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The purpose of our fellowship is to love God, to faithfully preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to commit ourselves to Christian service.

We are committed to: acrificial service

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inspired ministering of the Word and freedom for individual worship

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New Life! Hello and welcome to the fourth edition of ‘Croydon Arise’. This edition looks forward to the Easter season in celebrating the new life that is available because Jesus lives. In this edition, you can read about God’s power to transform any situation, as shared in three encouraging testimonies. There is also an article explaining how we can deal positively with a range of difficult emotions. These are just a few of the wonderful benefits of the new life.

In addition, there is some helpful advice for the young disciples in choosing appropriate Tshirts and our regular feature ‘Healthy You’ encourages us to check our salt intake as well as providing useful information about fibroids in pregnancy. And there’s more… do enjoy! Finally, ladies – Happy Mother’s Day when it comes. Winsome Winsome Aldred (Editor)

REMEMBER REMEMBER REMEMBER… If you would like to have an item included in the next publication such as: a testimony, a prayer request, answers to prayer, a special announcement, a piece of creative work or other items, then please contact one of the editorial team by Sunday 8th May 2011. Meet the editorial team: Winsome Aldred (Editor)

Angi Barnaby-Ewers (Assistant Editor)

winsomejoy@tiscali.co.uk

a_ewers@btinternet.com

Audrey Harrison (Assistant Editor)

saudreymay@yahoo.co.uk

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“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” St John 3:14-15(New King James Version)


Reflections on the New Life What is this New Life? Well, the central truth of Christianity is that a person must be born again of God. It is God through His son Jesus Christ who regenerates and changes a person’s life. This is a miracle that can only be experienced and understood through the working of the Holy Spirit. Jesus talks about this experience in conversation with Nicodemus as recorded in St. John 3:3–8. Easter is a time when the Christian world reflects upon the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Matthew’s gospel chapter 18, we read where Jesus told His disciples that He and they were to go to Jerusalem and how whilst there He would be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. He explained that these people would condemn Him to death and hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged and crucified. However, He declared that on the third day He would rise from the dead. This is the third time in Matthew’s gospel that Jesus speaks of His forthcoming death. It is the first time that the word crucifixion is mentioned explicitly, although it is implied throughout. It would have been difficult for the disciples to hear these words; their expectations of Jesus had grown but their understanding of His work and purpose had not. We can all draw strength and take courage in knowing that through the death of our Lord, we now have a divine appointment and purpose for living this abundant New Life. I encourage you to seek to develop your relationship with the Lord so that you can join with the Apostle Paul in saying, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Philippians 3:10 As we reflect upon the true meaning of Easter, let us honour our Lord by celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead and by embracing His glorious promise of eternal life for all who believe in Him. Remember, Jesus came that we might have this New Life and have it more abundantly. God Bless Pastor Herold Adams


Have you ever wondered what happens at our Christian Studies classes? Well read on… There are 13 of us enrolled on the Christian Studies course which is run by Timothy School of Ministry (TSM) - the training and development wing of the Church of God of Prophecy. We are currently studying the ‘Introduction to the Old Testament’. This unit sets the whole Bible in context covering topics such as ‘The Story of Israel’, ‘The Covenants’, ‘What is Prophecy’, ‘The Five Scrolls’ and ‘The Theology of Genesis’ - quite deep stuff eh? Our teachers Bishop Richard Trotman and Steve Johnson have been providing us with thought provoking views. Even Pastor Paul enjoys it as he’s been ‘hanging’ around from the very first session. Attendance on the course is 5 study days (usually Saturdays) over 9 months. Here’s what some students said about the course: “It’s an eye opener on how we interpret the Bible. I had to undo my previous thinking.“ Hyacinth “It has provided a lot of insight and understanding into the laws. I am learning and seeing new things. Knowledge is power! I feel empowered.“ Antoinette “Very thorough, eye opening, revealing and inspirational! I’ve learnt to have an appreciation of the Old Testament especially for the patriarchs and the importance of obedience.” Michael By the way did you know that:  Rebekah had her nose pierced? (Genesis 24) – not that we’re encouraging anyone to do the same  There are 39 Books in the Old Testament and 929 chapters? We plan to start a unit on the ‘Introduction to the New Testament’ later this year. If you would like to know more please contact me in person or on cogopcroydon@onetel.com . Oh! I almost forgot to mention our delicious and varied two course meal each Saturday – I think this is the real reason Pastor Paul ‘hangs’ around! Sophia Goddard-Coward

