In November, six interns from Radiant Church (Visalia) had the privilege of connecting and working with our church family in India for twelve days. The team consisted of Heidi Heredia, Melissa Miller, Timothy Hastings, Lupe Lopez, Heidi Steinman, and Noelle Brisco. The trip was one of joy, brilliant colors, and constant fellowship. Though they were all first-time visitors to this country, it felt more like a reunion than a typical mission trip.
I (Derek Gibbs) am a classic post war baby boomer. I started life when rationing was still in place, had my formative years in the swinging sixties, benefitted from a good education, married at 21, started a family at 22, bought my own house in the 70’s, paid off my mortgage nine years ago, worked as a teacher for 26 years and for the church as an elder for 20. At 65 I had lots of empty bedrooms, had a reasonable pension and felt it time to step back from church leadership.
I think the Book of Acts is one of the most inspiring stories ever written. It begins with a group of scared, nervous, and uneducated believers gathered together behind locked doors in fear of their newfound circumstances. It ends with dozens of established churches and the formation of a new faith movement called Christianity that has since impacted the world over.
As we read this book, there are many pivotal moments, but one that stands out to me is Acts 8. Stephen has just been stoned to death, and as a result of this persecution, the early believers were “scattered throughout the region.” This must have been incredibly difficult for the young church in Jerusalem, as friends and family members left their homes and communities. But as the story unfolds, we see this was actually a masterstroke move by the Holy Spirit.
For the past few years thousands of young people across Newfrontiers join together in a showground in Norfolk to worship and hear from God. This event usually takes place in late July to early August time.
Newday is one of the largest Christian events for young people that takes place in the UK every year. Young people aged right through their teenage years and on into their early 20s join together from churches up and down the UK and Europe to learn about and worship God, camp out together and soak in the summer festival feeling, leaving Newday further along in their relationship with Jesus.
This year’s Churches That Change Communities conference was a great success with keynote speakers including Bishop Philip North and Martin Charlesworth. You can listen to all the audio here. We’ve featured below the two keynote talks from the day which we’d recommend you watch or listen to.
When you hear the words, “race” or “racial diversity,” I [Kiri Kankhwende] wonder what comes into your mind? Maybe your eyes roll and you think, ‘here we go again.’ Or perhaps those words provoke feelings of pain or discomfort, as they remind you of horrible experiences. For some, those words make you happy as your experiences have meant you see diversity as something to be celebrated. Maybe it makes you feel awkward, because you think you might not be qualified to have a view on race and diversity, or that we’ve moved on, or that others may criticise you. Perhaps it’s a bit of all the above.
Recently David Holden & the New Ground team spent a day recording three sessions based upon the material which is included in his book of the same title.
The Bible instructs us to ‘be transformed by the renewing of your mind’ but some Christians live their lives in a state of permanent defeat. David Holden gives practical advice on how Christians can win the battle of their thought lives and fulfil their potential in Christ.
At The Gathering last week it was announced that Radiant Church, Visalia, USA will be releasing Tom and Josie Shaw to plant a new church in San Francisco, Sanctuary Church SF.
They will also be transitioning out of Relational Mission to join another part of the wider Newfrontiers family, Confluence. Tweeting about the move today, Mike Betts said:
“As a family of churches in RM we desire to be ‘generous on all occasions’ We have the great privilege to express that in sending of our best as Tom & Josie head to San Francisco to plant with Confluence.”