Ladies Ministry and “The Feast”

Ladies Ministry and “The Feast”

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink – Even if you have no money!
Come! Take your choice of Wine or milk – it’s all free.
Why spend your money on food that doesn’t give you strength?
Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to Me and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.Come to Me with your ears wide open. Listen and you will find Life.”  

(Isaiah 55:1-2) 

This year, we feel called to prepare a banquet from which us ladies can feast throughout the year, depending on our hunger and appetite.  There are no conditions on God’s extravagant love, but the invitation is there to feast from a table, beautifully laden with choice food and drink.  There will be a number of courses on offer…


STARTERS – Opportunities to connect, cultivate relationships and break down social barriers, providing a place of belonging and acceptance, where we can be seen, heard, known and loved.

MAIN COURSES – Opportunities for spiritual input, equipping and discipleship, providing a place of surrender and accountability, where we can be encouraged, challenged, and built up.

SIDE DISHES – Prayer partnerships, recommended reading and other resources

DESSERTS – Trips, play dates and fun times, a chance to stop and smell the roses, let our hair down and be replenished. 

This month has seen the first of a number of planned events throughout the year, as we kicked off on Saturday 14th September with a ‘starter’ and ‘main course’. Upcoming dates include:

January 22nd 2020 (Starter)
March 14th 2020
May 13th 2020
July 11th (Garden party)


– Hazel, Barbara, Ibi, Holly and Kim

POD COURAGE 2

POD COURAGE 2

POD COURAGE PART 2


Well, that’s a wrap for the theme of COURAGE in Sprout/Thrive.

Moses has been such a great example for us of a person who felt fearful and uncertain but chose to step out with courage to trust God. Life is not easy and sometimes the things God calls us to do can be daunting, but courage is always an option for us – especially when we remember that God will be WITH US! Our memory verse has been a great reminder of this truth…

Ask your children – “Can you say the verse?”

POD – COURAGE

POD – COURAGE

For the month of October, our primary school-aged children are learning about COURAGE. We’re looking at the example of Moses and how he lived out God’s call on his life with great courage – choosing to trust and obey God, even when he felt inadequate or not ready or fearful of the consequences. He could be courageous because he knew God was with him.
Ask your children what they’ve learned so far from Moses about courage, and share some examples from your own life to encourage them. See you on Sunday!

Habitation: Youth Time Out!

Habitation: Youth Time Out!

Last Sunday, Wikus and Youth Time Out explored why the Bible is unlike any other book! This week we’ll be doing a Youth Alpha session called ‘Why did Jesus die?’ Let’s encourage our kids to tackle some of these fundamental truths – and they can ask as many questions as they like!

Mosaic

Mosaic

Life is like a mosaic.

We all come from different life paths, backgrounds and cultures to create something diverse, wonderful and new. We are a group of older people that have a passionate desire to reach out to the community with the love of Christ and add value to peoples’ lives. Our heart is to build community together and offer a safe, nurturing and welcoming place for us older folk to gather. 

As we are the fastest-growing age demographic in our society and in many churches, we believe our life experience is invaluable to church life as a whole – a “hidden treasure”! We see this as an ideal opportunity for us to come together, and reach an unsaved, wider, senior community! At present we are more Jubilee Church focused, but things are in motion to reach the community around us.

At MOSAIC, we want to facilitate a sensitive and open communication of the Gospel to unsaved people. Forming strong friendships with one another, with like-minded organisations in our local community and to encourage each other to push deeper into a relationship with God. We believe that it’s never too late for God to transform lives, at whatever stage of life.

We trust that MOSAIC will be a tool that God will use to serve the older and more mature generation both in and outside of Jubilee – without strings attached. We are trusting that all will experience the love of God and have a life-changing encounter with JESUS!

We want to see the lost, older generation come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour!




Current activities

• Care Home one to one visits with their elderly, bedridden residents.

For more details contact Ray: ray.skilton@jubilee.co

Mosaic.


Flame Christian Foundations

Flame Christian Foundations

A bit about us

We (Ray & Jacqui) were married in April 1983 and have three children and five grandchildren. We have been walking with the Lord since May 1988. 

Over the years in our walk with Jesus, Jacqui and I have experienced many moves of the Holy Spirit.  We have been comforted by him after the death of our eldest son, we have experienced him in personal healings and seen many signs and wonders, including coming back to the body of Christ after our own ‘prodigal son’ experience and to Jesus, we are truly thankful for the people he has made us today!