Alpha is coming soon… When: Commences 3rd May and runs for 8 weeks Where: CoGoP, Elmers Road, Croydon, SE25 5DS Why: It’s a great place for people to explore the Christian faith… Why not come along and invite a friend? For further information please contact Norma Patterson at cogopcroydon@onetel.com


Since I accepted the Lord I have been learning to depend on Him daily. He has been my source and my reason for living. I thank Him for what He has done, what He is doing and what He will do in my life. God has been the driving force in my family’s life. He has brought us through so much. A year ago my 4 year old son became so ill that he had to spend Christmas and New Year’s Day in hospital. It all started when I went to collect him from his nursery. When I got there I could tell he was not his normal self as he didn’t have any energy. On our journey home, he was very quiet in the car. I kept looking at him; he was falling in and out of sleep. I started to get nervous as I had never seen him like this before. The journey time from the nursery to home is usually about five minutes but on that day it took forever. This was due to snow bringing traffic to a standstill. I tried to keep calm by praying to the Lord for help. When I finally got home, I called the emergency service for an ambulance. They were unable to help us due to the weather. My son’s condition was getting worse so my wife and I took him to the hospital. On arrival at the hospital and after several tests, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted for eleven days. Seeing my son so ill and myself so helpless, the only thing I could do was call upon the Lord. He heard my cry and sent deliverance. He promised that He will never leave us comfortless or alone and surely during those dark days, He was there as promised. Through fasting and prayer the Lord responded and made my son well. Now when I see him laughing and jumping, I know that it’s by the power of God that he’s able to do all that. I give God thanks for His wonderful work! I know that the Lord loves me and as He said in His words (Romans 8:39) “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. These are His words and I will hide them in my heart. Michael Phillips

I am Marva and I would like to share one of my many testimonies with you. First and foremost I have to give my God, the Creator, blessings for where He has brought me from and where He is taking me to; especially when I think about the times when I was all alone in my situation and trials. Thank you Lord! I was married for 11 years and blessed with two wonderful children and I’m now a grandmother of a beautiful girl. I was divorced in 1997 and left in the marital home to raise my children alone. Life was very hard and I was in a ‘valley’ for some time. I suffered with a lack of confidence, fear


and low self esteem because I just couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and also due to the anger and hate I felt towards my exhusband. But thank God, I am here to share my testimony with you. I have now given my life to God and although it’s not an easy road, I wouldn’t change it for anything! Since God has changed my life, I can speak to and about my ex-husband without feeling or getting angry. God has also relieved me of the negative and bitter feelings I once had which were draining me; they have totally gone. It’s so wonderful to feel free. God has truly been good to me. Like David in Psalm 18:6, I thank the Lord that in my distress I can call on Him and when I cry out to the Lord, He hears my voice and answers. Please continue to pray for me and my children that they will one day see the light as I have. God is Love. Love you always Marva Riley

Bless the Lord, oh my soul! For over 24 years I suffered with a stomach pain that caused me to be hospitalised, sometimes three or four times each year. The pain was so bad that I had to be treated with morphine the whole time I was in hospital. When the morphine wore off, the pain would come back with a vengeance! Sometimes the pain was so bad that I could hardly pray; I could only call to Jesus for help. Over the years, the doctors couldn’t find out what was wrong with me. Some even made me feel that it was all in my mind. But in all that time the Lord taught me to hold on to Him and to trust Him. During one of my stays in hospital, whilst the doctors were quite confused or frustrated, not sure which, the Lord said to me, “I know what’s wrong with you and I’ll take care of you”. After those words I began to change and not panic so much, even when the pain returned and I ended up in hospital time and time again. I continued to hold on to His promise and I can say Jesus has healed me, not only physically but also spiritually. He delivered me completely on the last day of Ladies Retreat in May 2010. Since then, I’m no longer fearful. I get on and do the work that God has called me to do with no hesitation or fear of the pain coming back and stopping me. I’m living life to the full. I’m free! My confidence in the Lord has grown and I’m excited about what God is going to do next. So now I love to praise Him and I have to praise Him. He has been so good to me! I encourage you to trust Him because He can meet your needs too. God bless Janice Reid


Read St Matthew 26-28 (KJV) and parallel passages in Luke and John and try this crossword. The first person to give the correct answers to one of the editorial team will be mentioned in the next issue. Why not have a go… 1

