lifelines MARCH 2013
lifelines There must have been a lot of events throughout history that did not seem in any way momentous as they took place but they have rightly taken on huge significance in the centuries that have followed. School history lessons have a way of reminding us that the world we now live in evolved from these incidents and the way the people involved in them behaved and responded. For example…. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914. A 19 year old student, Gavrilo Pincip, shot dead the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his wife in protest at the lack of freedom for Serbia. This event was the spark that ignited all the tensions of Europe into the First World War. Rosa Parks , coming home from work on 20th December 1955 refused to give her seat up for a white man. She wasn't tired physically or emotionally but, in her words, "tired of giving up." Her refusal, arrest and subsequent publicity triggered the Montgomery Bus Protest, the emergence of Martin Luther King and the launch of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA. Within 10 years the Civil Rights Act had been passed giving Black Americans legal equality. John Glass, Elim’s General Superintendent, says that ‘the doors of history swing on small hinges’. The seemingly insignificant moments of history have truly shaped the world we live in today. And so it is true that the public spectators stood at the foot of the cross looking up at three accused criminals could not have known the momentous events they were witnessing – but we do! The world changed forever at that moment. God gave himself to save his world. Easter is not seen with this level of significance by many today but that does not mean for one minute that it is not as momentous as it has always been. Much of the triumph of Easter is unseen even to those of us who understand what an amazing event it was. The invisible battle that raged in the heavenlies as the Son of God voluntarily carried the sin of the world on his shoulders, is more than a human can see – but it was very real. An empty cross and an empty tomb spell victory for the follower of JESUS. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-56)
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SATURDAY MARCH 9th// £20 inc. Travel ENABLE MEN’S CONFERENCE is a day for men all across the Elim Movement to join together in Telford. The day will host a varity of speakers including Rob Parsons, Joel Virgo, Darrell Tunningly and Colin Dye. The cost of the day will be £20 including travel and conference pass. We will be leving CLC at 8am prompt and returning from Telford at 5.30pm. For more info please leave your name at reception or see Pastor Emmanuel.
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HEALING ON THE STREETS Friday 8th March 2-3pm in the Lifehouse Lounge for prayer and preparation Saturday 9th March 10.30am-12pm Northfield High Street (by Post Office) Healing on the Streets is a simple, but beautiful way to reach out to the lost and hurting on the main high street in Northfield. It enables us to connect with our community, powerfully expressing Godâ€™s love in the middle of the normal, routines of living. We simply invite people to sit on chairs so we can pray for them. We create a place on the streets where heaven and earth meet. Amongst the hustle and bustle of busy shoppers, walks the Prince of Peace. Passers-by begin to slow and stop, as the presence of God draws their hearts. Over time we are able to build relationships, creating stepping stones for people to come to Jesus, and be healed along the way.
How can I be involved? If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry and how you can be involved, please speak to Jean Perini: 07737 117 321. We are also looking for drivers who can support the ministry on a rota basis by driving the church van with equipment from the Lifehouse into Northfield and back again afterwards. Alternatively, you can come along and meet with the team on the Friday afternoon prior to each Saturday ministry session at the Lifehouse from 2-3pm to pray and prepare.
WELCOME MINISTRY Volunteers Needed
INSPIRE LIFEGROUP Saturday 9th March, 10am-12 pm @ The Lifehouse
If you appreciate the welcome you receive at church and would like to help at the evening service please speak to Stephen & June either at church or telephone: 476 3197.
Inspire is a lifegroup designed specifically for those who work in the education sector. We meet monthly on a Saturday. If you are interested or would like to know more, please speak to Pauline Drummond.
Sunday 10th March @ Brinsford Prison
Thursday 14th March 2-4pm @ The Church
Our Prison Ministry team spend the morning at Brinsford Prison on the second Sunday of each month, sharing the message of the gospel in a variety of ways. If you would like to find out more about this ministry please speak with Denis Easy: 07855 551 043 or contact the church office.
