Jubilee Leadership School Launch

Jubilee Leadership School Launch

On 25th September, Jubilee Leadership School launched its year-long curriculum with the first of two evenings open for the whole congregation.

The course is designed to take people on a journey of discipleship through teaching and discussion groups with fellow participants, aiming to equip on principles of leadership that are applicable in everyday life and individual’s specific places of influence.

The first term will focus on some of the foundations of the Kingdom and leadership within its context. We started with going right back to the start of how and why we were created – in God’s image, for relationship with Him first and foremost. The first week comprised of two sessions. In the first session, Dan Maudhub looked at the very beginning of God creating man in His image and speaking out His blessing over him. The Kingdom of God is based on relationship, which is demonstrated within the Godhead itself first. This relationship is what Jesus came to restore and is the very essence of His Kingdom.

“This relationship is what Jesus came to restore and is the very essence of His Kingdom.”

From there we moved on to looking at our identity as citizens of Heaven. Neil Pattison unpacked what it means to belong to the Kingdom, identifying with its customs, characteristics and Christ-likeness. Being a citizen of the Kingdom means we submit every part of our lives to the King. As we do, we enter a relationship as sons and daughters with a loving Father who disciplines and guides and we are transformed day by day into the image of Christ. Feedback we’ve had from the first evening is exactly what we hope this course will mean for those who join us. People have found it refreshing to go “back to the basics” of God’s Kingdom, looking at what the Bible actually shows us in its essence. As well as that, the format of looking at one subject (or at first two) per evening means there is more time to focus on it and discuss in greater depth in small groups.

 

The first night was a success and we look forward to the process God is taking us on as we step out to equip and disciple people in their journey of leadership. The actual Leadership Course will start on 9th October, so it’s not to late to sign up and embark on a new adventure. For more details, check out https://jubilee.co/whats-on/ or email dan.maudhub@jubilee.co

 

Article by Emma Wilson

Family Overseas: Part 5 – Ken & Jen Walton

Family Overseas: Part 5 – Ken & Jen Walton

I can’t quite believe that it has been 18 months since being in the UK, It feels like it was only a few
months ago that we left, but so much has changed.

We are currently living and working in the beautiful city of Cape Town which is far from what we ever imagined or expected. We started our journey in KwaZulu Natal, which was home to both of us. However, after a month of being back, the company Ken was working for renegotiated his contract causing us to have to look for alternative work. We saw God’s incredible kindness and faithfulness even in the uncertainty of the future and He lovingly provided a job for Ken in Cape Town, managing an amazing coffee shop called Truth. Definitely worth a visit.

 

So within a week of accepting the job we had packed up our things and made the great trek down to Cape Town. We ended up staying with a friend of ours during the initial trial period who has and still is a wonderful help at getting us acquainted with this incredible city.

We are settling into a church which, believe it or not, is called Jubilee! We actually went to several others first as we thought it was just such a strange coincidence. The transition has not been easy especially when we have been so spoilt by being part of such a wonderful church family. I had forgotten how long and how much time it takes to develop friendships, let alone deep ones.

God has also provided me with the most amazing teaching job. I am teaching Grade R boys at a fabulous school with the most amazing staff team. It all began when I was walking down the road one day and I heard children playing in a playground. The school over the road from where we were staying, which I thought was only a secondary school, turned out in fact to go right from Grade R to 12! So I popped in one day to hand in my CV in the hopes of doing some supply work. There I met a wonderful woman by the name of Jo, who has been a real woman of peace and a door opener for me. Later that year after many locum jobs – one being at a very orthodox Jewish school, I was offered a job teaching Grade R at SACS and I am just loving it. God is so kind and knows just what we need and love.

We had another big life change in January this year when Ken’s adopted daughter, Thandeka, cameto live with us. There have been highs and some lows along the way as we learn to navigate this newchapter of our lives. However, we know that this is part of His plan for both her and for us and so werely on His grace, wisdom and love to lead us each step of the way.

