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Kerith Community Church Magazine 10
TOUCH Simon Benham on prayer Jonathan & Sue Davis on the Marriage Course Phillip Curtis - Life Story Ben & Heather Pocock on Multi-Site
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10 10 D R O W E TH IS OUT.
Available now from: Kerith Resources as paperback Amazon (print and Kindle versions) Audio version download from www.kerith.co.uk
Simon & Catrina Benham
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Hello and welcome to the 10th edition of Kerithâ€™s LinK magazine... ...highlighting not only what is going on in the life of our church, but also featuring interviews with people from the church and the wider community. In October 2012 I was in Serenje, Zambia, visiting the HIV/AIDS project we support and seeing the amazing progress which has been made. One of the things that struck me whilst there, was the ability for instant contact with the UK via my iphone. What once would have taken weeks to send a message by boat, is now immediate thanks to Facebook, Twitter and my mobile phone. This January we're going to be starting a Sunday series called "Keep in Touch", looking at how we can have a similar instant relationship with God, not through Facebook or Twitter, but through prayer. It would be great if you were able to join us - come and see how your life could be revolutionised by getting closer to God. I do hope you enjoy reading this 10th edition of LinK.
TEAMLINK Chief Editor Beccy Oliver Copy Editor Suzanne Whitton Consulting Editors Simon Benham, Penny Lander, Colin Boyle Magazine Coordinator Kara Challis Editorial contribution Suzanne Whitton, Penny Lander, Simon Benham, Helen Cottee, Kara Challis, Lorraine Hart, Beccy Oliver, Jacqui Webber-Gant, Sarah Hardy, Social Justice Team
Art Director Mike Charlton Head of Photography John Mitchell Photographic contribution Sarina Cooper, Villu Vares Proof checking Tim Farley, Diane Bryan, Gideon Heugh, Glynis Challis, James Evans
A Journey of Discovery 4-5 Simon Benham : Keep in Touch 6-7 How to survive marriage 8-9 Ten10 on LinK10 10-11 My Favourite Carol 12-13 Phillip Curtis : Life Story 14-15 Social Justice Update 16-17 Sparklers mums : toddler community 18-19 Poland : latest 20 Ben & Heather Pocock : Multi-Site 21 60 second interview 22 God moments - Places to pray 23 Preview & dates for the diary 24-25 Kerith contacts 26-27
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A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY KERITHDIRECTORY INvest
The marriage course
The Parenting Children Course
Building great relationships
Practical skills to help with parenting
Freedom in Christ Intermediate discipleship
Evening theology study course
Bereavement course Coping with the death of a loved one
The Alpha course
Year training in theology and practical service
Musical tuition in the context of worship
Introduction to the Christian faith
Realise your spiritual gifting
For primary school children aged 7-11
Kerith courses & academies
Dance group for children aged 5-11
Midweek small groups
Life within Kerith
Parent and toddler group
Build Half term holiday club for primary school children
Midweek group for the retired
Group for the deaf and hard of hearing
Children’s ministry Sandhurst
Unique women’s ministry Konstruction Krew
Little Gems 2s
Precious Stones 3s
Women’s book club
Women’s writing group
Women’s day retreat
Single parents’ group
Midday bible study group
United men’s ministry
Rock solid 8-9s
Boulder gang 10-11s
Cycling Discipleship groups
J Generation Sunday youth meetings
Life Friday night youth event
4s Sunday children’s groups that meet in K2, our building across the car park from the Kerith Centre
Networking within local secondary schools
Supporting leaders and their ministries
Supporting leaders in two churches
Developing leaders and supporting youth events in churches
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Debt and Money Advice (CAP)
Action Against Human Trafficking
Free debt advice through a national charity
Feeding local people in crisis
Partnering with Hope for Justice a national charity working to eradicate human trafficking
Social Justice Outreach
support and advice from the Kerith outreach team to help break the cycle of poverty in the local community
Group for adults with learning disabilities
Partnering with a national charity to support struggling primary aged children
Men’s Job Club
Informal lunchtime meeting to give advice and support to those who are looking to get back into employment
Prison Ministry partnering with national charities to work into prisons and support ex- offenders
charity shop (kerith 4 the community) Raising finance for the Kerith social Justice projects into the local community
Konnections Support groups for children with disabilities and their families
sibling support Group
Kerith Community Church
District line Outreaching work of Kerith
Saturday and holiday clubs for disabled children
Oakwood youth challenge Partner organisation, outward bound activity and leadership training centre
Creative arts Drama Sunday meetings and productions
Adult worship bands
Youth worship band
Youth Monday night youth group
Mums’ group Support group for mothers of disabled children
Sunday buddies Support for disabled children during our Sunday children’s meetings
Mums support Group
Sound, lighting, projection & recording
Video editing and animated production
Website, graphics, set design and literature
Helping establish first Lithuanian Willow Creek Leadership Summit
Church plant in Melle
Five-year programme supporting HIV/AIDS projects in Zambia
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SIMON BENHAM : EDITORIAL FEATURE
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I don't know about you, but I'm terrible at keeping in touch with people who I don't meet up with on a regular basis. It's not that I'm unfriendly (at least I hope I'm not!) or that I don't care, it’s just that if I'm not regularly face to face with people I struggle to maintain the relationship. Even in an age of Facebook, Twitter and Skype, unless people are contacting me I'm really not good at initiating contact with them. I find it can be the same in my relationship with God. For the first 18 years of my life I didn't believe that God existed, so never even considered talking to Him or trying to get to know Him. When I became a follower of Jesus, I'd talk to God when I was in church or if I ever managed to read my Bible during the day. As soon as I got back into 'normal' life, at work or spending time with friends, I'd totally forget about God He just didn't figure in my day. Yet if God is real then there is nowhere we go where He isn't. And if He is real, why wouldn't we want to involve Him in everything we do? The Psalmist King David, (the same guy who killed Goliath), puts it this way in Psalm 139: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:7-12 NIV
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David is saying that wherever we go and whatever happens to us, God is there in every situation - not as a disinterested presence, but as someone who wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives. In January we're going to start a preaching series on Sundays called "Keep in Touch". We will cover six aspects of prayer, looking at different ways of keeping in touch with God and seeing what an amazing difference it can make to involve Him in everything we say and do. We never know what each day holds, but as we invite God into our day, we will be amazed at what He will do! Talking to God is not about putting on airs and graces or using fancy language, it’s about sharing our everyday moments, things that are on our heart, with the ultimate best friend! For now let me leave you with some thoughts from a pastor called Rick Warren about how we can focus on God throughout our days:
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HOW TO SURVIVE... KERITHDIRECTORY EvER saT lOOKING aT yOUR PaRTNER OvER THE bREaKfasT CEREal wONdERING HOw yOU aRE GOING TO wORK THROUGH lasT NIGHT’s ROw?
