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Monday, 23 April 2018 08:36

Jelinda

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Jelinda Immaculate Akello

 

Many of you will remember having the Watoto choir come to visit a few years ago (and their previous visits too). Watoto is a family of people from all over the world who are working together to ensure that the forgotten have a place to belong. Watoto has placed thousands of orphans in families, empowered vulnerable women to reach their communities, rescued babies and former child soldiers, and sent children’s choirs across six continents. They have always been a huge blessing to us as a church as we have had the pleasure of hosting the choir in our homes and watching their vibrant and inspiring performances. 

As a church we sponsor one of the "aunties" from Watoto who helps to look after the children in the Watoto village. Her name is Jelinda Immaculate Akello. Jelinda is 34 years old and describes herself as being passionate about serving God. Our financial support is enabling her to nurture the children who are placed in her care. As well as offering this sponsorship we want to be committed to praying for Jelinda as a whole church family and we will also be sending her letters to build our relationship and to show her that she is known and remembered by us. 

 

Sunday, 15 April 2018 06:24

NT60 Reading Plan

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Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:10

The Marriage Course

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We are launching the Marriage Course (www.themarriagecourses.org) at Revelation Family Church once more after Easter. The internationally renowned course will be hosted and facilitated for us by Pam and Malc Herrington.

The Marriage Course runs over 7 sessions every other Tuesday through the 2018 Summer Term, starting on 24th April. It is open to any married couple and we want to strongly recommend you do the course if you have not done it before or, equally, for a long while. It is a great way to get some quality input or even run a health check on your marriage.

Course Sessions

  • Building Strong Foundations
  • The Art Of Communication 
  • Resolving Conflict
  • The Power Of Forgiveness
  • The Impact Of Family - Past & Present
  • Good Sex
  • Love In Action

The course is also suitable for friends and family beyond the church at present. In fact the last few times we have run the course we have always had people join us and really enjoy it.

There is a small fee for the course payable in advance to cover the costs. If you want to attend and can’t afford the fees please do let as know, as we would not want that to stop you.

If you are interested, have questions or want to register on the course please contact the church office on 01243 531898 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 12:17

An Update from the Bell Tower

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The Bell Tower is now in it’s fourth year of operation as an after school youth drop-in centre and is now a well established hub in the community for local young people. We have extended our work into local secondary schools, running assemblies and regular lunch time drop-in sessions to connect with those who have not yet made use of the centre.  

The project was launched in November of 2014 by local churches (Revelation Family Church included) in partnership with the University of Chichester and the Chichester Cathedral after extensive research showed a lack in generic after school youth provision in the city.
 
Over the last three months, we have seen record numbers attending the drop-in after school with over 400 visits per month. 
In 2017 we received 3186 visits from 213 individual young people, been open for 525 hours, seen 1477 hours of volunteering and given away 1826 free hot chocolates!
 
Most of the young people who make use of the centre have no church background and therefore the Bell Tower provides a fantastic opportunity to build relationships and trust into new and unreached areas of the community as we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus and share the love of the Father. Our volunteers come from all areas of the community, but primarily from local churches, giving space for conversations and opportunities to share faith.
 
The drop-in sessions are from 3-5:30pm every day after school and are set up to create a relaxed atmosphere where young people can enjoy a number of facilities free of charge including gaming, use of our internet cafe, movie viewing, group activities and games, help with homework and much more. The role of our volunteers is simply to facilitate this space and interact with those attending by joining in these activities as well as being a reliable and consistent listener they can chat to if so desired.
 
As well as working to sustain the vision of providing a safe and inviting atmosphere in the daily after school sessions, we have also wanted to deepen the impact in the lives of the individuals who regularly attend the Bell Tower. Last year we launched a new initiative called the Young Leaders Programme, an eight month long leadership track which those who attend the Bell Tower can apply to join. The purpose of the programme is to give the young people involved a chance to develop leadership skills, reliability, capability and self esteem.
 
This year we have eight young leaders who each attend a session once a week and join the team of volunteers, taking on numerous responsibilities for the afternoon. At the end of their session they are scored out of 3 in 5 different areas, including use of clean language, punctuality and attentiveness. These scores accumulate across the term and, at the end of each term, young people with scores over 80% can win prizes and awards for their efforts.
 
The Bell Tower functions on an annual budget of 22,000 and being an independent charity, it relies completely on donations and grants with no regular government or council funding.
 
