London Teen Rally Report

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On Saturday, 15th November, we had the London-wide Teen Rally. It was a fantastic opportunity for the teens all over London to get together, to fellowship, enjoy performances, listen to sermons and testimonies, play games and, most importantly – worship God!

It was so impressive to see over 100 teens coming together, old faces as well as new ones. It was a great evening together but the things that stood out to me were Alex Cameron’s lesson on the importance of worshipping God with all our hearts when we sing. It was so relevant and a helpful thing to reflect on. Montel Powell’s testimony was so powerful. His level of vulnerability and openness was amazing and so encouraging to see how far some teens come in only a few years due to their relationship with God.

I also greatly appreciated the performances – just to see the amount of talent God had put in one room was astounding. So to summarise – the Teen Rally 2014 was very impacting and the best one yet.
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CITY BIBLE DISCUSSION TODAY

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Hi everyone,

Today’s lunchtime bible discussion is entitled “How to be rich”.

Hope to see you there.

Kind regards, Kevin

CITY BIBLE DISCUSSION.

Date : Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

Time :1.05pm – 1.35pm

Place : The Church Of St Edmund The King, Lombard Street, EC3V 9EA

Nearest Tube : Bank (exit 6) or Monument

What I’m Learning From 1 & 2 Kings: “Ravens”

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Members of the London International church of Christ are invited to send their reflections on what they are learning or finding inspiring about our current focus on the books of 1 & 2 Kings. Please send any thoughts to Malcolm. We reserve the right to edit contributions.DSC_0013 - Version 2

Our second contributor is Joe Cronje from the 4 Rivers Region.

 

“Ravens”

According to Deuteronomy 14:11-14, You may eat any clean bird. But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, the black kite, any kind of falcon, any kind of raven.”

Here the understanding could be formed that a raven is unclean. It’s interesting that later on in the bible we see that Elijah was nourished or fed by ravens (1 Kings 17:4). What does this mean?

This made me wonder in awe as to how God can use something that seems to be, or for me is understood to be, unclean to feed the righteous. Although I am far from a righteous man, it made me contemplate as to what God might have used as unclean to make my life more enriched spiritually. Could it be that when I say NO to temptation I am then being spiritually fed? I am seeing temptation is here as a parallel to “ravens” flying into my life. Seeing it that way I am able to recognise the temptation/”raven” and apply the right action to it. God saw everything He created as being good. This includes the birds, the ravens and you and me.

After ruminating on these thoughts/ideas or understandings, I realised there was something missing. Like when walking in the woods at night and you hear an owl, but you cannot see it. My understanding then leaned towards whether it is the ravens that are declared as unclean or is it our interaction with the ravens?

The following scripture then made things clear for me: Luke 12:22-24, “Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.”

Jesus told us to look at the ravens, to think about them and to think about how they live their lives. My personal interpretation is that a raven on its own is not unclean, but it is how I interact with that raven that makes it unclean. Then something else occurred to me and I suddenly became saddened. I realised that our interaction with people and situations can make a good situation ‘unclean’. In this context I am interpreting “unclean” to mean causing someone to be hurt or misunderstood. In other words “unclean” could be interpreted plainly as not being loving. This can happen to us within the church as well as with people we are reaching out to. After all we are only human.

Just the start of a few thoughts triggered by 1 Kings 17.

Thanks, Joe

Manchester Celebrates 25 years

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“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!” Psalm 150

And that’s exactly what the congregation of the Manchester International Church of Christ did! We rejoiced. Our 25th anniversary service was a service to remember.10608290_10152786827824435_5876733975707142654_o

Our recently re-vamped venue revealed the prolific skills and hard work of many brothers and sisters who took part in painting the walls, creating photographic artwork and scriptural based art that adorned our walls. It combined to remind us of the wonderful God we serve and added to the sense of festive celebration.

10620179_10152786828104435_5377041134459213569_oThe stage sparkled with decoration as our talented band and joyful song leaders led us in an array of uplifting worship songs covering many styles – including a new and upbeat reggae rendition of a hymn, led by Bruce Miller.

We were blessed to have special guest speaker Malcolm Cox who preached a message on God’s love and how He lavishes His love onto us. 1796929_10152786828499435_6258924054551716338_o

We were also encouraged to see some dearly loved old friends, and brothers and sisters from Leeds, London and elsewhere whom we had not seen in a while. It was incredibly special to worship together as one again.