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If aNy Of THIs RINGs TRUE fOR yOU - OR yOU’d JUsT lIKE TO GET OUT Of THE HOUsE aNd HavE sOMEONE COOK fOR yOU ONCE a wEEK THEN REad ON! THE MaRRIaGE COURsE Is aN EvENING COURsE fOR aNy COUPlE, wHETHER yOU’vE bEEN TOGETHER fOR a fEw MONTHs OR MaNy yEaRs, wHETHER yOU aRE a CHRIsTIaN OR NOT. EaCH wEEK bEGINs wITH a CaNdlElIT MEal fOR yOU TO sIT dOwN aNd TalK THROUGH yOUR day. THaT’s fOllOwEd by a TalK fROM a MaRRIEd COUPlE TaKING yOU THROUGH THE MaTERIal fOR THE wEEK, wITH dvd INTERvIEws fROM COUPlEs Of vaRIOUs CUlTUREs aNd baCKGROUNds GIvING INsIGHT INTO THEIR OwN sTRUGGlEs aNd sUCCEssEs. THE sEvEN-wEEK COURsE COvERs a wIdE RaNGE Of TOPICs: bUIldING sTRONG fOUNdaTIONs, COMMITMENT, COMMUNICaTION, REsOlvING CONflICT, THE POwER Of fORGIvENEss, PaRENTs aNd IN-laws, sEx aNd lOvE laNGUaGEs. NOTHING Is sHaREd ExCEPT bETwEEN COUPlEs THEMsElvEs. yOU COUld say IT’s aN MOT fOR yOUR MaRRIaGE. MEN aRE OfTEN THE sCEPTICal ONEs, bUT fROM THE COMMENTs wE RECEIvE THaT dOEsN’T lasT lONG.
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The course is a real eye opener. It makes you look at yourself, your partner and your marriage in a completely different light. It has certainly strengthened and enhanced our marriage. I have already recommended it to everyone
It gave us the opportunity for open discussion, understanding and growing together. Next course starts February 5th 7:30pm
Easy going atmosphere. We’ve both learnt great skills to build our marriage on.
It has been very helpful in conflict resolution. The course was really well structured and we were made to feel very welcome.
This course has been great for us. I have already recommended it to several people.
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Rob and Lorraine Hart are part of the Kerith community and were married in 2010. Lorraine had been married before.
MY STORY When I got married I was sure it would be for life, divorce was not an option for me. For 7 years I remained in a controlling and at times, abusive relationship. I became desperately unhappy as my heart’s desires and dreams were slowly being crushed, including 4 years of trying for a family.
In January 2007, something inside me snapped - I decided that I would be happier to be single for the rest of my life, than married to my husband. By February of that year, I had moved out of the marital home and the relief was incredible. My friends and family remarked that I had “got my laugh back” - over the years, it had disappeared. Although there was relief, it was really tough too. I moved four times between February 2007 and August 2009, continuing to pay both rent and half of the mortgage. I had little money but God provided and I survived. Many of the people around me wanted me to go back to my husband but despite the excruciating pain of the situation, I felt I could not return. I kept pouring out my heart to God and He reminded me: ‘My grace is sufficient for you’(2 Cor 12v9). I had never known God so close: I felt that I didn’t deserve God’s love and care because of my actions, yet he was still protecting and loving me. Behind the scenes, God was preparing a new future and a rescue plan for me: I had known my best friend’s brother,
Rob Hart, since I was 18 years old but with him being 3 years younger than me, I had never given him a second thought (it’s a big deal when you’re 18 and he’s 15!) When Rob asked to meet up with me, I thought at least I might gain a friend out of it, so I agreed. What I didn’t realise was that in the years that had passed, Rob had grown into a real gentleman and pretty much swept me off my feet! By May 2010 we were married. Divorce is a hideous process, not just in practical terms but also the emotional pain can be unbearable. I would never want to go through it again. So, Rob and I fiercely protect our time together, ensuring that we have a date night regularly, along with weekends away when we can -nothing is more important than keeping our relationship watered and alive. It is also critical to say things just ‘how they are’ rather than making them polite or diluted in any way. This has been vital when bad experiences from the past have reared their heads. The other news is that Rob and I naturally conceived a beautiful baby girl, Jessica - God is truly giving me the desires of my heart. I am still a work in progress; I still have the occasional nightmares about experiences from my previous marriage and I have insecurities that result from 7 years in a bad marriage, but God is good!
