March 2019 Newsletter

Below are the 2 parts of the St Christopher’s newsletter for March 2019.

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March outside 2019

March 2019 inside

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Run with discipleship – Vicar’s comment Feb 2019

At a recent meeting with the bishop of Leicester Martyn Snow, church representatives were encouraged to think about ‘discipleship’.

It’s a word we don’t use much in normal life, if ever, but it’s a regular go-to word in the gospels – the first followers of Jesus (and that’s more than the 12) are often called ‘disciples’.

This word is perhaps difficult to translate but I think the combination ‘learner-follower’ is good. And that means obedience to the teaching of the Lord Jesus……but more than that it means committing ourselves to Him personally, wherever He leads us, because He is alive today.

In Matthew 28:19 (commonly known as the ‘great commission’) Jesus’ early followers are told to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (NIV). That’s the language Jesus uses about anyone who will put their faith in Him, wherever they are in the world – they will be disciples…..learner- followers of Jesus.

The question for us is whether we will take hold of that title and run with it this 2019 and beyond.

Yours in Christ
Rev Chris Collins

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February 2019 Newsletter

Below are the 2 parts of the February 2019 Newsletter.

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February outside 2019

February 2019 inside

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O come, O come Emmanuel – VIcar’s comment

‘O come O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear’.

This is my favourite carol (although I know some might want to say it’s technically an Advent hymn not a carol!). The reason (aside from the beautiful melody) is that of all the songs that churches sing during Advent and Christmas, this is the only one which seems to me to have a sense of desperation about it. The desperation that feels something needs to happen in order to sort us all out, something needs to happen to restore what the human race has lost, something needs to happen to bring us home to God, something needs to happen to free us from the trap we’ve fallen into.

Christmas is about Jesus coming so that all of that could happen. No more desperation, but instead godly freedom, fulfilment and life.

Praise the Lord this Christmas, because ‘the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work’ – and that means the cycle of desperation is broken for all who trust in Him’

Yours in Christ
Revd. Chris Collins

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December 2018 Newsletter

Below are the 2 parts of the newsletter forDecember 2018.

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December 2018 inside

December 2018 outside

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Light of the World – Comment by Chris Collins

As I write this, Halloween is approaching, once again the themes of light and darkness will be coming to the fore in many churches.

St C’s is no different, with both ‘Angels and Heroes’ and ‘Craft Cafe’ being themed upon Jesus being a bringer of light – indeed, Jesus is the light of the world.

The wonderful thing however is that we get to bask in that light. As Paul says in Ephesians ‘Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you’ (5:14, NIV).

From time to time you may have heard testimonies of people coming to faith who shared how the witness of a Christian’s life was significant in their coming to faith in Christ for themselves. I know I have.

Of course, we need to share the good news verbally, but seeing something different in Christians is something that we want others to experience also, that they may see the light of Christ reflected in the believers they know.

Brothers and sisters, we are saved by grace, but from that point onwards God wants to transform us by his Spirit – so that Jesus’ light may be reflected in us for all to see.

Yours in Jesus
Chris

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November 2018 Newsletter

Below are the 2 parts of the November 2018 St C’s Newsletter.  Click on each respective link to download.

November inside 2018

November outside 2018

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…starting new things might feel difficult… ~ Comment by Chris Collins

Depending on your personality, starting new things might feel difficult. Perhaps we’re a control freak and we want to know exactly how things are going to pan out. Perhaps we’re naturally more laid back and just want to see where things lead. Or perhaps we’re somewhere in between.

This autumn sees the beginning of new things at St C’s – TGSA staff Morning Prayer, Craft Cafe, Open Hands, Charles joining us for his long-term placement.

We cannot know what will happen, but we can trust God. Indeed, we must trust Him. So much is outside our reach to control, but He is King over everything.

Please pray this autumn that God will act in the areas we can’t influence – in circumstances yes, but more than that in hearts and minds, which are beyond our power to influence…..but not his.

As Proverbs 16:9 says ‘The King’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord, He turns it wherever He will’ (NRSV)

Your in Chris
Chris Collins

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October 2018 Newsletter

Below are the 2 parts to the October 2018 Newsletter.  Click on each one to download.

October news sheet inside 2018

October news sheet outside 2018

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…we have an extraordinary God. – comment by Chris Collins

Do you ever think about how you’d manage as a Christian in another setting? Maybe you’ve heard stories of Christians in other parts of the world who’ve experienced real suffering. Recently at New Wine I heard the story of a Christian from North Korea called Hea Woo. I can’t share her whole story here, but a big part of it concerns time spent in North Korean prison camps. Whilst cramped into a prison cell with some 200 women and enduring awful conditions, she explained how she had managed to share her faith with other prisoners in the toilets (which were very unpleasant). Pretty soon a small church had formed…..which met in the toilet. Her full story is worth reading, it’s online. But when Hea Woo spoke what came across was that this was an ordinary person – not a superhuman – but an ordinary person with a deep personal trust in an extraordinary God, a God who could guide her safely through anything. And if that’s the case, then other ordinary people like you and I can keep going when push comes to shove – not because we’re super humans – but because we have an extraordinary God too. As David says in Psalm 20: ‘Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God’ (ESV). Yours in Christ Rev Chris Collins
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