After the service we enjoyed a special buffet that we all contributed to; a delicious array of jerk chicken, jollof rice, quiche, bolognese, cakes, Sue Anti’s famous and much loved homemade scones and a whole host of other delectable treats, all reflecting the richness of cultures and backgrounds within the Manchester church.

10688137_10152786828309435_715042687341562377_oThere was a clear buzz in the air as we enjoyed fellowshipping one another and feeling incredibly blessed to have our own venue to worship in.

Throughout the Bible God reminds us to remember Him and His good works. The Manchester church enjoys a strong identity and history, we are family orientated and bonded in love by God’s Grace; we want to remember how God has worked in our lives.

10478264_10152786828164435_6034173098392442484_oIt was an opportunity for drawing closer together as a congregation and to celebrate God’s faithfulness to the Manchester church and we look forward to continuing in God’s lavish love as He guides, trains and grows us in maturity to become more of a reflection of Him.

London’s New Year’s Eve Party 2014

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NYE14Wednesday, 31 December, 2014, 9.30pm to Thursday, 1 January, 2015, 1.00am

PIMLICO ACADEMY, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT

Music, dancing, food and refreshments, 2014 slide show and quiz, games & competitions…. plus an inspiring message and prayer time in the build up to the midnight countdown!!

Any queries please contact Brian Hinkle at brian.hinkle@iccmissions.org

Go to http://www.iccm-events.info where you can register and pay for the event.

Prices – per person:
Adults £10.00
Students £5.00
Teens (14 – 18 years) £5.00
Children under 14 years Free!!

Registration closes on 27th December. You can show up on the door if you have not registered, but you will pay an extra £2 per person (under 14s not affected – still free for them).

“What I’m Learning from 1 & 2 Kings”

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Members of the London International church of Christ are invited to send their reflections on what they are learning or finding inspiring about our current focus on the books of 1 & 2 Kings. Please send any thoughts to Malcolm. We reserve the right to edit contributions.

Our first contributor is Lola Laseinde from the 4 Rivers Region.

From reading through the two books, we are exposed to the lives of the prophets Elijah and Elisha as well as some of the kings of the Old Testament. Many of the kings fell because they relied on their own wisdom and not on God’s wisdom.

God required obedience from His creatures. Through obedience to God’s directives, He made provision for their lives. Examples of this are Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. The LORD provided for Elijah through his obedience and thus provided for an impoverished widow and her son. Through his obedience to God’s directives Elijah showed that he had faith in God.

Another lesson for me was learning from king Asa’s strengths and mistakes. I learned that when we take one step towards God, He takes ten to make us thankful to Him. I was encouraged by king Asa’s good start and that helped me to remember to build on God’s Word.

008-elijah-brookDuring the famine, God directed Elijah to hide and he was fed by the ravens. He obeyed and was fed. At the brook, through the widow of Zarephath, he saw God’s provision and he built up his faith in God.  God provides for us so that we can receive and so that we can give.

The abundance of generosity we receive from God is spiritual. Our acceptance of His promises leads us to have faith in Him. We learn to trust and obey God because He has promises for us.

Thank you and remain ever blessed.

In-Christ – Lola Laseinde

Leicester Psalmathon News

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A message from the Leicester church ‪#‎Leicesterchurch‬

Our foremost thanks to God for the great weekend we had – the weather, the atmosphere, the spirit in the group, the responses from the public, the unseen transformation within us all – and we pray it inspires us to greater things.1957869_809499449072781_6238346044671172625_o

Thank you for all the prayers and effort put into the PSALMATHON weekend. Thank you to the 40 plus disciples who came from the London congregations – Southside, South East, North, 4Rivers, East – and the sister who came all the way from Edinburgh! It was awesome having some of you stay over to worship with us on Sunday. We appreciate your love and support. We truly are ONE in spirit.

Love from the Leicester church.

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CITY BIBLE DISCUSSION

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Monday’s lunchtime bible discussion is entitled “If you could ask for anything. OJ will be leading.

 CITY BIBLE DISCUSSION

Date : Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

Time :1.05pm – 1.35pm

Place : The Church Of St Edmund The King, Lombard Street, EC3V 9EA

Nearest Tube : Bank (exit 6) or Monument

Kevin Cundale

Announcing  Strength in Weakness Online Parents’ Support Group

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For Parents of  Same-Sex Attracted Children of Any Age

Is your son or daughter same-sex attracted?