One of our firm beliefs as a couple is that we are able to reach our fullest potential, predestined by God, if we are obedient to His word, operate through the power of His Holy Spirit, and yield to his transformation process daily – until we reflect Christ Jesus. It is through this belief, and a heart for the church, that Flame Christian Foundations was birthed. We want to see our family in Christ encouraged and built up so that they can reach their full potential and walk in their God-given destiny. We want to see people ‘live life and operate in the Spirit’ (Rom 8).  To help motivate our local congregation to spiritual maturity in Christ (Eph 4:11-13), young and old alike until we reflect Christ.


Flame Christian Foundations

Flame Christian Foundations is a ministry primarily set up to feed, take care of, encourage and build up the body of Christ, as Jesus instructed Peter in John 21:15-17 “Feed my lambs – Take care of my sheep – Feed my sheep”and in 2 Timothy, Paul calls us to fan into flame the gift of God which is in us:
2 Timothy 1:6 “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.



Flame workshops

  1. Christianity for Beginners – designed for new believers and covers the basic Christian foundations.
  2. Fan into Flame: Life in the Spirit – designed to help believers in their walk to maturity in Christ Jesus.

If you’re interested in either of these courses, please contact Ray via email: ray.skilton@jubilee.co

POD October 6th

POD October 6th

POD had their last week of talking about trust. We learned on Sunday, through the story of Joseph in Genesis, that we can trust God has a plan.

Why not quiz your kiddies this week, on their memory verse – (Proverbs 3:5)

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff


“THE RIGHT STUFF”

Article by Tony Kettle

Beginning in 1959, mankind began to refocus on the concept of space travel, as, due to the miracle of modern technology and advanced media, many of us were privileged to closely and avidly follow the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programmes, which terminated in 1972, followed by the space shuttle and space station missions. All these endeavours were completed through the auspices and direction of the United States National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). Europe later came into the ‘space race’ with the establishment of the European Space Agency (ESA).

With the tremendous public interest in the work of NASA, generated by the media, many men (and later, women) eagerly sought careers as astronauts, the term coined for those who were trained to travel into space. However, NASA (and subsequently ESA) developed extremely rigid criteria and qualifications required for entry into the astronaut training programme. They called these outstanding attributes “THE RIGHT STUFF!”

It occurs to me that God also has, in a sense, His own ‘space programme’, with His own ‘astronauts’ in training! We are those ‘astronauts’, if we are believers – dedicated, committed Christians. Why do I call us ‘astronauts?’ Because God has commanded us to “set (our) mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2 NASB – emphasis added). He has “…raised us up with Him, and seated  us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” (Ephesians 2:6 NASB – emphasis added). We are “…partakers of a heavenly calling…” (Hebrews 3:1 NASB – emphasis added) and eventually we will be “…looking for new heavens and a new earth…” (2 Peter 3:13 NASB – emphasis added).

Furthermore, God has His own firmly established criteria – His own “RIGHT STUFF” – for whoever desires to become a (spiritual) ‘astronaut.’        

So, what is this “RIGHT STUFF” that is absolutely hallowed in the realm of space exploration – and how does it equate with God’s criteria? Let’s answer that question by comparing the qualifications for astronauts in the natural sense with those for God’s (spiritual) ‘astronauts’ in the schedule below:

NASA EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (NASA)
Vs THE KINGDOM OF GOD (KINGDOM)

YOUTH

(NASA) Generally only recruited between the ages of 27 to 37, although they could continue in service through their 50s.

(KINGDOM)
“It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17 NASB).
“Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance…Likewise urge the young men to be sensible…” (Titus 2:2, 6  NASB).

UNIVERSITY DEGREE

(NASA) Usually a degree in engineering, medicine or appropriate subject. Need to be scientifically-minded.

(KINGDOM) God does not require that we have a university degree – but He has stipulated that “…we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16 NASB – emphasis added).

EXPERIENCE

(NASA) Candidates are required to have at least 3 years experience in the field covered by their degree.

(KINGDOM) “And not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach” (1 Timothy 3:6-10 NASB).

PATIENCE

(NASA) This attribute is essential because of the complex, difficult situations and problems that often take time to resolve.

