Dan Slatter

Dan Slatter

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

Now is the time!

Now is the time!

The busyness and bustle of relocating so much of the Churches activities has prompted me to do some reflecting over the last couple of weeks. It also provoked me to think about the future too as we step into a new season. 

There is something very attractive about reminiscing about the past wearing rose tinted spectacles. I recalled the days of playing 5-a-side without needing to warm up for 20mins and not hurting so bad the next day you end up walking like an extra out of the Thriller video. 

I know for others the past can be a snare. We can get entangled and wounded which stop us walking fully out of those days into our present and onto our future. 

We get stuck living someplace we never planned or wanted to. The past no matter how good or bad was never intended to be our home. The past is meant to be a platform for our present and future. For me and my faith the past reminds me of his rescue. He has done it before…. Light always disperses the darkness… etc.

 However there is equal danger in living too far ahead of ourselves. If we long for the future not rooted in our past and alive in our present we will achieve little other than some great daydreams. If we live awaiting for the perfect moment in the future to really launch into our dreams and calling we will wait an entire lifetime. As someone who has walked in the faith for 20 years let me tell you that the perfect moment does not exist. You could wait forever to see that all the ducks will never line up as you hoped. Thinking and dreaming of the future is no bad thing in fact I recommend a regular prescription of daydreaming. However we have to be a people that are present and active now not just dreaming of what might be.

We are to be fully present and alive in the moment. I love the way Jim McNeish puts it. 

“Today is all you really have. Yesterday is a story and tomorrow might never come. What will you do today to take ground with your dreams?”

Why do we need to be focused on today? Simply because that is where you are this second. Now brings God into this never repeating moment of your life.

We can live a life yearning for the old days or snared by the pain/trauma of them and we miss the now. Equally we can live so fixated on the Future we also miss the present.

Whilst thankful for the past and looking to the future I need to grab hold of the destiny and what he has for me today

Using Mordecai transforming words to Queen Esther let us remember “you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4: 14)

Religion relegates God to yesterday and God becomes a trapped in history.

We must remain thankful for what God has done for us but it is not where he wants us to live.

We are hope filled for the future he has in store for us but people of faith reside in the NOW.

 

 

 

Friday, 24 January 2014 15:00

Marriage Preparation Course

Marriage is intended to be one of life’s longest commitments, so laying some strong foundations is critical if you want your marriage to be successful.

The Marriage Preparation Course runs over five evenings. These evenings are informal and a chance for you as a couple to talk to one another about your hopes and desires for your marriage and how to avoid some of the pitfalls. It also offers to pair you up with a couple a little further down the track than you who can give you some really helpful pointers to happiness and success.

Course Themes

  1. Communication
  2. Commitment
  3. Resolving Conflict
  4. Keeping Love Alive
  5. Shared Goals & Values

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to sign up for the next course please contact Elaine Monery (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Friday, 24 January 2014 14:57

Marriage Course

 

THE MARRIAGE COURSE

Marriage is one of the biggest commitments that humans undertake. A lifelong promise is publically laid down in front of God, friends and family. Even with the greatest intentions marriage is a journey of two people that just as it has its mountain top moments also has its challenging times.

Why do the course?
Regular check-ups help a car run smoothly and reduce the risk of breakdown.
The greatest achievements in life take practice, training and dedication.

Who is the course for?


The seven evening Marriage Course is for any couple who want to invest in their relationship, whether you have been together for 1 or 61years and whether you have a strong relationship or are struggling.

Course Themes

  1. Building Strong Foundation
  2. The Art of Communication
  3. Resolving Conflict
  4. The Power of Forgiveness
  5. The Impact of Family- Past and Present
  6. Good Sex
  7. Love in Action 

If you are interested in finding out more or signing up for the next course please contact Elaine Monery (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Friday, 24 January 2014 09:08

Sunday info

PLEASE CHECK OUR CALENDAR FOR SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANOMALIES IN OUR REGULAR SUNDAY GATHERING PATTERN

 

Sunday Mornings:

Our Sunday morning gathering is held at Bishop Luffa School on Bishop Luffa Close in Chichester from 10:30am till 12pm. If you are a guest, new to Revelation or want to find out how our Sundays run then this is the place for you. 

Welcome

Please look out for our Hospitality Team with white lanyards on a Sunday who will be able to help and try to answer any questions you may have. We have a welcome area near the refreshments each week for guests, visitors and established members to connect and meet others.

