Sunday 7th February 2021

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The Generosity Project – Week 5

This is the fifth week of our series “The Generosity Project”.

What is your heart saying to you when you give?

If you are not a regular giver, please consider whether you would like to support our mission at Christchurch by clicking here.


Welcome

by Clive Jennings

You are welcome to join our Zoom Session on Sunday Evenings. For details of how to join see the Newsletter or contact the church office.

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Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)

Transforming Lives For Good

We have a message from Tim and Rae Morfin, the founders of Transforming Lives for Good (TLG).

Tim & Rae share God’s heart for struggling children and talk us through how TLG started, how it’s grown, and what has been happening through this challenging pandemic.

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Emy gives us an update on how the Christchurch team’s Early Intervention coaching has been going over the past year.

If you would like consider being a coach contact Emy through our Contact Page.

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If you would like to help contact Helen Davis through our Contact Page.

Make Lunch has continued to serve families all over Clevedon during the pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for all the support we’ve received whether it’s been food supplies to share, as new children’s clothes to pass on and financial donations. We have a growing team of fantastic volunteers and, after having a break in January, we are keen to resume support via food donation bags to our families this week. Our prayer is that the cafe will be able to re-open safely soon and then we can really start to develop the Friday morning hub. It would seem there are likely to be restrictions in place for a while to come and so we are aiming to re-launch the holiday Make Lunch clubs during the summer holidays – after all, this is what Make Lunch is truly about! Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support – we are excited to see what 2021 holds for us.


Family and Children’s Activities

Come over to Christchurch Kids today as we celebrate F@CT Online together. Today, we are looking at generosity with Lego, songs, prayers, a game and a familiar face or two popping in to say hello.


Reading

given by Deb Tovey

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2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (NIV) – Generosity encouraged


Message

“Being Cheerful Givers”
by Sam Thompson

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What does it mean to you to sow generously? In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he says that we will reap what we sow and the inputs that we put into ours and each other’s lives will have outputs; if we sow generously we will be enriched in every way. Paul also reminds us that it is by grace through faith we are saved, and as God has sowed generously into our lives, we are inspired to sow generously through the power of God’s grace rather than through compulsion or duty. Therefore when you show generosity towards others, you may find something will be unlocked inside you.


Prayer

Led by Sarah and Elliot Grove

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This week churches together in Clevedon is praying for Clevedon Care. We thank you, Lord for the generosity of those who give their time to provide transport for medical services.  And for those who are willing to reach out for this assistance. Please continue to bless and grow this service.

We pray for Myanmar that democratic rule will be restored after the military coup.  Father, we ask that a peaceful solution will be found to prevent the country falling back into a military dictatorship. Give those in power the humility to listen to the people and be willing to let go of ambition for the common good.

We continue to pray for the UK under lockdown and thank you for the initial success of the vaccination programme. Lord, give this country hope and the patience to follow social distancing guidelines until we can all come together safely again.

We thank you for the work of TLG for the commitment of the volunteers and for the way you have blessed the people of Clevedon with their efforts.  We remember with gratitude the perfect timing of the Make Lunch programme, launching just before lockdown last year, and pray that you would continue providing for that vital ministry.  We also pray for our early intervention coaches and the children they work with.  Give them the creativity and encouragement needed to continue coaching over zoom under the stress of lockdown.

In light of what we have heard from scripture today, we come to offering up our money and resources.  All that we have comes from you.  In the light of this truth, we ask that you give us thankful generous hearts.  Inspire each of us to use what you have given us to bless others.

Now let us sum up our prayers in the words Jesus taught us:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever.  Amen.

With so many people affected by the impact of COVID-19, it can be useful to structure our daily prayer. The Prayer for the Nation provides themes for each day of the week.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 8am, for half an hour, there is Prayer for Clevedon (over Zoom). If you’d like to join Contact Tim Simpson via the church office.

If you would like someone to pray for you, or with you for something important to you, the contact for the Prayer Sheet and Prayer Chain is Jean Balcombe:  prayer@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk 07810 027820



Help and Support

The contact for the Prayer Sheet and Prayer Chain is Jean Balcombe:  prayer@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk 07810 027820

For practical support for those isolating or shielding, there is a group of volunteers who will happily help out. For contact details visit Clevedon aid. Make use of those in your home group, and if you would like to be part of one contact our Carolyn Waite our home group coordinator through the church office.

Lastly, don’t hesitate to contact us through the website or if urgent though the contact details on the newsletter.