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Down 1. This split in two when Jesus died (4) 2. Jesus was tried by this governor (7,6) 4. After denying Jesus, Peter wept …………… (8) 5. Jesus was …………… before being crucified (8) 6. An emotion felt by the Marys at the tomb (3) 7. One of the groups who wanted to put Jesus to death (7) 9. Oil was poured on Jesus from this box (9) 11. The doubting disciple (6) 13. This place-name means ‘Place of a skull’ (8) 14. Name of the High Priest (8) 15. Jesus met his disciples at this sea after His resurrection (8) see St John 21 17. He carried Jesus’ cross (5) 18. Pilate sent Jesus to him (5) see Luke 23

Answers to Edition 3 (Dec 10) crossword: Across: 1– eighth, 2 – Simeon, 3 – impossible, 5 – Gabriel, 6 – Bethlehem, 7 – fear, 9 – covenant, 10 – horn, 13 – wonderful, 15 – host, 17 – doctor, 18 - Messiah Down: 1 – Elizabeth, 2 –salvation, 4 – filled, 8 – highest, 11 – blessed, 12 – Elijah, 13 – wisdom, 14 – David, 16- joy

The first person to solve the Dec crossword was Beverley Drummond. Well done Beverley!


EHCCO Christmas Dinner Party 2010 Elmers Hope and Care in the Community Organisation (EHCCO) is the organisation for the over 60s within our fellowship and the wider community. They had their Annual Christmas Dinner Party on 16th December 2010 at which they were served to a delicious three course meal by ‘Angi’s Angels’. The Dinner Party included activities such as quizzes, a raffle and lots of dancing. It was lovely to see that our seniors really know how to enjoy themselves! There were many visitors including Cynthia Rose, the Regional Director for the seniors, and others from our sister fellowship in Tooting. They all said that they were made to feel very special. It’s good to know that everyone enjoyed the Dinner Party and we look forward to organising another one at Christmas. The members of EHCCO would like to thank everyone for all their help in making the Dinner Party such a great success. If you’re interested in joining EHCCO, please contact Cynthia Harrison or Veronica Simpson on cogopcroydon@onetel.com Angi Barnaby-Ewers


Fibroids in pregnancy What are fibroids? Fibroids are firm growths of the uterine (womb) muscles. They frequently multiply, varying in size from a pin head to a mass weighing several pounds and can be situated anywhere in or outside the uterus wall. Fibroids mostly affect those of African-Caribbean descent and those of black dual heritage. They are rarely found in Caucasians. They are often associated with pregnancy especially in older women due to the hormonal increase of oestrogen and progesterone. In some cases, a large fibroid may be mistaken for a baby or a baby’s head.

What are the symptoms? In a non-pregnant uterus, fibroids may not have any symptoms, depending on their size and location. However, they can cause excess bleeding and pain during menstruation. Depending on the size, they can press on the bladder or the rectum causing frequent urination and constipation, respectively. During pregnancy, fibroids can cause miscarriages. They can degenerate causing extreme pain and tenderness or they can increase in size as the pregnancy advances. Admission to hospital is sometimes necessary for pain control. Fibroids can cause the baby to be presented in different positions (mal-presentation) in the uterus. Surgical intervention is rarely necessary. During labour, fibroids cause very little complications depending on their size and location. In some cases they can inhibit good contractions and give rise to excess bleeding after the baby is delivered. It is advisable for delivery to be in hospital in case difficulties arise. After delivery, the uterus will return to its pre-pregnant state and so will the fibroids.

Treatment Six weeks after delivery is the earliest any required radical treatment for fibroids can take place. Possible treatments are: Myomectomy: removal of the fibroids Obliteration/Embolisation: blood supply is cut off from the uterus Hysterectomy: removal of the uterus Hyacinth O’Gilvie Community Midwife


Are you eating too much salt? Many of us eat too much salt without realising it. As a healthier option, try herbs and spices instead. Try cutting down on sauces (e.g. ketchup and salad creams) and try not to add salt to food at the table. Too much salt can cause raised blood pressure, which around one third of adults in the UK already have. Cutting down on salt reduces blood pressure which in turns reduces the risk of developing stroke or heart disease. The West Indian diet in particular tends to use too much salt as many of the seasonings have a high level of salt. For example, many favourite dishes such as ackee & salt fish, jerk chicken, fried fish/chicken are all very salty dishes. Why not hold back on that last tablespoon of seasoning? You’ll soon get used to a blander taste and your heart will thank you too! The recommended daily allowance of salt is 6 grams for the average adult; this is approximately 1 teaspoon.