You are not alone, help is here!

Strength in Weakness Ministries is an organization dedicated to offering pragmatic help and support to disciples of Jesus who live with unwanted, same-sex attractions and Christian families who have an immediate family member who is attracted to the same gender and who may even being living an active homosexual life. Since the ministry’s inception in 2006, SIW has helped over 1,000 disciples and their families in over 150 churches, in over 60 countries around the world.

We are excited to announce the commencement of a new initiative within our ministry; an online support group for parents.

Saturday, November 1

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

“Home for the Holidays”

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are supposed to be a time of family fun, relaxation and enjoyment. However, for families who have a same-gender attracted child, this time of year can sometimes be difficult, especially if the child currently identifies him or herself as “gay” and has a partner with whom they are involved. Often the child wants to bring their partner home for the holidays, either for an afternoon visit or even an extended overnight stay. Other relatives may feel the need to address your child’s homosexuality in their own unique way that does not prove helpful. Certain discussions can ensue around the Christmas turkey that are awkward, at best. How should Christian parents manoeuvre through these rocky waters? In what ways can parents express their love and compassion and be respectful while at the same time holding to their Biblical convictions, allowing the time with their children to be a time of enjoyment and relaxation? Please join our inaugural SIW Parents Support Group to be a part of the discussion.

  • You must be the parent of a same-sex attracted child to register.
  • There is no cost for this initial call.
  • Come to just listen, or add your own thoughts and comments.
  • A time of prayer for our children will conclude our time together.
  • The support group will occur every 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Although it is hoped that you will be encouraged to return and be a regular part of our parents’ group, no initial commitment for ongoing participation is expected.
  • All you need is High Speed Internet or a phone.
  • If using your computer, please use Google Chrome as your internet browser.

 Click to Register Now!

Birmingham Teen Trip, September 2014

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photo 2Buzzing and bright-eyed (with just a touch of early morning fatigue) on the beautifully sunny Sunday morning of 28th September 2014, two coaches packed full of the London Church of Christ teens headed off up to see our teen siblings in the Birmingham Church of Christ! In fact, so high was the enthusiasm to participate in the teen event that many made the effort to travel by any means necessary; Megabus and cars alike. Lots and lots of card games, Mafia, chatting, Costa coffee and DMC’s later, the London teens of the East, Four Rivers, North, South-East and Southside regions of London arrived in the West Midlands, ready and raring to dive into the activities so tirelessly planned by the Birmingham teens!

After being escorted round the University of Birmingham for a short tour and prayer walk, we headed to Handsworth where the whole Birmingham Church meets on a weekly basis, and most of us having not seen the brummies since the London Summer Teen Camp, hugs and shrieks of delight followed, as well as a few surprises as we were also delighted to see some of the Manchester teens!

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First of all we rejoiced to God in worship, including the famous number ‘King Jesus is Lord’ led by some of our zealous brothers; we then huddled together in prayer before being split up into six groups (each assigned a different animal as their identity! C’mon the chickens!). Each group then made their way to their first of six half-hour-long stations. One of which was digging deep into the word of God with a Bible discussion led by Jas and Cameron. The main topic of discussion was tackling the question why we read the Bible, exploring the idea that this is the book of life, of the greatest love, of salvation; like John 14:6 says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” says Jesus. We also discussed the question of why we can even trust the Bible in the first place. As well as much compelling evidence, John 8:32-32 stood out to me:

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

photo 3Another station involved being served an incredibly delicious lunch by some of the Birmingham mums, for which we are extremely grateful, having been very much satisfied; on the menu- curry, rice and salad! We were given a wonderfully insightful and wisdom-filled talk by the current University of Birmingham students about future opportunities to serve God in countless different ways in the kingdom at another station- opportunities including the One Year Challenge, Hope Youth Corps, among others. Other stations included a Bible quiz with yummy chocolate prizes as well as a station of charades.
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The afternoon was concluded perfectly as we joined the first half hour of the Birmingham Church of main service where we participated in lively and energetic singing and a truly inspiring, vulnerable testimony from Jas, who has just left the teens to enter the student ministry this academic year; too soon we shot off back to London for hours of even more games, DMC’s and this time singing! Thank you so much Birmingham!! We appreciate you and love you loads!photo 5