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LINK 10’S TEN ON TEN KERITHDIRECTORY As the Ten:10 preaching Sundays at Kerith are such a hit, we thought we’d steal the idea and do our very own ‘Ten:10 Interviews’ - ten seconds with ten people in our community. We asked each of them four deep and probing questions so you can get to know them that little bit better... n
Question 1. How long have you been at Kerith?
Abi Osunkoya: 1. All my life – 17 going on 18 years 2. Amazing Grace – a timeless classic that I could never get bored of listening to. 3. Working in the Dream Centre, Los Angeles, as a doctor. 4. Ephesians 2:8-9 " Its is by grace you have been saved...."
Ben Weeks: 1. 3 years 2. ‘Saviour’ by 29th chapter featuring Tim Hughes 3. Go round the world, teaching and running a programme that I will make up one day! 4. Philippians 2:5-11 "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus...who made himself nothing...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow..."
Nadine Elsham: 1. 11 years, exclusively at Kerith for the past 6 years. 2. 'Quickly' by john Legend 3. India involving Tiger Conservation - actually in the field with the tigers 4. Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God;..."
Duncan Klitgaard: 1. 24 years (makes me feel old!) 2. Eton Rifles by The Jam - reminds me of my youth! 3. Curator of the British Museum (so I could check out all the relics and artefacts not on public display). 4. Colossians 2:13 "...God made you alive in Christ. He forgave us all our sins."
Question 2. Name your favourite song?
Julian Rutland: 1. Since 1996 with a 2 year interval while we lived in Amsterdam a while back. 2. Anything from the latest album by Incognito “Surreal” 3. Probably selling home cinema solutions but definitely not Senior Pastor of a church in Bracknell! 4. Psalm 1:1-3 "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked......"
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Question 3. If you could have any job, what would it be?
Nova Owen: 1. Joined Bracknell Baptist Church in 1963 I think it was just before Ben Davies got married! 2. ‘Just as I am’ (old version) 3. I would have loved to have been a script writer for ‘The Archers’ and managed the story line! 4. Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything.."
Conal O’Gorman: 1. About 2 years 2. Revelation Song 3. F1 driver. 4. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you....."
Reg Toy: 1. 25 years 2. Great is thy Faithfulness 3. Entrepreneur/Business Coach 4. John 10:10 "...I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full."
Jacob Benham: 1. All my life (16 years) 2. ‘For the honour’ by Elevation worship 3. Lion tamer 4. Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him...."
Question 4. Do you have a favourite bible verse? Val Cottee: 1. 41 years 2. ‘The wind beneath my wings’ The only song I ever queued for!! 3. A weather forecaster! I am fascinated by weather patterns. 4. Colossians 3:3 "For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God."
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WORSHIP LEADERS FAVOURITES KERITHDIRECTORY
Eileen Scott: O Holy Night
I love to sing most Christmas carols, so it’s hard to choose a favourite! I like the tradition of bringing them out when December arrives, it gets me all nostalgic about childhood Christmases. I’ve chosen ‘O Holy Night’ as my favourite. This carol is as close to a worship song as we know it here at Kerith. The words make it easy to really worship to, rather than singing old language that you don’t quite understand the meaning of. I like that it draws the parallel of shepherds and wise men bowing down before Jesus all those years ago, and us doing the same on earth now and then forever with God in heaven. The line ‘Oh hear the angel voices’ reminds me that angels join us in our worship all the time, not just at Christmas. Apart from that, it’s just really fun to sing – especially attempting the extra high note right at the end!
as Christmas is now upon us we decided to catch up with our worship leaders to Amanda Wolfram: In the Bleak Midwinter I have loved poetry since I was very young and so the carol I have chosen is, ‘In the Bleak Mid Winter’. Originally written by Christina Rossetti, the beautiful words were set to the most enchanting and haunting melody composed by Gustav Holst. They set an icy scene using poetic imagery and go on to tell a story which journeys the life of Jesus from the first to the second coming. But the climax comes in the final verse where we are challenged to consider our response to God’s generous gift of His Son. What can we give Him that even comes close to His overwhelming generosity? The only possible thing of value is to give our hearts - simply, completely and unequivocally. Will you give Him your heart this Christmas?!
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Helen Cottee: O Little Town of Bethlehem There’s something about this carol that ‘gets’ me every time I hear it. It describes how the most amazing night in the history of the world almost sneaked up on a tiny, not so significant town, pretty much unnoticed. There’s something about the simplicity of the carol that mirrors the lack of pomp and ceremony that surrounded the birth of our Saviour. My favourite part of the carol has to be how this is then applied to us, as the lyrics declare the line ‘Be born in us today’. The reality is that now, today, He can come to each of us, not as a baby but as a King, to give us a new birth and a new start. It ends with the amazing declaration that He is ‘Emmanuel’ - God with us; a truth that truly can change our lives.
ers to ask them about their favourite Christmas carols. Here’s what they told us...
