Feedback from Alpha Spring 2020

Feedback from Alpha Spring 2020

An article by Ben Doggett | 9th July 2020

The Alpha Course is an incredible tool for helping people explore the deep questions of life. As a church we have run Alpha previously but we have recently finished our first one online.

I was recently listening to an interview with Nicky Gumball who is the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, the church who designed the Alpha Course. Nicky said that since lockdown, HTB are now starting two new Alpha courses every single week! The church may not be able to meet together at the moment, but there has been an explosion of interest in the Christian faith.

Alpha is a very relational course. It runs for around 10 weeks and during that time you get to know the other people on the course fairly well. Initially I was nervous to see if the course would suffer from not having the face to face element. Upon reflection, I am pleasantly surprised at how relational it still was. As the weeks went by, we developed a real connection together and I was genuinely sad when the course came to an end and I knew I wouldn’t be spending the next Tuesday night with that group of people again!

Most importantly, the online element was not able to block God from having His perfect way.

In the early weeks, those on the course asked superb questions as they sought the truth of the Gospel. And then, as the weeks went by, we began to see people recommit their lives to Jesus or surrender to Him for the very first time! Zoom also again proved to be a boundary that the Holy Spirit had no problem crossing and so we prayed and watched in awe as the Holy Spirit touched lives despite us being many miles apart. 

To bring clarity to what is important in our complex and often busy lives, there is nothing like the beauty of seeing someone encounter the love and acceptance of Jesus. There is no joy quite like that which comes from seeing a child beloved of God, discover a Father who has been waiting with open arms.

If you have questions about life and Christianity, or know someone who would benefit from this course, there is another opportunity to sign on for a course starting Wednesday 15th July. It will run for 10 weeks on Wednesday evenings between 8-9:30pm.

For more information or to register, please contact Jubilee office at office@jubilee.co.

Rutland Woods | Work Party Results

Rutland Woods | Work Party Results

A message from Tim Biddlecombe | 6th July 2020

A huge thank you to everyone who helped at the Woods on Saturday, and to Gwyneth for the amazing fridge cake and blueberry muffins. If you weren’t there, you really missed out!

As well as some general tidying up, we now have created 3 separate areas; two around the lake, and one at the top end of the wood. Each has its own fire pit and seating. The walkways between these areas have been cleared and widened.
The largest of the sites near the parachute canopy is a great place for camping, and the others for meeting with home group, family or friends for a camp fire.

When I volunteered to help manage the woods, I was surprised that Neil described it as a ministry, but soon came to realise that it really is. For some of the young people from King’s Reach, it may be their only place of safety, peace and contact with Christians. For others it is a place of reflection and connecting with God, or a time of fun and fellowship with friends, Home Groups and families in a unique and special environment.

So please make use of the woods. You can reserve your time there through the office at office@jubilee.co.

Left uncared for the undergrowth would soon cover the paths and choke the beautiful flowers; the lake would become virtually invisible and the open spaces smothered in brambles. So our next work party is on Saturday August the 8th.

Contact Tim at tim.biddlecombe@jubilee.co or the Jubilee Office if you are interested in being involved.

The newly cleared camping and picnic area close to the lake
Campfire site at the other end of the lake.
What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up


Sundays

In current circumstances, we are using Zoom to connect together on Sundays at 10:30am. The meetings will still be recorded and uploaded onto the website under the AM Celebration podcast feed. Each week we will also share the slides from the meeting, so you can go over them and use it in your times with the Lord throughout the week.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/831517712?pwd=Z3pSSEJiR3MxNlhjTTZQYzBUVTQvUT09

If you have a personal Zoom account or app on your device, please make sure you are logged out before clicking the link to join. This should avoid you having to fill in meeting ID and password. Email office@jubilee.co if you have any questions.

This past Sunday, Darren and Ray explored the prophetic and what it looks like to be “a prophetic Church”; a place where everyone is encouraged to prophesy and so build one another up. Some great encouragements were shared. Have a look at the Celebration recording (link above, named “podcast feed”) to hear what was said.

Over the next few weeks, we will feature one of the nations represented in Jubilee per week as we celebrate our cultural diversity. Join us on Sunday to find out more about the first one.


Conversations with …

“Single Parents Prayer Evening” with Molly, Debs and Sophya | Tuesday 7th July 8:00pm
Come let us pray together, find peace in God’s presence and be REFRESHED!
Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72801119806?pwd=a3FiTTBhSzdmVlg2UGxxNE42RHNBZz09


Alpha Course

We will be running another Alpha Course starting Monday 13th July.

The course is run over 10 weeks, meeting once a week between 8:00-9:30pm over Zoom. The course looks at various topics such as “Who is Jesus?”, “How does God guide us?”, “How can I have faith?”, “Why and how do I read the Bible?” and more.
It is a great platform for any questions you might have about God or around Christianity.

For more information or to sign up, contact us at office@jubilee.co.


The Marriage Course

Holy Trinity Brompton (who run the Marriage Course) have made a free online version. It includes 7 sessions for you to do when suits you in your schedule.

Register and order booklets at www.htb.org/marriage
For more info contact Paul & Gwyneth Darling on paul.darling@jubilee.co or gwyneth.darling@jubilee.co.

Mature Open-minded Sociable Adults In Connection

Mosaic runs every second Tuesday at 11am. During this time of lockdown, we are using Zoom to connect with one another.

