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C7 Accelerate - The perfect training ground

Blessing our local community this Christmas

An interview on how we can build legacy in life


04 THE CHRISTMAS STORY ' by Ps Heather Pomphrett

09 LIVING WITH LEGACY An interview with Stewart MacGregor

12 CHRISTMAS WITH C7 CREATIVE Our top ten Christmas songs to get you through the holidays




Living life in community, just like Jesus did.

18 BLESSED AND GIVING 'Enriched in every way' by Ps John Ratcliffe

20 IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS C7 Accelerate - The perfect training ground

26 Q&A WITH C7 EXTREME Friday Night Online, Connect Groups and Extreme Team




C7 KIDS IN 2020

Daily prayer focuses & answered prayer

What's happening, Memory Verse & Meet The Team

27 F IS FOR FAMILY Connect Group Multiplication in Lockdown

31 C7 TNG Connect Group Multiplication in Lockdown

33 C7 DREAM TEAM 'What matters most' by Ps Heather Pomphrett

40 PRAYER AND FASTING 'The Principles of Fasting' - by Dr Dermot Murphy




The perfect course for new believers



Even in a year of uncertainty, where we had to rethink and redo much of how Church looked, the Church of Christ has continued to advance, because the promise of God is true: Jesus said 'I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not come against it' (Matthew 16:18). Here's just a few of the great things we've seen happen this year: ONLINE SERVICES The initial lockdown in March caused us to move our services online which has seen us be able to reach more people than ever before. Over 2020 we've created and produced 81 online services across Facebook, YouTube and our ChurchOnline Platform. Each week we're seeing people connect in from all across Scotland. We're even seeing people join us regularly from across the world, including from the USA, Kenya and St Maarten, in the Caribbean. What our team pull off each week is allowing people to encounter Jesus in their homes, grow in their knowledge of God and continue to be connected to community even through a season of physical disconnect.

CONNECT GROUPS We started 2020 with just 17 Connect Groups and we're ending the year with over 60! We've seen so many incredible people step up and begin to lead a Connect Group this year which has resulted in more people than ever before actively involved in group and growing together each week! COURSES Our Christianity 101 courses have continued to happen throughout 2020, seeing so many people discipled in the foundations of their faith! We also ran our first ever online i:Lead and Biblical Economics courses to better equip people with Godly principles for life. PRAYER Our Church has been praying at a new level this year and as a result we've had countless answers to prayer, from job provision, healings, breakthroughs in finances, relationships restored, friends and family members saved and so much more. We now have 118 active prayer groups! There is so much to be thankful for Church so I encourage you, as we close this year, take the time to thank God for all the blessings in your life. He is a faithful, loving and good God. JASON CASK C7 SENIOR PASTOR

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When we look back on 2020, undoubtably all of us will reflect on it as a year that didn't quite turn out the way we had planned or expected it to, yet there is so much to be thankful for.











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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16 Please, don’t turn the page just because you’ve heard this verse many times before. Yes, it’s one of the most well-known verses in the Bible, but the problem with our familiarity with this verse is that it can prevent us from really feeling the weight of its powerful truth. We can face this same familiarity when we think about the birth of Christ... we all know the story of the little baby, born of a virgin, placed in a manger, visited by shepherds and wise men. We all think of the cute nativity show with our kids fighting over who gets to play Mary or dressed up as cotton wool covered sheep. Yet, our familiarity with the story can often stop us from really reflect on the true significance and depth of this moment in history. As I look ahead at the coming weeks on the run-up to Christmas, I’m met with the reality that Christmas won’t in any way, shape or form, look like the Christmases I’m used to. No sit-down Christmas dinner, no big family get-togethers, no Christmas parties with friends or colleagues. If I’m honest, I’m gutted about this. These are some of my favourite things about the festive season. Yet, the more I dwell on this reality I’m awakened to the truth that, though these things are indeed special, they’re not what makes Christmas, Christmas.

Amidst the busyness of the festive season, I’m challenging myself to just stop for a moment. Like many of you, I’ve got a to-do list the length of my arm; presents to buy, wrap and deliver, Christmas dinner to sort, an ever-growing number of things to try and finish off at work before finishing up for Christmas, yet tonight before even writing this I decided to just stop. To spend some time with God, in His word. Why? Because what’s an article about God worth if it doesn’t start with God? In the same way, what is Christmas if Christ is not at the start of it? So with all the things that might look different this Christmas, I’m committing to keep Christ at the centre of my Christmas, because I know when I do, everything else falls into place. Returning to John 3:16 - I want to just take a moment just to reflect on this verse in the context of the Christmas story with these three simple, yet powerful truths. 1. Christmas begins with God’s love for us. That’s right. Despite all our shortcomings, failures and flaws, God loved us so much. Think about that for a moment. The God of the universe, the creator of all things, the one that crafted every star, that formed every living thing, loves you unconditionally and unswervingly. Your spouse, your kids, your parents, your siblings, even your dog they all might love you a great deal, but not one of these compares to the love that God loves you with. Let that sit with you for a moment.

2. Christmas begins with God’s gift to us. It’s because of God’s great love for us that He sent Jesus to earth. This is a big deal. John 17:24, Jesus speaking, says, “you loved me before the creation of the world.” Jesus isn’t just an angel or prophet, He is the very Son of God, and God loved him since before the world even began. God’s love for Jesus is immeasurable, yet He sacrificed Jesus for us! God’s Christmas gift to us cost Him everything that He held dear. God gave the ultimate gift in order to win us back to Him. Just think about the value of that for a moment. No Christmas gift could ever compare to this; it is the greatest gift in all history. 3. Christmas is available to everyone. “That whoever who believes in Him” - Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever you’ve done, however you got here, God’s gift of His Son, Jesus, is for you. Why? Let’s return to point one - because He loves you. God desires intimacy with us. He wants to be close to us; we see it in the garden of Eden, in the tabernacle in the Old Testament, through the incarnation of Christ, through the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit and we will see it through the second coming of Christ. All throughout the Bible, His heart is a heart that desires closeness. God loves every one of us so much that He doesn’t just want to spend the 90+ years of our natural life on earth with us. He wants to spend eternity with us. Wow. So as we approach Christmas 2020, a Christmas probably unlike any other for most of it, this is the perfect moment to pause, to stop, to selah and think once again about the power of the Christmas story. Yes, it’s about the baby in the manger, the shepherds and angels and so on, but ultimately it’s a story about God’s eternal love for you. Whatever your year has looked like, here at C7 we are declaring over you a time of uncontainable joy, perfect peace and radiating hope as you discover this love in a new way this Christmas.

