50 Year Jubilee: March 1971 – March 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are getting in touch because you have walked with us for some of the way before or since March 1971 when Chichester Christian Fellowship was first brought together by the Lord. Some of you are part of the King’s Gate Church now, and by being part of these celebrations will learn more about our roots, others of you have been key players along the way.
Since that time, by God’s grace, many have come to new birth in Jesus, many believers across the land and internationally have been inspired and encouraged by the Fellowship, a new flag was raised for the priesthood of all believers, for freedom in worship, for clear biblical teaching in an age of woollyness and liberalism, and for rich, deep ‘koinonia’ style Christian living, ‘holding all things in common’. Of course, a major provision, not just for the Fellowship, but more widely too, was Roger Price’s teaching ministry and leadership within the church. Alongside this, and around that time, was a host of other, like-minded ministers who also contributed.
Personally, I have been revisiting Roger’s teaching. I first listened to it via the Tape Library as a teenager, 3 / 4 tapes each week – and I eagerly collected the fresh batch of tapes, I can assure you. Recently I have been listening to and now in the middle of transcribing the 24 talks of the Fellowship Life Studies.
Since I have had the privilege of being Lead Elder at King’s Gate, I have seen the importance of discipleship and growth in maturity in Christ in a different light, and found that the insights that Roger brings (into among other aspects group dynamics, moving in the Spirit, and practical approaches to church life) are not readily found elsewhere, even in the plethora of church growth and discipleship literature that is available today. I believe it’s time to make it more widely available in a helpful format to the Body. Writing this letter today is providing me with fresh impetus to continue with the transcriptions, and I will hopefully have something to share with you by March – please pray!
Equally, CCF Tapes, ever-faithful to the ministry and prayerfully moving forward, has been exploring different ways of making Roger’s teaching more widely available, and with the demise of the Biblevoice website, are moving towards making more of the BBS available as free downloads on the CCF Tapes website, which is an exciting move.
Saturday 20th March – on Zoom
While it is hardly in the spirit of ‘koinonia’ to merely meet online (do see FLS1 for more on this), it is incredible how technology has been our ‘manna from heaven’ in these days, and King’s Gate Leadership have decided that we wanted to go ahead with this celebration on this weekend, even though we sadly acknowledge we cannot meet in the flesh. This does in some ways widen our reach – and you are very welcome to tune in, for whatever time you can make, for any of the day.
You are warmly invited to join us. If you would like to join us on Zoom for the whole time, please allow for 9:30 to 4pm. Also ensure that you have some provision for lunch, as with some full sessions lunch may take you by surprise otherwise. We are sorry that at this juncture we cannot offer you the hospitality of a lunch! We will be getting in touch next month with more information about the programme for that day.
The day will have variety to it: we want to share the work we have done in recalling the early years, and stories of God’s provision and life among us. We want to share some clips of Roger’s DVD teaching (which we can do over Zoom). I would like – if I’ve done enough – to bring some highlights from my transcriptions of the Fellowship Life Studies. And of course we will make lots of time to worship, to mix in different breakout rooms, and to catch up with each other as well. Knowing the rigours entailed in being fixed to a screen, we will provide some regular screen-breaks too.
If you have any relevant photographs, or anecdotes, and could take a few moments to get them to us (on the email address below) we would have the chance to include them on that day or in any documents we produce. Looking back, I know you will have thoughts on HOW your involvement in CCF/King’s Gate was part of your spiritual pilgrimage, and what you gained from it. All the glory goes to God in all of this – and if there were any failings, well let’s own up to those ourselves!
Sunday 21st March
You will also be very welcome to join us for a special Zoom service. You may or may not be aware that in recent years we have connected and are friends with Elim Pentecostal Church (there is a story there!) and the General Superintendent, Chris Cartwright, who is appreciative and aware of Roger’s ministry and the influence of CCF, will be joining us to share, to encourage us for the future and to help us mark 50 years of faithful witness for Jesus.
Can I take this moment to encourage you, whether you’re able to join us on this weekend or not, that while for ourselves we may have many regrets and I’m sure errors yet to discover, God does not make mistakes, and he works in miraculous ways through the twists and turns of our lives. One of the miracles of Christian fellowship is the prophetic and timely input that I have received down the years from unexpected or serendipitous encounters. I believe that our 50th celebration will be one of these. Please join with me in praying for it, for each other, and if at all possible, to join us in just under two months’ time. We are spreading the net as wide as possible, but if you are in touch with other former members who may be interested, please let them know. I will be creating a central list of people contacted, and I can supply this if you are interested.
As a quick summary of possible action points from this letter:
- Put the date in your diary if you are hoping to come
- Any stories / photographs of the Fellowship over the years, just get in touch
- Finally check in with others you know, to see if they are coming too!
Looking forward to renewing contact and fellowship with many of you, meeting some of you perhaps for the first time – we would so love you to be a part of this unique event.
Lead Elder, the King’s Gate Church
On behalf of the Leadership Team and trustees of the King’s Gate Church
And on behalf of the Trustees of CCF Tapes