Many of us will spend much of our waking life in the workplace. With work pressures, a melting pot of colleagues’ opinions and views and a mandate to share the good news of Jesus, it can often feel too much. So how can we root ourselves in Christ so that it impacts our working life for God’s glory?
The Beatitudes have inspired countless generations before us to build lives and churches that challenge and change the world in which they live. The truths contained within Christ’s teaching have the ability to bring colour and transformation to the darkest and most troubled situation on planet earth.
Catalyst is working into dozens of nations around the world, raising world-changers in an incredible number of different situations and contexts. One of these is in war-hit Eastern Ukraine, where we recently supported a project to complete the drilling of a new well for a local village – enabling one of the church leaders who has been serving the community with feeding programmes to expand that to provide water too. Here’s the impact it’s having…
It’s been so encouraging to hear stories of our churches engaging with the local community, whether it be through Art installations in coffee shops in Birmingham, running Community Festivals in Coventry; missional groups reaching out into prisons; hangouts on the football fields or mother and toddler groups. There are so many unique connection points for people to engage with ‘Church’ and connect to some form of community. Many of our churches run groups as a means of reaching out to the community.
On Thursday 4th October, leaders and teams from across the Catalyst Network gathered for a day of prayer and fasting; a day to encounter God and connect with one another. Here’s a quick review of what happened.
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The first session of the day was all about getting into God’s presence and allowing Him to speak to us; both individually and corporately. We started with an opportunity to worship – helping to clear away all the distractions and busyness of day-to-day life and focus in again on Jesus – before Wendy Mann and Phil Wilthew brought prophetic encouragements to sharpen us and draw us deeper into worship. There was a truly moving time to pray for one another as many responded to a word to ‘rest’ and received prayer. As people stood together and prayed, it was clear that Jesus was meeting with people powerfully across the room; bringing comfort, peace, and wholeness.
We live in a society where there are few lasting relationships, but if you look at the Bible the central relationship between Jesus and his Church lasts for all eternity. If we are to be rooted and grounded in Christ in our relationships, then we need to build quality relationships that stand the test of time. How is this possible?
Connect 2018 is taking place at Jubilee Community Church in East Grinstead over the weekend of 23-25 November. As part of the weekend, we have invited some great speakers to lead our seminars. Here’s Akhtar Shah from Everyday Church London, introducing his seminar ‘Rooted In Community’.
One of the things I [Steve Tibbert] have always appreciated about the ministry of Terry Virgo, Newfrontiers’ founding father, is the emphasis he places on prayer, both personal and corporate.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of praying with Terry on numerous occasions – on early mornings while travelling together in Mexico, in leadership meetings and at conferences. Each January, Terry would often invite small groups of leaders to his home to pray as we began the new year. Those of us who have been around Newfrontiers for a while will remember the regular days of prayer and fasting when we gathered from across the country to come before God. In the new era of Newfrontiers, prayer remains the backbone of the new apostolic spheres.
The team at Christ Church Manchester are pioneering new music in Manchester, and have recently released another brand new, home-grown song, “You Are”. Find out more about the church on their website, and check out all their music on their Spotify page.
At Christ Church Manchester we love music.
Actually, we love creativity.
I [Tim Simmonds] am always a little bit in awe of someone who can see a blank piece of paper and come up with a poem or a story. I am especially in awe of people who can pick up an instrument, patch a few notes together and come up with something that’s genuinely moving! Obviously, God is the greatest creator and so we want to honour who He is by helping our musicians to discover and hone their skills.
The Catalyst Social Action Fund is an initiative amongst UK Catalyst churches which seeks to help churches begin and expand projects serving disadvantaged people within their communities. After a successful first year in 2017, which saw six projects serving disadvantaged people across the country receive funding, we’re expanding and extending the scheme for this coming year. There are two types of funding available: