STRONGER 2021: STRENGTHEN WHAT MATTERS MOST A look at the theme for the year at C7 as we get stronger as a Church and as individuals PRAY CONTINUOUSLY How do we pray continuously in life? What is the result of this prayer-filled lifestyle? A BUSINESS BUILT ON FAITH An Interview with Business Leaders, Des and Janet Gracey on how they are navigating their business through unprecedented times with God at the centre.
CONTENTS March 2021 | Volume 4
STRENGTHENING BELONGING C7 Connect Groups
A DAY IN THE LIFE 0 9 WITH ACCELERATE An interview with 2nd Year student, Achal Javed PRAISE VICTORIOUSLY Sheonagh, explains how praise is shaping her life
LEGACY SONG The heart behind C7 Worship's new single
TYPE AND SHADOW The significance of communion
STRONGER | OUR THEME 0 4 FOR THE YEAR
MEET THE 23 DREAM TEAM Meet some of our incredible team that make Church happen! FIRST, FAST, FEARLESS C7 Production Team CITY REACH WEEK Our new initiative to spread joy in our city
IRON SHARPENS IRON A look at what's been happening with our 26-35's age group PRAY CONTINUOUSLY
How abiding in Christ is key to our ability to live a lifestyle of prayer
A BUSINESS BUILT ON FAITH
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BRINGING THE 40 BIBLE HOME How we can raise our kids in the ways of God
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C7 EXTREME Making the transition from Kids to Youth YOUNG LEADERS An interview with one of our TNG Leaders, Sinathi Maphalala
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JASON
My passion is to see you go from strength to strength this year. Whatever that looks like for you, I believe that as you put your roots down in the good soil of the Church of Jesus Christ, you will grow and flourish as it says in Psalm 92:13. As you participate in the things of the Kingdom and obey the Word of God, I know you’ll get stronger.
We're three months into 2021, and I truly believe that this is a year to get stronger. While it was a challenging year, we are so thankful for all that God did in and through us in 2020. Through the determination, creativity and commitment of our people, devoted to serving God, great things took place. Now in 2021, we’re building on this to see our Church strengthened and our nation changed with the gospel.
So my encouragement to you today is to keep putting God first in your life. Get part of a community of believers - a Connect Group - who will encourage you, strengthen you, challenge you and pray for you. Get active in serving God and building His House. Keep growing in your planning and management of life. Set goals, go after them, stay accountable and bathe all you do in a life of prayer and devotion to God. This is the type of life that winds upwards and goes from strength to strength.
My desire for our Church is that we would all get stronger this year. Stronger in faith, family, fitness, finances and our future. Like I unpacked on Vision Sunday, we have key goals and strategies that we want to achieve as a Church, from growth in our Connect Groups to a greater impact on our local communities, but it all comes out of a place of having a healthy and strong Church.
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Jason Jason Cask C7 Senior Pastor
We’ve declared over 2021 that we will get STRONGER as a Church and as individuals. At Vision Sunday in February, we officially launched the theme for the year: Stronger: strengthen what matters most.
the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits - Daniel 11:32 The theme for 2021 is strategic. It is designed to move God’s Vision for C7 forward. We have faith that our Church can impact the nation of Scotland. However, this vision requires great action. Yet we can be encouraged by the Word that the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32). As we grow and get stronger, God is glorified, and His vision for our Church moves forward. The theme for 2021 needed to be right for the times we are living in. 2020 was a year like no other. Through the pandemic, every country, family, and person found their ‘normal life’ radically disrupted. For many, this provided great uncertainty; for others, it allowed a time to reflect. As we journey through 2021, it becomes clear that many people are now looking to create a more balanced and fulfilling life.
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Through scripture, God gives us the keys to creating this balanced life. Through rising above circumstances, He gives us the ability to grow and produce, but to do this, strength is required. Throughout 2021, Stronger is designed to give our Church the Biblical know-how to help us strengthen what matters most, so we can live balanced and fulfilling lives.
Our Teaching will also focus on the Foundations of Life – The 5F’s:
Faith Family Fitness Finances
Our approach will be multifaceted, looking at different aspects of God’s Word and life through Teaching and Support. Through our 10-part teaching series, we’ll look at helping you get stronger over ten key areas for personal growth, covering: 01 Praise Victoriously 02 Pray Continuously
Thirdly, it will focus on goal setting and strategies across the 5 F’s. Along with this teaching comes support; this is the opportunity to be supported and encouraged in your personal goals through Connect Groups.
03 Confess Powerfully 04 Love Passionately 05 Think Holistically 06 Believe Faithfully 07 Behave Responsibly
Like a precious gem, 'Stronger' has many sides, and as each is refined, it makes it not only beautiful but strong.
08 Action Consistently 09 Perform Excellently 10 Celebrate Plenty
Each teaching series will be delivered through our Sunday services and available to watch back on our website. You'll also be able to download Summary Series and Connect Group Studies at the end of each series at c7church.com/stronger-series.
Stronger has been created to help each person to grow in every area of life. Like a precious gem, it has many sides, and as each is refined, it makes it not only beautiful but strong. Over the next year, our Church will have the opportunity to become stronger and strengthen what matters most to them. To find out more about Stronger and our goals for the year, you can watch back our Vision Sunday on our YouTube page.