We love and miss our wonderful Maidstone family and if you are ever in Cape Town do come andvisit. We have great coffee 🙂

– Ken & Jen

“Love Serves” – Part 2 Nicky Kendall

“Love Serves” – Part 2 Nicky Kendall

Love serves…(1 Peter 4:7-11)
“ Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Peter makes it clear that hospitality is an important part of loving each other. Hospitality is not an exercise in culinary expertise; it’s not a performance. It’s simply about being willing to open up our homes and our lives to each other. Spending time together, eating and drinking together is the foundation for relationships. And a church which has strong relationships can stand in times of storm.Using our gifts is how we serve one another. They are not for us to keep to ourselves. We don’t earn or deserve the gifts God gives us but He wants us to enjoy using them to bless others. And I believe life is only really fulfilling when we are using the gifts He has given us. We need all these gifts and Christ’s body, the church, only really functions well when we are all contributing what God has given us to bring. Now our approach to serving is probably one of the things I guess which we’ve really had to re-evaluate isn’t it? I think it was never intentional but somehow we took on a heavy burden to serve at times in the past and some of our lives became unbalanced because of it. I know I sometimes served out of fear of disapproval or criticism or fear of not looking a ‘good enough Christian’. I said ‘yes’ on the outside and ‘no’ in my heart. Maybe others have felt this too? Somehow serving became an obligation or a competition to outdo each other instead of a willing act of love. But that’s not God’s way. And we probably misrepresent Christ when this happens because He says His yoke is easy and His burden is light. But the antidote is not to stop serving. When something has got out of balance it can be easy to let the pendulum swing too far the other way. We feel we were obliged to serve, so now we stop and protect ourselves. Ultimately though, self-protection, will isolate us and leave us empty. The antidote to over-serving is not to abandon serving but to listen to the Lord and ask:

‘God do you want me to do this? Am I serving you in this? Or is there something else you require of me?’

He knows what is best for us – when He says ‘no, it’s time to rest’ then we must rest because we all have limits, especially if we are carrying other burdens. If we ignore our limits we place ourselves at risk of burnout and that is never God’s best for us. But when God says ‘yes’ then let’s say yes to Him because when we serve each other it is one of the most profound expressions of love – for each other and ultimately for Him.

– Nicky Kendall

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Family Overseas Part 4: The Moores

We arrived in Canada 6-months ago to the biting cold of winter, with temperatures dropping to -15 at night.

We arrived in Canada 6-months ago to the biting cold of winter, with temperatures dropping to -15 at night. In our first few months we’ve experienced 2ft of snow, a flood and a severe wind storm, so we certainly know what Canadian weather can be like! Thankfully we are now in spring, and everything has come to life!

Canada felt like home from the start and we were welcomed into the church and the community. We have already made some fantastic friends and feel at home in the church here. There are many similarities to Jubilee, and it’s great to see God doing similar things on opposite sides of the world!

We have a lovely home in a great area and feel really settled. One of the words God gave us before we moved was that he was moving us to wide open spaces to give us room to breathe, and it certainly feels like it! We have a great outside space with huge skies and Toby now has the giant trampoline he has always wanted! We were very fortunate to be given a minivan when we got here. It’s a bit of a banger, but starts nearly every time! We’ve been doing some adventuring around Ontario already, though the huge roads in our temperamental van are a little daunting! Our 2-hour trip north for Abby and Jacob’s wedding was exciting to say the least!

Both kids are doing well and Toby is now part of a Christian school in Brantford. It’s been very different as he now takes a big yellow school bus, something that felt very alien when we moved! We visited the Christian school when we first arrived, and instantly fell in love with the culture and education on offer. The only trouble is it cost a lot of money each term to send the kids there, as it is not one of the public schools. The day after our tour of the school, we prayed that God would show us if it was the right thing for us to sacrifice some finance for the sake of the kid’s education. The very next morning I got a call from my boss who gave me a pay-rise for the exact amount needed for the school fees! God is good!

God spoke very clearly to us that we should be here, and so we obediently came, but as for what’s next we are still waiting to find out. We can see a number of areas where we can help, but for now the leadership of the church wants us to rest and listen to God.