MERRY CHRISTMAS - Pastor Heather Pomphrett

"Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with and

perfect peace

uncontainable joy

as you trust in him. And may

the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you

radiate with hope!

Romans 15:13 (TPT)



We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU! to all of our Church who participated in this year's C7 Secret Santa. Through your generosity we have been able to help hundreds of people through our partner charities; NG Homes, Blameless, Queens Cross Housing Association, Glasgow Social Work and the Scottish Refugee Council. Here's what a few of our partners had to say: “Every year new asylum seekers arrive in Glasgow. Our goal is to help all new families in their new environment and make sure that every child who lives in Scotland is not left behind. For most of the children who receive presents through these vouchers, it would be their first Christmas in the UK and this is a good way to make them feel included.� - Scottish Refugee Council "Working at Queens Cross as a frontline worker involved in supporting tenants, I have witnessed first-hand the effect on tenant's mental & physical health when vulnerable to food poverty. In previous years, we have been able to provide hampers to tenants. However, this year has seen the request for hampers more than quadruple. Over the years, I have seen tenants get quite emotionally overcome at the generosity of others, sometimes reduced to tears. Others tell us how this will relieve some of the stress they have been feeling. They are thankful, they feel lighter. Christmas has been made a little easier for them.' - Queens Cross Housing Association We believe that our gifts will make a different to peoples lives this year so we are very thankful for every single contribution.

LIVING WITH LEGACY AN INTERVIEW ON LEGACY WITH STEWART MACGREGOR Legacy 2020/21 is for everyone. It’s our opportunity to be part of building God’s Church in Scotland together as we each play our part in sowing into the vision and heartbeat of C7. We talked to Stewart MacGregor about the impact of the Church and the importance of building a Legacy in his life. Q: What difference has being part of C7 made to you and your family? Being part of C7 has made a huge difference to me. Everything from the teaching to the support, the belief, the encouragement, the leadership investment has totally transformed me.

I am very unlike the timid, shy and relatively confused 29 year old that walked through the doors of Church 11 years ago! Church is now such a huge part of my life, my wife’s life and now my mum’s life, not to mention friends and colleagues too! It’s incredible that in this day and age, in our society that something like C7 exists because it really does help with the transformation of your life after you make that initial decision to follow Jesus. So many people who make that decision fall through cracks and gaps but the way that the

Church has supported me, and the encouragement and investment from Pastor Jason directly in my life, to pull out my gifts and talents and see me operate in them, it’s seen a ridiculous transformation in my life. Q: You’ve been a part of Legacy for a number of years now, what’s your motivation for doing so? From a personal level I have experienced what God has done in my life and I just want to give back to Him from that place. I used to try and play a competition with God (how many know you can’t do that!). The Bible says that we can’t outgive God but I used to think ‘I wonder what happens if I try?’ Obviously I can’t outgive him but it was fun because it made me think innovatively and come up with creative ways to continuously increase my giving. I want to be part of Legacy because I know the impact that it's had and if it's had that on me then I think it's essential that it has it on other people! As an elder and director at C7 I get to be part of meetings where we talk about the strategy to move forward in the vision we have as a Church.

It’s incredible to be able to see all the things we have been able to do and all the things we want to do in the future. It’s not about giving to get but from the second I made the decision to tithe, and then give generously and sacrificially on top of that God has given back abundantly more than I could possibly have imagined. It’s not necessarily always financial, sometimes it is, but it’s also come in the form of a lot of opportunities, relationships or something else.

"I'M BELIEVING THAT AS I STEP OUT IN FAITH HE'LL SEE IT ACCOMPLISHED." Even just now I’m in a period of financial uncertainty. I’ve just left full-time employment for the first time since I was 16, and have no wage coming in until I generate revenue with my own business, but God gave me an amount that I believe He wanted me to give this year which is bigger than any other I’ve done in the past. So I’m believing that as I step out in faith He’ll see it accomplished.

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Q: How has like being a part of Legacy impacted your life? I’ve always been a generous person. My birthday is right before Christmas so when I was younger I would ask for money for my birthday so that I could then go and buy people Christmas presents. I just love the opportunity to be able to bless people and Legacy allows me to do that. Being part of Legacy has helped hone this generous spirit and to get rid of any selfmotivating ambitions within my generosity. This spirit has rolled out into how I do my business too. It’s about making a difference and helping people. Q: How would you encourage someone thinking about being part of Legacy? If you’re thinking about being a part of it this year, I’d encourage you to first of all pray. Sometimes we might think that our contribution isn’t big enough, or what difference could this amount really make?, but the reality is that everyone can contribute. Everyone has the opportunity to create a legacy. Even if it’s only £20, that £20 makes a contribution. God has positioned us all with the ability to play our part. He has given us gifts and talents to help us achieve it.

"EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A LEGACY" So pray about it. Ask God to give you guidance on a figure that is within the realms of possibility and then plan and act and work on it. I've heard too many stories now, too many praise reports, on the back of Legacy over the years about people who didn’t know how they were going to fulfil their commitment but then the miracle came. But if you don’t ever step out of the boat then you’re restricting the miracle from ever flowing. Be bold, don’t be reckless, but be confident and sure of your faith in God, that He will provide.