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STRENGTHENING BELONGING C7 Connect Groups
One of our key goals to propel the vision of C7 forward in 2021 is to strengthen belonging. This is where we are looking at our Connect Groups and how we can see them grow in 2021. Our goal for the end of the year is to have 75 active Connect Groups across all age groups, giving you more opportunity to get part of a group that is right for you. We want to see as many people as possible part of our Connect Groups because we know that these groups are a great opportunity to strengthen each other. As we meet together each week we pray, study the word of God and enjoy each others company. In 2021 Connect Group members will also have the opportunity to be supported and mentored in their own personal goals across the 5-F's as a way to see people strengthen what matters most to them.
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"Connect Group has been a fantastic way to help me go deeper into the Word this year. As a group we have supported each other in prayer through this pandemic. During this time I love the definitive fact that the Church is alive through online services, Connect Groups and more. God is definitely moving." - Mark Sillet
"I believe Jesus’ promise that when two or three are gathered together in His name, He is in the midst of us. I love the feeling on the day of Connect Group to have the expectation that Jesus is going to be there! The group has helped me with tips and advice on how to do life better whilst studying the topic that week. Hearing our group leader pray for and over us sets me up for the rest of the week. I feel strengthened and renewed each week." - Paul Mori
Find your group today at c7church.com/groups
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Connect Groups for every age and stage of life.
FIND YOURS TODAY
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ACCELERATE STUDENT WITH ACHAL JAVED
''But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.'' Matthew 6:33 Putting God and His Kingdom first is one of the key lessons Jesus taught us. At C7 Accelerate, we are passionate about helping you put the principles in God's Word into practice in a way that relates to everyday life. Putting God first is a principle that is strengthened as we choose to start our day with the Lord. Accelerate helps people to do this. Students begin their day in a class, teaching them about God before work, uni or whatever else their day entails! We recently caught up with one of our students, Achal Javed, and asked him how the course has an impact on his life. Achal gave us a glimpse into one of the days he has Accelerate to see how he is practising putting God first. Here's what he had to say.
Achal, you are currently in your second year of Accelerate. How are you finding it in comparison to your first year? There is an evident difference between Year 1 and Year 2. Year 1 was all about getting the basics, like learning how to read the Bible and discovering more about God and myself. This year the focus has been more on God's Kingdom, His Church and what part I get to play in the big picture of God's purpose. Besides Accelerate, you're studying for a Masters in Architecture, and you're also part of the team here at Church. How do you do it all? Tuesday is one of my favourite days. There are two things I believe are essential for us to do as Christians. Number one, seeking God and His Kingdom first, and number two, bringing Him into every situation of our lives, no matter how big or small. My Tuesdays start with a Lead Team session with Pastor Jason. I lov this as it's an opportunity
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to sit under great teaching, so I am already thinking about God at the beginning of the day. After that, I have a 45-minute Accelerate class on Spiritual Gifts, where I am learning about the Holy Spirit and how He equips the Church to encourage and build each other up. I then go into a Production Leaders meeting as I lead the Lights Team in Church. Being a part of this meeting allows me to think about how I can now put the values I've just learnt in the Word of God into practice in my area of serving. When my team meeting ends, I use the time before Uni to take our family dog, Bear, out for a walk in the park. I find this is the
best time for me to think about, pray and reflect on everything I've just learnt. I also like to listen to some worship music so I can relax and praise God. There's usually no one else around at that time, so no one can hear my singing! After this, I feel I'm in the best frame of mind to start Uni. Uni starts at 10 am. I have different classes and projects during the rest of the day, but the comforting thing is knowing I have the order in my day right. I am starting with God and bringing Him into everything single thing I need to do, and being involved in something God-centred first thing in the morning sets me up for the rest of the day.
"My entire day is set up so that I'm in fellowship with others and have the opportunity to share what I have been taught. When you give God your day it flows" Do you ever stop and take a lunch break? Yes, I do! I usually take my lunch break at around 1 pm and then get straight back into Uni projects. When that's done and dusted around 4 pm, I like to take time to prepare for Connect Group and read through the study before dinner time.
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What do you love most about leading and being a part of a Connect Group? Fellowship is so vital for us as believers, so I appreciate ending the day with my Connect Group. I like to see it this way; I've started the day by being led by Pastor Jason, my Accelerate Teachers and Team Leader. Now I am in the best place to lead others in my Connect Group. My entire day is set up so that I'm in fellowship with others and have the opportunity to share what I have been taught. When you give God your day it flows Do you do anything to unwind before bedtime? After Connect Group, I have a bunch of different books I am trying to get through. To name a few, I am yet to read, Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald; Killing Kryptonite by John Bevere and I am Not, But I Know I am by Louie Giglio. Throughout High School, I hated reading. But, after the first year of Accelerate, I wanted to grow more in wisdom, so that's why I started reading a lot. I don't think I realised the value of investing in yourself in this way until I began Accelerate. Our next intake of Accelerate starts this April with three new classes to choose from. Visit www.c7church.com/accelerate for more information or to apply today.
Praise Victoriously BY SHEONAGH STRUTHERS This past season of lockdown has, at some points, felt like it's never-ending. The ongoing restrictions can start to wear us down if we're not mindful of it. That's why I have loved the start of our Stronger teaching series 'Praise Victoriously.' It was such a timely message. Even though praising may go against how we feel in the natural or what life looks like, when we praise God, it shifts our focus and gives us Heaven’s perspective. When we focus on who God is, His goodness, His faithfulness, His love for us, His power, it reminds us of who He is and whose we are. I have been so stirred through this series to go to new levels of praise. I have often heard of faith referred to as a muscle; the more you exercise it, the stronger your faith becomes. I now see praise as a muscle too! To reach the next strength level at the gym, we need to keep increasing the weights we use. If we don't, we plateau. I don't want to plateau in my praise. I know there is more in me to give. I know I need to 'increase the weight'. I love that God inhabits the praises of His people. As we praise together, His presence manifests, and this reminds us that we have the victory (thanks to Jesus!), that we are never alone and that He has gone before us. I can't wait to keep praising together as a Church because I know that as we do, we will get stronger in 2021!
