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

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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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September 2018 Newsletter

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Don’t turn yourself off from the Lord this summer – comment by Chris Collins

The summer generally gives us something different.

This might come via going somewhere for a holiday, but even just the opportunity to sit out on a patio or in a front garden gives us a change.

Summer is the time when (in theory!) we are happy to point our heads at the sky for long periods, or if we’re on the coast, at the sea….and we feel no need to justify doing it!

But relaxing shouldn’t mean turning ourselves off to the Lord. And I say this partly because I suspect one of the risks for churches is to think that busyness in some way equals godliness, but that’s not necessarily true.

The Bible tells us that God is intimately involved with all of the lives of his people, Psalm 121:8 stating that ‘the Lord will watch over your coming and your going both now and forevermore’.

So, be aware of God’s presence whatever your ‘coming’ is, and whatever your ‘going’ is. This summer invite Jesus into your work. And invite Him into your rest. Invite Him into your joy. And invite Him into your stress. And read the Bible unhurriedly.

In the words of Paul ‘whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’ (1 Corinthians 10:31). Have a good one 🙂

Your in Christ,
Revd Chris Collins

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

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Summer 2018 Inside

Summer outside 2018

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A new phase for St Christopher’s? – Comment by Chris Collins

I have a bit of a feeling St Christopher’s is about enter a new phase in its life……and I like it.

I’m not going to say much about it in this short comment, but the conviction has been growing that there is power in the name of Jesus. I know that’s obvious, right??

Well, yes….on paper.

But in our prayers – wherever, whenever – we need to remember that the name of Jesus reminds us that the burden of bringing our prayers to pass is all in the hands of our God.

The temptation, of course, is to pray for things that we think are within our reach anyway, that might come about ‘naturally’ anyhow.

But the famous evangelist George Mueller said ‘Faith begins where man’s (i.e. human) power ends’.

When we acknowledge that there truly are things utterly beyond our power and yet ask God to do them….well, that’s faith.

Jesus is the one to whom ‘all authority on heaven and earth has been given’ (Matthew 28:18 NIV). And if Jesus commissions us to be his ambassadors, giving us permission to ask for things in his name…..well, that changes things big time!!!!

Like all of us, I’m on a learning curve with this, but it’s a learning curve I’m loving! 🙂

I hope you will too 🙂

Yours in Christ,
Revd Chris Collins

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June 2018 Newsletter

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June 2018 inside

June outside 2018

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Creation is a teacher – Comment by Chris Collins

It’s obvious that creation is a beautiful thing, but it’s also a teacher.

Last weekend I took a couple of days away for some thinking, praying, planning and reading up in my mum’s caravan in the Lake District.

The weather was fabulous and I did a bit of walking. Up a hill I could see for miles around, and the greenery and blue sky were brilliant.

But more than that, I thought about the sheer number of leaves blowing in the wind at that very moment – the exact movement of every one completely and entirely within God’s control.

I find that very reassuring – if He can precisely move millions, even billions, of leaves as He wills, then He can certainly control all the circumstances of my life and yours, whatever they may be.

Psalm 19 says this: ‘The heavens declare the glory of the Lord, the skies proclaim the work of His hands’ (v1, NIV) – creation is certainly a teacher, and it points us to God.

But as you think about the ‘big picture’ of creation, remember also His loving care and oversight of us individuals within it: ‘Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5: 7 NIV)

Yours in Chris
Rev Chris Collins

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