Q: Have you got a personal story of how God has come through for you in a moment of stepping out in faith like this? Yeah! Loads! I would probably say one of the biggest was the year that I was getting married. As you know marriages are quite costly; the wedding itself, the honeymoon, building a home together - it was quite an expensive time, but Debbie and I had a conversation where we decided that God didn’t want His kingdom to stop advancing or our impact or our ability to contribute to the Church to be stopped just because we've chosen to make a commitment to one another and get married, so we decided that we were going to make a commitment that was bigger than the year before. God definitely showed up. He brought so much more finance into our lives that we couldn’t possibly have envisaged. I was so new to the company I worked for but got promoted to an opportunity that normally wouldn’t have happened. God had a plan and we trusted Him in that and He came through. You can say that God's first but I believe you only see the true works of God if he is genuinely first in all things in your life, including your finances. When you put him first, you trust Him, which means giving Him the opportunity to fulfil these promises.


This year, we’ve written our first Christmas song as a team and we are so excited to share “Behold the King” with you at our Carol Services! We wanted this song to communicate the majesty and greatness of God. It is important to remember that while Jesus arrived into this world as a baby boy, born of a virgin in lowly stable surrounded by the animals, it was still the birth of our King. And not just any King… the King of Heaven and all the Earth. It was a powerful and holy night when the Son of God was born into the world. We need to see Him as the almighty, all-powerful, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, not just as the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes laying in a manger that we think of at Christmas. He came down from heaven to bring salvation and freedom to all who put their faith and trust in Him and confess Him as Lord and Saviour. The more we remind ourselves of this, the more we become confident in the character and the nature of our King Jesus. In Isaiah 9, we see one of the most famous prophesies of Jesus’ birth, and this became our foundation for “Behold the King” where we read the names of Jesus, “wonderful counsellor, mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Singing and declaring the truth of who God is, straight from the Word itself, carries so much power and builds our faith. Throughout 2020 we have been really intentional as a Church about praying over our government and our leaders which is why the beginning of verse 6 is so important to us, “and the government will be on His shoulders.” It is so key for us as His Church to be praying for His will to be done in our country but also to remind ourselves of His sovereignty and that He is in control as we step into a brand new year. We are excited to declare this song with our Church this Christmas…make way for the King!

Behold the King! VERSE Joy to the World The Lord has come Let all the Earth Make way for the King For unto us a child has been born Unto us the Son of God is given CHORUS Behold the King Born to save Jesus Messiah Forever He will reign Emmanuel Prince of Peace Glory to God In the highest Behold the King! VERSE 2 His is name will be Wonderful counsellor Mighty God, everlasting Father King of Kings and Lord of al lAnd the government will be on His shoulders And of His kingdom there will be no end!

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“My favourite worship songs from this year, hands down, are ‘Freedom is Found’ and ‘Graves into Gardens’. Not only are they fun to play, they’re such powerful songs to declare as a Church. ‘Freedom is Found’ has been my 2020 anthem as I’ve really felt that I’ve found such freedom in His presence this year.” - Sinathi “I love 'Egypt' by Bethel… It reminds me what God has done for me and what He’s walked through with me. He has delivered and restored me and He fights for me daily!” Sheonagh "This year has been tough, but I have found great peace in the song 'There Was Jesus' by Zach Williams, especially through these lyrics… “In the waiting, in the searching, in the healing and the hurting, like a blessing buried in the broken pieces. Every minute, every moment, where I've been and where I'm going, even when I didn't know it or couldn't see it, There was Jesus!” - Dylan

Top 10 songs for 2020 C7 Worship

"'Lord Send Revival' is one of my top songs for 2020! During this extremely difficult year, Jesus is my everything. God can send revival. He can do it again. What an amazing thing to see... the world being touched by Jesus.” - Abigail

“My favourite worship song this year has definitely been 'The Blessing' by Kari Jobe because it is a declaration of the promise of God's blessing and favour over our lives. Declaring God's word and promises during trials is so key to keeping your faith active and alive.” - Claire



AND BECAUSE IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME... HERE'S OUR TOP 10 CHRISTMAS SONGS TO CREATE YOUR PERFECT HOLIDAY PLAYLIST! “My favourite Christmas song of all time has always been O Holy Night. This song hits different! The musicality behind this great hymn is just outstanding and it always pulls me into focus of what this season is all about.” - Dylan

“My absolute favourite Christmas song is always “Merry Christmas Everyone” by Shakin’ Stevens because it reminds me of being a kid on Christmas morning, dancing around the house with my sisters with the music up full volume!” - Claire

Top 10 Christmas songs C7 Worship

CONNECT GROUPS C7CHURCH.COM/GROUPS I've recently been re-reading the Gospels and it's been so refreshing to look again at the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as told through the first four books of the New Testament. While I've learned so much, one of the things that has really stood out to me is the relationship Jesus built with people. Jesus had a busy ministry life, travelling, teaching, preaching, healing, performing miracles and so on but He always made time to build relationship with His disciples. So if we, as Christians, are called to be 'like Christ' and to follow His example, then we too

are made to do life in community with other believers, just like Jesus did. Our Connect Groups exists to be just that; an opportunity for people to come together and do life together (even if it's online for this season!). In our Connect Groups we pray with each other, study the Word of God, laugh, stand together in the battles and celebrate the victories with one another. It's in community like this that we are strengthened and encouraged and equipped for the days ahead. Let's be like Jesus and be committed to doing life with each other. It's better that way! - Ps Heather Pomphrett

TINASHE MAZARIRE Connect Group has become a vital part of my dayto-day life. The group has helped me learn more and have a deeper understanding of the scriptures. In the different series that we have been learning I've seen a growth in my faith and I have learnt to stay strong and keep on believing, especially during this pandemic season.

Encouragement and testimonies from friends have also helped me to be bold and keep believing in Christ as he is the way, the truth and the life.


SUZANNE WILSON I absolutely love Connect Group. For me, it's really a place of spiritual growth and a place for building amazing relationships.

Connect Group has really helped me in so many ways.








forward in my life and to see the impact I can make where God has planted me.

I would always recommend to get connected to a great Connect Group!



