A Bit of Focus
Well, we're a month into the new term and we're all getting used to this new "normal". Whilst we are all disappointed that we are not where we hoped we would be in terms of church life, I have been greatly encouraged by the start to this new term.
I just wanted to share a few things with you that we want to focus some of our time and attention on this term.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Prayer has always been foundational to everything that we do as a church. In fact, one of the things I have missed most since lockdown began has been our corporate weeks of prayer. However, every challenge brings opportunity and I have been hugely encouraged at the (huge!) numbers of people who have turned up at our Zoom midweek prayer meetings.
I want to encourage you to persevere in prayer. Prayer alone, pray with friends and family, pray in your Community, pray corporately!
A couple of weeks ago I announced the launch of a new weekly prayer meeting on Sunday mornings at 09.00. This is a great opportunity to connect face to face (via Zoom!) with people and play a huge part in the advancement of the kingdom.
The link can be found via the calendar in ChurchSuite (head to newcom.church/connect if you haven't got ChurchSuite yet) or contact your Community leader or the office. We would love to see you there.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another
We have talked about this so often; being in community is vital to thriving in the Christian life!
I really want to encourage you to get in to a Community if you are not already in one. If you are in one, I want to encourage you to actively participate in your Community.
I also want to encourage you to be on the lookout for those who are either not in a Community or are on the fringe of Community life; invite them in! See newcom.church/community for a full list of our Communities.
In these strange times, being with others, encouraging one another along, is so so very vital.
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
3. Our Children
It takes a church to raise a child!
Covid-19 has impacted everyone in lots of different ways, and for many of our children the upheaval has been very significant.This term we want to prioritise serving and equipping the next generation - a generation of future church planters, kingdom makers and culture shapers - and give our children the best experience of church that we possibly can.
On Sunday 04 October we will be gathering together to brainstorm some ways we might be able to serve our children better this term.
Please do come along, even if you are not (especially if you are not) a parent. We are looking for people with a wide variety of gifts to shape the conversation and help serve our children this term.
For more details about the evening and how to sign up head to newcom.church/kids