LEGACY C7 WORSHIP | LET'S BUILD GOD'S CHURCH IN SCOTLAND TOGETHER
BEHIND THE SONG SUZIE MURPHY
AVAILABLE FROM SUNDAY 28TH OF MARCH
Every year our whole Church
is released on Sunday 28th of
March to mark Legacy Sunday
sacrificial financial offering to
and is available on all your
God; this is called Legacy. As a
creative team we wanted to get
platforms such as Spotify, Apple
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year that communicates exactly what the true heart of Legacy is
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realisation that the very reason Our brand new single : Legacy
we are here today and living>>>
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We know that King Jesus is the
because there are generations of
solid rock, our firm foundation,
people that have gone before us
our hope and our anchor. He is
who have paved the way.
the way, the truth and the life. Therefore, we already have the
The verses in this song talk about
answers to the questions so many
people have today, and, as the
generational. It is all about sowing
chorus of this song highlights,
and investing in God’s Church so
we’ve got to put action on it.
that the generations to come can reap the blessing and find the
This song is a call to arms. It’s a
Truth. It’s about catching the spirit
of passing on and “making a
remember who she is and the
change that will last”.
assignment she has. We genuinely
want to see every city, town and While this past year has been
village of our great nation bursting
challenging and unpredictable, we
with new life and discovering the
can’t afford to put this off or say
hope that is Jesus. We want to be
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a part of seeing that happen.
is now. It’s time for us to get on board with God’s heart and vision
We pray that as you listen, you
for our nation and say “Yes!” to
will hear the heart of our house
the greatest invitation of all. It’s
through every lyric, every note
for everyone and anyone to get
and every chord. We pray that
this song will ignite a fresh passion and a desire in you “to see a
In a world where there is such a
generation on fire and the lost
lack of hope and a huge amount
of brokenness and questioning, there
This is the legacy that we not only
searching for the truth and for
want to leave, but we are called to
something (or someONE) that is
leave. We are here to “display the
constant and unchanging. This is
love of God to the hurting and the
where the Church comes in and
hopeless… and we’ve got the
we get to actually BE the body of
answer…so what are we waiting
Christ and live out the Great
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LEGACY LEGACY L EGACY LEGACY LE GACY LEGACY LEG ACY LEGACY LEGA CY LEGACY LEGAC Y LEGACY LEGACY LEGACY LEGACY L EGACY LEGACY LE GACY LEGACY LEG ACY LEGACY LEGA Verse 1
We’re sitting in a legacy Of generations past
Now it’s time for us to sow
Make a change that will last
So come and join the Legacy It’s time to play our part The greatest invitation
Our “yes” is where it starts
We’ve got the answer, the search is over For life in abundance, ‘til it overflows
We’re here to display the love of God to the hurting and the hopeless So what are we waiting for? This is our legacy
Yes, This is our legacy
It’s time to build this legacy Let’s win souls for Christ
We want to see every city, town and village Bursting with new life
This is the heart of this house
To see a generation on fire, and the lost return home This is the heart of this house
I’m all in, heart and soul, I’m in.
Our CREATIVE Team are a group of hungry, passionate worshippers from many different walks of life with many different gifts. Our goal is to minister to the heart of God and to lead His church in powerful praise and worship by using the creative gifts God has given us. We believe in using our gifts and talents to honour and glorify God and to serve His House, whatever they may be.
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PRAY CONTINUOUSLY BY PASTOR HEATHER POMPHRETT
We've not long started our second Stronger teaching series 'Pray Continuously' and I am so excited for our Church to grow in prayer over this time. We saw incredible things take place when we all committed to going deeper in praising victoriously over our first series so I can't wait to see the effects of combining this growth in Praise with a growth in Prayer. This is where revival starts! We often talk about the importance of carving out a set time in our diaries to pray. I for one know that if I don't put something in my diary, it just doesn't happen! And while specifically putting time aside to pray is exceptionally important, how do we move from a lifestyle of praying regularly to praying continuously? How can we, while holding down a full-time job, being a parent, studying at school or uni, or just living our day-to-day life, actually pray continuously? Surely we need to stop praying to eat, to sleep, to have a conversation with our kids, to write that essay, even to relax? Is praying continuously even possible? I believe it is. Praying Continuously isn't about sitting down with your Bible in a quiet space every second of every day, but it's about living a life of abiding in Him. As Christians we are instructed to abide in Christ (see John 15) and it's this act of abiding that's key to a lifestyle of continuous prayer. >>continued>>>
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There are a few key scriptures we can look at when it comes to abiding. Firstly, as previously mentioned, John 15. This passage talks about Jesus being the vine and us being the branches, that as we stay connected to Him (abide), we will bear much fruit. This is often the first verse people will think of when it comes to abiding. We can see the concept of abiding in Christ throughout the Bible, especially in the Psalms. (Isn't it interesting to note that two of the key places we read about abiding come from David a man after God's own heart, and John - the disciple Jesus loved? Perhaps their heart response to God came out of this place of abiding).