Sea salt is better for you – try changing from table salt to sea salt. Here are a couple of good reasons why: Natural sea salt contains about 80 mineral elements that the body needs. Sea salt has nutrients and minerals that help your body preserve the blood cells. Overall, sea salt is better for you!

Lastly – along with a reduced salt intake, taking daily gentle exercise also helps to reduce blood pressure. Keep strong and healthy..! God bless you Joyce Drummond Advanced Fitness Instructor Jedrummond345@aol.com


These are the names of Jesus’ 12 helpers that we learned about in Sunday School: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Thomas James the son of Alphaeus Andrew Simon Peter James Matthew John

8. Philip 9. Thaddaeus 10. Bartholomew 11. Judas 12. Simon

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What I feel Easter is all about… Easter is a time to remember our dear Lord God, what He has done for us and how He sent Jesus to die on the cross to save our souls. We should all praise dear Jesus for what He has done for us. By Mealey Eubanks, age 11

What Psalms 100 means to me: Thinking about this Psalm, I believe I have to come into the sanctuary with a more giving heart. I realise that I’m not just there to sit down and do nothing but I’m supposed to worship and (as the Psalm says) make a joyful noise unto the Lord. I need to know that the Lord is good and no matter what, His mercies go on and on. By reading this Psalm, I am encouraged to worship and be glad. I don’t have to be ashamed or mind what others think if I clap my hands or sing. All I need to do now is put this Psalm into action and prove that I can make a joyful noise unto the Lord. By Ashleigh Clarke, age 13


Young Disciples’ Easter quiz – circle the correct letter: 1. At Jesus’ crucifixion what did the soldiers place on His head? A) Crown of nettles B) Crown of thorns C) Crown of jewels D) Crown of thistles 2. For how many pieces of silver did Judas betray Jesus A) 10 B) 20 C) 30 D) 40 3. Who was first on the scene after the resurrection of Jesus? A) Simon Peter B) Cleopas C) Judas Iscariot D)Mary Magdalene 4. What was inscribed above the cross? A) Prince of the Jews B) Saviour of the Jews D) Captain of the Jews

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5. In what was Jesus wrapped before He was buried? A) goat skin B) linen clothes C) sheep skin D) golden robes 6. When Jesus died, for how long was there darkness over the land? A) 3 days B) 3 minutes C) 3 hours D) 3 weeks 7. Who carried the cross for Christ? A) Simon of Cyrene B) Simon Peter C) Simon the Zealot 8. Who rolled the stone away? A) Jesus B) God C) An angel

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9. What was the name of the man who requested Jesus’ body for burial? A) Nicodemus B) Joseph C) Philip D) Jonathan 10. What was the colour of the robe placed on Jesus? A) Blue B)Red C) White D) Purple

Ask someone to show you where in the Bible you can read about the Easter events. Then have a go at the quiz. Give your answers to one of the editorial team. There’s a prize for the first one to get it right! (Answers to the Christmas quiz is on the next page)


This is one of the latest T-shirts to come out in 2011 It’s called ‘The Grey Spider Skull Print’ Let’s have a close look at this T-shirt. There are three phrases that concern me: 1. STOLEN SOULS 2. LOST FOREVER 3.THE LAST TEMPTATION Notice the two skeletons with wings that are kneeling down worshipping the devil. Either side of the eye sockets, you have two apples which represent Adam and Eve.

At the bottom of the T-shirt you have a picture of two Victorian ladies; that’s one of the top Freemason signs. So let’s be careful. Remember we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places. Only Satan wants your soul to be lost forever! Patrick Bryan Retail Sales Manager Answers to Young Disciples Christmas quiz: 1. King David 2. Bethlehem 3. They saw a star in the east 4. Silver 5. Shepherds 6. Herod 7. In a dream 8. Circumcision 9. Jerusalem 10. Nazareth First place for solving the Christmas quiz goes to Addeana Bryan. It’s 1st prize for Addeana!


