Dan Slatter

Dan Slatter

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 09:47

Fostering

Fostering- Give a local child a family.
 
There is a great need for more Foster Carers for children and young people in our local community. The Church in the city could be the solution to getting every child and young person in the area growing up in a loving family environment!
 
West Sussex County Council will be visiting our friends at Grace Church on Wednesday 4th February to provide an information evening for those who are in churches and faith groups and would like to know how they are able to help.
 
Come to have your questions answered and to find out if you have the kills needed to support a local child:
 
Discover what being a Foster Carer involves.
Learn more about the approval process.
Talk to staff from West Sussex County Council 
 
Wednesday 4th February, 7.30pm until 9pm
The Grace Centre, Plot 12  Terminus Road, Chichester, PO19 8TX.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 09:19

Lightning Strike

 

 

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.

Saturday, 09 August 2014 12:56

£12 for air

 

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. 

Monday, 14 July 2014 08:59

The Cost of Discipleship

I read a shocking story this week online of a man called Nathaniel Bolwell who was more than alarmed when he saw his bank account balance. It was overdrawn by a mere £179,000 when he was expecting it to be in credit by £400! He innocently ordered a pizza for delivery and paid with a debit card. Domino’s proceeded to draw £179,923.32 from his account instead of the £17.99 it should have been.  What was even more surprising was that the bank authorized the payment! Thankfully Lloyds and Domino’s got together and put it right within two days. He even received £100 by way of apology.

 

In a few weeks time, as we continue through ‘The Red Letters’ theme in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life, we step through some difficult sections on the journey. There are parts that make for uncomfortable reading as it disturbs our western desires of an easy, peaceful life.  In Matthew 8 Jesus reminds us that there is a large cost attached to being a follower of Christ. As disciples we should not be surprised, unlike Nathaniel.

 

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:36

The Small Margins

 

 

Like many followers of Jesus I often do battle and wrestle with the ungodly aspects of my life. Usually these matchups are little old me trying to get a giant pinned to the floor and submit. This used to be a huge focus for me as I sought to be more like Christ. Often I would momentarily glace at the smaller issues and quickly return my sights to the bigger battles. The smaller annoying things seemed to not offer enough win for the contest that was needed. So all my energies went to the grudge matches with the giants.

I recently read an article online about Sir Dave Brailsford, which made me readjust my sights somewhat. Sir Dave (love that title and name combo btw) is the former Director of British Cycling and current manager of Team Sky. Sir Dave has been instrumental in the rise of British cycling’s world domination over the past 5 years.

He oversaw team GB as they bagged 8 Gold medals at the Bejing 2008 games. He continued in his role at London 2012 where Team GB took 12 medals in the London Velopark and on the roads of the capital. This was an impressive doubling of the number of medals secured by the second placed Team Germany.

Sir Dave in 2010 stepped into the management role of the newly formed British based professional cycling team Sky. He oversaw the new team in its quick rise to the top of professional cycling. The pinnacle of this so far has seen Team Sky secure back-to-back Tour de France victories in the last two years with Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

My errant assumption was that his success was down to huge leaps in sport science, psychology and technology. I was truly mistaken. Of course they seek developments in these key big areas along with all their rivals. They started by optimizing the things you might expect: the nutrition of riders, their weekly training program, the ergonomics of the bike seat, and the weight of the tires.

However, Sir Dave has taken on a different strategy of trying to accrue as many small improvements of 1% as possible, which inevitably add up to more significant overall gains. He says,

 "The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together."

But Brailsford and his team didn’t stop there with the obvious areas of development. They searched for 1 percent improvements in tiny areas that were overlooked by almost everyone else: discovering the pillow that offered the best sleep and taking it with them to hotels, testing for the most effective type of massage gel, and teaching riders the best way to wash their hands to avoid infection. They searched for 1 percent improvements everywhere.

Brailsford believed that if they could successfully execute this strategy, then Team Sky would be in a position to win the Tour de France in five years time. He was wrong. They won it in three years.

Everything I choose, even the small little things, can create the possibility to bring gains in the Kingdom of Heaven. Just because they are small does not mean they are insignificant or irrelevant. If you do not believe me ask Sir Dave! 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:11

Revelation Central Open Day

Come & pop into our new home for a cuppa and a nose around!

We want to invite you to pop in and see our new home ‘Revelation Central’ in the city centre. Over the last two months we have been moving home and are now at a stage were we are in and settled. We would love to give you all the opportunity to pop in and see the new place. So many of you invested so generously to help us with all the moving for which we are immensely grateful. 

Saturday 10th May, 9am until 10.30am
Revelation Central, 1 & 2 St Pancras, Chichester, PO19 7SJ.

It is on the 1st floor above Guitar Sounds shop (door to the left) sandwiched between St Pancras Church and The Nags Head pub.
Nearest car parks are Market Avenue and New Park Road. Both are Pay & Display.

We will be serving coffee and refreshments

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.

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