For more info contact Ray & Jacqui Skilton on ray.skilton @jubilee.co

New to Jubilee or not quite sure how to access all the resources available on our website? Have a look at this video above that shows you how to navigate your way around.


Help in a time of need

Due to the Corona pandemic, many life situations have changed drastically almost overnight. For many, it has come with challenges in how to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Kent Voice (www.kentvoice.com) is a forum that offers information about the different kinds of help that is available.

If you are struggling in any way, please contact us at office@jubilee.co and we will find the best way to help you and support you in they way you need.


Prayer for our Parkwood Home

As a Jubilee family, we have been praying more specifically into various areas of our new home-in-process in Parkwood.
If you haven’t received one of the leaflets handed out, please ask the Welcome Team on a Sunday morning.

Prayer points
– Wisdom for the elders & project team as they lead the project.
– For the right building contractor to be appointed.
– Favour with the local contractors.
– Finance.
– Safety of those who work on-site.
– For the project to run smoothly from start to finish with no delays.

Join us as we trust God together to see our new home built to be a place where He is glorified and made known to the community around us.


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Make your donations go further!

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AC Talk | Are these the last days?

AC Talk | Are these the last days?

A message from John Scholtz | June 2020

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when it was still an epidemic and known as the novel Corona virus, I received several links from various folk.

The first was from a UK pastor to his flock informing them with absolute authority and supposed scientific backing, that without any doubt whatsoever, this virus was caused by 5G. The theories continued to grow, and conspiracies have raged on social media blaming everything and everyone you can imagine. If it was not the influenza vaccine being the cause, then it was an international conspiracy of the Illuminate or Bill Gates. Bill had predicted a pandemic back in 2015, so he’d obviously planned this. We are warned by propagators of this conspiracy, never to take another vaccine ever. This is a very irresponsible statement in my view, given the horrific plagues of the past with huge morbidity and loss of life, prevented now by vaccines, but always lurking in the background.

The Americans have blamed the Chinese, and the Chinese the Americans and no amount of scientific evidence from experts working in the field seems to sway the opinions of those looking for someone to blame.

Some Christians have taken it to another level and declared the establishment of the New World Order or God’s judgment on the world,
because of His anger over a particular sin. Still others have declared it to be the start of the Tribulation or The End Time. It’s a sign, they say, of the Lord’s coming.

As believers, what should our response be?

I don’t think turning to examples of God’s judgment on Israel in the Old Testament is helpful or applicable. It’s not as simple as “bad things happen to bad people” as we well know. Remember Job.

No, our response I believe, needs to be based firmly on Jesus, because “now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law…” (Romans 3:21).

People asked Jesus for a sign. He saw it as a sign of their unbelief.

The signs Jesus gave us, were largely about the new creation: water into wine, healings, food for the hungry, sight for the blind and life for the dead.

We should not be living in the “then” of the Old Testament but look for the “now” of Jesus. He was not looking backward to sins which might bring about judgment but forward to the new thing the “now” thing that was happening: The Kingdom of God!

In John 9 the disciples asked Jesus about the blind man (just as is being asked today of the COVID-19 pandemic) “Rabbi, who sinned, this
man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Then He heals him.

Should we not also be looking forward to see what Jesus will do?

He points us to a new world in which He will be the one true sign. “And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew
24:6)

Conspiracy theories have always been around, but Jesus says stay calm and
trust in Me. Pray like this, He says: “Thy Kingdom come on earth as in heaven.” Of course, we must repent, and we should also lament for the world, but we’re already living in the last days “God has spoken through His
Son.” (Hebrew1:2)

Jesus warned that people would ‘look here!’ or ‘look there!’ but His death and resurrection, the single, ultimate sign of the arrival of God’s Kingdom, remain the call and pointer to penitence. They were the sign.
Claims to tell from world events when “the second coming” will occur are claims to know more than Jesus Himself. The resurrection is the beginning of God’s new creation, His saving rule on earth.

I’m grateful to Tom Wright for some insights from his recent book “God and the Pandemic.” He says: “The cross is where all the world’s sufferings and horrors have been heaped up and dealt with. The resurrection is the launch of God’s new creation, of His sovereign saving rule on earth – starting with the physical body of Jesus Himself. Those events are now the summons to repent and the clue to what God is doing in the world. Trying to jump from an earthquake, a tsunami, a pandemic or anything else to a conclusion
about ‘what God is saying here” without going through the gospel story is to make the basic theological mistake of trying to deduce something about God while going behind Jesus’ back.”

In Mark 12:1-12 the owner of the vineyard, having had his messengers rejected by the tenants, makes his last and final move by sending his son and they kill him too. After that there can be no more messengers, no more warning signs.

From now on the summons to repentance comes through Jesus, God’s ultimate plan (see Eph 1:10).

There’s no point in asking why this happened. We live in a fallen world.
Let’s rather ask: “What can we, as the church, do?”
It was their love and care for others not clever interpretations that turned the world upside down in the early days of the church. Only in Christ and the coming Kingdom will we find our peace, as we look forward in these difficult and challenging times.

There are 1,7 million unknown viruses in wildlife of which 700,000 have the potential to infect humans, the BBC reports. All known
Corona viruses come from wild animals and it is likely that pandemics will become more frequent the scientists say. This is just one of those.
This fits with what I learned in Medical School 45 years ago, that influenza viruses mutate in the vast bird populations of China, constantly creating new strains, to which we have to become immune. It’s part of the fallen world.