When we learn to live from this place of abiding, we are positioning ourselves to see God, hear God and feel God in our daily life. We're able to call on God in a moment. We're able to access His Holy Spirit for guidance, direction and deliverance. We receive the promises and protection of Psalm 91. "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." - John 15:4
Psalm 91 is a powerful scripture that many people have read and declared, especially over this last year with the pandemic. It brings peace and comfort as we read through the protection and promises of God found in this Psalm. But this protection comes as a direct result of abiding in God. We read in verse 1 that "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." When we dwell in the presence of God we stay protected under His covering. This 'dwelling' isn't coming to God with our requests and needs and it isn't about intercessory prayer. To dwell actually means to sit down and remain. It's about coming to God, into His presence, with no agenda or purpose other than to just be with Him. It's about being present with God for God, not for what we can get out of Him.
When we abide we don't have to listen to a bank of worship songs before we feel ready to pray, or go out a walk just to get to in the zone to pray, we can call on Him any minute or any day. Whether we're in the car, in the shower, cooking the dinner, playing with the kids, about to go into an interview, whenever and wherever we are, we can bring God into the midst, because He's actually already there! When we abide in Him He abides in us (John 15:4) and from this place I believe we can live in continuous prayer.
When we silence ourselves, our worries, our cares, our day-to-day life and our agenda, and just come to God, we begin to position our hearts to abide with Him. We begin to let Him into every area of our life. Our hearts soften, our gaze becomes fixed on Him and He leads us to this place of abiding, this place of continuous prayer.
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T H E
P O W E R
PRAYER “Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 It has been an incredible few months. It is so evident that God is in the business of answering our prayers as we continually put our trust and hope in Him. On Wednesday nights, our Church gets together on Zoom to pray over the prayer requests submitted each week. Time and time again, we have seen God come through. We are so thankful for the team who turn up faithfully each week to cover our Church in prayer and intercede on your behalf. Here are some of the amazing praise reports which have come in on the back of our prayer nights. Praise Reports Multiple people being healed from Covid and released from hospital Provision of a new job Restoration of family relationships Salvation of a friend and a family member Financial breakthrough - now debt-free Breakthrough in new business and seeing financial blessing If you have any level of need, please let us know. We are committed to praying for you and standing with you until you see the breakthrough.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ROMANS 12:12
TYPE AND SHADOW The First Passover, The Last Supper, Today's Communion. By Dr Dermot Murphy
So here we are already three months into the New Year! It seems not that long ago we were focused on our 21 Day Fast as we started the New Year, and now we are looking ahead to Easter and all that it means for the Church. Easter, along with Christmas, when we remember the birth of Jesus, is one of the key times of celebration for the Church. It focuses on the events of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, often starting with the Last Supper. As a believer, we remember the Last Supper whenever we take communion. But why do we do this, and what is the significance of it for the believer? Everything in the Bible is a type and shadow. This means that much of what we find in the Old Testament conceals much that is subsequently revealed in the New Testament. When we see things in the New Testament,
we add meaning to the Old Testament events and symbols. We get so much more when we put the two Testaments together. We see this especially with the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the practice we refer to as communion. Its significance and relevance go way beyond us simply reenacting what Jesus did with His disciples. The Last Supper was historically celebrated on the Feast of the Passover. This is a hugely important feast for the Jews, and it is no coincidence that Jesus was crucified at this time. To help us fully understand the power, meaning and significance of the Last Supper and communion, it is helpful to look at the first Passover celebration because Passover is a type and shadow of the Last Supper. At the time of the first Passover, which we read about in Exodus 12, Israel as a nation had been in bondage to Egypt for over 400 years . God called on Moses to lead His
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people out of their slavery in Egypt so that they could renew their relationship with Him once more.
the Passover itself, they were to eat an unblemished lamb, and they had to apply the blood of the lamb over their door frames.
As we study the original Passover story we see that the real purpose of Israel being delivered from Egypt was not so that they would inherit the Promised Land, but so that they would worship God! This was what God was after, a people who would live for Him. Therefore, the Promised Land was a result of that relationship, not the purpose of their deliverance.
The application of the blood over their doors indicated that they were God’s people, which ensured that they were spared when the angel passed over the land. They were just as guilty of sin as the Egyptians, but the blood indicated that their sin had been atoned for through the sacrificed Passover lamb that they were eating!
Before the first Passover, nine plagues had been sent to Egypt in an attempt to get Pharaoh to let God’s people go free. Yet, despite plague after plague ravaging his land and his people, Pharaoh refused to let them go. "The Promised Land was a result of that relationship, not the purpose of their deliverance."
Finally, the tenth plague arrived. This was when the Angel of death passed over the land to kill the firstborn of every family. The first Passover supper was not a meal that the Israelites ate to celebrate their imminent release from Egypt but was their means of being recognised as God’s people, protected from the angel. As we read the first Passover story in Exodus 12, we see that there were three aspects to it. For seven days, they were not to eat anything that contained leaven. Then on the night of
The significance of the unleavened bread speaks of them believing and obeying God’s Word. When the Israelites partook of the Passover meal, they were not only protected by the blood, but the curse that they had been living under was completely broken, and in one moment, they were set free from everything that held them in bondage. God rescued them from the hand of Pharaoh, guided them through their time in the wilderness and delivered them into the Promised Land. Today as we take communion, each of the three elements of the Passover has significance and relevance to us. Throughout the New Testament, leaven has special significance as it is a term used, especially by Jesus, to refer to false teaching, including the teaching of the religious Pharisees. Their problem was that they thought that they were superior to everyone else, that their legalistic approach to the Word of God separated them from all others. Even though they knew the Old Testament and its prophecies, they missed its real meaning and purpose, which was to draw people into a relationship with God. Even when their promised Messiah, the One they were waiting on, was right in front of them, they completely missed Him!