Children and Young People
We have fun filled age appropriate programmes that run every Sunday for children from 2 to 14 years old. The programmes are run by an amazing team of volunteers for 45 minutes (11am until 11.45am). For more detailed information on these programmes and all the other activities that happen for both Children and Young people beyond Sunday or on our Safe Guarding Policy please go to the ‘Get Involved’ tab on our website.

Worship 
Every Sunday we are led by one of our house bands at the church. We mainly use recently composed songs which are in a contemporary style.

Disability Access
Both of our Sunday venues have fully disabled access. We also have a disabled toilet facility. If you need more information or support please contact the church office (01243 531898) and we will do our best to assist you. 

Talks 
Every Sunday morning there will be teaching from the Bible that engages with relevant issues that face us in the world we live in. We look at how the Bible applies to our daily lives. The talks often flow in series over a number of Sundays. Our talks run for about 30 minutes.

Offering
Each week we have an opportunity to give to the work of the church on a Sunday morning. The money collected goes to the running of the church and all its operations. There is never any pressure to give so please feel relaxed about it. If you are a UK tax payer we also operate the Gift Aid scheme meaning if you fill out the simple form we can claim 25 pence in the pound for every donation you make.

Prayer and Ministry
Each Sunday we offer the opportunity for personal prayer. This usually takes place as our Sundays are drawing to a close.

Refreshments
There are free refreshments served at 12pm as we draw our morning to a close. We would love you to join us for a drink to say hello. This is a great time to get to know some new people.

 

Sunday Evenings:


We gather every Sunday evening from 6:30pm-8pm at the Family Centre, 21 Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD.

Worship
A small band leads worship at our Sunday evening gatherings. This is an extended time of worship with space and time for people to share words, practise their spiritual gifts and minister to each other.  

Offering
Each week we have an opportunity to give to the work of the church on a Sunday evening. The money collected goes to the running of the church and all its operations. There is never any pressure to give so please feel relaxed about it. If you are a UK tax payer we also operate the Gift Aid scheme meaning if you fill out the simple form we can claim 25 pence in the pound for every donation you make.

Children and Young People
We do not have a provision for children and young people at our evening gathering but this does not mean children and young people are not welcome! We love to see families participate together and worship as a unit.

Talks
Most Sundays the talk is based on the same theme and scripture in the evening as it is in the morning and is delivered by the same speaker, but often with a twist or slightly different angle. On occasion we do welcome guest speakers to come and join us for the evening gathering so at times the two meetings will be totally different in content.

Disability Access
Both of our Sunday venues have fully disabled access. We also have a disabled toilet facility. If you need more information or support please contact the church office (01243 531898) and we will do our best to assist you.

Refreshments
We do not serve refreshments at our evening gatherings but we do encourage everyone to meet at a local pub or restaurant after the meeting to enjoy a drink and each other's company. This is a great opportunity to build friendships and get to know each other.

Monday, 13 January 2014 16:24

Dan blog: Nothings too hard for God

 

I was reading the Bible the other day using a year long programme taking you through the whole book in a year when most unexpectedly I had one of those God hijacking moments. I’ll be honest in that I was reading fast to get through the large section of text set aside for the day when the story leaped off the page and took me hostage. God speaks even when we are not fully with the right motivation!

It is the moment where God starts commissioning Abraham to be the leader of the nation of Israel as recorded in Genesis 17 & 18. There were four things that I got from the story and the notes that helped explain.

1) Walk with me

Gods plan has always been to walk and journey with humanity. We see it from the very dawn of creation in the early days of the Garden of Eden as God walks in the Garden of Eden looking for Adam and Eve (Gen 3: 8). He can’t find them so calls to them (Gen 3: 9). There is a desire to be with his people and journey with them. In Genesis 17: 1 we see God offer to walk and journey through life with Abraham. So in all that you are facing today know that God calls you too as he wishes to walk with you throughout the day.

 

2) The Big Plan

God had big plans for Abraham and Sarah which he starts to share with them through Genesis 17 & 18. The plans God unveils are for a whole nation. The scale of this literally floors Abraham three time in the two chapters (17: 3 & 17, 18: 2). When God speaks his BIG Plan over your life (because whether or not you know it he has big plans for you) the best response if you find it a bit much is to follow Abrahams suit. Fall to your knees in prayer and submission to God.