But don’t despair, let’s look forward with great hope: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” Revelation 21:1 (ESV).

Faith – Hope – Love

Faith – Hope – Love

Emma Wilson | 28 June 2020 | Sunday Celebration Testimony

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” – 2 Cor. 3:17

During this time in lockdown, I came across a song called “Be kind to yourself” by Andrew Peterson. I would really recommend listening to it if you struggle to cut yourself some slack every once in a while.
A little while ago, we heard a lot about kindness and the need to be kind to others, because we often have no idea what they are going through, what their story is. In this life we can often feel heavy and pressured, so let’s be on one another’s side, show each other kindness.
But I want to take that a step further and encourage each of us to show that kindness to ourselves, too. Often, we are our own worst critics, the least loving voice in our own minds.

But, before I go further in this train of thought, let me paint you a different picture of my mind and experience, particularly over the last few months.

As lockdown began, I felt quite shaken in many ways. A lot of uncertainties and a lack of point of reference quickly led me down a spiral of feeling pressured, incapable of balancing different things without a feeling of failing or coming short in one area or another – or all at the same time. As well as that, I felt this weight of expectation for this time of lockdown to be such a God-given gift of time for Him to speak, to reset priorities, to go deeper in my relationship with Him, to do a new work. It felt like all around me, there were people who now had this extra time on their hands to fix their house, their garden, resurrect new passions, invest in godly disciplines, and more. Having a 2-year old and being 6 months pregnant, I didn’t feel like I found myself there at all. And that was eating me from the inside. This comparison and feeling of not doing enough to see God do something in this time.

On a different page, I was being confronted with parts of my heart and mind that were not very pretty at all – parts that pointed fingers, parts that fear, hurts and insecurities, parts that were driven by performance and comparison, parts that felt so overwhelmed and anxious. Having less time to be distracted by or busy with other things left space for lies to sow seeds and my emotions to water them. In my head I was desperate to put things into place to see God do something, to do the “right things” to become closer to Jesus and more like Him in this time. There was this striving to stand pleasing before God in how well I spent my time or how much I did to pursue Him. But in that, there was no space for grace. No space for kindness towards myself. No space for love for myself.

A couple of weeks in, in various circles, we looked at the Holy Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:17 says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” I knew that was what my heart was longing for, but didn’t know how to get there (once again…). Each day, I woke up saying, “Holy Spirit, I can’t do this myself. I want more of You. I know You have more for me and for my life than this. Fill me. Help me.”

And He did. Bit by bit, I could see how these heavy weights were taken out of my backpack, as it were, and replaced with freedom:

  • Freedom to do what I can and not push myself silly; to give myself grace and time to rest.
  • Freedom in knowing that God will complete the work He has started in me – Phil. 1:6. It is His desire and His doing and He won’t let me miss out when my HEART is postured towards Him.
  • Freedom that this season is not a reflection of me as a whole person nor will it last forever.
  • Freedom in knowing that God is not finished; and He is not finished with me.

Freedom on the other side of FAITH, not works.

From different platforms, the Holy Spirit highlighted all the ways He brings freedom. He showed me the Father’s heart that cares for me, that desires to carry my burdens, that abounds in grace and kindness and LOVE. Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, I don’t have to earn my standing before Him each day; I don’t have to prove myself to anyone, including God actually. He sees my heart; He made it and knows what beats within. In Jesus, there is rest and freedom to learn from Him each day, to walk each day by His side, in His power, in His finished work.

So, in conclusion I want to encourage you:
When we look around us, it is easy to feel burdened by how we perceive others’ lives to be and how far our own is removed from that.
When we look within ourselves, we can feel the need to sort things out ourselves and make a plan to ease the feeling of guilt or fear or failing by doing “the right things”.
But when we look to God, we inherit a freedom on the other side of FAITH – faith in the work that Jesus has completed for us; faith in the Father who fully sees, fully knows and fully loves us; faith in the Spirit who searches the heart of man and desires to draw it closer to a gracious God.

My prayer for you is that you find this freedom that truly does set free from all heavy things and that brings life to the full instead.

Click here for the video and audio podcast of our Sunday Virtual Gatherings.

What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up


Sundays

In current circumstances, we are using Zoom to connect together on Sundays at 10:30am. The meetings will still be recorded and uploaded onto the website under the AM Celebration podcast feed. Each week we will also share the slides from the meeting, so you can go over them and use it in your times with the Lord throughout the week.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/831517712?pwd=Z3pSSEJiR3MxNlhjTTZQYzBUVTQvUT09

If you have a personal Zoom account or app on your device, please make sure you are logged out before clicking the link to join. This should avoid you having to fill in meeting ID and password. Email office@jubilee.co if you have any questions.

This past Sunday, we had our Summer Church Sunday. We looked at the theme of “Faith, Hope and Love” in the form of testimonies, encouragement and practical tips on how to approach life day-by-day, especially in this time of Covid-19.

Over the next few weeks, we will feature one of the nations represented in Jubilee per week as we celebrate our cultural diversity. Join us on Sunday to find out more about the first one.