It seems that this month, more than ever, we look to go out of our way to make sure that people receive something from us as a display of our love, appreciation and a token of our gratitude. This is beautiful, pure and cheerful generosity. Just think about Christmas day when we are exchanging presents. It is often seeing other people open our gifts that makes us so happy. For the believer in Christ, this is not just meant to be a once annual occurrence, but a continual act throughout the year. Furthermore, God pronounces the most incredible promises over our life when we

operate at generosity.




In his second letter to the Corinthian church the apostle Paul writes: "Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.� (2 Corinthians 9:10-11) There are a plethora of powerful truths in these two verses, which when we understand, gives us great insight into how God wants us to operate in living a lifestyle of generosity. >>>(continued on next page)

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This time of year there is a profound urge to be generous to family, friends, colleagues and strangers.

Supplies seed to the sower God wants to partner with us to see what He wants done on earth actually done. To do this He gives us “seed” - not literal seed, but ability, gifting, resource, capacity, potential…the list goes one. We are abounding in ‘seed’ that we can sow into boundless areas of life. God’s focus is that the seed we sow will in time produce a RIGHTEOUS harvest, one that puts us in a position to be generous on every occasion possible in order to bless others. So therefore we see here that as we SOW what God has given us, we are positioning ourselves for a harvest of righteousness, impact and even more seed in order to sow more. Bread for Food The comparison in these few words is important. God supplies seed - this seed being the very thing that will produce the grain that makes the bread, but He also supplies bread for food. How powerful is this! Whilst we are in the season of sowing, God will also provide our needs. If we feel to step out of the boat and start sowing for something new, don’t fear - God will provide bread for food whilst we are sowing for the long term. Enriched in every good way The word “enriched” means added richness and value. God doesn’t just want us to be enriched, He wants us to be enriched in every good way. As we operate in kingdom giving and kingdom blessing, we are in the position to be enriched in the right things - the harvest of righteousness that will only produce good things in our lives. Far better to sow God’s way and see Godly results that enrich our lives, than pursue worldly things and get worldly results. This might look good for a moment but doesn’t enrich our lives as God wants to. Be Generous on Every Occasion Imagine if in any situation you encountered, you were able to bring a solution to the problem. If there was a financial need in someone's life, you had the resources to provide for this. If someone had a need of healing, you had the faith to pray for them. If someone needed wisdom, you had the wisdom to bring council and direction to their life. This is the kind of generosity God wants us to operate in. He doesn’t just want us blessed, He wants us blessed so we can be generous on every, single occasion. - Pastor John Ratcliffe





ll that we know of the early life of Jesus is found in Luke 2:39-52, where we are told that as He grew to maturity; He became ‘strong in spirit and full of wisdom’. This means that He stayed true to His values and what He knew to be right. The Bible tells us that He was tempted in every way we are but that He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). Every temptation we go through Jesus faced but resisted, and the result of this was that ‘He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men’ (Luke 2:52). This didn’t happen because He was the Son of

God, so how did He train for ministry? While the information we have is brief, as we study it we find some powerful keys that we can apply in our own lives. Following in the footsteps of Jesus we find 7 keys principles. 1. Jesus grew strong in spirit. This speaks of Jesus growing in the things of God, even as a child. How we start in life is so important, and as we read through the Bible, we see that God is always using young people, such as Samuel ministering before the Lord as a boy, and Jeremiah called as a young man to speak the word of the Lord.

2. Jesus was found in the temple. As a young boy Jesus chose to be in the place where He could hear the word of God. Jesus wanted to learn as much as He could, so He went to the right places and the right people. 3. Jesus learned from the teachers. When Jesus was in the temple with the teachers, He listened to them and asked them questions and was such a good student that He astonished them with His answers. 4. Jesus understood the power of submission. Luke tells us that Jesus was ‘subject to His parents’ and from His teachings Jesus said that He only ever did the will of God. The word for to be subject to is hypotássō which means to submit to or to arrange in order under a leader. It is the same principle that caused Jesus to declare that He had ‘not seen such great faith’ when He is speaking of the Roman Centurion in Matthew 8:10. It was this centurion’s understanding of the power of submission that caused Jesus to say this. Biblical submission is not about controlling but about empowering and releasing people into their destiny. 5. Jesus was mentored by Joseph. Though not specifically mentioned Jesus spent the formative years of His life working under, and being trained by, Joseph, who was a carpenter. Through this Jesus learned skill

sets and discipline which served Him well during His life. This reminds me of the film ‘The Karate Kid’ where the main character, Daniel, wants to learn how to fight against the bullies in his life. However, his mentor, Mr. Myagi, rather than teaching him how to fight, teaches him skills that initially don’t make sense. He teaches him to paints fences, cleans cars and so on and it is only at the end that Daniel realises that all his training had a greater purpose than he saw initially.

"In every trial Jesus responds with the Word of God." 6 Jesus had a season of testing. After His baptism, Jesus’ training wasn’t complete as He had to go through a season of trial where His character was tested, and it is important to see that this happened away from the limelight. Just after God declared that Jesus was His ‘beloved Son’, He is led into the wilderness seemingly away from His destiny. It is there, however, that His character is refined as He goes through tests and trials. In every trial Jesus responds with the Word of God, having spent His early years preparing for this moment. 7. Jesus is empowered by the Holy Spirit. The result of all of this is that Jesus enters into His ministry in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit.