Then when we eat the bread and drink the cup that symbolises the body and blood of Jesus that He shed for us on the cross of Calvary, we are reminded of all that Jesus did for us. In the Gospels and Paul’s Epistles, we read that we are to take communion with awe, worship and reverence. Just as we see with Israel in their deliverance from Egypt, the purpose of all we do, including when we take communion, is to worship God. We do it to grow in our relationship with Him, to celebrate His victory on our behalf, to remember the price He paid to set us free from everything that keeps us in bondage and to thank Him for all He has done for us. "Easter is all about Jesus"
Easter is all about Jesus. It is all about God’s incredible love for us. It is all about the victory of Jesus on the cross when He overcame death, hell and the grave to set us free. Easter, and communion, is all about Him. And when we take communion today, we remember the cross, we remember the price Jesus paid for us, and we receive by faith all that He purchased for us. He is so worthy of all our worship and all our praise. There is no one like our God, and no one like His Son, Jesus Christ, the One who gave it all so that we could have it all.
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MEET THE DREAM TEAM
"So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless." - 1 Corinthians 15:58
Adeife Jolaosho Media Team
"I initially joined the Production Team because I had a love for computers and engineering, but as time passed, I started to find new passions and experiences that steered me into doing more with the team. I am normally not the kind of person to get hands-on in anything practical, including wielding a camera, but when I started working with the camera, I was able to identify different aspects of it that were necessary for its function. Simple things like inserting and taking out a battery, zooming in and out and controlling the camera became more and more nuanced and fleshed out as I worked on the camera and with Pastor Heather and other members of the team, I was able to understand the camera a lot quicker than if I had simply tried to learn it on my own. My self-esteem has been built up by being part of the team. Every time I did the work, tried something new, I learned not to give up. This has made me get better at what I am doing. I know that I am always wanted and needed, not just by man but by God! Serving on team has also shown me that a servant's heart always gives, and it is always satisfying seeing that I have something to give to God and people each time I serve."
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"Through serving on Extreme, it’s helped develop my practical skills of how to set goals and how to plan this out. It has stretched my confidence when communicating and leading others. Seeing all God has done through the youth and our team in the last year has increased my faith and enabled me to push into God more and believe for bigger things."
“I love serving on team because I get the opportunity to use my God-given talents to glorify God, and I get to serve alongside some of the best people that I know. I've grown so much since serving on team because I've allowed myself to be stretched and strengthened; and I'm so thankful that I've had the opportunity to do this.“
"Last year, I joined the C7 Kids Team, and after some time, I was given the opportunity to lead the kids in one of their Connect Groups. As a result, my faith has grown stronger because I am preparing for the study through reading my Bible even more. I learn so much from the kids in our group discussions. My prayer life is also flourishing through praying with the kids and the team throughout the week."
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By serving on the Production Team I have improved my practical skills and learnt how to operate a lights desk. Serving with the team has helped me to become more confident with my communication, but most importantly, serving alongside this team has helped me push into God more."
"Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing."
"As English isn't my first language, being on the Sound Team at Church has really helped me to get stronger and more confident in by ability to communicate with others. Being part of a Team like this has really helped me to get more focused on God. I'm also getting to learn a brand new skill that I've never done before!"
Psalm 100:2 "I love welcoming people to Church! It’s so important right now that when we can’t gather in person that people still feel connected and part of Church. Serving as part of the Online Host team means I can use my gift to make everyone who gathers online feel welcomed and encouraged throughout the service."
“Serving to me is an opportunity to honour and worship God with my time and energy while sowing into His church to see it grow and see God's kingdom come and His will done in and through my life. On the creative team, I get to worship God and help the church enter into God’s presence. I’ve learned so much about the power of praise and worship and I’m so humbled by the heart of the team to put God first in all things and to worship Him wholly and joyfully.”
"I enjoy serving on the Media Team for various reasons. I love photography, and it helps me develop my skills in handling cameras and improving other soft skills, like working with people. The Bible says to "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people". This scripture helps me to serve and commit myself to the House of the Lord and continually grow my faith."
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FIRST FAST FEARLESS By Pastor Heather Pomphrett
When you hear the word production, what do you think of? Most people will think of fancy lights, shows, presentations, big sound and flashy media… and while this is somewhat true, our production team are responsible for all things lights, sound and media at church, our goal is not creating a ‘production’ in and of itself… our goal is first and foremost to point people to Jesus. Yes, we want to stage to look good, be well lit, the speaker to be heard and seen clearly, but for what reason? We do it so that the message of the gospel can be communicated as clearly and as effectively as possible. We want to do it with excellence because our God is excellent. We want to bring Him a sacrifice that costs us something; that costs us our time and our talent. We want to do something that brings glory to His name. >>> Continued >>>
I love our production team because this is their heart. We are a group of ordinary people with extraordinary dedication. Over the last 12+ months, every team member has had to grow, learn new skills, adapt and step out of their comfort zone, not just once but on a number of occasions. We’re a team of people from all walks of life. We’ve got students, teachers, engineers, hairdressers, and nurses, to name a few, and almost every one of us has little, if any, professional background in production! We’ve chosen to learn as we go, often facing a brand new challenge every week. Our strategy as a Church is to be first, fast and fearless, and our production team is this! FIRST: Our production team are often the first ones at Church, and the last ones to leave, whether inperson or online! Our team has a willingness that is so inspiring to watch and be part of because they have God first in all that they do. FAST: If the last 12 months have taught us anything, it’s that we have to be fast. Not only are our camerapersons learning to be fast on their toes getting different shots on our roaming camera, or our desk engineers fast at pressing the right buttons, or our online hosts being fast to respond to questions, prayer requests online or even to mute Zoombombers!!!!, but we’ve all had to be fast at learning new skills.