Conversations with …

“Interview with Jennifer Reece-Larcombe” with Molly | Tuesday 30th June 7:30pm

Ladies evening with Jennifer Reece-Larcombe. She is an author and the founder of the charity ‘Beauty from Ashes.’ Jennifer will be sharing some of her incredible testimony of Heaven, miraculous healing and restoration after trauma and loss. Molly will be interviewing her and then open up for some questions. Don’t miss it, you will be blessed.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82880432474?pwd=OHFKQ1pJZ3JIWnczN2ZjQ1d1TjIydz09


Power Hour of Prayer

This Wednesday 1st July is our Power Hour of Prayer
Join us at 7:30pm for an hour of prayer via Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/899598833


Alpha Course

We will be running another Alpha Course starting the week commencing the 6th July.

The course is run over 10 weeks, meeting once a week between 7:30-9:30 over Zoom. The course looks at various topics such as “Who is Jesus?”, “How does God guide us?”, “How can I have faith?”, “Why and how do I read the Bible?” and more.
It is a great platform for any questions you might have about God or around Christianity.

For more information, contact us at office@jubilee.co.


Rutland Woods Work Party 4th July

A message from Tim Biddlecombe, who is our Jubilee person responsible for managing the woods:

“I hope you saw the videos of the woods during Sunday’s Zoom Celebration, and realised what a beautiful and special place it is.

When I volunteered to help manage the woods I was surprised that Neil described it as a ministry, but soon came to realise that it really is. For some of the young people from Kings Reach it may be their only place of safety, peace and contact with Christians; for others it is a place of reflection and connecting with God, or a time of fun and fellowship with friends, Home Groups and families in a unique and special environment.
This vital ministry needs your help. Left uncared for the undergrowth would soon cover the paths and choke the beautiful flowers; the lake would become virtually invisible and the open spaces smothered in brambles.

Can I encourage you to join our next work party, please? It really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’  especially if you can bring a petrol strimmer/ brushcutter!

For more details and to reserve your place, please contact me on 07850 701037 or at tim.biddlecombe@jubilee.co.

I look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you,
Tim.

P.S.: Gwyneth has promised to supply “goodies” for all the helpers!”


The Marriage Course

Holy Trinity Brompton (who run the Marriage Course) have made a free online version. It includes 7 sessions for you to do when suits you in your schedule.

Register and order booklets at www.htb.org/marriage
For more info contact Paul & Gwyneth Darling on paul.darling@jubilee.co or gwyneth.darling@jubilee.co.

Mature Open-minded Sociable Adults In Connection

Mosaic runs every second Tuesday at 11am. During this time of lockdown, we are using Zoom to connect with one another.

For more info contact Ray & Jacqui Skilton on ray.skilton @jubilee.co

New to Jubilee or not quite sure how to access all the resources available on our website? Have a look at this video above that shows you how to navigate your way around.


Help in a time of need

Due to the Corona pandemic, many life situations have changed drastically almost overnight. For many, it has come with challenges in how to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Kent Voice (www.kentvoice.com) is a forum that offers information about the different kinds of help that is available.

If you are struggling in any way, please contact us at office@jubilee.co and we will find the best way to help you and support you in they way you need.


Prayer for our Parkwood Home

As a Jubilee family, we have been praying more specifically into various areas of our new home-in-process in Parkwood.
If you haven’t received one of the leaflets handed out, please ask the Welcome Team on a Sunday morning.

Prayer points
– Wisdom for the elders & project team as they lead the project.
– For the right building contractor to be appointed.
– Favour with the local contractors.
– Finance.
– Safety of those who work on-site.
– For the project to run smoothly from start to finish with no delays.

Join us as we trust God together to see our new home built to be a place where He is glorified and made known to the community around us.


Ladies Garden Party

As we reach the end of our first year of The Feast, we want to warmly invite you to a Ladies Garden Party.

This will include a glass of Prosecco on arrival, traditional afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, seasonal selection of cakes, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and jam and a choice of loose leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee.

There will be garden games for your enjoyment, beautiful grounds to explore and an inside venue should the weather misbehave.

WHERE
Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham

WHEN
11th July 2020, 2-5pm

COST
Twenty-five pounds pp (available to pay in installments)

DRESSCODE
Wear your Summer best

Book online here: https://jubilee.co/book/the-feast-ladies-garden-party/


Shopping on Amazon?

Support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk with just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

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Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


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Number 40

Number 40

Dave Cape | 21 June 2020 | Sunday Celebration

“YOUR HEART WILL DETERMINE EVERYTHING.”

We live in a day when almost everything is being redefined. Your thinking, your attitudes, your social interactions and your views. Yet, we as mere mortals find ourselves trying to navigate paths we often never thought we would have to, whilst trying to fathom what we should be making of it, or how we should be responding to it.

Your timing in God will be determined by your level of obedience.                                                                                                             

“The greatest enemy to God’s will for my life, is MY will, for my life!”

God moves in space and time.

Space and time are not “one and the same”. Space and time are distinct. Space is what you move in. Time is something that elapses or “goes by”, by which movement and change are defined.

God compacts His Omniscience, His Omnipotence and Omnipresence into one action – when we are obedient and cooperate with the Holy Spirit.
E.g.: Acts 8:26-40: Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. Philip is then transported from Gaza to Azotus.

God compacts time.

There are things which only God can explain. He can hasten – and be God of the suddenly.

Acts 12: Peter in Prison:
He was in maximum security. 4 squads –  bound between two soldiers.
Bound in stocks, fervent prayer was being offered up and the next thing they are free.He was so shocked he thought he was seeing a vision.