Accelerate, the perfect training ground As a church, we are fully committed to helping you grow in the things of God, and we are passionate about providing the very best opportunities for people to achieve their full potential in their walk with God. One of the ways we achieve this is through our Accelerate course. Accelerate is designed to help you grow in your knowledge and understanding of the person of God, the Kingdom of God and the word of God, and through this we believe it will provide you with the best foundation to help you achieve all that God has for your life. While this course provides a solid foundation in many biblical principles, it’s true value lies in the fact that these foundational truths are applicable to all areas of life, and therefore we believe that the course will impact not just your spiritual walk, but also your personal and professional life. The course is delivered via on line classes over Zoom, three days per week - Tuesday 7:45am - 8:30am, and both Wednesday and Friday 7am - 8am. Videos of all classes are available as a ‘catch up’ facility for all students, both for personal revision, and to allow for those who are unable to join the class live to catch up at a later time. The outline of the course is seen in the accompanying table. It consists of three streams, covering topics on the Kingdom of God, leadership, and stewardship. To help everyone do Accelerate we have several ways in which you can participate. You can do the whole course, one year, one semester and even one topic. Through Accelerate you will be given opportunities to develop your presentation skills and you will also do topical Bible studies to help you learn how to study and apply God’s word for yourself. Our goal is to allow as many people as possible to benefit from the life-changing principles that the course teaches. For more information or to register interest please go to www.c7church.com/accelerate



"My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations" ISAIAH 56:7


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Daily Prayer Focus Every day our Church prays over the below prayer requests. You can pray on your own or by joining one of our online prayer groups at c7church.com/prayergroups MONDAY • Wisdom for our nation's leaders to navigate leading the country out of the current Covid-19 moment • Wisdom in leading the country through the expected economic crisis • Salvation of our leaders • The rise of Christians in Government TUESDAY • For God's Kingdom to come in Scotland as it is in Heaven • Against rising rates of depression, anxiety and suicide in Scotland • Against poverty, homelessness and drug and alcoholism

WEDNESDAY • The rise of the Church globally • 1000s in our Church • Salvations • Sunday services

THURSDAY • Growth in Connect Groups • Individuals within our Church winning souls • Prosperity of God's people

FRIDAY • Stopping the spread of Covid-19 • Protection of our Church against the virus • Healing for those who have Covid-19



Answered prayer "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you" - Jeremiah 29:12 Over the last few months we've seen many answers to specific prayer requests including: • people looking for work getting a job • someone got a job promotion • healing from Covid • family member struggling with suicidal thoughts healed and in church • breaking of drug and alcohol addictions • successful start to a new business • brought my friend to church who I have been praying for and they made a decision • restored family relationships • excellent university results • breakthrough in finances If you have a prayer request or want to share your praise report, let us know at c7church.com/prayer so our team can stand with you.



What has been your favourite game on a Friday night online? My favourite game played on Friday is Chase. The one where we had to run around to find things.


What are you most excited about for Extreme in person? I am looking forward to having One Nights and mini games with shaving cream and sabotaging the leaders. I can’t wait for pie facing! What is an encouragement you can give other youth at this time? Don’t let coronavirus stop you. Ensure you are keeping in touch with others and not isolating yourself.


Why is Connect Group important to you? Connect group is important to me for socialising with everyone as we can’t do it in person. I can also come to learn more and grow in my faith with God. What do you enjoy most about Connect Group? My favourite thing about Connect Groups is that there is always someone or something that encourages me or makes me smile. What is an encouragement you can give to a youth who has never been to Connect Group? I would encourage you to come try it as it’s really fun and once you get to know everyone you will feel like you can fit right in.


What do you love about serving on Extreme Team? I love serving on the Extreme Team because Extreme was the way I was connected into Church and now I can be the person to help connect youth in. What are you believing the impact is going to be? I believe | 03 the impact of me serving on the Extreme Team will be seeing the youth in our city and nation come to know Jesus What would you say to someone considering joining Extreme Team? If someone is thinking about joining the team I would say 'do it'! It's so much fun and seeing the youth grow in faith is super rewarding!





Recently Pastor Jason preached a series on planning, which included looking at the ‘Five F’s” - five key areas of life which we can prioritise. Family is one of these. This year I imagine for many people you have seen more of your immediate family in 2020 than you had thought you ever could have. For some people, however, you’ve maybe hardly got to see your family at all. Either way, 2020 has brought a reminder to us all of the importance of family and placing value on sowing health into our family lives.

Maybe for you family is a tough word to hear: but family comes in all shapes and sizes - the people who are most dear to you and who you choose to do life with. We also have a spiritual family; God has given us a big beautiful family which we get to do life with and so no matter what your “family dynamic” is, let me encourage you - no one is without family. Life can get busy and full, and as we move into 2021 and the hope of a COVIDrestriction-free life, we can take forward some great principles and practices to see our family life go from strength to strength, no matter the season!

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1. Schedule. Schedule. Schedule. No one likes to think about themselves as having to ‘schedule’ time with their children or their parents. It can sound a bit cold. However, if there is one thing we have learnt from the ‘Five Fs’ is that if we don't have it in the diary, it simply won’t happen. Scheduling family doesn't mean we are sending our granny a Google calendar request for a catch-up - it can purely mean that in our personal diary, we make sure we block out the time we want for the family time and space we need. This also doesn’t mean purely quality time with loved ones family life is broad and wide. One of the key things I have learnt this year is that if I want quality time with my family, I also must make sure that this time isn’t overtaken with things that need to happen in the family.

"If we don't have it in the diary, it simply won't happen." I often found myself doing the washing or sorting out childcare in the times I had set as “family time”. This is part of family life, so it seemed obvious I could do it then, but then I missed the ‘quality time’ together actually with my family as I was doing stuff. Scheduling different times to do family lifeadmin and family quality-time is a great way to avoid this.

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2. Be Present When John and I got married, one of the keys in the message during our wedding ceremony was to be present with each other. It’s easy to be in the same room but in a completely different place. When we make time for family, we can also make sure we are present at this time. It’s not really “time with our kids” if we are on the phone while they play. Today we are all in such high demand and with such huge distraction all around all the time, this is actually a tricky thing to do, but we can practice it.

"30 mins of being present and involved can be more valuable than 3 hours in the same room but on separate devices." Leave the phone in the other room, or turn off the television. If you have children then get involved what do they like doing and then do it with them. 30 mins of being present and involved can be more valuable than 3 hours in the same room but on separate devices.

3. Communicate It is said of marriage that the main three areas that cause marriages to breakdown are sex, communication or finances. So often we can completely misunderstand a situation between family members purely because of lack of communication. When adding value to family life, a great thing to identify is how other members of your family appreciate and show love and affection. Dr Gary Chapman wrote a ground-breaking book called the 5 Love Languages. This has helped me time and time again when understanding people.