Originally written by Charles Wesley and later re sculpted by others including George Whitefield, this work was carefully crafted over many years (encouragement for every songwriter who returns years later to the creative idea scribbled on the back of an envelope). Those who were inspired to write and rewrite this song were passionate about communicating the magnitude of God’s name, love and redemptive work in mankind. This carol is poetically bold and inspiring, yet more importantly, theologically riveting; a work of art that demands a response to glorify Jesus the king. We are reminded of Christ’s humility, “mild he lays his glory by” and that peace has been made possible through God’s “mercy mild”. However, God’s mercy is not only mild, it is powerful and transforming. This carol does not paint a quaint picture of a stable scene, but forces me to marvel at the authority, the majesty and the atoning sacrifice of Jesus.
Matt Price: Hark the Herald
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PHILLIP CURTIS : LIFE STORY KERITHDIRECTORY
PHIllIP CURTIs Has bEEN a MEMbER Of THE KERITH COMMUNITy fOR alMOsT sIx yEaRs. dEsPITE a vERy dIffICUlT sTaRT IN lIfE, HE COMMITTEd HIs lIfE TO GOd IN HIs TEENaGE yEaRs. PHIllIP sHaREd HIs sTORy wITH JaCqUI wEbbER-GaNT...
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I grew up in Durban, South Africa, the youngest of five children. My parents had a tumultuous relationship where anger and violence were fuelled mostly by alcohol. This meant that my father spent regular spells in prison. I only met him once, when I was 14. My mother couldn't cope and when I turned two, I joined my brothers and sisters in the local children's home, where I lived until the age of 19. My everyday needs were met, but there were some aspects of those years that were not good. We had cases of sexual abuse and grooming in the home that was unearthed years later. We were vulnerable and available and there were not the checks and balances that there are now to safeguard children. I was protected from the worst excesses because a young couple welcomed me to their home for school holidays and weekends. Whilst at the home, I had a great role model in a volunteer called Steve, who would sit with us in the evenings and help us with homework. Steve
overcame me and from that time on, I no longer stuttered. I knew that I could not reform myself but with God’s Spirit living in me, I had the power to change. I met my wife Sandie at the hotel where I had my first holiday job as a children's entertainer. When I left school I took on an apprenticeship and learned all about the hospitality business. Sandie was there for me through a difficult relationship breakup; she listened and tried to cheer me up. Over time our friendship grew and to our surprise we fell in love. This led to marriage several years later. Adoption was something that Sandie and I had always felt drawn to. We later discovered that due to fertility problems, adoption was in fact our only hope for a family. It was very difficult to adopt newborn babies but miraculously, as only God can do, He brought the perfect son into our lives. We were told that he was very damaged and had been rescued from a terrible home where his life was in danger.
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had grown up in the same children's home, had become a Christian and wanted to give something back. He invited me to his church youth club. Steve told me it was a place to relax, and meet girls - that was enough to get my interest! Each week I would hear the message that Jesus could forgive my sins. I knew of my need for a saviour, but it wasn’t until attending youth camp, whilst stood in the prayer room, that I had a life-changing experience. The power of the Holy Spirit
Donavan’s needs superseded ours, and in time we both felt God calling us to the UK with its excellent care system, and eventually to adopt our beautiful daughter Skye. My father was a stranger to me, and although I’m not their biological father, my children have taught me to be a DAD. They have put up with me, encouraged me and dared to love me. In Psalm 68:5 God is described as “a father to the fatherless”, perhaps that’s my call too?
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MINISTRIES & SOCIAL JUSTICE KERITHDIRECTORY
Ministries & Social Serenje update - sowing the seeds In October 2008 we embarked on a 5-year project aimed at making a lasting difference in Serenje,
Zambia, a rural district devastated by the impact of HIV and AIDS. In October 2012 we needed to raise
Food for thought
In September this year, Foodbank celebrated its 3rd anniversary. September was another busy month, confirming that the average figures are continuing to grow. We still need help to locate a larger store to accommodate the Harvest Festival donations - this year we have already received over 10 tonnes which has been put into temporary
storage. We anticipate a further few tonnes coming in before Christmas and are therefore looking for 150 square metres of storage space. We are very excited to announce that Wokingham Vineyard Church has teamed up with us and will be opening a local distribution centre in Crowthorne during December.
£80,000 for the final year of the project. We burst through the finishing tape, raising a magnificent total of £94,000 all as a result of direct giving by people associated with our church community. The impact of this money and the project, are almost unimaginable to those of us living in Britain. Rather than Serenje being a community where hunger was a daily experience and the future was so uncertain, it is finally becoming a community which is able to look forward and where food production
and availability is increasingly secure. They are now seeing agricultural support for over 1000 families, school support for 3000 orphans and vulnerable children and over 100 volunteers visiting and supporting people with HIV and AIDS. All of this has provided them with a hope and a future. The surplus money raised in October will be used to help churches we are partnering in Europe, where resources are scarce – all making an impact on the lives of people we may never see – what a privilege!
