This Sunday we launched our theme for the coming year entitled "Talking Jesus." Our heart and vision is to see more people encounter the living God and come to know Jesus as their Saviour. As a church we want to be a people who are more motivated to openly share what we believe with others, whether this be with work colleagues, at the school gates, with our friends, at the gym - wherever our daily life takes us! We want to be bold and courageous in talking about Jesus, what He has done for us and what He can do for others.
We believe that prayer is at the heart of this journey. Praying for ground to be broken, for spiritual eyes to be opened and ultimately for our city of Chichester to come face to face with Jesus and accept Him into their lives.
That's why, this coming week and at the start of 2016, we are going to be praying and fasting together (to read more about fasting click here). Each day will have a different focus and liturgy to follow which will be posted on our website. At midday we will be praying the Lord's Prayer together via Periscope (to find out more click here) and each evening, between 8pm and 9pm we will be holding a prayer gathering at Revelation Central.
Please join us in any way you can!
Gabrielle Smith needs to raise £1500 to take part in a mission trip to Tanzania. She is going with Grassroots (www.grassroots.org.uk) with Bishop Luffa Sixth Form. They are taking water filters and teaching people how to use them. They will cook meals, serve people, give them mattresses and chickens. She may also be able to visit a hospital and an HIV project. Please come and support Gabrielle at this Open House to help her raise funds!
Following last year's success we are excited to join together with Chichester Family Church once again to put on the Live Nativity at Central School (details on flyer below). If you have not been before then we would really recommend this event as a fab way to have some fun as a family and get a real sense of what the birth of Jesus was like with live animals and characters from the first ever Christmas story.
There will also be craft activities and refreshments available.
For more information contact Chichester Family Church on 01243 786607.
Last weekend a large group of members from Revelation Church packed their bags and flew to Vienna for what was to be an unforgettable time at the 24-7 Prayer Conference. Read some of their experiences below.
"I love stories. Hearing what God is doing around the world and outside my own immediate circle is so encouraging and fuels my faith. I cried as I stood amongst 4000 people in St Stephen’s cathedral while prayers were read that looked back on all that has happened within 24-7 since we organised the first prayer room 15 years ago. What a privilege to be part of this crazy adventure!" Helen Crosby
"Wow!! What a great weekend celebrating 15 years of 24-7 prayer in Vienna. An inspiring, challenging and emotional weekend.
I hadn’t been to a 24-7 event for nearly ten years, as soon as I walked into the evening meeting on Thursday night it felt like being home and the feeling of being surrounded by family. I knew that night being there was what I needed, afresh awakening. God woke me up!! A fresh new passion for God and prayer.
Over the weekend I spent time catching up with old friends and making new ones, sharing our stories and reminiscing about 24-7 Prayer and the good old days. One of the things that struck me over the weekend was that 24-7 prayer is part of the DNA of our church, it’s where it started!!" Ben McIntyre
"It was great to celebrate what 24-7 Prayer has been upto the last 15 years as it is so closely linked to the DNA of Revelation Church, it was amazing to hear about what we’d be praying into at the conference being mirrored in the prophetic words shared at our evening gathering in Chichester." James Wright
"It was an amazing few days with the 24-7 Prayer family in the stunning setting of Vienna, Austria. Being with 750 people of all ages from 40 different countries with the same passion to see Christ lifted up high and shared in our generation was a very powerful thing alone. We worshiped in hostels, Palaces, coffee shops, bars and unforgettably in the 1000 year old Stephens Cathedral. Danielle Strickland’s session on 'Hope' and its 'defiant nature' I pray will live long within me." Dan Slatter
Having just enjoyed being with each other at our Commitment Sunday Feast last Sunday we are really looking forward to sharing life over food again on Sunday the 15th November.
We started doing Big Lunch in November last year and have done three since then with an average of 85 people participating each time.
Big Lunch is simply about sharing lunch together in each other's homes after our Sunday morning gathering. We ask everyone to sign up as either a host or a guest, depending on their preference, and then everyone is put into groups. We try to make these groups as diverse as possible so that we can really get to know as many people as possible in our community. Big Lunch is a fantastic way to share life together and it's an opportunity to build friendships with one another in a relaxed environment. For our hosts there is no pressure at all to put on a fancy three course dinner, as it is more about building community than anything else!