He identifies that each person has a way they best show love, and also that they best receive love. These are Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Gifts, Words of Affirmation and Quality time.

party and was super noisy, and we had to pretty much shout to hear each other talk. We both went home a bit disappointed - romantic dinner was not so romantic.

I'll leave it to you to get the book, but when you identify the way your family members tick, you are then in a position to best add value to them. E.g. If they love Gifts and you’re giving them your time, then you may hit a collision.

Week two, John had a tennis match on our appointed night, and we had previous engagements the other nights.

Communicate and ask them what they love doing with you - you might be surprised!

4. Run your lane. “Every single week my husband and I go out for dinner and have a date night - we get a sitter, we book a restaurant, and we have our personal quality time together.”

"When you identify the way your family members tick, you are then in a position to best add value to them." Early in our marriage, I remember hearing someone else share and thinking 'THAT IS THE ANSWER.' So on week one, John and I were out in a restaurant in the west end having a nice meal. The table next to ours was having a rowdy

Week three, we managed to grab a coffee somewhere, and by week four, I think we were back at our normal routine. Then we realised - we are not that couple. That's fabulous if that works for them and in different seasons of life we may do the same, but at that time in our life, we weren’t in that season. Comparison can cause you to feel like you’re not cutting it in family life. The truth is that you and your family are unique, and we must all find our own rhythms that produce a healthy family life. Quality time between husband and wife is important, but how that looks can be creative and unique to you! The main thing is to find out what works for you and your family and do it with all your heart. Let's make 2021 a year where our families go from strength to strength.


"I was brought up in Church but I went out of habit, not because I wanted to be in the presence of God. When I was about 16, I stopped going to Church and put worldly things before God. I had such a strong feeling of not being fulfilled and looked to people and material things to fill this gap. Only a few months ago I was scrolling through TikTok and came across a video which said “imagine dying and getting to the gates of heaven and hearing God say ‘depart as I have not known you’”. This hit me hard and immediately I prayed that God would give me an opportunity to come back to Him. When I finished praying, I went into my living room and immediately without me saying anything, my mum asked me if I would go to a Christian Conference with her and immediately, I broke down in floods of tears which I could not control. I instantly said to my mum that I have to go back to Church. That Sunday I came to C7 and again, felt floods of emotions during the message. I then committed my life to God and left the service where I met a leader who invited me for coffee the following week. I struggled with the idea of going back to Church as I had no Christian friends at all so prayed that God would bring Christian friends into my life. I connected with the leader for coffee and shared my reservations and how I felt I was too worldly for Church. That week she invited me to her Connect Group where I met the loveliest, nonjudgemental group of girls who I now see often and have built a solid friendship with. My relationship with the Lord is stronger than ever and my life has done a complete 180. God is so good and I now seek fulfilment from Him. Putting my full trust in God is the best decision I have made. I have lost count in this short space of time how much God has actually done for me. Now I know what it is to truly have a relationship with God and I could never look back." - Caitlin




"The things you have hear from in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" - 2 Timothy 2:2

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I love our Dream Team. Every single person, gift, hour and sacrifice has made our Church the Church we are today. I have had the absolute honour and privilege of being a part of our team for over 11 years. I’ve got so many incredible (and funny) memories of our team over the years. One of my earliest memories of team was around 6-9 months after I came to Church I was asked to serve on the Host Team. I remember standing on the corner of the

road that our Church was on at the time with another team member in our red host t-shirts, under a red umbrella thinking ‘why on earth am I doing this?!’ At the time, I would have said that the Host Team was the worst possible fit for me. I was so shy; not only did I not know how to talk to people, I didn’t even want to talk to people!!! But for some reason, when someone asked me to serve, I said yes. So there I was waving, saying 'Hi', smiling at and


welcoming everyone. Looking back at this now I thank God that even in my early days of faith, I had such a desire to serve God wherever I was needed. Since then I’ve served in almost every area of our team; I’ve put out chairs, I’ve cleaned the toilets, I’ve led worship, I’ve been part of prayer meetings, I’ve been on outreach teams renovating houses and cleaning gardens, I’ve written our Connect Group Studies, I’ve designed and made our decor, I’ve made coffees, I’ve controlled the sound, the lights, the media and so much more. Doing all these things, I’ve come to learn that every single role is so valuable, but in two very different ways. Firstly, and most importantly, every single role in our Dream Team is there to minister to the Lord. Secondly, each role in our Dream Team contributes to building a Church that is welcoming and friendly and offers every single person an opportunity to encounter Jesus. One of my favourite stories in the Bible is the story of Mary and Martha found in Luke 10:38-42. Here we see two sisters attending to Jesus in two very different ways. The first, Martha, was busy cooking, cleaning, preparing and making sure everyone was looked after. The other, Mary, sat at the feet of Jesus, enjoying His presence, hanging on His every word and worshipping Him. Until recently I would have always associated myself and my way of serving as that of Martha; busy doing everything that needed to be done to make sure everyone and everything was looked

after. And while these things are, without a doubt, necessary, Jesus said to Martha that what Mary was doing was what mattered most. It wasn't so much about the what but the way. Mary's heart was to first minister to Jesus. There are so many lessons we can learn through this story, but when it comes to our Dream Team, I believe that one of the most important things to understand if we are to serve Jesus not only effectively, but rightly, we must serve in a way that first and foremost ministers to Him. This means, understanding that Jesus is the reason we do any of it. Romans 11:36 tells us that all things are created from Him, through Him and for Him. That means we are created for Him, our gift is created for Him, our time is created for Him. We can spend all day doing things for Church but if we aren’t doing them with a pure heart for Jesus then we are missing the whole point. Jesus needs to be first. Dream Team is so much fun; growing with great people, building friendships, learning skills, and developing passions. All of these things make it one of the most exciting things to be a part of, but doing it for Jesus… now that makes it the most exciting thing to be part of. Being part of a community that brings its time, talent and treasure to the feet of Jesus every single time it meets… now that’s something that will change the world. That’s what puts the 'Dream' in the Dream Team. So whether you’ve been on team for years, or you’re just thinking about getting involved, know this, that what you can bring to the table is so valuable, not just to our Church family (though it certainly is!), but to Jesus… so bring it. because you were created to do just that.