 

3) God will always do more

Abraham heard the plan which was immense and beyond anything that he could have dreamed. God was creating a nation through him and his bloodline to come. The promise was of this nation of God to flow through his unborn son Isaac. Abraham dares to ask for more (17:18). Please also bless Ishmael and his descendants too. God agreed (17: 20). Never be scared to ask for God’s blessing in all areas of what you are doing in life. God will always do more

 

4) Is anything too hard for God?

Finally in the midst of this exciting news that Sarah was finding impossible to get her head around the Trinity speaking with one voice (18:5) asks the greatest rhetorical question of all time “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” No matter what you are facing today look the issue right in the eyes and ask “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Friday, 24 May 2013 15:48

Dan Blog: Speaking up

loud hailer

I was in a forum recently with a Member of Parliament from the UK and a room full of Church Leaders. A skilled interviewer drew out of the politician the need for the Church to play its part in shaping society.  The interviewer then got really nitty gritty and asked how we do that? Build bridges and work with your local statutory bodies seemed to be the gist of the reply. We were then asked to raise our hands if we had ever written to our MP about an issue? A lot of hands rose which was encouraging. The interviewer then turned the question back to the MP asking if they received a lot of correspondence from Church leaders. Yes, was the reply but often about certain seemingly important issues to the church. The proposed changes to legislation around ‘Gay Marriage’ for example had caused their mail box to swell in recent times as Christians wrote in. The MP then paused and reflected saying these soul piercing words “I am yet to receive a letter from a church leader about the growing challenges of Child Poverty in the UK.” It hit me like an arrow through my soul!

 

There is so much for us to speak up about as believers and those of us who represent the people of God in the Church but do sometimes we miss some of the desperate areas of injustice. Please hear me I am not condemning those of us opposing the fundamental changes to the constitution of marriage. It is indeed an area I have spoke up for which is probably why the words cut so deep. I need to work a lot harder at taking my MP by surprise.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 14:11

Dan Blog: In Google We Trust

Google

I was both saddened yet not surprised to see an article in the Telegraph online yesterday stating the ‘Google is as trusted as the Church by Britons’. The survey of 2000 people asked people to rank institutions in order of ‘trust’. With less than one in five saying they believe the search giant and faith leaders have their best interests at heart.The Britishe based public survey revealed a joint ranking of low regard between the search engine giants, Google and the Church/Faith Leaders.

The NHS scored best with 40% followed in second place by The Police scoring 25% Even supermarkets slightly out scored the religious institutions. All the above institutions and businesses have had their integrity over years called into question with front page splashes of the national and international press they could have done without. It proved damaging to all but the Religious institutions seem to have suffered the most in the trust ratings.

Now of course the survey placed all religious institutions in together. Even within some denominations of the same faiths there have been a variety challenging trust issues in recent years. However we must also remember that the Church is the largest and most prominent of religious institutions in the UK.

So how do we start to restore and rebuild the eroded bridges of trust into our communities and society as a whole? Well here are a few of my thoughts and this is certainly not exhaustive!

Being visible & active

This does not mean your building but the people of God, his Church. the Bible reminds us in the Gospels to ‘Never hide a light under a bowl’. I feel it is difficult to be a follower of Christ and not an activist. The poverty and injustice are just two of many areas in which we need to be visible and active. We need to be on the ball and there is no longer any excuses in the instant news feeds that surround us to be uniformed. James reminds us that Faith without works is dead. Lets roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty.

Being humble

Christ Humbled himself (Philippians 2:8) and so should we. We are in our own little way a part of the solution. I have realized in an increasing way over the past few years that genuine partnership is the way forward. When the church with all its passion and commitment is harnessed working with statutory bodies can bring long term transformation. You only have to look at Street Pastors, ROC, CAP and Trussell Trust Foodbacnk to see this proven.

Being consistent

In an instant society that moves so fast consistency, reliability and long term commitment are fading trends. Yet these are vital for society to function and grow. It is the best way to bring long term change. As other things come and go the Church remains.

Being local

The Church in the UK is such a huge beast that spans many hundreds of traditions and streams. How can I possibly effect it? I love the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the city walls. There is one bit in particular that always leaps at me. It was within the giant sized task of rebuilding the entire city wall the work of Benjamin and Hasshub. They simply faithfully rebuilt the bit in front of their homes as we see in Nehemiah 3. Lets repair the wall in front of us where we live.