If you would like to get involved, there are three main ways listed below that will allow you to support the Bell Tower. You can contact Sam Harding on email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on any of these.
 
Firstly you can pray. We work with young people from a wide variety of backgrounds, but particularly with some of the more challenged young people existing in difficult circumstances. We need prayer for wisdom, vision and resources in order for the project to maximise its effect in the lives of these individuals. 
 
Secondly you can give. If you feel led to give to the work of the Bell Tower, be it a one off donation, or a regular standing order, feel free to contact Sam as to the best way to do this. However great or small a donation may seem, it all helps to make a difference.
 
Thirdly, you can volunteer. We have a diverse team of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. If you would like to attend a taster session to see if it is something for you, do get in touch with Sam for more information. Most volunteers join us for one session either once a week, or once a fortnight. 
 
It is such a privilege to serve our city in this way and give young people a place to belong and feel safe. We at the Bell Tower are so excited to see how the project will continue to develop and grow and bring those in our city together.
 
Sam Harding
Project Co-Ordinator
 
Monday, 05 February 2018 10:01

City Angels Update

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The wonderful City Angels volunteers continue to go out on the streets in all weathers until the early hours on weekend evenings, helping anyone in need and bringing a calming presence to the city centre streets. The following statistics from January to December 2017 highlight the continued need for their presence:

Total number of people given assistance:  157 (222 including those involved in group fights)

Number of men given assistance: 94

Number of women given assistance: 78

Free drinks served: 1686

Length of time spent supporting individuals: 40+ hours

Number of times 999 called: 11

People found collapsed/unconscious: 10

Number of times CA intervened to stop/prevent escalation of group fights (often with police/door security) back up: 9

Incidences of potential drink spiking: 3+

Incidences when an individual was deemed vulnerable of sexual assault and were supported by CA: 3

As you can see, there is still a huge need for their presence on the streets – what would have happened to the 10 people found collapsed/unconscious, if they hadn’t been found by City Angels? City Angels continue to work closely with Sussex Police and all the door security men and women; as well as liaising with CCTV and working with City and District Councils.

City Angels have also been busy with other events – in January the volunteers celebrated with an end of year party; the following evening several volunteers were present at Chichester cathedral for the churches’ Unity Service – celebrating the work of many such essential voluntary projects run by different churches across the local area.

One night in January the City Angels team received a call on the radio from door security staff that had found a young lady at the back of The Vestry, vomiting and reluctant to move. City Angels took over, allowing the security team to go back to work. On the same night another young lady was found outside The Fountain, also vomiting and unable to walk – City Angels helped her back to the university campus and alerted Student Campus Security who were able to check up on her. City Angels then received a radio call from The Fountain to say that a lady had collapsed in the toilets upstairs, and was semi-conscious and having a seizure. City Angels were able to call her father and support her until her father arrived to take her home.

 

If you would like to volunteer please contact Lin Roberts admin@cityangels,org.uk

Thank you so much to all the highly committed and hard-working City Angels volunteers!

Monday, 29 January 2018 11:16

A Visit from the Westhoffs

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It’s wonderful to be having Chris and Craig Westhoff with us for a longer period, between 4th and 15th February. Chris and Craig are key leaders within the 24-7 Prayer movement.  They have both been involved in house church planting, Chris has operated in extra local prophetic ministry for many years and Craig is an evangelist who has been involved in the media, running a huge radio show across the US for a number of years. They now travel as a couple and work brilliantly together, mentoring leaders and giving input to Churches. Chris is part of the 24-7 Global Boiler Room Network team and they are both on the USA team.
 
Chris and Craig have visited RFC before and we have felt a real connection with them. Out of these relationships Roger and Maggie Ellis invited them to come and use their house as a base for longer periods of strategic input and building within the 24-7 Boiler Room network in the UK. They love being with us as a church. This is the first such trip and we hope there will be many more to come.
 
This has been a tough last year for us as a church, yet God is on the move, he’s opening doors, providing for us and clearly there’s more to come and so this is a great time to have the prophets visiting. We have organised a number of meetings. They will be with us on Sundays, we will be having a mid week prayer and prophetic gathering and there are other meetings too. Why not come to as many as you can. We believe that this could be a season where God pours out his Spirit upon us. 
 
Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 8pm at Revs Central
Saturday Prophetic Training, 10am-12pm at the Family Centre

 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:41

Christmas Dates

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Check the information below for all that is happening over the Christmas season at Revelation Family Church. We hope you can join us!

 

 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:59

WILDFIRES

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YOU’RE INVITED…

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!

Volunteer Opportunities:

All volunteers must be over 18 and there are 4 areas within which people can offer to serve:
- Welcome Team
- Stewarding
- Production
- Kids & Youth

What information do volunteers need to provide?

Those who are interested will need to complete the online application form (there's an 'Apply Today' button on the volunteer page which takes you to the form). Where applicants are applying for childrens work they will be asked to provide a DBS form and all volunteers will be asked to supply 2 references who will be contacted before they are accepted.

What are the benefits?


There are 2 different packages available depending on the role within a team that a person is assigned - volunteers will find out what their 'package' is once they have been accepted (the majority of volunteers will fall under 'operational support'):

Operational Support - A 50% discounted ticket in exchange for working half of the Wildfires event.
Programme Delivery - A free pass to the event, hot meal and light meal provided each day plus a travel contribution.

Click here for the volunteer pages on the website


WHAT'S NEXT?

  • Check out the website for more info
  • Put the dates in your diary!
  • And book yourselves in by clicking HERE

 
"Like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks"
ACTS 2

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:00

What's next for students?

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A Level results are out! We are thinking of those across the country who have now received their results. For many, these results will determine 'what's next'. Let's be praying for students who are coming to study here in Chichester this year, and for those returning in the coming weeks.

If you are coming to Chichester university this term, we'd love to hear from you. Keep an eye on our student Facebook page to stay up-to-date with freshers and autumn term events: www.facebook.com/revelationfamilystudents/

Monday, 10 July 2017 08:38

DWELL, the new album from Prayerscapes

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Dwell - Neil & Julie's new album!

 

 

If you were at church on Sunday 2nd July you'll know that we were interviewed about our prayer resource - Prayerscapes. We’re super-excited to announce the release of our new album “Dwell”, now available via iTunes, Amazon and on our site at prayerscapes.com.

Some of the material on “Dwell” is taken from the videos that you may already have seen in some of our church meetings. The album weaves inspirational poetry, foundational scripture and song ministry together with filmatic soundtracks.

Dwell - the new album from Prayerscapes

"If you are looking for a recording all about Biblical meditation and reflection you won't find anything better than the prayerscapes albums. We've used them for years at our creative prayer workshops. What makes Dwell even more a winner for us is that a lot of our talented friends are involved on it. Yet again Neil & Julie prove that they have a God given talent by producing this unique new album."

Ishmael & Irene Smale

(Ishmael - singer/songwriter - writer of "Father God, I wonder" and numerous children's albums.)

Much of the material on the new album has been born out of some of our life experiences over the last few years. "May the Road Rise Up to Meet You" came out of praying for Julie, soon after our second child was born. I stumbled over this ancient Celtic blessing and found myself praying/singing it for her. It became a gentle reminder that whatever stresses we face (and these were plentiful with a small baby & a six year old child!) God holds us in the palm of His hand, and His faithfulness and love will never let us go:-

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Other tracks have emerged from flashes of inspiration and creativity. The words to the track "Prayer Connects" came to Julie as one continuous stream of ideas - she scribbled the words down with the aid of a torch during the middle of the night! The poem is read by the wonderful Ant Stewart and is about God's amazing gift of prayer, charting the many different ways in which we encounter this gift in our lives:-

Prayer Connects

There are also tracks on the album which take the form of ministry songs, such as "Take my Hand". This song seeks to carry the love, grace, healing and hope that we have in Christ for those who are suffering. We played this track a couple of weeks ago in our morning meeting together:-

Take My Hand

Dwelling is about finding a home, about connection with our Eternal Creator, pushing our roots deep into God’s Kingdom. To find “home“ we need to settle, unpack, relax and feel welcome. ”Dwell” is an open door leading us to moments that crystallize our beliefs, shelter our troubled hearts and inspire us to connect, to rest and to seek after the love of Christ.

It's possible to explore the album further by visiting this page and clicking on the samples from the tracks on "Dwell". Clicking on the track titles will take you to the lyrics, scriptures and poems that are on the album. Here you can also buy the album, either as mp3s or as a good old physical CD!

With love,

Neil & Julie

 

 

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