Prime Time is our monthly meeting for any one aged 60+. The meetings are varied with themes and guest speakers, plus great food and fellowship! Please speak to Lorna Browne for further information about this ministry.
4 7pm Intercessors (CH) 7pm Elders (LH) 7.15pm Worship Team (CH)
5 10am Oasis Coffee Shop (LH) 10.30am Lifegroup (CH) 7.30pm Lifegroups
6 9.30am Cosy Toes (CE)
7 11am Drop in 11am Job Club 12.45pm CAME
11 12 7pm Intercessors (CH) 10am Oasis Coffee Shop 7.15pm Worship Team (CH) (LH) 10.30am Lifegroup (CH) 7.30pm Lifegroups
13 9.30am Cosy Toes (CE) 7pm Core (CE) 7.30pm Baptism Prep. Class (TBC)
14 11am Drop in 11am Job Club 12.45pm CAME 2pm Primetim
18 19 7pm Intercessors (CH) 10am Oasis Coffee Shop 7.15pm Worship Team (CH) (LH) 7.30pm Partners Evening (CH)
20 9.30am Cosy Toes (CE) 7pm Act for Justice (Andy & Emma Davies house) 7.30pm Baptism Prep. Class (TBC)
21 11am Drop in 11am Job Club Hart (LH) 12.45pm CAME 7.30pm Whole Ladies (CE)
25 26 7pm Intercessors (CH) 10am Oasis Coffee Shop 7.15pm Worship Team (CH) (LH) 10.30am Lifegroup (CH) 7.30pm Lifegroups
27 9.30am Cosy Toes (CE) 7pm Core (CE)
28 11am Drop in 11am Job Club 12.45pm CAME 7.30pm Emerg by invitation (
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1 6.30am Early Morning Prayer (CH) 9.30am Cosy Toes (CE) 6pm Kidzone (CE) 7.30pm Cafe (CE)
3 9/11.15am Worship Service (CH) 6.30pm Ignite Live (CH) 6.30pm Life Studies (CE)
8 6.30am Early Morning Prayer (CH) 9.30am Cosy Toes (CE) 6pm Kidzone (CE) 7.30pm Cafe (CE)
9 Prayer chain (by phone) 10am Inspire (LH) 10.30am Healing on the Streets (Northfield)
10 7.45am Prison Ministry 9/11.15am Worship Service (CH) 6.30pm Evening Service (CH)
15 6.30am Early Morning Prayer (CH) 9.30am Cosy Toes (CE) 6pm Kidzone (CE) 7.30pm Cafe (CE)
17 9/11.15am Worship Service (CH) 6.30pm Evening Service (CH)
22 6.30am Early Morning Prayer (CH) 9.30am Cosy Toes (CE) 6pm Kidzone (CE) 7.30pm Cafe (CE)
23 5pm Prayer for the Family (LH)
24 9/11.15am Worship Service (CH) 6.30pm Baptism Service (CH)
29 30 GOOD FRIDAY 6.30am Early Morning Prayer (CH) 9am Church open for prayer (see end of Newsletter) 7.30pm Easter Service (CH)
31 9/11.15am Easter Service (CH) 6pm Ministry Team Prayer (City Rooms CH) 6.30pm Easter Evening Service (CH)
ACT FOR JUSTICE Wednesday 20th March 7.30pm @ Andy & Emma Daviesâ€™ house Our Act for Justice group aims to aid and support the ministry of Hope for Justice who work towards ending modern day slavery in the UK. The group meet monthly on a Wednesday. If you would like to know more or would like to get involved, please see Zena Hollins or contact her on 07989 865 008.
FAMILY PRAYER CHAIN Saturday 9th March This month we continue our ladies prayer chain. We aim to be a group of ladies in prayer for families and for our church via the phone. We would love to have as many ladies involved as possible. If you would like to be involved please let either Joyce Sule (07850 241 652) or Moji Balogun (07790 291 621) know as soon as you are able.