(KINGDOM) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 NASB).

BRAVERY

(NASA) Given the fact that many recruits have been test pilots, and / or served in the military, plus the tragic accidents that occurred in some programmes, this quality has become virtually second-nature.  

(KINGDOM) “Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go” (Joshua 1:6-7 NASB).

TEAMWORK

(NASA) In view of the dangerous environments and situations encountered by astronauts, thorough teamwork with crews is indispensable.

(KINGDOM) “so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 NASB).

PREPARED FOR STRANGE LIFESTYLE

(NASA) Recruits need to adapt to living in unnatural environments in space, away from the comfortable familiarity of earth.

(KINGDOM) “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2 NASB).

PSYCHOLOGICALLY SOUND

(NASA) The rigours of living in unnatural environments for long periods demand a strong mindset and emotional stability.

(KINGDOM) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV).

TENACITY

(NASA) When serious, potentially fatal problems arise on missions, a strong resolve, perseverance, persistence and a determination to not give up is necessary.

(KINGDOM) “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NASB).
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NASB).

Astronauts, naturally-speaking, need to be IN a space capsule on a rocket, in order to escape the gravitational pull of the earth. Likewise, we, as God’s (spiritual) ‘astronauts’, must be IN Christ in order to escape the ‘gravitational’ pull of sin (Romans 8:1-2)!

A balloon needs to be COMPLETELY filled with hydrogen or helium in order to rise from the earth. If it only has a little gas, the balloon will just flop about! So, we need to be COMPLETELY filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) in order to ‘rise above’ the enticements of the world – to escape the ‘gravitational’ pull of sin (Romans 8:5-14). If we are not ‘filled’, guess what? We will just ‘flop about’ in life!

On the other hand, whereas a balloon, operating under the law of buoyancy, is limited in the height to which it can rise, the spiritual law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is NOT limited in its power.    By remaining “in Christ”, we can go as HIGH into the Heavenly realm as we desire (Ephesians 2:4-6).  So, we can escape the ‘gravitational’ pull of sin – we can become (spiritual) ‘astronauts.’

When the astronauts in Apollo 13 encountered major difficulties (the oxygen tanks exploded), they sent out the famous message: “Houston, we have a problem.” They had to rely on NASA, so far away on Earth, to help them return safely. Thanks be to God, we don’t have that problem – we have the Holy Spirit IN us to help in our time of need (John 14:17; 1 John 3:24)!

“Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might
and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.”

(Isaiah 40:26 NASB)


Blessings,
Tony Kettle

How Faith is Impacting Where You Are | Part Two

How Faith is Impacting Where You Are | Part Two

Daniel Ghinn, healthcare, technology and Jesus.

I lead a team that serves the international health industry with insights-led strategy. We created a technology platform to provide globally unique insights that inform our consulting for the world’s largest organisations in healthcare.

My career started in research and technology; as a computer programmer my passion was creating new things. In the late 1990s I was inspired by emerging internet technology which I believed was about to change all our lives, and I wanted to be part of that. So together with my wife, Jo, we launched the company that we now call CREATION. Within our first year, we started working with doctors, clinics, and healthcare companies. Today, we specialise in healthcare and work with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and influential organisations in health.

When we launched the company 21 years ago, we knew that Jesus had to be the head of the business. Since then I think we have been discovering what He really wants to do with it. One thing I have increasingly learned is that Jesus intends for His Church to be active every day for him, wherever we are. So I see my work as an integral part of being part of his Church, and I encourage those I work with to put their faith into action in this way too.

Some years ago when I was praying about vision for the company, God reminded me that even my wildest dreams do not come close to what He can do, because He “…is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Daniel Ghinn and Anni Neumann visit clients in Germany

I see my work as worship because I do it to serve the Lord first, and I believe He wants to work with me to accomplish His purposes. In every aspect of my work I expect God to inspire my thinking and to show me things I could not have known without Him, so that I can minister effectively through what I do. This applies to setting strategy for our company and leading the team, as well as working on individual client assignments.

At times God has given me a specific insight for a client to address needs I could not have known about; other times I have been able to pray for clients about issues they are facing, and they have seen a breakthrough.

This is encouraging but I am still hungry for Him to do much more through me and my team through our work. I believe the best is yet to come!

Daniel Ghinn