Please pray for more guidance from Him and a deeper settling for the kids (and us!) We are still on Facebook etc. so do say hello 🙂

 

All our love

Will, Lyds, Toby and Megan

“I Am He” – Article by Adam Doggett

“I Am He” – Article by Adam Doggett

‘I am He’ was a Waypoint production exploring who Jesus is and what it means to have a personal relationship with him.

It was great fun getting together with a few friends, who are extremely talented performers, to put this event on at Maidstone Family Church. The show was made up of a series of stand-alone performance pieces, including drama, poetry and music, which each told a story in its own right, but when placed together followed a central theme throughout the evening. We explored ideas of good and bad choices, purpose, breaking down and re-building, laying burdens before God and facing persecution. I loved the way that each piece was presented in a different style as Barnaby, Kellie, Jamie, Selby and myself all brought a different flavour. It’s important to bring those different styles because the audience is made up of individuals who will connect with and relate to different parts of the show. I like using metaphors, symbolism and a subtle underlying meaning, so a lot of my work comes forward in the form of allegories. Others have very different ways of storytelling, which is fantastic!

He has laid a number of stories on my heart over the last few months, so it was really special to perform those in front of an audience for the first time.

I am passionate about the creative arts, drama in particular, because it has the power to make me see things in a different way, to view life from a different perspective and to bypasses my sceptical and over-analytical nature to connect in a profound and emotional way. God has taken me on quite a journey to bring me to a place of putting on something
like this. He has laid a number of stories on my heart over the last few months, so it was really special to perform those in front of an audience for the first time. I also had the opportunity to bring out an oldie that I’ve performed before in other contexts, but I love it, so it was great doing it again!

 

The title of the show, ‘I am He’, was based on John 4, where Jesus speaks to the woman at the well. During their conversation, they talk about what true worship is and Jesus explains that he is the Messiah, the one who brings living water, the one who was promised. This really captures the heart of the event as everyone involved brought their own specific gifts as an act of worship, to glorify God and tell of his greatness. I was very encouraged to receive positive feedback, with people saying how enjoyable and thought provoking they found the evening!

It was evident that God was present amongst us and it’s so great to see God stirring people to use their gifts for his glory. We find ourselves in a really special time within Waypoint and in Jubilee where there is space for people to step out in faith and pursue what God has called them to. As for me, I will continue to use drama to tell God stories, and look forward to seeing how he uses that in the future.

– Adam Doggett

Family Overseas Part 3: Abby & Jacob Wilson

Family Overseas Part 3: Abby & Jacob Wilson

Hello all!

Life in Canada…wow, we are loving it. God has put this little community of Claremont on Jacobs heart since he was a boy, and ever since I moved here I have loved it more and more every day.

I’ve been here for a year now and have seen so much of Gods favour going ahead of us.

I’ve been here for a year now and have seen so much of God’s favour going ahead of us. One way is with my health. 2017 seemed to be the worst year for me pain wise (I have Rheumatoid Arthritis) and it got to a point where we were planning for me to fly back to England for treatment with the NHS. The treatment I needed was un-affordable without having permanent residency in Canada. Jacob’s parents (Craig and Stacy) called for an evening of prayer for my health with the whole church.

I was blown away that people already cared for me so much! On that night we received a call from Jacob’s aunt who is a doctor and she said she had been speaking to the head of the Rheumatology department in our local hospital, who was willing to ask for ‘compassionate care’ for me to start a new treatment in Canada. This treatment was better than what I would have been given in the UK, and within a few months I had access to it, completely for free! I have been treated no differently to a patient who has health coverage, and within two weeks of being on it, it has given me so much pain relief that I often forget to take it because the pain isn’t there as a constant reminder! I haven’t had such little daily pain since before I was diagnosed in January 2013. It has meant I have been able to get up and about in the community here and be involved in Life Church in the capacity I feel God is leading me to, without being held back by pain and fatigue. 

Jacob is doing well, we have been married for almost two months now and are already very settled into enjoying married life together, what a gift from God.

