them but for them to give away.

Please click here to order copies of Luke's Gospel for your Thy Kingdom Come Event. We have 50,000 copies to give away free of charge, including delivery. After these copies have been allocated, each Gospel will cost 35p, with a minimum order of 510 units (3 boxes) + £75 delivery charge. If your order request arrives after all the free copies have been allocated, we will contact you as to whether you would still like to proceed with your order.

For quantities below 510 units, please click here to order from our resources partner, CPO. Each Gospel will cost £1 if you order 10 or less, with a reduced rate for larger orders.

Orders are on a first come, first served basis and must be received by close of play Monday 15th May in order to receive the Gospels in time for your event. 

For more information on Thy Kingdom Come, and for some other great resources, visit:  www.thykingdomcome.global/

Family Question Time

Latest news from Lucy Moore about a great booklet for families at Messy Church to help them explore faith

 

Latest Issue of Anvil Online

The latest issue of Anvil is online. It is themed on missional entrepreneurship with a mix of longish articles, shorter reflections, and this time a series of video interviews. You can read articles online, download them or download the whole issue – see www.churchmissionsociety.org/anvil

National Refugee Welcome Coordinator

In this new and vital role, you will encourage, foster, support and monitor the development of the Refugee Community Sponsorship programme in the Church of England and its dioceses and provide support to other refugee and asylum programmes when possible.'

Engaging closely with the Home Office Refugee Resettlement team, ecumenical bodies and other appropriate organisations, you will evaluate activity, promote good practice and contribute to developing policy positions and advice.

For more information visit: www.churchofengland.org/about-us/vacancies/nci-vacancies/national-refugee-welcome-coordinator.aspx

 

Pioneer Role in Bracknell

21st century urban mission Pioneer in Bracknell
(6 year full time stipendiary appointment)
 
Bracknell Team Ministry seeks an ordained colleague, passionate about mission and evangelism, to pioneer and support the development of church communities for the postmodern age in the new Bracknell town centre.
There is a lot of excitement and curiosity about the new centre. Living in apartment accommodation, you will relish being part of this exploration of new life.
 
You will be
• at ease striking up conversations with people in foyers and cafes and on street corners
• resilient and optimistic in exploring new ground
• able to meet people where they are rather than expect them to come to you
• comfortable working alongside inherited models of church and with a genuine desire to see all the different  expressions of Christ’s Body flourishing.
 
Closing date: 9am Wednesday 17th May 2017
Interviews: Friday 9th June 2017
 
For further details please visit: www.oxford.anglican.org/category/vacancies/

Reproducing Churches

In the 240-page book Reproducing Churches (BRF 2017), George Lings argues that the Church has a divine calling and capacity to reproduce, albeit in ways that are intentionally non-identical.

Drawing upon the doctrines of the Trinity, and Christology, using key passages throughout Scripture, as well as sections of church history, he shows how such church reproduction expresses its nature, while working with the kingdom and mission of God. Such searching tests are appropriate if an amendment to inherited ecclesiology is being proposed.

George himself comments …

At a time when fresh expressions of Church are on the way to being seen as normal, I see this book as giving one theological reason why that should be so, and making a small contribution to positively set God’s Church alongside its more popular cousins: kingdom and mission.

One commendation said …

George’s writing is characteristically humble and simultaneously excitingly audacious. If it is true that it is the Church’s vocation to reproduce, this has profound and wide-reaching implications for every church.
Sally Gaze, Fresh Expressions Facilitator for the Diocese of Norwich, and author of Mission-Shaped and Rural

To order visit: www.brfonline.org.uk/9780857464644/

Something Understood Poems for Reflection and Meditation.

Alison Morgan has just published a new anthology of poetry: Something Understood – Poems for Reflection and Meditation.

This anthology is designed to provide a starting point for reflection on some of the big questions of life – things we often avoid talking about, or for which we can’t quite find the words. Designed to be used for personal reflection, in poetry groups, or read aloud in larger gatherings, the book is illustrated throughout with high quality black and white photographs and drawings.

The poems are arranged in five thematic sections: Seeing, Living, Loving, Trusting and Dying. Each section contains about twenty poems or pieces of prose, and each includes contributions from a wide range of authors, both historical and contemporary. Some of the poems are well known; others are published here for the first time.

Something Understood can be ordered from The Mathetes Trust - https://mathetestrust.org/publications/, price £8.

The Pioneer Exchange

‘The Pioneer Exchange’ will provide an exciting opportunity for individuals to explore their vocational ministry within a programme of tailored learning, and by working with local Churches to pioneer new initiatives in both traditional
and Fresh Expression of Church contexts within the Diocese of Ely.
 
We are looking to employ six enthusiastic people to serve as ‘Pioneer Partners’ for two years in a rural or urban  placement, to experience parish ministry and to start a pioneering project. Successful applicants will live in shared accommodation and receive financial assistance as part of The Pioneer Exchange.
 
For more information visit  www.thepioneerexchange.co.uk or email info@thepioneerexchange.co.uk. Applications close on 9th June 2017.  

Shout It From The Housetops

This is a 94 page booklet rooted in scripture and the extensive experience of Evangelist John Wright. It encourages Christians to share our Saviour Jesus Christ with others, and without fear.

Gabriel Collective Easter Meet-Up

Click here to register your free place

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.

For more info click here

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.

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