In a world that quickly turned online and where restrictions continue to change, our team is having to continually adapt to be able to bring the best to our God and our Church on a weekly basis. FEARLESS: Our amazing production leaders and our incredible team are always willing to give something a go, to jump in fearlessly to new experiences, new responsibilities, new technology and every single time they do, we see incredible growth, not just in our Church or our team, but in their own lives personally. We might have a moment of uncertainty when we begin, but we’re such a supportive family that we know we’ve always got each other’s back. We do it together - this key to creating a fearless team! So whether you’re an experienced video-producer or you’ve never touched a button on a sound desk before, if you’ve got a heart that says ‘God I want to serve you first, fast and fearlessly’ then the good news is… there’s a place for you on our team! God has given each of us so much, so why wouldn’t we pour out what we can back to Him to bless Him and to give people the opportunity to be introduced to Him! Find out more about the production team by emailing me at: email@example.com or sign up online today at c7church.com/dreamteam
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"We’re such a supportive family that we know we’ve always got each other’s back. We do it together - this key to creating a fearless team!"
CITY REACH WEEK You don’t need to spend too long in the Bible to see that God is big on kindness. He wants his people to be kind, take care of each other, love each other, look out for their communities, and treat people with respect and grace. Everything that we see Jesus do to people is how God wants us to treat others. Kindness is a weapon: when people make a deliberate choice to act in kindness and use it purposefully, it has a significant impact. Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist, hit the nail on the head when she said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." We believe that to change the world; we must start by making a difference in the lives of those around us. To help us do this, we’re launching City Reach Week! City Reach Week is where our Church participates in bringing joy into people’s lives through random acts of kindness over one specific week four times a year. All around us, there is an opportunity to be kind. As the Church, we want to example the goodness of God to people. You can do something on your own, with friends, as a family or with your Connect Group. Through City Reach Week, we believe the collective accumulation of our deliberate actions will greatly impact the city.
So here’s a bunch of ideas to get you started: 0 1 Drop a hamper with a neighbour just to say hello. 0 2 Organise a group to help do a litter pick up in an area you can see needs cleaning. 0 3 Take on that graffiti that has lowered the standard of your neighbourhood. 0 4 Cut the grass. Not just yours, but your neighbours, or your whole street. 0 5 Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in the queue. 0 6 Pay for fuel for someone else in the petrol station. 0 7 Arrange a guideline-friendly social with your neighbours/community - could be a garden party or a meet up in the play park with the kids. 0 8 Do someone's shopping for them - and pay if you can! 0 9 Drop a gift into someone who lives on their own. 1 0 Got kids? Why not offer to take out a friend or neighbours kids for the day with your kids and pay for them to go out for a coffee or lunch while their kids are out. 11
Send a friend a gift - no reason, just because you love them.
1 2 Pay for a man with a van for your street/building - invite your neighbours to clear out their unwanted items, and you will cover removal. 1 3 Write a card for your neighbour(s) thanking them for being great neighbours. 1 4 Encourage your kids to write cards/get a gift for friends at school/nursery, but also encourage them to do the same for kids who may be having a tough time or could be facing bullying.
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the ideas just keep coming... 1 5 Give your time to an elderly or isolated person to have a face-to-face chat - many isolated people have not had face-to-face communication for a long time. You could do this in the garden or go for a wee walk. 1 6 Support your local business: could be a local business that you could rally for/promote to get some business in for them. 1 7 Get a coffee voucher for a local cafe and say thank you to a local police officer/community officer for their service to our city. 1 8 Get planting! Find some local community garden space, weed it and put in some nice plants.
1 9 Teens, why not save up your cash and buy school lunch for your friends one day at school.
Whatever you choose to do, just ask yourself - how can I bring JOY to someone?
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 15:16
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“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” - Proverbs 27:17 NIV This year the 26-35 Age Group has been holding online games nights on the last Friday of each month. These have been a fun way of seeing the age group come together when we've not been able to meet in-person, whilst
opportunity to invite friends along. We are continuing to embrace the online experience and making the most of what we have in our hands at this moment. Our Friday nights have ranged from quizzes and bingo nights, mystery whodunnits and Pictionary. The list of possibilities is endless! You’re even able to take a walkthrough tour of the Louvre in Paris - stopping at every piece of art along the way to discuss with your fellow art lovers if this is the kind of thing you're into!