C7 KIDS Wow! What a season and year it’s been for C7 Kids! So much has happened and there’s so much more still to come! This year has definitely looked different from previous years, but I’d love to encourage you with something Pastor Jason said in his series on Thankfulness. He said, ‘thankfulness is not an emotion, it is a characteristic and a discipline’. This is such a powerful reminder, as sometimes it can feel like there isn’t much to be thankful for, but what’s amazing is that when we choose to be thankful, our gratitude massively shifts our attitude. As a Kids Team, we have been inspired by every single child in kids and how much they are thankful for. In every Connect Group, Kids Online and in-person Kids Programme,

• WHAT'S HAPPENING • MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY • MEET THE TEAM we always pray together and it’s been amazing seeing so many kids grow in confidence in praying aloud and to hear all they are thankful for. We are also so thankful to every single parent, who has made it possible for us to still connect with all our awesome kids online! You are all absolutely incredible and we feel so honoured that we get to stand alongside you and join with you in raising the next generation in faith! - Abby Frett, C7 Kids Leader

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT C7 KIDS In C7 Kids, we have something for every child at every age to get involved in. We would love your kids to join us so to sign your kids up and to find out more, please email kids@c7church.com Recently, we’ve been learning more about our purpose in God and the Kingdom of God. It has been such a powerful time of revelation and growth. There has been so much to learn and thankfully there are so many ways, which can help the kids to learn and remember more and more about God’s word. One way we do this is through our Memory Verses.

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY Fill in this memory verse using the crossword below! Send a photo of the completed wordsearch and what the memory is to kids@c7church.com for a chance to win a prize! “___ go ___ ___ ___ of ___ ___, ___ ___ in the ___ of the ___ and of the ___ and of the ___ ___, and ___ ___ to ___ ___ I ___ ___ you. And ___ I am ___ ___ ___, to the ___ ___ of the ___”. ___ 28: ___-___

MEET THE TEAM In the last C7 Magazine, I was able to share more about myself but this time I would love to introduce you to the incredible Kids Team, which is made up of amazing men and women of God! Abby, C7 Kids Leader

IRENE Hi! I’m Irene and I come from a small island called Cyprus. A fun fact about me is no matter the weather, I always enjoy a walk by the beach while appreciating the sound of the waves. In my free time, I love painting and visiting museums. I love being part of C7 Kids and being able to share my love of God to the kids and help them grow in Jesus Christ.

TATE My name is Tatenda and I’m from Zimbabwe. I love going on wildlife safaris. A fun fact about me is that I was once stung by a scorpion! I love serving in C7 Kids because it gives me an opportunity to invest in the future by teaching and raising kids in a Godly manner.

TONI Hey! I’m Toni and I’m 20 years old. My favourite thing to do is to travel and experience new things and other cultures. In 2018, I got to visit some churches and schools in Zambia, which was amazing. I love being a C7 Kids Leader because it’s so amazing to see the kids grow in their faith and be a part of their lives.

Connect Groups:

Every Thursday evening, we have Kids Connect Groups for all primary ages! In Connect Groups, we have lots of fun playing games, unpacking more of what we learnt in kids on Sunday, building friendships and growing in God’s word together.


Every Sunday we have a live online primary kids programme at 12pm on Zoom. It’s a programme packed full of crazy fun, deepening our relationship with God, games, activities, and so much more!

We also have preschool groups happening at various times every Sunday afternoon, which is a fun way for the preschoolers to say hi to each other and have some fun together. When we are able to gather in-person in Church, we also have a kids programme in each of the services.

JULIE I’m Julie, married with three daughters ranging from ages 422!! I like walking, taking the kids to the park and drinking tea. I love being part of C7 Kids and teaching kids about God as I want them to know and worship God. Fun fact I once jumped off a 50ft cliff into the sea... twice!

TENI Hi, my name is Teniola and I’m a full-time student at Caledonian University. I enjoy keeping active, sports and spending time with my family and friends, especially my sisters. What I love about C7 Kids is seeing each child grow in their confidence in their identity in Christ and how much of a great environment C7 Kids for each of them to grow in and show their amazing personalities and talents.

NAT Hi, my name is Nat, I’m married to my amazing wife Hosanna and dad to my awesome daughter Hope. I love reading the Bible together as a family and creating fun videos for C7 Kids. Fun fact about me is I love telling dad jokes, like who was the first man to play tennis in the Bible?.......... David when he served in King Saul’s courts!

CHIBEYU Hi, I’m Chibeyu, mother of 1. I love working with kids because it’s fun and Proverbs 22:6 says we should raise a child up in the ways of the Lord, so I believe it’s our responsibility to do this so that they grow up trusting and knowing God in everything they do. I also love to bake.

MERCY LAUREN Hey, I’m Lauren! I love spending time with my friends going shopping or getting coffee! I also enjoy going on hill walks with my dogs. I love being part of C7 Kids and watching the kids grow more in their faith and relationship with God!

Hi, I’m Mercy! I love to go on nature works and have deep conversations with people, where we can encourage and inspire each other. A fun fact about me is I can speak German and I’ve lived in 3 Germanspeaking countries. I love being part of C7 Kids and being able to sow into the next generation by learning and deepening our understanding of the Word together.