Kerith Job Club is working The Kerith Job Club has been running for over a year and meets on a Friday lunchtime in K2. The club seeks to support men who are out of work and assist them in returning to work. It provides a place where men can meet together and chat, enjoy the bacon rolls and freshly brewed coffee, search the job ads and enjoy a game of dominoes or a lively discussion. Some have also found Alpha helpful.
Each person is seen individually and offered help with writing a CV, determining skill-set, on-line applications and supporting letters. We seek to help people overcome barriers which may hinder them getting into work.
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al Justice We are sailing Konnections, our group supporting families of children with special needs, has received a three year grant totalling £9,900 to cover the annual running costs of the sailing club. This grant has been awarded through the Berkshire Community Foundation and
has been made possible by a generous donation from the Herbert and Peter Blagrave Charitable Trust. The sailing club will offer these children a unique opportunity to start sailing in a safe environment, helping them grow in confidence and learn valuable life skills.
CAPital venture Our CAP centre has continued to grow throughout 2012 regularly seeing up to 10 households a month. CAP Bracknell is currently working with over 160 households bringing hope and a solution to people struggling with the impact of debt. This year our centre celebrated its 6th anniversary. Over the 6 years, we have worked with more than 670 families and handled a considerable amount of debt - £1.1m of primary debt (e.g. rent and council tax arrears) and £5.2m of secondary debt (credit cards/loans etc). It’s a real privilege to help and support people in this way and see them freed from the debt which has had such a devastating effect on their lives.
K4 DROP AND SHOP
K4, our charity shop in Bracknell town centre, opened on the 26th July this year. The profits from K4 go towards a number of our social justice projects such as Foodbank, CAP and Konnections. We have had an amazing amount of donations, not only from the Kerith community but also from members of the public who value having a charity shop giving all its profits to local projects. Sales have been steady with September being a particularly
In addition to the Konnections weekly youth club, we now offer a separate session for teenagers with Aspergers Syndrome or High Functioning Autism, once a month in K2. Not quite fitting into standard boxes, this group of young people are often over-looked. A group just for them is a really exciting development and could make a huge difference to their social and emotional wellbeing. We are always looking for more volunteers, if you are interested, please contact Anja Davies at email@example.com or telephone 01344 828802.
good month. We look forward to the end of the year and making a further profit on sales. The shop is mostly staffed by volunteers who sell, sort, steam clothes and price goods - a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes! If you’re looking to donate, please leave your goods at the back of the shop in Service Yard E. K4 is at 27 Charles Square and is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Come and visit us!
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SPARKLERS MUMS KERITHDIRECTORY Welcome to Sparklers! We are a large and friendly toddler group for all pre-school children (including babies) and their carers.
We have three sessions to choose from: Monday afternoon, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings. Each session starts with free play followed by singing and Singing a creatively told Bible story. Then its craft and an opportunity to the songs- the let off steam on the ride-ons! It’s clean, music is the best the children in Bracknell! For the parents and carers, drinks are served throughout behave well, I like the morning (filter coffee-mmmm!) alongside the the singing time, the opportunity to chat to new friends. whole structure to the morning is great. It’s just We hope you’ll visit us soon! a lovely warm playgroup for the children and adultswe’ll be so sad when my son is too old to come! Everyone mixes really well. My child loves the toys- especially the ride on cars that appear after singing time so they can burn off some energy!
IT’s a ORld w l l a sM Multiple coffee and biscuit opportunities! It’s the amazing people that are here - I tell people it’s the team that make this place, everyone is so friendly!
Coffee and chat in a place where you can be real with people, especially when you’ve had a bad morning and been shouting at the kids!
For more information check out our website www.kerith.co.uk email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 01344 862699
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LILY CAPUOZZO FIRST CAME TO SPARKLERS A LITTLE OVER FOUR YEARS AGO. SHE NOW ATTENDS KERITH ON A SUNDAY TOO. LILY SHARED HER STORY WITH LINK:
My name is Lily and I am Italian. I have two children (Cassie 14 and Oliver 4) and I live with my partner Ben in Roman Wood, Bracknell. My first visit to Sparklers was when I was pregnant with my son Oliver. Very soon I felt as if I had always belonged to the group because of the way I was welcomed- everyone made me feel part of what was going on. After the birth of Oliver I made sure that I was attending as often as I could, also because Oliver (although very little) knew immediately we were at Sparklers - maybe from the songs!
We tried other groups but Sparklers was the one we returned to every week. Nearly a year later, I became part of the Sparklers team. I love the team-time before each session, we pray for one another and for the families that need God's help. As an extension to the friendships I made on a Wednesday morning, I joined a Kerith mums’ book club and since starting last year, I have learned so much about Jesus and the Bible (I know how to read one now!) Our first book, ‘Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick
Warren, really opened up a new dynamic to my faith - we even had homework each week! Now when I come to Kerith on a Sunday morning, I am so expectant to hear something about the Bible that I didn’t know before! When I come into Kerith and grab my coffee first thing, it puts me at ease in a way I have never experienced before. I am Catholic by upbringing and still attend my Catholic Church when I can, so it’s not that I found my faith at Kerith but I have discovered a friendship with Jesus, rather than a religion to follow.