Sometimes we are free, but we still act as if we are bound. Sometimes we can become so distracted with our circumstances that we lose sight of where we are going.

But God is able to override our circumstance in an instant no matter how complicated or bleak it may look. It all depends on how deeply we are prepared to allow Him access to our lives.

He turns 40 years into 40 days.

What took the children of Israel 40 years in the wilderness, took Jesus just 40 days. God compacted time.

Luke 4:1-12:

“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, He was hungry.

The devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.’”
And the devil took Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to Him, “To You I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If You, then, will worship me, it will all be Yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’”
And he took Him to Jerusalem and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to guard you,’” and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
‘” And Jesus answered him, “It is said, You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

All by the baptism and power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He conquered the devil, embedded God’s word, and established His Kingdom, conquering all temptation, in 40 days.

Jesus’ grounding carried Him though. He knew the word and was prepared in advance.
We have to be prepared before the battle, so we can draw it out in the battle. It’s no good in the heat of the battle or when you are suddenly confronted.

The enemy will always challenge:
– Your credentials or integrity – “If You are the Son of God”
– Your authority and power – “I will give You all this domain and glory, if You worship me.”
– Your security in God – “Throw yourself down. Nothing will happen. He will give His angels charge over You.”

Your response to the trials or the test will determine your destination. E.g.: the children of Israel could not enter into the Promised Land. But Jesus emerged and His ministry was launched.

You might think there’s no way out. No one understands.
Luke 4:13: “When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him”.
Jesus was tempted in every way; He understands your situation and your pain.

That relationship, financial situation, business or job crisis, addiction. God can break in an instant.
E.g.: Joseph went from being in prison with no hope of being released to being Prime Minister in 24 hrs – Genesis 41

40 minutes and 4 hours

1 Samuel 17 – David and Goliath

Sometimes we can feel so locked in and even stumped, discouraged or fearful. Yet by the Holy Spirit, God can alter it in an instant.

Goliath taunted the Israelite army for 40 days, morning and evening, yet when a young teenager led by the Holy Spirit got the word of the Lord, it took just 40 minutes to sort out the situation and have the Philistines on the run.

David responded with boldness, filled with the Holy Spirit, when he ran towards the Philistine: “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel.” (1 Sam. 17:45)

V52: “And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.”
It would take a soldier 4 hours to run this distance.

The leading of the Holy Spirit compacts time in God’s economy.

The army endured Goliath’s taunting for 40 days, yet in 4 hours, by the Holy Spirit leading David, the Philistine army was totally defeated.

Conclusion

So, God has a 40 zone for each of us. It’s up to you, which zone will it be and how deeply are you going to allow God to access your life and how ready are you to respond. Don’t be like the children in the desert. Don’t be like the armies of Israel. Be ready to run, like Peter or Joseph.
You can either believe your situation is locked in, or that the Angel is waiting at the door to lead you by the Holy Spirit.

Are you grounded in the word and prayer and ready to respond and move?

For the full message which includes Dave’s stories and real-life testimonies, click here.

One New Community

One New Community

Andy Faulkner | 14 June 2020 | Sunday Celebration

Ephesians 2:11-22

“Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. For Christ himself is our peace. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations.

He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in Himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of His death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from Him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself. We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through Him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by His Spirit.”

Introduction

We have all been affected by the events of recent weeks following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent outpouring of public anger around the world demanding racial justice. We as a church were profoundly affected by Siji’s testimony and sharing last weekend on this topic. I have felt God draw me to this passage during the last few days and I want to share some specific thoughts from it with you. I am troubled as to what I, a white, middle-class man, can do to speak into this situation. What do I have to contribute to this conversation when I have never faced discrimination simply because of my skin colour or sex?

My only answer is to share with you the gift that God has given me of expounding His word to speak into this present age. As an eldership, we believe that God’s call to us as His people is to demonstrate a different lifestyle that shines like a light in these dark times. The church, as we will see, is the jewel in God’s crown; the apple of His eye. She is meant to shine with a brighter light and speak of a different way of living, the way of love enabled by the power of the cross.

The beauty of the church lies in her diversity. She is the manifold (variegated, multicoloured, polupoikilos) wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10). She is the statement, above all of the statements that men could make, of God’s abhorrence of division and hatred, of racism, sexism and discrimination. On that great and final day, when we are gathered around His throne, a great cry will go up:

Worthy are You to take the scroll and to open its seals, for You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.Revelation 5:9-10

I want to say to every one of my brothers and sisters this morning who is from a different tribe or language or people or nation to me, “We stand with you. We celebrate all that is positive and delightful about your culture and your heritage. We love the colour that you bring to us. We love the variety of God’s brilliance that you reflect. We are thrilled and proud to have so many nations represented in Jubilee and we hunger for more.” 

I want to use these verses from this passage to inspire us to live differently and reflect the beauty of the diversity with which God has blessed us and to root out every form of injustice that does not measure up to God’s standard of love as reflected in these words.

Exposition (v19-22)

No longer foreigners and aliens

  • Once you were foreigners and aliens; without hope and without God in the world
  • Christ-less, stateless, friendless, hopeless, and GodlessHendriksen
  • Excluded/separated from God, and excluded/separated from others (N.B. contrast love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself);
  • Individualism was our creed and our lifestyle.

