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.
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.
Early in 2017 we tried something we had never done before as a whole church family when we journeyed together through all 260 chapters found in the New Testament in sixty days (NT60). It was one of my personal highlights from the church family last year. I loved seeing everyone from young and old and even whole families exploring and listening together to the scriptures.
We are planning to run NT60 this year for the church family again, just after the ‘Woven Cord’ series of Easter. As we did last year we will be providing a planner for the journey and age appropriate resources and guides. We launch on Sunday 15th April and celebrate and conclude our season on Sunday 17th June.
This year in a new twist we will also be setting our Sunday teaching programme at both morning and evening to be in sync with NT60 journey of the week. As there is so much to feast on in the nearly 8,000 verses of the New Testament we are going to take a different passage from the weeks readings at the morning and evening gatherings to create maximum space. Again this is a first for us as the gathering on the whole run the same teaching programmes.
It will be a season of feasting on what God has spoken and speaks to us through his Word. If you joined us last year we invite you again to join us. If you did not we want to encourage you to do so as it will fill you to overflowing. Setting aside 30mins a day to read the Bible and listen for 60 days will change your life.
"Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time."
James 4: 6 The Message
As we open the door and embrace 2018 we welcome new opportunities that the new year and its fresh start affords us. One thing we are certain of is that, whatever 2018 holds, Father God is with us, mountain high or valley low. The Bible is full of God's promises to all of humanity and the entirety of his creation but we find a promise in the letter from James in the New Testament that we want to draw your attention to through 2018. James 4:6 says that as we take steps to draw close to God, He will draw near to us. It is a heaven-made guarantee that, as we 'lean in' to Father God, he will be close to us.
As you will note from James this incredible offer of intimacy between humanity and God is an intentional act that also requires our initiation. We get to activate God's closeness to us by simply setting our focus on him. As we approach He notes our movement and comes running to us.
Over the last year as a Leaders Team, we have made an obvious but radical decision to focus our time and work first by drawing close to God. It has inevitably had a knock on with how we do things requiring reprioritisation. The change has been tangible and hugely beneficial as Father God's economy kicks in. This was the way we have approached pursuing other more permanent building options for the church with a time of listening before any action was taken. The Quaker tradition frame this sort of discernment process as leaders in this way; 'a meeting for worship where business is conducted.’
We are keen to encourage this re-ordering across the whole church family in 2018. There will be an opportunity to do this together as we run 24-7 Prayer Spaces, Biblical Reflection Groups, and NT60 launching again after Easter. As much as we do things together we also need to be a people that 'lean in' to his presence in private and then everything else will find its right place and be well.
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!
Revelation Church is looking for an experienced and reliable bookkeeper who is able to work on a number of different projects we run. The right person will have an eye for detail and thrive in problem solving. They will be relational and keen to play their part on the team, supporting the work of the church.
This is a part time role at 10-12 hours per week.
Salary £19,000-20,000 (FTE)
Application closing date: 26th October 2015
Interviews will be held the week beginning 2nd November 2015.
During the week of 11-18 October we will be fasting and praying as a church in the run up to the Commitment Sunday Feast on the 18th (click here for more details about this event). If you are a member at Revelation Church we would love for you to be involved as we unite together to thank God for all He is doing at Revelation and pray into the life of the church. Please find the Prayer & Fasting Guide below and keep checking back each day for more information on how we are going to go about praying and fasting together.
I read last week online that the Statue of Liberty in New York is struck by lightning 600 times a year. For those not so hot at mental arithmetic (like me) that is nearly 12 strikes a week! I was so surprised I decided to invest another 2 minutes online research! This revealed a lower yet still surprising estimate of 3 strikes a week. Either way this is a lot more than I suspected. I knew it would be susceptible but I would have guessed once or twice a year!
The reason for this prolific strike rate is obvious if you think about it. The first and main reason is simply how it was made. Its very structure is the metal copper that gives it a distinct green look. Secondly, its size and finally its posture.
God used this simple fact to speak to me as I pondered this. My reflections and conversation with God went like this…..
Father God is desperate to connect us. It’s in the very way he made us to be. God’s eyes are focused on us. His gaze is upon and love is for all of us through Jesus Christ. John in the New Testament describes us not just as something the Father has affection for but that we are his children. As both a dad and a son I know some of what a huge statement this is. We are giants in his sight.
God made us to regularly connect with him like the lightning with the Statue of Liberty because of how he made us and our stature in his sight.
So what about our posture and position? Well the first two parts of this metaphor are not about us. They are about how we are made and how we are seen, neither of which we have control over. However, we are in control of our posture. What posture will you choose to adopt this year, which will allow Father God to connect with you daily? Is your heart, mind and body open to him? I find that my conscious body posture often opens the door for my heart and mind to follow suit.
I was staggered and shocked to read recently online that the biggest airport in Venezuela has started to levy a fee to have the right to breathe clean air. Now we are all used to paying taxes and sometimes for odd things, but Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas has taken this a step further! Passengers flying out now have to pay 127 bolivars tax (£12) for the very air they breathe.
This is to cover the cost of a newly installed system that uses ozone to purify the building's air conditioning system. It has been received with an equal mixture of anger and amusement. Breathing air is an essential element to sustaining life for humankind. The thought of someone owning the air in the atmosphere is crazy at best.
As I read this report, the prophetic vision of Ezekiel sprang to mind, as recorded in the Bible in chapter 37 of the book recording his God story, thoughts and visions;
“Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’ So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.” Ezekiel 37:8-10
It is Father God whose breath breathes life into our lives. Two billion followers of Christ around the globe would testify to God’s breath on our lives being the real deal. His breath comes into our lives and we truly live again. It is pure air and way more life giving and transforming than any flashy, state of the art filter system. More than that though, is that there is no cost attached; in fact, he is pursuing you, wanting to give it to all. Allow his breath to fill your bones today. Come alive and stand to your feet. This is his promise for you.