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POLAND : THE LATEST KERITHDIRECTORY
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One of our longest standing international connections, is with a church in Swidnica, South-West Poland. Our partnership began back in 1998 with a ‘chance’ meeting in Germany between Ben Davies, then Senior Pastor at Kerith, and Anna Kulakowska. At the time, Anna was working as an au pair and living away from home. On her return to Poland, she joined the leadership team of a small Pentecostal church in Swidnica and was keen to encourage the link with Kerith. As a result, Ken Bothamley (one of the elders at Kerith) went on the first of many visits to Swidnica and was introduced to Darek. Darek Suszek had begun to lead the church in Swidnica a few years before, having come through a remarkable faith journey. He had previously been a Catholic priest, but had not grasped what it meant to be in a relationship with Jesus. Whilst telling his Catholic congregation about their need to know God personally, God spoke to him mid-preach and radically changed his life – transforming the second half of his sermon, to the bemusement of his congregation! He moved from the Catholic church to work in a drug rehab centre, where he met Anna and found he had an increasing heart to work with the poor through the local church. Over the last 11 years, Kerith has supported Swidnica financially and regularly sent teams to help with leadership training, and in the beginning, practical help to renovate
the ‘castle’ they bought from the communist regime. This building is now used as a hostel for their own rehab centre as well as a paying B&B, church offices and venue for their Sunday meetings. The church has been well known for its work with the poor, but in the last two years they’ve been asking Kerith to help them grow deeper friendships with one another, too. This was a big change for the church, and involved starting up small groups to meet midweek, instead of their regular Wednesday service. No one was sure if the community would get behind it, but when the Swidnica team visited Kerith in September 2012, they told us how delighted they were with the positive impact small groups had made on the community. Recently, these small groups invited their friends and neighbours to a Christian Arts Festival in the city of Krakow, four hours away. They were amazed at the response, needing 4 coaches to carry over 180 people to the event – half of whom had never previously attended a church event! For Darek, this was another big step on the journey of building a community that not only enjoy being together, but also serving together. The Sunday meeting is now reaching capacity and the team are excited to see what God has in store for them as they continue to grow. We can’t wait to find out and look forward to continuing our partnership in 2013 and beyond.
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Ben and Heather Pocock have been married for just over a year. Ben has been attending Kerith since he was a babe in arms, and Heather for the last 7 years. They are both part of the office staff - Ben leading the ‘Kerith Academy’ amongst other things and Heather in creative arts and strategic planning. Ben and Heather will be heading up the Kerith multi-site, planned for 2013. Here is what they have to say about it: If you’ve been around for some time, you may have noticed that Kerith has been growing! Whilst we are incredibly excited by this, it inevitably means that we are running out of space – in kids work, car parking, the auditorium and reception. We are also beginning to see more and more people coming from further afield, particularly from places south of Bracknell. The planned multi-site will mean that attending church regularly, being involved in church life and inviting neighbours and friends will all become much easier for these people.
MOvING IN THE RIGHT dIRECTION We will also be able to reach a far wider group of people through our social justice initiatives, such as Foodbank and CAP. What a great opportunity to be able to bless even more people! The multi-site is not a church plant. We’re still the same church, with the same values, the same leadership, the same preaching and the same culture - we just meet in a different location. Everything will be done with the same level of excellence found at the Bracknell site. We are currently looking for the best venue possible around the Sandhurst area. Once this is confirmed, we’ll then crack on with getting the new Kerith site ready for launch! Whether you live in that area or not and you’re up for the adventure, multi-site may be something you would like to consider. There will be more details soon but in the meantime, please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to know more.
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SPEED DATING - THE ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW KERITHDIRECTORY
what’s your favourite thing about the single parents group?
-Not being judged. -Everyone has a common need. -The company, single parenthood can be very isolating at times.
what’s the best thing that you have done together as a group? -Going bowling – we all had such a great time!
THE KERITH sINGlE PaRENTs GROUP Is lEd by saRaH HaRdy aNd MEETs TOGETHER TO OffER sUPPORT, advICE aNd fRIENdsHIP. wE THOUGHT IT wOUld bE fUN TO fINd OUT a lITTlE bIT MORE abOUT THIs GREaT GROUP Of PEOPlE.
what difference has God made in your life? -He has given me the strength to be me again and love who I am. -I now have a focus in life and I’m more positive. -He has provided me with some. wonderful friends and a great support network.
who is the most sensible in the group?
what do you wish for this Christmas?
-For my son to be off drugs. -For a reliable car that has tax, a full MOT and cheap insurance!
what’s the best thing about sarah (the group leader)?
-She is always at the end of the phone for help or advice -She is incredibly understanding and supportive. -She is real and so easy to talk to.
WITH THE SINGLE PARENT GROUP
-Are any of us?! -That has to be Anne! -Definitely Amanda - she could never tell a lie and knows and understands her bible so well.
If you would like to find out more about the Kerith single Parents Group then please contact sarah Hardy firstname.lastname@example.org
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PRay TEll... Kerith Instagram Feed Here you can find out where some of our Kerith community love to go and pray! Suzanne Whitton I often feel closest to God when reflecting on His awesome creation. This beautiful picture was take in the Pudner's garden whilst enjoying the tranquility at 'Fourteen'.
This is where I eat breakfast, read & pray. Not the most beautiful of places but being able to see the grass & trees helps!
I love praying and worshipping in my car, Itâ€™s just me, my saviour and lots of loud noises!
I'm best chatting to God as I jog- just Him and me and the outdoors....no children wanting my attention!
This is a typical scene from my favourite place to pray - outside...a stomp in the woods on my own (with the dog) singing and talking to God!
This is the log fire that I get the privilege to sit by when I get some time away... never fails to bring me closer to God as I relax and gaze at the logs burning and feel its warmth.
Without a doubt, bluebell woods are a great place to be reminded of the splendour and fragrance of God. Overwhelming beauty, fragrance, mauves and blues with lime green and browns. It's a breath-taking display.
My chair in the corner of my bedroom where I sit and talk to God and write down what he says to me.
There is something about a sunset that always helps me to remember the beauty of God's creation. It doesn't matter where i am, I can't help but thank God!
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KERITH PREVIEW KERITHDIRECTORY
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mothers day March 10 2013
At Kerith we love making Mothering Sunday a special day for Mums. Grab as many Mums as you know and bring them along!
You can engage with us via a weekly blog, catch up on the talk via the podcast or come to the Wednesday weekly prayer meetings over the 40 days of the series.
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grab your ticket at http://www.kerith.co.uk
Coming to Kerith February 2013 Willow Creek UK are running a 2-Day Conference, on staying spiritually healthily as Christians. Speakers: Gordon MacDonald, Mindy Caliguire, James Emery White
Watch out for the latest information about our Easter events via the kerith website or follow us on twitter @kerithcommunity
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Speakers include: - Catrina Benham, Kerith - Kim McManus, Mosaic - Abs Niblock, Life, Bradford.
Our Sermon Series kicking off in January is based around the subject of Prayer- join us as we explore together!
This year REAL is bigger than ever as we have extended the conference with a Saturday evening session!
Book via: http://www.willowcreek.org/
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13th Jan Simon Benham Keep in touch 20th Jan Lee Layton-Matthews Keep quiet 27th Jan Liam Parker Keep audacious 3rd Feb Janine Jackson Keep thankful
10th Feb Simon Benham Keep honest 17th Feb Simon Benham Keep growing
We love baptism meetings as a chance to celebrate what God has done in the life of those being baptised. If you are a Christian and have not been baptised this is the next step for you. Sign up via the forms in the foyer and join the preparation course before the next meetings. Next baptisms are 10th Feb and 28th April.
@ Kerith this term
Dates and times in the online calendar at www.kerith.co.uk
At Kerith we love to celebrate and pray with families for their children. Sign up for 3rd February if you would like your family to be part of the next meeting. Forms at the information point in the foyer.
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CAP Money Starts 5th February 2013 A comprehensive yet astonishingly simple money management course to help you get, and then stay, in control of your finances. A 3 session DVD based course for anyone - no matter what your financial situation.
Marriage course Starts 5th February 2013 The marriage course is an evening course that is run over seven weeks. Each week includes a meal together, a talk and time to discuss together.
Wed 9th Sun 13th Tue 15th Mon 21st Sun 27th Tue 29th
40 Days of Prayer begins 8:00pm Vision for the year - Simon Benham INvest course starts 7:30pm Parenting Course starts 7:45pm K4 Collection all meetings All Leaders Meeting 8:00pm
Sat 2nd Sun 3rd Mon/Tue 4&5th Tue 5th Tue 5th Sat 9th Sun10th Tue 19th Wed 27th Feb 27th
Kerith Mens Event Thanksgivings 9:00 & 11:00am meetings iDisciple Conference Marriage Course starts 7:30pm CAP Money Course 8:00pm Unique Women’s Event Baptisms all meetings BUILD Kids Half term Club Alpha Course starts 7:30pm Freedom in Christ Course starts 7:45pm
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Business Leaders Breakfast Discover Kerith Lunch 1pm Daytime Alpha Course March 10:00am Mothers Day 9 & 11am meetings Prayer Meeting 8:00pm Unique Women’s Event K4 Collection Good Friday Meetings Easter Sunday
Parenting course Starts 21st January 2013 The Parenting course is an evening course for any parent or carer of children up to ten years old.
