Revelation Family Church is going to Wildfires and we’d love for you to join us at Wiston House in West Sussex from 28th-30th May 2018!
Wildfires is a festival for all ages with multiple venues across the event site. It is a festival that has been born out of a desire to encounter God, to make friends and to invest in our young people. With a rich pool of amazing speakers, bible teachers and worshippers, the event promises to be something that is authentic, empowering and encounter-filled. The programme will be free to follow the Holy Spirit's leading yet carry enough structure to equip and empower all those coming.
We’ll spend time as both Revelation Family Church and a wider community together partying, praying, worshipping, growing and welcoming the Spirit into our midst.
HOW DO I BOOK?
Follow this unique link for Revelation Family Church. You will then be taken to our group homepage where you will then need to create an account, or login to your existing account with Big Church Tickets, and order your tickets.
MORE EXCITING NEWS
Everyone attending the whole of Wildfires Festival has full access to the Big Church Day Out South, which takes place on May 26th & 27th!
"Like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks"
Nordic Noir is a recent phenomenon – The Killing, Borgen and, my fave, The Bridge – are TV crime series that show gruesome killings and the dark underbelly of Scandinavian life. It’s a bit ironic since the UN considers Denmark to be ‘the happiest country to live in’. Now I am no Scandinavian expert – I cycled round a section of Denmark this summer and I have watched a few things on the TV. But it’s worth considering why the Dark Side is so vividly explored, exposed and popular in these series.
Soren Malling, actor in The Killing, said "maybe it’s because we are comfortable with exploring our dark side that it makes us happier - we see ourselves as we really are and we are not so hard on ourselves and each other." Some of us in the UK suffer from pointing out the criminals and attempting to punish as harshly as we can, in the mistaken belief that punishment will satisfy and restore us.
There were some uncomfortable studies done at the time of the tragic death of Jamie Bulger in the early 90s and the trial of those who caused his death – the boys were not yet teenagers. The research compared the UK response to this crime and the Norwegian reaction to a similar crime in their country. It showed that our punitive and judgmental response was in sharp contrast to an enlightened Norwegian society that upheld the status of the criminals as children and they should be given anonymity and an opportunity to continue their lives away from the prison system.
Jesus said to his friends to deal with the whacking great plank in their own eyes before they pointed out the miniscule splinter in someone else’s. Let’s not be hard on others and give a little bit of attention to our own selfishness. Then, instead of being hard on ourselves, let’s allow God to show what grace, mercy and forgiveness is all about – we might be pleasantly surprised and amazed.
This morning was a fairly typical morning in the Moore household. I sat down to do a 10 minute devotional from IF:Equip and got about half way through before Martha wanted a story and/or Rupert needed feeding. This is what life is like with two little ones. There isn't much time. Life is hectic, fast, messy and also brilliant fun. It is hard to remember let alone find time to do a quiet time. It is tricky to engage in church whilst keeping an eye on toddlers running around or keeping babies quiet. It would be easier to disengage and feel guilty that church and faith sometimes doesn't "feel" like it used to. Something has changed and it can be easy to think it is God rather than the season we are in.
I relayed this story to a friend and she replied, "yup, they don't call it the black years for nothing!" and I instantly wanted to reject that name. The black years. How many times do we name a season negatively and then live as if there is truth in that name?
Friends, I don't know what life is throwing at you during this time. Maybe you are tired. Perhaps you are grieving. Disillusioned? Disappointed? Doubting? Whatever it is you are going through at the moment, God is still God. He is BIG enough for all the emotions, all the turbulence, all the surprises we are dealt. And He can still move. Whether it feels like He is or not. We can trust Him to be God in the good times and the bad. The happy and sad. The colourful and the black.
There is a beautiful chorus in the "Desert song" by Hillsong that goes...
"All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship"
What ever the colour of your season, we still have reasons to worship. So let's not sit back, let's stand up. Let's not back off but lean in. Let's remind ourselves that He is still God and big enough for where we find ourselves.
City Angels is FIVE years old!
We're thrilled at the success and transformation we have seen through this project and are excited about the future developments and ongoing partnerships across the city.
The renewal movement of the 1960’s and 70’s gave rise to the emergence of the New Churches. In one sense they were ‘planted’, however these Churches had little intentional strategy at first, but ‘fellowships’ and new Churches emerged in most cities, towns and some village settings during this period and into the 80’s as Apostolic Networks were built.
The 80’s and 90’s saw the Dawn Church Planting movement and also the emergence of other networks both in and outside of the historical denominations. At this stage intentional strategized church planting became the norm and most historical denominations, new churches and emergent groups are still talking around this issue even if the models employed are diverse and the current language is ‘missional’.
Throughout this period the predominant model has been congregational planting. Initially this was broadly successful both evangelistically and in the establishment of new groups, however in recent years this model has become much less effective. There are still great groups being established at a high cost to those taking part, however, I think our problem is that evangelism and real growth for the Kingdom of God is lessening as each stream or denomination focuses on planting it’s ‘brand’ in key locations already well served by similar expressions of Church.
The common scenario is as follows:
Group locates into new city or town, begins meetings, a great programme is set up. People are drawn from existing churches, a few people who are de churched return, a small number are converted initially. During this process existing Churches lose people, resources and suffer as a result. Some Churches actually shut permanently. When the statistics are compiled we realize that the real number of active Christians in the town or city have not increased, they have just been redistributed as people choose their Church around consumer values and not in line with missional commitments. Years go by and another ‘stream’ comes to the city and the whole thing happens over again. This scenario is being repeated again and again across our nation.
I think the time has come to wake up and invest in fresh approaches to reaching our towns and cities. Approaches built on evangelism, breaking new ground, building discipling communities and cooperation and partnership between existing groups. ‘Brand planting’ needs to give way to ‘Mission Planting’, communities that begin with mission, clusters, projects, businesses, not for profits and people groups. It’s time to start thinking and acting out of our boxes.
Life Centre – Supporting Survivors of rape and sexual abuse
Salary - £6,864 pa (already pro-rated) for 12 hours work per week
(4 hours Saturday morning and 8 hrs, 3-7pm 2 days during the week)
Life Centre is a Reg Charity (No 1127779) with a Christian foundation, providing specialist therapeutic services to survivors of sexual violation: www.lifecentre.uk.com.
We are looking for a self-motivated and organised individual to manage and keep up to date the centre’s database. Successful candidates will need to have experience in working on databases, good word & excel skills in order to produce reports on service level statistics for trustees and fundraisers as requested, good attention to detail is essential. The Data officer will also welcome clients on arrival, so a warm and friendly manner is essential.
Due to the nature of the support Lifecentre provides for female clients, the Data Officer must be female. This criterion is justified under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. Lifecentre is an equal opportunities employer.
and the job application form here:-
Closing date for applications: 5th August 2016
Interviews: 10th August 2016