Fellow Citizens with God’s People

  • Now we are included; now we are in fellowship with others.
  • We are not just individuals; we are a community of God’s people.  Consumerism is the shaping influence behind much modern expression of Christianity: me, my, mine… (e.g. songs, books, sermons).
  • We are no longer defined by reference to our individual styles, tastes, or preferences.  
  • We are part of a one another community. The “you” most often used in the N.T. is plural, not singular; e.g. in French: “vous”, not “tu”.
  • No Christian bubbles of me and Jesus! It’s all about us.
  • No division based on race, or education, or wealth, or intelligence – we are one new community 

Members of God’s Household

  • We are also not separated from Him. Once were excluded from Him but now we are members – we’re a living, active, organically joined part of His work and His way. His Spirit is in us; we are spiritually joined to God.
  • His Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are His children.

Built on the foundation of Apostles and Prophets

  • We have a foundation. That foundation is doctrine, but it is not documentation.  
  • What we are founded on is a living ministry of the Spirit, not a set of words on paper. The word of God is alive; one of the ways in which it lives is in the hands of those who preach and teach and disciple it into others.
  • We welcome apostolic and prophetic ministry in the form of people such as Dave Cape and Tony Fitzgerald. The preaching and teaching of God’s word like this. 

Christ Himself as Cornerstone

  • Underpinning everything and supporting everything is Christ Himself.  But note that He is supporting the church, not individuals!  He is supporting the collective structure and not simply individual needs, wants, preferences and desires.
  • Christ is the beginning and the end; the keystone and capstone; He is the one in whom “all things now hold together” (Col. 1:17).

In Him the Building Rises

  • Christ’s intention is not simply individual salvation or personal holiness. Of course, a personal relationship with Christ is the entry point, but what we are discipling and building people into is a corporate structure – the church of Jesus Christ.  All the wonders of the truth of individual salvation serve to underpin the greater purpose: a people for His own possession (Eph. 1:14).
  • Christ is the common ground; the glue that binds us together; the energy that causes growth and life.
  • The expectation of what we’re doing should be growth: the building rises to become a temple (literally a dwelling place) of God.

A Dwelling of God by the Spirit

  • The means by which all this is made real in our lives and experience is the Spirit.
  • We are committed to building a Spirit-filled church: not a modern church; not a contemporary church; not a lively church.
  • The centrality in work, worship, guidance, preaching, salvation, teaching, training, planning, strategising, and discipling is always the Spirit. We must be men and women who are full of the Spirit, and who live Spirit-filled lives.
  • A key qualification for leadership is the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3-5). We should be able to see in our own lives and the lives of those we lead the evidence of Spirit-baptism. Ask the question…
  • We are looking to see a dwelling of God (God’s manifest presence) by the Spirit (the dynamic, in breaking, empowering, experience of God).

Conclusion

  • God has smashed forever the dividing walls between us and Him, and us and one another.
  • The church is the multicoloured wisdom of God revealed.
  • We are committed to seeing that community of the Spirit in all her beauty built here at Jubilee.
  • It’s about community in diversity not individual Christianity.
  • We’re going to celebrate our diversity in coming weeks.

Click here for the video and audio podcast of our Sunday Virtual Gatherings.

What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up


Summer Church Sunday

This coming Sunday, 28th June, we have our Summer Church Sunday. This is an opportunity to invite friends and family to a morning filled with faith, hope and love.

You can use the email sent out by the office with the flyer and Zoom link as an invitation to pass on for more details. Please spend time asking the Father to show you who to invite to this special morning.

We look forward to sharing messages of the goodness of God with those visiting.


Sundays

In current circumstances, we are using Zoom to connect together on Sundays. The meetings will still be recorded and uploaded onto the website under the AM Celebration podcast feed. Each week we will also share the slides from the meeting, so you can go over them and use it in your times with the Lord throughout the week.

Below is the link to connect in on Sundays. So join us at 10:30am from wherever you are via https://zoom.us/j/831517712?pwd=Z3pSSEJiR3MxNlhjTTZQYzBUVTQvUT09.

Please can we encourage everyone to turn on their video (unless there is a good reason not to!) during the celebration. This really helps us to build a sense of community by allowing us to see each other’s faces. If you are not able to have your video turned on, then don’t worry and connect with us anyway.

If you have a personal Zoom account or app on your device, please make sure you are logged out before clicking the link to join. This should avoid you having to fill in meeting ID and password. Email office@jubilee.co if you have any questions.

This past Sunday, Dave Cape shared with us and encouraged us to posture our heart in obedience to the God who is able to transcend space and time.


Conversations with …

Each week, there will be a number of sessions which will each consist of a brief 15 minute talk followed by a chance for you to connect with others and ask questions.

The Zoom link will be the same for both Tuesday and Thursday lunch time sessions. If it changes, there will be a separate notice.
Link: https://zoom.us/j/4651812918

“Helping Our Children Through A Crisis” with Molly & Sophya | Thursday 23rd June 8:00pm

This special meeting will be hosted by Molly & Sophya, and during this time we will have Q&A advice on children’s mental health and behaviour with trained counsellor Laura Clark and Early Help Support Worker Lara Forza. This is an open forum for all parents, so please feel welcome to come and join us as we together build our parenting expertise and learn more about ‘Helping Our Children Through A Crisis’.
Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71744960597?pwd=Z1JEdUgzbFRJOERUa2NibHlNT0tPQT09


Mum2Mum Information Evening

We hope that this will be a great opportunity to find out more about the Mum2Mum befriending service, which matches young mums in need of support with trained church-based volunteer befrienders.