Don't believe everything you think BY PASTOR GRACE LEWIS, CBT THERAPIST Our thoughts can come from past experiences or from words spoken over us. If they were good; excellent, if not you have the power and authority to challenge them. We can start by asking, 'are these thoughts fact or opinion?' If they are opinion, do they line up with what God says about you. If not we need to ask ourselves will I choose to listen to someone else's opinion of me or God's? As a therapist I spend my time helping people who are struggling, stuck, anxious, depressed to name but a few. It's my job to challenge their unhelpful disruptive thinking. These unhelpful thoughts lead to negative emotions (feelings) which in turn opens the way to disruptive behaviours (actions) and can have a detrimental affect on our physical health. Our negative thoughts lead to negative outcomes, and so it is also true that positive affirming thoughts lead to positive outcomes. What you think is vital to your body, soul and spirit.

The amazing thing is that not only do we see how this works scientifically it's backed up spiritually in the Bible. We are encouraged by the Bible to renew our minds (see Romans 12:2). So we know it is possible! We are encouraged to 'think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable' (Philippians 4:8).

"Be determined to become your own cheerleader..." When you feel drained give yourself a check up from the neck up! Remind yourself that God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power (2 Timothy 1:7) and that as Isaiah 40:29 says, God gives strength to the weary. It is so empowering to know that we can control what we think and therefore have the ability to manage the outcomes. It may not be easy but it is definitely doable. Be determined to become your own cheerleader and not your own bully. Affirm yourself in the knowledge of who God says you are: His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:20). - Ps Grace Lewis

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"Worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve"


As we head into the Christmas season, perhaps the last thing on everyone’s mind is fasting! However, as we come to the end of 2020, and all the unexpected challenges it has brought, the New Year promises a fresh beginning and as a Church we are inviting everyone to come together to participate in a corporate fast for 21 days, from 11th-31st January. For some this might be seen as a useful opportunity to shed some of the excess pounds that we invariably put on over the Christmas season, however, the true purpose of the fast is to focus on our relationship with God. Fasting is designed to draw us closer to God as we spend time engaging with Him, seeking His will, plan and purpose for our lives,, both as a church and individually. It might surprise you to know that there are some seventy-seven biblical references to fasting. Despite this, fasting is often misunderstood and so often fails to produce its desired results. In Isaiah 58, the people also asked God why their prayers and fasting were not producing results, and they even end up asking God if He sees what they are doing! In response God shows them that the reason is that their motives were wrong. They were looking for their fast to change God, but the true purpose of the fast is to produce change in us, so in Isaiah 58 God outlines His principles for a fast.

Ultimately fasting is about our relationship with God, our motive being for His glory, with an acceptable fast being one that He has chosen. It is one which is set apart for Him, where we minister to Him, honour and glorify Him, and seek His will. Fasting and prayer calls us away from other activities and causes us to put God first, and such a fast rebounds in blessings on us, for God, who sees in secret, is pleased to reward us openly.

Types of Fast The kind of fast that you choose is your decision. Whatever fast you decide to observe, it is important that you spend time in prayer, meditation and Bible study. A good idea during your fast is to keep a prayer journal to write down what God has been speaking to you, what you prayed for, and record answers to prayer.

Benefits of fasting from Isaiah 58: 1. Revelation 2. Healing and wholeness 3. Righteousness 4. The presence of His glory 5. Answered prayer 6. Guidance 7. Contentment 8. Refreshing 9. Strength 10. A work that endures 11. Raising up of future generations 12. Restoration 13. Breakthrough

If you have never fasted before it is better to start with a partial fast, and if your fast is to exclude tea or coffee it is a good idea to start this a few days before the fast begins to get over the caffeine withdrawal headaches! Fasting can be challenging so it is important that we put on God’s full armour as outlined in Ephesians 6. Don’t give up! Use your spiritual weapons and break through to victory. We would also encourage you to consider making fasting an integral part of your life, such as fasting one day a week, or frequently through the year. The benefits of such a ‘fasted lifestyle’ are huge, benefiting you physically and mentally. However the real benefit is spiritual. As you fast and pray more regularly you will find that you become more spiritually sensitive. It is easier to hear when God is speaking to you. You become more at one with the Holy Spirit and move into new levels of freedom in Christ! Biblical reasons for fasting. • In obedience to God’s Word • To humble ourselves before God and obtain His grace and power • To overcome temptations • To be purified from sin • To become weak before God so that He can be strong in us • To obtain God’s support to accomplish His willIn times of crisis • When seeking God’s direction • For understanding and divine revelation • To create an environment for prayer • To obtain breakthroughs in difficult situations We can't wait to see all that God will do in and through us during this time of prayer and fasting in January.

1. A Normal Fast This is a fast in which one abstains from all food, solid or liquid, but not from water. 2. The Complete Fast This is a fast where you abstains from all food and drink, including water. Normally this is not for longer than three days, as in Esther 4:16, as the body can go for long periods without food, but only for a very short time without water. 3. The Partial Fast This involves a restriction of one’s diet. Examples are the ‘Daniel fast’ consisting of vegetables and water, and a partial fast – omitting one or two meals a day.


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The course is designed to cover the foundations of the Christian faith and to equip people to not only grow in their own knowledge for their own personal growth, but also to pass on what they learn by sharing it with others. Over 2020 we have seen many people new to faith go through Christianity 101 and become more confident in their ability to share the Gospel with people in their worlds. Christianity 101 has multiple benefits: • Allows people new to faith to grow in their knowledge of God and the foundations of our faith. • Equips believers to better communicate the Gospel to people in their world • Provides a platform to ask any questions

• Helps people develop their relationship with God by growing in their understanding of how to talk to God through prayer and to read His word (the bible). • Provides knowledge of next steps for the new believer by gaining an understanding of the power of water baptism and baptism of the Holy Spirit. • A great way to get to know people • It can also a great refresh for any believer, no matter how long they have been a Christian. We can never get enough of God’s word - it is so important to go over the foundations so we can teach others. Christianity 101 takes place online over the following six sessions: The Gospel, Who Is Jesus?, Talking to God, Reading the Bible, Water baptism and The Holy Spirit. If you would like to sign up for Christianity 101 simply head to c7church.com/c101 and fill in the form.

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Christianity 101 is the perfect course for new believers to start their journey of growing in their knowledge of God.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. Isaiah 9:6-7


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