He has a great job installing doors that are worth amounts of money I cannot even spell! He has a great relationship with his boss and the hours work well with what we love doing with the church too. We were blessed to find an apartment in the centre of Claremont and love being close to the family and to the Church. We are so thankful for everyone’s prayers and for the friendships that continue overseas.

Please come and visit! 

– Abby Wilson

 

Family Overseas Part 2: Ralf, Daniela, Clara & Rosa Helfrich

Family Overseas Part 2: Ralf, Daniela, Clara & Rosa Helfrich

A year has gone by since we waved our goodbyes and left Maidstone with tons of precious memories in our suitcases.

God has filled our 14 years in the UK with so many good things and relationships and we are still so grateful for sharing life all these years with you Jubilee guys!

In a lot of ways moving back to Germany seemed like stepping out of the safe boat onto the water. The only thing we had waiting for us was a church, the Vineyard Würzburg, which we felt God had clearly spoken for to be a support for the Vision and Leaders there. But it still took lots of faith and patience to build a new life here.

We couldn’t find a house to rent at first, so some catholic nuns invited us to stay with them. The way the took us in was like Jesus welcoming us back to Germany – they just loved us. It took eight months to find a house, but finally God gave us a home, where we could really settle. And it’s big enough for more than just us – so our house is always full of visitors, friends, family and lodgers.

Ralf is working in three Day Care Centres for elderly people – and its great to see how the musical Oldies he sings with them brings a smile to their face remembering the good old times. Daniela works in a home for especially vulnerable refugees – a job she loves so much she would even do it without being paid. Clara has unfortunately forgotten all her English – no wait, the other day she said: Mummy, I DO still know English: hello and “Buon Giorno…(!)”. Rosa is discovering her own little will big time and is now the oldest in her play group. They feel really at home and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle here.

 

Although the Vineyard Church is very different from Jubilee, we have never had a doubt that its been the right time and place to move here. We have spent lots of time getting to know the people in the body before taking on any responsibility. Only recently now we started a house-group project with Alex Jäger – who some of you might still know from School of the Word. Ralf is involved with the worship bands again and is part of the “Prophetic Team”. We also preached as a couple for the first time last week.

 

It’s good to be back home, although it took us quite some time to feel at “home” in Germany again. Looking back its not been the easiest year but one of the most adventurous and filled with Gods surprises and provision – we can truly say, He has been so good to us! We are grateful how God has prepared us, called us and planted us here in our home soil again.

Thanks to all of you who have been praying, visiting, been friends, send messages and encouraged us! You guys will forever be part of who we are! Love you!

– Ralf & Daniela Helfrich

 

Entering His Courts with Praise – My Journey

Entering His Courts with Praise – My Journey

I just love it when any event involves a group of women getting together. Put Jesus at the centre of it and it makes the perfect combination. When Hazel approached me to be part of the core team of ‘Enter His Courts’ ladies day, I was uncertain. I had been feeling really disconnected from God, an apathy and lacking the passion to connect with Him. I doubted if I was in the right place to be involved.

At the first meeting, we prayed about the theme and for the ladies we wanted to invite. The theme touched my heart and I could hear Him gently whispering to me to enter His courts. “Come my precious daughter, come and be with Me”. I realised He wasn’t disconnected from me but there were barriers of pain and fear that were stopping Me from coming to Him.

Hazel asked us to think about what we wanted to contribute. Something had been stirring in me since I heard a testimony about gifting. God whispered “Dance with Me”. This was a challenge as my dancing had been about constant comparison, never feeling good enough, criticism, and from a very young age horrendous stage fright that would have me shake uncontrollably and then despise myself afterwards.

I had a relatively short but successful career as a dance teacher. I loved giving confidence to children where I lacked so much. However personally and emotionally I was a mess. I never completed my training and when I got married, I stopped and I felt relieved. For money reasons five years ago I went back to it. I completed a very gruelling year of training to get back in shape in order to get my teaching exams.  This was following three miscarriages and a traumatic pregnancy. I stepped back into an environment where I hadn’t healed and looking back it wasn’t God’s will. It ended by becoming bed-bound and relying on everybody for help. I felt God had permanently shut the door on dancing.