We will hear from our staff team and current volunteers, as well as one of our mums. We will share with you our plans for an online befriender training course, and our thoughts on what befriending might look like in this current season of social distancing. There will also be a chance to ask any questions you may have.

Tuesday 23rd June 2020 | 8:00pm
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84237043110?pwd=ck9VT0Y2Z3ljNnRiNkl1dnIxYjFFUT09


Rutland Woods Work Party 4th July

A message from Tim Biddlecombe, who is our Jubilee person responsible for managing the woods:

“I hope you saw the videos of the woods during Sunday’s Zoom Celebration, and realised what a beautiful and special place it is.

When I volunteered to help manage the woods I was surprised that Neil described it as a ministry, but soon came to realise that it really is. For some of the young people from Kings Reach it may be their only place of safety, peace and contact with Christians; for others it is a place of reflection and connecting with God, or a time of fun and fellowship with friends, Home Groups and families in a unique and special environment.
This vital ministry needs your help. Left uncared for the undergrowth would soon cover the paths and choke the beautiful flowers; the lake would become virtually invisible and the open spaces smothered in brambles.

Can I encourage you to join our next work party, please? It really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’  especially if you can bring a petrol strimmer/ brushcutter!

For more details and to reserve your place, please contact me on 07850 701037 or at tim.biddlecombe@jubilee.co.

I look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you,
Tim.

P.S.: Gwyneth has promised to supply “goodies” for all the helpers!”


The Marriage Course

Holy Trinity Brompton (who run the Marriage Course) have made a free online version. It includes 7 sessions for you to do when suits you in your schedule.

Register and order booklets at www.htb.org/marriage
For more info contact Paul & Gwyneth Darling on paul.darling@jubilee.co or gwyneth.darling@jubilee.co.

Mature Open-minded Sociable Adults In Connection

Mosaic runs every second Tuesday at 11am. During this time of lockdown, we are using Zoom to connect with one another.

For more info contact Ray & Jacqui Skilton on ray.skilton @jubilee.co

New to Jubilee or not quite sure how to access all the resources available on our website? Have a look at this video above that shows you how to navigate your way around.


Help in a time of need

Due to the Corona pandemic, many life situations have changed drastically almost overnight. For many, it has come with challenges in how to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Kent Voice (www.kentvoice.com) is a forum that offers information about the different kinds of help that is available.

If you are struggling in any way, please contact us at office@jubilee.co and we will find the best way to help you and support you in they way you need.


Prayer for our Parkwood Home

As a Jubilee family, we have been praying more specifically into various areas of our new home-in-process in Parkwood.
If you haven’t received one of the leaflets handed out, please ask the Welcome Team on a Sunday morning.

Prayer points
– Wisdom for the elders & project team as they lead the project.
– For the right building contractor to be appointed.
– Favour with the local contractors.
– Finance.
– Safety of those who work on-site.
– For the project to run smoothly from start to finish with no delays.

Join us as we trust God together to see our new home built to be a place where He is glorified and made known to the community around us.


Family Weekend Away – Update

As I am sure many of you will have suspected, we will not be going ahead with the Jubilee Family Weekend, originally booked in for 26-28 June 2020. 

We can now confirm that the venue has kindly agreed to postpone our booking to the weekend of 24th June 2022 (in two years’ time). 2021 was already booked up and as we wanted to have a summer booking we have taken the weekend in 2022.

The payments Jubilee has already made to the venue will not be refunded but held on deposit. Therefore, we are also proposing to hold any moneys you might already have paid and use this to secure your place in 2022. If you are happy with this, you do not need to do anything at this stage. However, we understand that for some of you, finances are tight in light of the circumstances and you may prefer to have your money back and re-book at a later stage.  If this is the case, please email office@jubilee.co with your full name, amount to be repaid and bank details. We will verify the amounts before refunding.


Ladies Garden Party

As we reach the end of our first year of The Feast, we want to warmly invite you to a Ladies Garden Party.

This will include a glass of Prosecco on arrival, traditional afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, seasonal selection of cakes, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and jam and a choice of loose leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee.

There will be garden games for your enjoyment, beautiful grounds to explore and an inside venue should the weather misbehave.

WHERE
Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham

WHEN
11th July 2020, 2-5pm

COST
Twenty-five pounds pp (available to pay in installments)

DRESSCODE
Wear your Summer best

Book online here: https://jubilee.co/book/the-feast-ladies-garden-party/


Shopping on Amazon?

Support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk with just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnug3ZCu9KN0utngWi2wh57q6WTmEA1XZJtF7Lqcrs3Xl00Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


Join our Mailing List!

If you’d like to be added into our mailing list, please contact us at office@jubilee.co

What’s Coming Up

What’s Coming Up


Sundays

In current circumstances, we are using Zoom to connect together on Sundays. The meetings will still be recorded and uploaded onto the website under the AM Celebration podcast feed. Each week we will also share the slides from the meeting, so you can go over them and use it in your times with the Lord throughout the week.

Below is the link to connect in on Sundays. So join us at 10:30am from wherever you are via https://zoom.us/j/831517712?pwd=Z3pSSEJiR3MxNlhjTTZQYzBUVTQvUT09.

