On a wet Tuesday afternoon, with the brittle twigs and branches trembling outside my window and the dusky grey of the sky threatening to merge into them with the evening, it’s good – it’s always good – to just step back from the to-do list for a few minutes and reflect.
For our church, we have been in and out of lockdown. We have not been able to gather to worship in the way that we have always done (for coming up to close to 50 years now!) for about 9 months. Instead, Zoom, muted worship, Youtube videos, acapella singing, breakout rooms, and pre-recorded video has been the order of the day.
We reached a breakthrough point towards the end of 2021 when we started livestreaming from the hall we usually meet in. We are still wanting to do this when we get back to the Hall, from our YouTube channel. But it’s still early days for us with that.
And now firmly into 2021, the chilly, uncertain and yet pregnant New Year, I do feel that we are embarking on the next stage of our journey as church. We are holding a Kids Zoom now before the main Zoom service, and we are now inviting those of us who can to play songs live on Zoom.
Also, with our YouTube channel more established, we may be pre-recording more sermons and putting them up on the website, worth visiting https://www.thekingsgatechurch.org.uk/. We also have a church Facebook page, and may be putting some more content up on there as well.
Theme for the Year
Our theme for the Year is Peace, and being a piece of the puzzle. Within this, we are also looking forward on March 21st to celebrating 50 years since the founding of Chichester Christian Fellowship, our ‘mother church’ so to speak. We are inviting old faces (not so much of the old) to come and celebrate with us, and to have a catch-up. The Fellowship was strongly associated with the teaching of Roger Price, and we are planning (via Zoom) to view some curated video clips of his teaching, to retrace the history of how the Fellowship came to be and grew rapidly in the 70s and 80s, and to also perhaps release some more of his teaching in book or booklet form. For more information about Roger Price’s teaching you can visit http://www.ccftapes.co.uk/.
For me, what is on my heart currently is twofold. Worship, combined with intimacy with Jesus, and secondly mission. How can we sit in our houses, declaring God’s truth, without reaching out to those who need to hear it?
I think a lot of us shrink back from mission because it seems to be a big, all-encompassing Ask. But actually Jesus is only asking from us for the present. That’s all we have to give. Just a steady series of small ‘yeses’ to the one we love, one after the other. Let’s have a go at that this year, and walk constantly and faithfully with each other as we do so.