Someone once said: “Constant change is here to stay”; the past two years we have embarked on a deliberate journey of change as we have sought to bring the two churches together (Revelation Church & Chichester Family Church) in obedience to a prophetic word from God.
New journeys are always full of excitement as well as uncertainties and apprehension (i.e. the mess that Ant referred to on Sunday!)
As I prayed about this new journey, I felt God drop this prophetic verse into my heart: “…When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before...” Joshua 3:3-4
It occurred to me that there seems to be a remarkable pattern in the Bible in times of new beginnings, both in the Old as well as the New Testament, as God’s people embarked on a new journey (a move towards the promised land). Although full of uncertainties, apprehension and chaos, God’s presence was with them and there is a concentration of the miraculous during this time – there are more miracles in the book of Exodus than any other in the Old Testament.
Like with the children of Israel in this new journey, God promises to be with us & to lead us as we keep our eyes on Him.
As we embark in this new venture of the two churches having become one, we are really excited about the future and looking forward to the great things that God has in store for us and through us to spill over to the wider community and we will see people being added to the church as well people’s lives being transformed.
Children on the Edge are looking for a full time Fundraising and Communications Officer. They are looking for someone with fantastic energy, ideas and a pro-active way of working that can help support their incredible fundraisers and help COTE maximise income from challenge events, community fundraising and regular donors. Could it be you?
Follow this link to find out more about this exciting opportunity: http://bit.ly/COTEjob
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
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S COUNSELLOR/PLAY OR ART THERAPIST
Working in Crawley, Worthing or Chichester
Life Centre – supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse
Self employed contract
£27.00 per client counselling session
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 qualified and experienced therapists competent to work with children and/or young people who have experienced rape or sexual abuse. Successful candidates will need to be either a qualified Play Therapist, Art Therapist or Counsellor qualified to work with children and young people. Successful applicants must demonstrate a knowledge of safe trauma therapy. The therapist will be required to provide weekly one-to-one sessions of one hour’s duration, with a minimum of 5 & a max of 12 client sessions per week. Supervision is provided. All availability will be considered, with particular recruitment for Saturday working + before and after school slots.
Lifecentre is in a position of ongoing recruitment, with a closing date of 10/6/16 for this round of applications.
Clinical Lead Position
Life Centre – supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse
salary dependent on qualifications/experience
Up to 40hrs per month/approx. one day a week flexi time
Life Centre is a Reg Charity (No 1127779) with a Christian foundation, providing specialist counselling services across West Sussex to survivors of sexual violation of all ages. We are looking for an experienced, accredited, well trained Counsellor/Counselling or Clinical Psychologist, able to lead a team of 23 counsellors/therapists and be the link with their clinical supervisors. The role also includes carrying a small caseload of clients.
Home based working with at least one weekly session at Lifecentre, Chichester.
For further info ring 01243 786349. Closing date for application: asap - 10th June 2016 latest.
I love these lyrics. They talk of a God whose character, His very essence, is that of a father. You're a good GOOD Father, that's who You are.
And it talks of humanity, not communally but personally. It talks about me, it talks about us. The individual and the whole.
It talks of our identity, that I am (that you are), LOVED, that's who I am. That’s who you are.
The fact that these two phrases are next to each other is not by chance, but an incredible statement:
It is reminding us that our identity is wrapped up in God’s character. That because God’s character is that of a Father...He loves us.
When Jesus died on the cross He chose that path, knowing that was the only way to our access to fullness of relationship with the Father. God sent Jesus because HE LOVED US. We weren’t even alive at the time, but God still sent His son for everybody. God’s character pulsating with love.
Matthew 6 v9-11 says;
"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"
When I see parents in church all I see is them loving their children. Parents make their children out of love, and when I see parents watching their beloved children taking their various steps in life all I see is the love in their eyes. If as a church we see our children this way, how much more does our Heavenly Father see us like that?
I believe that God’s saying to us that just because He is our wonderful father in heaven, He loves us. Cherishes us. Favours us. Not because of anything we do, but simply because of the fact that He is a father and He's overflowing with love.
By knowing we don't have to earn God's love by actions we can just rest in it. By knowing God’s love isn’t dependent or linked to MY character or MY actions. But because of His character and His actions, we unlock our identity;
That we are loved more than we can understand.
Andrew Benson is involved in leading a discipleship course called Ignite at Revelation Church every Monday evening. He is a passionate follower of Jesus, married to the wonderful Rachel and together they are a huge blessing to our community here in Chichester!
"At the end of May, we will be embarking on an adventure that is scary and exciting in equal measure. After much prayer and consideration, we have felt God’s calling to leave Chichester and move to Hong Kong to spend 2 years volunteering/training with St Stephen’s Society, which is the work of Jackie Pullinger amongst the broken, addicted and poor. We know that there will be challenging times ahead, but look forward to stepping into God’s plans for our future as we learn to live by faith and put our trust in Him more and more."
To find out how you can support Joel and Joelle, please join us for an evening together at Revelation Central on Wednesday 16th March at 8pm when we will be hearing more of their story and covering them in prayer.