PRAYER FOR THE FAMILY
MINISTRY..TEAM PRAYER MEETING
Saturday 23rd March 5-6.30pm in Sunday 31st March 6pm in The The Lifehouse Lounge City Rooms Prayer for the Family consists of a group of ladies who meet together once a month to pray into the issues surrounding family life. If you would like more information about this group and the prayer chain that operates alongside it, please contact Joyce Sule on 07850 241 652
On the last Sunday of each month there is an opportunity for those who are involved in the prayer ministry team to join together in the City Room before the service to meet and pray together. Please see Pastor Emmanuel to find out more.
RESIDENTIAL HOME MINISTRY
Thursday 21st March 7.30pm @ The Centre
If you are a lady in your 30’s-50's we would love you to connect with our monthly Wholehearted Ladies group. This month we will be continuing our series of ‘Remarkable Women in the Bible’. For more information please contact Amanda Blount or Michelle Dyson.
We now have the opportunity to offer ministry in residential homes on a regular basis, therefore we need men and women who can commit to this new endeavour. If you are interested in this ministry, or would like more information please contact Cindy on 0121 421 4677
SELLY OAK JOB CLUB THURSDAY 21ST MARCH The Selly Oak Job Club is a joint venture between CLC and St Marys. We meet every Thursday between 11am and 1pm at the Lifehouse, offering support and advice to anyone actively seeking work or alternative employment. On , who works as a Human Resources manager for will be visiting the the Job Club to offer advice and help to job seekers. Laura will be sharing her experience and expertise in areas such as CV writing, application forms and interview techniques. This is an excellent opportunity for anybody seeking work to come and get advice from a professional. Please leave your name or the name of anybody who will want to attend at reception. Refreshments will be provided. New Volunteers are always welcome at the JC – No previous experience is required just a willingness to help!
BAPTISM SUNDAY 24th MARCH
Our next scheduled water baptism service is a chance for those who may have never taken this step of commitment and declaration to follow the Lord in this way. There are two meetings in preparation for those who would like to be baptized. These are on the following dates at the church: WEDNESDAY 13th & 20th MARCH & 7.30pm. Please speak with one of the Pastors or leave your name at reception for more information.
P A R T N E Râ€™S E V E N I N G TUESDAY 19th MARCH
7. 3 0 p m This is an evening for those who are in partnership with us at CLC. The evening will include updates and key information about the life and ministry of the church. We will also be welcoming those who have become partners during the last 12 months. Please do make a note of this important evening and seek to be with us. *Please note that there will be no lifegroups running this evening
THE RHYTHM OF LIFE By Doreen Smith My heart is beating to the RHYTHM OF LIFE. That in turn rushes through my veins, giving rise to poems of praise to my Maker and my God. Infusing my whole being producing love and gifts of the Holy Spirit who thrills me through and through. Culminating in joy unspeakable and full of glory. Twinned with a peace that passes understanding. Can you see how rich I am? My boast is in the Lord who fulfils all the promises that He has given to me.
MOTHER’S ROOM Please Note… Please be aware that there is a room upstairs that has been specifically assigned for the needs of nursing mothers and infants during all of our Sunday services. If you are unsure where this is, please ask one of the ushers to direct you.
A MESSAGE FROM SUE NICHOLLS I wanted to take this opportunity just to say a big thank you for all of your prayers, cards, texts messages, flowers and gifts. I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and good wishes. I am now on the road to recovery and expect to be back at work in the next few weeks. Love, Sue x
29th March *6.30am: Early Morning Prayer *The church will then be open from 9am providing space for your own reflection – short readings on the hour, every hour – as we follow the events of the cross. 3pm: 30 minute led meditation: ‘THE CROSS & THE CURTAIN’ *7.30pm: Worship & Communion Service
Easter services 31st March 9am; 11.15am; *6.30pm Inc. Special features
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