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January’s Games Night involved numerous teams competing in several enthralling rounds, which brought hilarity, heated debate and the usual quizzical behaviours that one would now expect during an online Friday night social. Prizes of freshly baked brownies, leadership books and even original artwork were generously donated by leaders in the age group. Here's what Damas, a global IT professional, had to say about it: "Game night was really fun! Partly because I like quizzes, but what I
"God’s Church is growing, and an army of passionate, on fire, 26-35-year -olds are right in the midst."
liked the most is it created an environment to interact with people I wouldn't interact with usually outside the context of Church, even though it was just online." That is exactly what the nights are about; the opportunity to create something that brings people together outside of Connect Group and Sundays. It allows for new friendships to be developed and a great sense of belonging to exist. Gerry, had great things to say too: "It was fun, having had a chance to socialise and engage with everyone from the Church community. The thing I enjoyed the most was the laughter and the energy on the platform. The quiz was quite stimulating, although I wasn't prepared or ready for the pop culture questions!) (I was expecting Bible questions so I brushed up on my Bible knowledge before!!). It would be great to have more of these quizzes and nights!" The age group is already looking forward to the Games Nights to come, and reports are flowing in of flatmates and friends who will be joining in. With the creative juices of the age group stirring, who knows what new Games Night ideas will emerge from an evergrowing group of young professionals and postgraduate students. What we do know, however, is this: online or in person, God’s Church is growing, and an army of passionate, on fire 26-35-year-olds are right in the midst.
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If you would like to join us for the next 26-35s Games Night, simply talk to your Connect Group leader to put your name down. Everyone is welcome!
A BUSINESS BUILT ON FAITH We love hearing about entrepreneurs and people who step out the boat in business. Des and Janet Gracey, two of the great business owners in our Church, run Eden Leisure Village in Cumbernauld. Much of their market in the last year has been affected by the shutting down of the wedding industry, holiday accommodation and group activities; however, they have adapted and used the time to expand what they’re offering. We wanted to capture from them some of the key lessons they’ve learnt, how they’ve grown in the season and how their faith leads their business. Hi Des and Janet! Tell us a little bit about your business: what is Eden Leisure Village? Hello! Eden Leisure Village is a Glamping Site and a Wedding Venue with a rustic barn and marquee. outdoor
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Obviously, for business owners across the country, the last 12 months have been unconventional. How has the last year affected your business? The pandemic has been challenging for our business, and we have had to adapt to the constant changes and restrictions made by our government. Because of the restrictions, we had to close the accommodation side of the business for around 30 weeks of the year; the other 22 weeks, we were able to trade, but with tight restrictions in place. Currently, we have been fully closed since Boxing Day, and this is looking likely to continue until the end of April. Whilst weddings mostly could have gone ahead, it was with detrimental restrictions, sometimes as few as five people allowed at a wedding. A large part of our time has been postponing, negotiating and looking after our fantastic couples and customers. The activity side of the business we completely closed last year. It’s been a crazy time, but in it, we've seen how you used the time and got creative by launching a new wedding venue on your site! What initiated this? With demand for weddings and Summer dates filling up we saw the need for a sheltered area to accommodate more Winter weddings. We had an idea of how we would like it to look and designed it to work with the marquee as well. We just took the opportunity during the lockdown in early Spring/Summer 2020 to push forward the building works and thankfully were able to source the materials we required for the job. We thank God for His provision with this because when we were building this outdoor space (early on in the full lockdown), it was very difficult for businesses to source materials, but we found the materials we required were supplied without too much hassle.
What have been some key verses that have strengthened you over this last year? Jeremiah 29 verses 5-7 is where we read the instructions mentioned for God’s people in captivity. Verse 11 of the same chapter has always been reassuring for us, that He has plans to prosper us and give us a hope and a future. Also Isaiah 43 v 19 “Look I am about to do something new; it’s springing up – can’t you see it? I’m making a road in the desert and rivers in the wasteland”. This verse is another verse that has given us direction.
So what’s next for you? What do you see your next season being? In the next season we are confident of God’s continued provision and direction, we will keep on building what He has called us to build. We’re expectant of God for more expansion and more influence.
Have you had times when you've felt God lead you in your business; how did you recognise that was God prompting? At the start of that first lockdown we believed we were directed through the story of God’s people in captivity in Babylon. God instructed them through a prophet that they would be in their situation for longer than anticipated and that they should accept it, settle, invest and build. This gave us the confidence to crack on with the investment even though income had been seriously reduced. We were also encouraged by this story to increase the cattle numbers in the farming side of our business during those weeks too. We recognised God’s prompting through His Word, the Holy Spirit bringing peace to us both (not just peace but His abounding peace) and confirmation that both of us felt that same prompting from the Holy Spirit in the direction we should go with the businesses.
What are some things you have learned from the experience of the last year you will take into your future as business owners? Nothing on earth is secure God can provide even in famine Always be open to change God is our peace Trials and trouble bring new strength Remain consistent and faithful with what we have in our hand Praise is a weapon
KIDS | EXTREME | TNG LEADING THE NEXT GENERATION IN THE THINGS OF GOD
KIDS C7 Kids starts from the moment your little one enters the world right up until they start High School as a way to introduce your kid to God and Godly friends in a fun, relevant and inspiring way!
TNG TNG are a group of Young Adults aged 18-25 who are passionate about doing life the best way possible - with God and extending the invitation to their world to do the same!
EXTREME Created for young people aged 11-17 years, Extreme offers a fun and safe environment for youth to learn more about God and build life-long friendships
"Tell your children about it, and let your children tell their children, and their children the next generation." - Joel 1:3
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BRINGING THE BIBLE HOME - WITH C7 KIDS by Pastor Helen Ratcliffe
Parenting is an adventure… In fact, it is a big crazy adventure, like one of the ones that Bear Grylls would go on. One day everything could be calm, kids are happy, parents are happy, then out of the blue - it can all change! It’s a common saying, “you start parenting with your “L” plates…. and then you keep them on!” Every season has new things to learn and principles we can nurture in our families and our children; we’re all always learning! But at the end of the day, every good mum or dad wants to bring up their children to be healthy, happy and flourishing people. We want to see our kids go for God, know who they are in Christ and walk in His ways as their firm foundation. We want to see our children strong and confident, so they’re equipped for every season.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 I love that word “train” - like a good trainer or a coach; our children are looking to us for guidance, direction and training, and our job is to train them in the things of God for their lives. Kids will learn at home first, so if we want to help our children get to know God and grow in understanding His ways and how He sees them (as champions!), then as parents, it’s our responsibility to teach and train them in the love of God. So here's some ideas... >>>
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7 How-to ideas SET A TIME
Set time aside each day to talk about God. Maybe before bedtime is a good time for you, as you get that quiet time when they’re settled, but if that doesn't work, find a slot to talk about God and who He is.
PRAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN
Help your kids to build their own communication with God. If they’re young or brand new to pray to help show them what it is, why not say something like “Hey, shall we talk to God now? This is also called prayer.” This helps your kids to understand that prayer is talking with their Father in Heaven. Ask them what they want to talk to God about. It could be their toys, their favourite TV show, what they did today. If it’s important to them, then show them it’s important to God by praying with them about it.
If your child is a baby, start now! Talk to them about God, telling them stories from the Bible and praying with and for them. Make hearing about how God loves them part of their everyday routine.
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START ANY AGE!
Don’t worry if your kids are older or if you’ve not talked about God as a family before - just start today! If they’re older, you could ask them questions about what they think about God? What do they think He looks like? What happens when we talk to Him? Get them chatting and listen to their responses.
KEEP IT SHORT
If they feel awkward about praying together, just keep it super short; 5-10 seconds. Don’t feel you have to do anything clever God will answer even one-word prayers when they are prayed in faith.
Bible stories are fantastic for kids - ask them questions about the story and what they think the people might have felt. For little kids, you could play out the story to get them involved. Making Bible reading a part of our everyday lives is a great habit to build in kids from an early age!
DON'T GIVE UP
Like anything in family life, there can be ups and downs. You might have a time when your kid even declares, “I don’t like God!" Don’t worry. The same principle applies in all parenting: consistency is key. Keep it up no matter the season and listen to them and respect them when they’re having a moment. We all have moments, but we can cling to the promise of God that as we train our kids up in the way, they won’t depart from it.
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FROM KIDS TO YOUTH
EXTREME AN INTERVIEW WITH ZUWENA Q - How did you feel about moving from kids to youth ? A - I was a bit nervous about it, but I was also excited to be a part of it. Q - What has been the thing you have enjoyed most about youth online ? A- I enjoy playing the games on Friday nights, and having fun, and getting to spend time with others my age. Q - What do you enjoy most about Connect Group? A - I love Connect Groups because we are able to break into smaller groups, which gives me a chance to talk closely with the other girls in my group, which is helping me to grow. Q - What are you most excited / thankful for ? A- I am thankful for the online youth program because it helps me settle in and helps me get to know other youth, and bond with others my age, especially in my Connect Group. I am so excited to be able to meet again in person soon!
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TRIBAL WARS Tribal Wars 2021 has kicked off in our Extreme Youth! Our teams are going head-to-head in competitions on Fridays, monthly challenges and so much more. Extreme are in two teams with our team captains Daniel Cask and Amy Murphy taking the lead. There’s so many opportunities for the youth to win points for their teams!
S E R V I N G There is a great opportunity for our C7 Extreme Youth to get involved in serving on team at Church. Some of our youth continue to serve each week on different teams across Church, including our Creative Team. Amy Murphy is one of the great girls within youth
throughout the lockdown and it's been awesome to see her serve on platform. She is a great role model
encouragement she is to us all, as we see her continuing to grow and flourish in God through this pandemic.
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“YOUNG .........LEADERS” “Two Most Important Days in Your Life: The Day You Were Born and the Day You Discover Why” We love all our amazing young leaders. They love God and love people in such a beautiful way. They are taking ground back from the enemy in their generation as the lead their Connect Groups and stand
We checked in with one of our awesome young leaders, Sinathi Maphalala, to find out more about him, why he does what he does: How long have you been a part of Church? I have been coming to C7 Church for just over 4 years now, and I have loved every moment with all the amazing people. What’s one truth about God you’ve learned recently that has changed the way you see Him and the way you do life? Recently I have learned that God is so trustworthy. I have learned to put all my faith in him no matter the situation in life. I have seen myself in situations where my only solution was to trust God, and He came through and delivered me out of them. What are some of the barriers to living for God in this generation and how do you overcome them? Within our generation we get things so quickly and we tend to not have patience. So when it comes to God we ask for things but then we can feel like it's not happening and take matters into our own hands. The fact is that God's timing is always perfect and we should learn to be patient and wait on Him. I overcame this by learning that God's always got good intentions for me, His ways are greater than our ways as it says in Isaiah 55:8-9.
What do you think it will take to Lead this generation to Christ? To lead this generation to Christ is gonna take people who are willing to serve. We need people who are hungry for God and want to see His Kingdom come on earth. Why do you choose to Lead a Connect Group? This is why I chose to lead a Connect Group, it's my way of reaching out to my generation and building a sense of community. Especially in these times fellowship is very important and Connect Groups are a great way of doing that.
"The people who know their God will be strong and carry out great exploits." - Daniel 11: 32
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Dive into some key highlights for this year at C7, hear some powerful testimonies and engage in the life of our Church.
Published on Mar 27, 2021
Dive into some key highlights for this year at C7, hear some powerful testimonies and engage in the life of our Church.