Being tangible

Find out the unique needs of your community and review what you can do to start to fill the voids and gaps in provision. Meeting the felt need of a community is a powerful statement of intent. If you don’t know what it is go and ask the Police, Council or schools in your area.  Our greatest success have come from asking the questions to the right people because your contribution becomes targeted and tangible.

 

Monday, 15 April 2013 19:08

Dan Blog: Make A New History

 

make a new history

I had the pleasure of meeting someone new last week through a work connection. As we finished the meeting and then progressed to talk over lunch she told a story of her family that really spoke to me. It was almost like I was being told a parable.

She talked of her father and his brother who were both born and raised in Northern India. They lived in a small village and only knew subsistence farming as a way of life.  This had been the case for many generations.

As young men they decided to take a risk in search of something better. This meant leaving behind the only way of life they had ever known. They said goodbye to their families and India to departed to Kenya in search of new opportunities.

Kenya was at the time under the control of the Commonwealth and money was being poured into it to develop it and in particular its infrastructure. Both men sort and found jobs building the railways. This was hard work and along way from all they had both previously experienced and known. Family was missed and the culture clashed. After a while her uncle found the going too much and decided to return to his family and former way of life in Northern India but her father as tough as he found it chose to stick it out and stayed. After many years he became a Kenyan citizen. In the 1970’s they took the opportunity on offer through the Commonwealth to relocate to the UK.  This was another huge upheaval as he moved continent again this time with a young family. They set up home in the midlands. It was still tough as they adjusted to the culture again and the inherent racism that was still ingrained in our society at that time.

He found work and his children were well educated with in our school system growing up as first generation British children. The children were successful and ended up with good jobs. His children then got married and started their own families.

I enquired of what had become of her fathers brother. My new friend informed me that he had returned fully to his way of life that he left in Northern India. He too had children and subsequently grand children. His whole family still lived in the same village substance farming the same bit of land. His children had not received the benefit of education and lived in very different living conditions and economic backdrop. Her uncles children were now substance farmers working that very same bit of land raising their own children.

She had taken her children to the village in rural India to connect them with some of their heritage. The could not believe the place their second cousins lived. All this was due to one decision. The valid decision to throw the towel in when the going get tough.

What land is it that we need to dig our heels into and claim for the benefit of our future generations. It may be that we don’t get to live in the fullness of the path we create but it transforms things for future generations. Even when it means relocating, dealing with a foreign culture, suffering pain in order to start a new history.

Monday, 18 March 2013 21:22

Dan Blog: His Face Always

Gods face

 

 

 

 

I like all followers of Christ want to know God more and serve him fully with my life. I know I get one shot at this and want to give to my body as a ‘living sacrifice’ as the New testament writer of the letter to the Romans encourages us to do as an act of worship. I had a bit of an epiphany as I read the psalms recently. Psalm 105 and in particular one verse leapt out and hit me straight between the eyes. It resulted in an instant realisation that I was all too often distracted.

 

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Psalm 105: 4

 

So often I am caught out looking for the hands of God. What is it that he is up to in my friendships, church, city or nation? At other times it’s his feet that I am looking at. Where is it that God is on the move? Where is his spirit powerfully at work? I all too easily get distracted by these thoughts and stirrings. Don’t get me wrong these things are not bad. However the psalmist reminds us that it’s his face we should be looking towards to know the Father more. The work of his hands is awesome and where he goes I want to follow. However first and foremost we must look to his face and seek to catch the gaze of God.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 21:37

Dan Blog: Crowned

 crowned

The crown has been worn through the ages by monarchs or deity for whom it symbolises power and legitimacy amongst many other things. A coronation crowns is worn at a coronation by the monarch being enthroned. Crowns are also worn by consorts as a sign of their rank held.

The bible talks in New Testament of Jesus being crowned. We know that he was crowned with thorns as the soldiers mocked him. In the book of Hebrews we see that Jesus is crowned with Glory and honour due to the price he paid for us.

The most incredible transaction happens between God and man. Through Christ death and resurrection we too are crowned even though we have no right to it. Our consort relationship with King Jesus means we are crowned too.

As a crowned consort of the King what is it that your work colleagues or friends see in you. What does your crown speak of other than you are a child of God. We are crowned through Christ. The Psalmist puts it beautifully but carrying an incredible challenge.

 

‘who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion’

Psalm 103: 4

So what is it that people see as they look at us. Do they see the crown of ‘love and compassion’ as the psalmist says they should? Why not take a moment to reflect on what people see when they look on at us today. It should be love and compassion.

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