Please can we encourage everyone to turn on their video (unless there is a good reason not to!) during the celebration. This really helps us to build a sense of community by allowing us to see each other’s faces. If you are not able to have your video turned on, then don’t worry and connect with us anyway.

If you have a personal Zoom account or app on your device, please make sure you are logged out before clicking the link to join. This should avoid you having to fill in meeting ID and password. Email office@jubilee.co if you have any questions.

This past Sunday, Andy shared with us from Ephesians 2:11-22. We looked at “one new community” that we, as believers, are now a part of, i.e. the Church. We are all members of one another, called to live and love in unity.


Conversations with …

Each week, there will be a number of sessions which will each consist of a brief 15 minute talk followed by a chance for you to connect with others and ask questions.

The Zoom link will be the same for both Tuesday and Thursday lunch time sessions. If it changes, there will be a separate notice.
Link: https://zoom.us/j/4651812918

“Living Free from Burdens” with Kim, Inus and Emma | Thursday 18th June 12:30pm


Power Hour of Prayer

Join us this Wednesday 17th June between 7:30-8:30pm for our power hour of prayer.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/177286209


Rutland Woods Work Party 4th July

We need your help to keep the woods in good condition for individuals and groups to use. If you enjoy being outdoors and being active, then please come and help.

The tasks will include: clearing undergrowth and paths through the woods; repairs to the track and general tidying up.

There’s always plenty of snacks and drinks around the camp fire with old and new friends so do come along.
We hope that we will be able to accommodate more than 6 but this will depend on the lockdown conditions.

For more details and to reserve your place, please contact Tim Biddlecombe on 07850 701037 or at tim.biddlecombe@jubilee.co.


The Marriage Course

Holy Trinity Brompton (who run the Marriage Course) have made a free online version. It includes 7 sessions for you to do when suits you in your schedule.

Register and order booklets at www.htb.org/marriage
For more info contact Paul & Gwyneth Darling on paul.darling@jubilee.co or gwyneth.darling@jubilee.co.

Mature Open-minded Sociable Adults In Connection

Mosaic runs every second Tuesday at 11am. During this time of lockdown, we are using Zoom to connect with one another.

For more info contact Ray & Jacqui Skilton on ray.skilton @jubilee.co

New to Jubilee or not quite sure how to access all the resources available on our website? Have a look at this video above that shows you how to navigate your way around.


Help in a time of need

Due to the Corona pandemic, many life situations have changed drastically almost overnight. For many, it has come with challenges in how to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Kent Voice (www.kentvoice.com) is a forum that offers information about the different kinds of help that is available.

If you are struggling in any way, please contact us at office@jubilee.co and we will find the best way to help you and support you in they way you need.


Prayer for our Parkwood Home

As a Jubilee family, we have been praying more specifically into various areas of our new home-in-process in Parkwood.
If you haven’t received one of the leaflets handed out, please ask the Welcome Team on a Sunday morning.

Prayer points
– Wisdom for the elders & project team as they lead the project.
– For the right building contractor to be appointed.
– Favour with the local contractors.
– Finance.
– Safety of those who work on-site.
– For the project to run smoothly from start to finish with no delays.

Join us as we trust God together to see our new home built to be a place where He is glorified and made known to the community around us.


Family Weekend Away – Update

As I am sure many of you will have suspected, we will not be going ahead with the Jubilee Family Weekend, originally booked in for 26-28 June 2020. 

We can now confirm that the venue has kindly agreed to postpone our booking to the weekend of 24th June 2022 (in two years’ time). 2021 was already booked up and as we wanted to have a summer booking we have taken the weekend in 2022.

The payments Jubilee has already made to the venue will not be refunded but held on deposit. Therefore, we are also proposing to hold any moneys you might already have paid and use this to secure your place in 2022. If you are happy with this, you do not need to do anything at this stage. However, we understand that for some of you, finances are tight in light of the circumstances and you may prefer to have your money back and re-book at a later stage.  If this is the case, please email office@jubilee.co with your full name, amount to be repaid and bank details. We will verify the amounts before refunding.


Ladies Garden Party

As we reach the end of our first year of The Feast, we want to warmly invite you to a Ladies Garden Party.

This will include a glass of Prosecco on arrival, traditional afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, seasonal selection of cakes, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and jam and a choice of loose leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee.

There will be garden games for your enjoyment, beautiful grounds to explore and an inside venue should the weather misbehave.

WHERE
Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham

WHEN
11th July 2020, 2-5pm

COST
Twenty-five pounds pp (available to pay in installments)

DRESSCODE
Wear your Summer best

Book online here: https://jubilee.co/book/the-feast-ladies-garden-party/


Shopping on Amazon?

Support Jubilee Church with every purchase made on smile.amazon.co.uk with just one click:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1115331-0 add Jubilee Church as your nominated charity and amazon will make a donation for every purchase made through it- every little helps in the building project!


Make your donations go further!

If you are eligible for gift aid, here is a link to our updated Jubilee Church Gift Aid declaration. Simply click on the link below to fill out the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnug3ZCu9KN0utngWi2wh57q6WTmEA1XZJtF7Lqcrs3Xl00Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


Want to connect in?

Homegroup is a great way to get to know people without the bustle of Sunday! Contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get our pastoral team in touch 🙂


Join our Mailing List!

If you’d like to be added into our mailing list, please contact us at office@jubilee.co