INvest Starts 15th January 2013 Invest is Kerith’s training course for all those wanting to deepen their knowledge, understanding and application of the Bible. This course is open to everyone - no matter what Bible knowledge or ability you feel you arrive with! ALPHA Starts 27th January 2013 An opportunity to explore the meaning of life through a 10 week course designed as a basic introduction to the Christian faith. Freedom in Christ Starts 27th January 2013 The Freedom in Christ course is designed to help you take hold of the amazing truth about who you are as a follower of Christ. TO FIND OUT MORE AND TO BOOK ONTO THE COURSE- PICK UP A LEAFLET FROM THE INFORMATION POINT IN THE FOYER OF THE KERITH CENTRE OR GO ONLINE TO WWW.KERITH.CO.UK
Kerith Academy Thinking about taking a year out? Want to get involved in all that happens at Kerith? The 2013/4 prospectus is out soon or contact email@example.com For contact details see pages 26-27
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KERITH CONTACTS KERITHDIRECTORY COURSES Freedom in Christ The Freedom in Christ course is designed to help you take hold of the amazing truth about who you are as a follower of Christ. Find out more: Pick up a form from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Course Leaders: Rob & Stacey Omokaro
Discovery Workshop A 3 week training course to help you to discover your spiritual gifts. Find out more: Pick up a form from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Email: email@example.com Course Leaders: Geoff Hawke & Mark Ridgway
Bereavement Course A 5 week training course facilitating how to deal with your grief. Find out more: Pick up a form from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Course Leaders: Pete & Alex Moon, Sue Davis
INvest Evening course aimed at helping you to grow your relationship with God through the study of the Bible and its practical application. Find out more: Phone: 01344 862699 Email: email@example.com To sign up for INvest visit: www.kerith.co.uk/invest Group Leader: Ben Pocock
For start dates of all courses see page 25
The Marriage course
The marriage course is an evening course that is run over seven weeks. Each week includes a meal together, a talk and time to discuss together. Find out more: Pick up a form from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Course Leaders: Jonathan & Sue Davis
For advice on handling your money better on a day to day basis join the CAP Money course. Find out more: Pick up a form from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Email: email@example.com Course Leader: Helen Dodwell
The Parenting Children course
The Alpha course Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life through a 10 week course designed as a basic introduction to the Christian faith. Find out more: Pick up a form from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Register via www.kerith.co.uk Course Leader: Caroline Hanbury Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parenting Children course is an evening course for any parent or carer of children up to ten years old. Find out more: Pick up a form from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Email: email@example.com Course Leaders: Caroline Hanbury
MEETINGS & GROUPS Treasure Tots (under 5s) Konstruction krew (5-11) We welcome all children from birth to final year of primary school, including those with disabilities. To find out more come along any Sunday to K2. Find out more: Phone: 01344 862699 visit: www.kerith.co.uk Under 5s - Lydia Harris-Lane firstname.lastname@example.org 5-11s - Yvonne Scott email@example.com Group Leaders: Lydia Harris-Lane and Yvonne Scott
SPARKLERS parent and toddler group We are a large and friendly toddler group for all pre-school children (including babies) and their carers. Find out more: Phone: 01344 862699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Group Admin: Susannah Mills
Life groups doing life together Small midweek groups that meet in peopleâ€™s homes. We seek to get to know God more and do life together. Find out more: visit: www.kerith.co.uk Visit the Life Group Stand in Reception after a Sunday meeting for a chat. Email: email@example.com Group Leaders: Pete and Laura Varey
Encounter Midweek Bible Study An informal opportunity to explore the Bible, led by Ben Davies. 12.50pm Wednesdays. Find out more: Phone: 01344 862699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Group Leader: Ben Davies
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MINISTRIES & SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUPS UNIQUE ministry
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for women Unique is the ministry for all women. Find out more: www.catrinabenham.com (blog) Phone: 01344 862699 Email: email@example.com Group Leader: Catrina Benham
SIMPLY EVENTS Look out for these large events for women coming together to share fun and faith.
ACTIVATE A book club for all women who enjoy reading or want to be motivated to read more books. Meets bi-monthly. Group Leader: Ope Olugbile
EXPOSITION A women's writing group for those who would like to grow in the art of writing. Meets third Friday of the month. Group Leader: Jacqui Webber-Gant:
HILLTOP is for adults who have a learning disability and is a place where they are welcomed and valued. Sundays, once a month from 4.45pm. Find out more: Pick up info from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Group Leader: Hazel White
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A number of different groups that seek to support both children with disabilities and their families Find out more: Sandy Carter-01344 828809 email@example.com Group Leader: Sandy Carter
FOURTEEN DAY RETREATS This is a day for you - time for rest and enjoyment, for personal reflection & prayer. Group Leaders: Elizabeth Pudner and Melita Cullis
Foodbank Restoring dignity reviving hope Find out more: Phone: 01344 862699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Group Leader: Pat Hallett
Thereâ€™s more to life
TMTL is a group dedicated to the retired. Thursdays from 1.00pm. Find out more: Phone: 01344 862699 Email: email@example.com Group Leaders: Roy Buck, Bob Wilson, Bill Dick, Dave Barker.
Single Parents Group A group for single parents which meets every second Friday night to pray, support one other and have fun. Find out more: Phone: 01344 862699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Group Leader: Sarah Hardy
A community of young people school years 7-13. Find out more: Phone: 01344 862699 Email: email@example.com www.kerith.co.uk/youth Group Leader: Liam Parker
Open 10am -4pm daily except Sundays and Bank holidays. K4 sells good quality clothing,accessories, household goods and much more. Please bring your valued donations to the shop during trading hours. To volunteer pick up an application form from shop manager, Rob Eveleigh, or email project manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Justice Outreach Serving the whole of Bracknell community with practical help and support to families and individuals alongside other services in the area. Find out more: Pick up a form from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Email: email@example.com Group Leader: Lorraine Wade
Christians against poverty UK Free debt advice from award winning charity for anyone struggling with debt. Find out more: Appointments freefone: 0800 328 0006 Bracknell Centre: 01344 828805 Centre manager: Lisa Rutland
Deaf hope A group serving the deaf and hard of hearing in the Kerith community. Find out more: Pick up info from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Group Leaders: Mark & Alex Hooper
RECRUITMENT Kerith Volunteers Meet people and get involved with the many projects and ministries that make up Kerith Community Church. Find out more: Email: email@example.com Group Leader: Pauline Powell
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Kerith is not just about Sundays there's loads going on during the week. For more information go online or ask at the Kerith reception.
kerith community church The Kerith Centre Church Road Bracknell RG12 1EH Tel: +44 (0)1344 862699 email: firstname.lastname@example.org