 

Slowly God filled the loss with joy. I realised that my identity is not in my dancing. When it was taken away I found a new identity, one that is found in Christ alone. In this time I have had several words about my dancing. Even at Jump in just the week before it was mentioned again. Even at that point I didn’t see it as I would literally be dancing again.

Slowly God filled the loss with joy. I realised that my identity is not in my dancing.

Hazel suggested I dance in the Spirit if I felt God ask me too. The thought of doing something unprepared and spontaneous made me feel sick. She reminded me that there was no pressure, I hadn’t committed to anything and I wasn’t letting anybody down. I knew that if God wanted me to do it then He would have to give me the courage and strength to move. In my own strength I wouldn’t have the guts to stand up and do it.

During worship my heart was racing the whole time. I felt like I was standing on the edge of a mountain and knowing that He wanted me to take a leap. I was absolutely terrified. The first couple of steps I could barely breathe. Once I did I realised it wasn’t fear… it was adrenaline. I was worshipping Him with everything I had, marching into battle for Him, following Him wherever He asked me to go. It was all for Him!

   

Afterwards I just felt how proud of me He was. No critism, no comparison, no regret, Just joy. That was the ultimate blessing. So when people started approaching me I could not believe the impact it had had on them. He took my sacrifice, my willingness to obey Him and it didn’t just bless me. Ladies came up to me saying it shifted something in the Spirit, it changed how they were feeling, it made them worship Him more, it encouraged them to lay down their fears. He gave me a gift to give to others.

For the day God gave me a picture of a beautiful doorway and behind this doorway was His courts. The doorway had been barricaded up to the top. You couldn’t climb over it but He was inviting us to enter and be with Him. To enter we needed to smash through them. Smash through insecurities, comparisons, deep fears, lies, the things that stop us in life, stop us from living our God-given destiny.

I stepped forward and I smashed mine to pieces and throughout the day I saw one lady after another smash through their barricades whether it be by coming forward to wash their hands, standing up and receiving prayer or talking to somebody that they’ve not talked to before. Victory was had by so many beautiful ladies and each one standing and glorifying His name! A day I shall never forget.

– An article by Deb Jensen

Unlocking the Bible Devotional – James 1:2-3

Unlocking the Bible Devotional – James 1:2-3

James 1:2-3 NLT
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

For me testing my faith means taking me out of my comfort zone. At the beginning of my year in SOTW my comfort zone was extremely small. I am quite shy, a definite introvert and fear comes easily. Things that most people can take in their stride causes me to run and hide.On SOTW, as most of you know, we go on mission. For our year it was announced we would be going to Ukraine. I freaked, my worst nightmare! To be truthful I wasn’t even sure where Ukraine was. My reaction was, “Great have a lovely time, but I’m not going.” Other years had gone to Cornwall or Scotland, I could even have managed Germany. But Ukraine was just too much.

Yeah I got the talk, “You don’t have to go, we can’t make you.” Followed by, “What exactly are you afraid of? How can we help you? We are all there for you.” No one has ever come to me before, seen my fear and offered support. My heart melted. I knew I had to go. The alternative was telling people why I hadn’t gone, which was possibly more fearful than actually going.

So I went, with total support and encouragement from my wonderful leaders and fellow students…….and I had the most amazing time. In fact it was the highlight of my year. God was stretching me, but he brought people along side to help me on the journey.

I look back and sometimes cannot believe the things I did. From staying in a house with a host that spoke no English, to speaking to a hall of people through a translator and of course the dreaded squat toilets!!God is so gracious, I was tested and for me it was beyond what I could cope with. Yet God provided the support I needed to be stretched. And yes I count it as great joy. My faith was certainly stretched and my comfort zone got a little bit bigger.

Am I still fearful? Yes. But I know God is in control. He doesn’t test us to see if we pass or fail. He does it out of his heart of love for us, so we can grow into the people he wants. The people who can testify to the world of the goodness of our God.

– Devotional by Jackie Lawrence, SOTW staff


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