TEN PRIMARY EMOTIONS THAT MOST PEOPLE TRY TO AVOID 1. DISCOMFORT Meaning: Slight pain, unease, distress. Solution: Acknowledge what you’re feeling. Think about steps to change your situation. 2. FEAR Meaning: Feelings of alarm or distress caused by impending danger, pain etc. Solution: Identify the facts of the situation and check if the fear is justified. Identify the source of your fear and ask God for help to resolve it. Keep things in the right perspective. (Ps 27:1-2) 3. HURT Meaning: Feel pain, upset or unhappiness usually as a result of loss involving another person. Solution: Check your perception; in reality you may not have lost anything. Where appropriate, communicate your feelings of loss to the person involved. 4. ANGER Meaning: Strong feeling of extreme displeasure as the result of real or supposed grievance. Solution: Identify the source of your anger - is it to do with the specific situation or another issue? Consider the situation carefully as you may have misinterpreted it. (Psalms 73) 5. FRUSTRATION Meaning: Feelings of dissatisfaction at being prevented from doing or achieving something. Solution: Identify the hindrances to achieving your goals. Change your approach with God’s help. 6. DISAPPOINTMENT Meaning: Sadness felt when hopes or expectations are not fulfilled. Solution: Don’t judge too soon; the situation may not be over yet. Check that your expectations are appropriate and set a new goal that you can make immediate progress towards. 7. GUILT Meaning: A feeling of having done something wrong. Solution: Identify the source of your guilt – is it justified? If so, speak to those concerned and to God and decide not to repeat the wrong. Forgive yourself and move on. (Psalms 51) 8. INADEQUACY Meaning: Feelings of not being good enough, capable or competent. Solution: Identify what understanding or skills you need and how you can get them. Seek coaching from a role model who is effective in the area in which you feel inadequate. 9. OVERLOAD Meaning: Feeling that demands to be met are too great; feel overwhelmed. Solution: Write a list of all the things you have to tackle, then re-evaluate and prioritise them. Take action and complete the first task. Move on to the next one on your list and do the same. 10. LONELINESS Meaning: Painful awareness of a lack of meaningful connection with others. Solution: Identify the source of your loneliness. Are the barriers to connecting with others within or outside of you? Seek to make contact with others. Learn to be a friend. (2 Timothy 4:9-12) Clive Chisholm


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CALVARY DEATH ALIVE BLOOD BETRAYAL CRUCIFIED RESURRECTION LIFE

EMPTY TOMB VICTORY PALM SUNDAY ANGELS HOSANNA SCOURGE JESUS CHRIST REDEMPTION

SACRIFICE SAVIOUR CROSS ATONEMENT GOLGOTHA JOY TRIUMPHANT THORNS

Let one of the editorial team know when you’ve found them all… First place for solving December’s wordsearch goes to Mavis Heppolette - well done Mavis!


Our website is now live! Why not visit us at: www.cogop-croydon.org

‘IF YOU WANT TO WALK ON WATER YOU’VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THE BOAT’ by John Ortberg We are living in a time when our faith is being tested on every side. We know what the Bible says but are we really applying it to our daily lives? For me, this book has highlighted and opened up what the Bible says about faith. In a simple way, it has helped me to learn that God is always there for me no matter what I’m facing. It outlines how Joseph was sold by his brothers and shows how this was just the beginning as God had greater things planned for him. It also explores how Peter walked on water until he got fearful and started to sink. My conclusion from reading this book is that I should be exactly who God has called me to be and not try to be anyone else. If God says “Come”, I must go because He is faithful. Will fear keep us in the boat or are we willing to get out and walk on water? June Burfutt


26th Mar 2011

Trumpet Sound Praise Ministry concert (Janet Rochester), Bristol

28-30th Mar 2011

Croydon CoGoP church revival

2nd Apr 2011

Netball training

3rd Apr 2011

Mother’s Day

9th Apr 2011

Croydon Black Boys Can (CBBC) training for parents

16th Apr 2011

Netball training

17-21st Apr 2011

Holy Week (prayer & fasting), Croydon CoGoP

22nd Apr 2011

Good Friday service, Croydon CoGoP

30th Apr – 1st May 2011 Region 3 Convention, City Academy, Bristol 7th May 2011

CBBC training for parents

9-15th May 2011

Week of prayer, Croydon CoGoP

21st May 2011

Brighton’s concert held in Bromley

27-29th May 2011

National Ladies Retreat, Wokefield, Reading

4-5th Jun 2011

Region 1 Convention London South, (venue tbc)

18th Jun 2011

Health Awareness Day, Croydon CoGoP

19th Jun 2011

Father’s Day

24-26th Jun 2011

Revival weekend, Croydon CoGoP

25-26th Jun 2011

Region 6 Convention, Moss Lane East, Manchester

Regular meetings: Sunday morning service 10:30 – 12:30 Fasting & prayer

Saturday 7:00 – 9:00am Alternate Wed 10am

Prayer

Alternate Wed 8pm

Aerobics

Wed 7:00 – 8:00pm

Please contact the editorial team for further details You can read an electronic copy of this publication on our website; you will find it under the ‘Resources’ tab.


Cover designed by Steffan Harrison



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