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kerith community church magazine issue 12


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Welcome to the 12th edition of linK. Hello and welcome to the 12th edition of our Life in Kerith (LinK) magazine. Our church has a history of growth: more people of all ages coming to our meetings on a Sunday; more nations represented by the people in our church community; more initiatives which serve the local community; and more countries where we're partnering with other churches and organisations. Growth is great, but just as I found when my children were young and they seemed to need new shoes every six months, growth needs room to expand if it’s to continue. This is one of the reasons why in September, we're starting a new site in Sandhurst - to give us space to grow in both the Bracknell and Sandhurst areas. In this issue you'll read all about our new site, as well as hear what God is doing in the lives of a whole host of people in our community. I hope you find it interesting. Simon.

simon benham senior pastor


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CONTENTS

TEAMLINK

neW looK A Journey of Discovery

4-5

Kerith Sandhurst

6-7

Kerith Kids

8-9

Interview: Andy Partington

10-11

This is Ray Foley

12

Serenje Bikers

13

It’s a Small World

14-15

Gossip the Gospel

16-17

Alpha: Gary Grant

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Precious Gem

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Coffee Break

21

Review

22-23

Diary Dates

24-25

Kerith Contacts

26-27

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 Beccy Oliver Karen Mehta Matt Cooper Ruth Povey Natalie Jones Art Director Mike Charlton Head of Photography John Mitchell Photographic contribution Sarina Cooper Lorraine Hart Stephanie Cronin Proof Checking Ruth Povey Diane Bryan Clive Challis Glynis Challis

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A JOuRNey Of DISCOveRy

INvest

The Marriage Course

The Parenting Children Course

Freedom in Christ

Building great relationships

Practical skills to help with parenting

Intermediate discipleship

Evening theology study course

Bereavement Course Coping with the death of a loved one

Kerith Academy

The Alpha Course

Discovery Workshop

Year training in theology and practical service

Introduction to the Christian faith

Realise your spiritual gifting

CAP Money Wokingham

Money management

Sparklers Hydrate

Kerith Courses & Academies

Binfield

Life Groups

Central line

Midweek small groups

Life within Kerith

Parent and toddler group

Half term holiday club for primary school children

TMTL

Deaf Hope

Midweek group for the retired

Group for the deaf and hard of hearing

Bracknell

Children’s Ministry

Kerith Kids

Sandhurst

Unique Women’s Ministry

Simply Events

Bubbles under 2s

REAL conference

Activate

Exposition

Fourteen

Raindrops

2s

Women’s annual Kerith event

Women’s book club

Women’s writing group

Women’s day retreat

Puddles

Encounter

3s

Midday bible study group

Ripples

4s

Youth ministry

Splash

United Men’s Ministry

5-7s

Plunge 7-9s

Quench 9-11s

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Life Friday night youth event

Life Unleashed Sunday youth meetings Yrs 7-9

Football Club

Golf Club

Events

Saturdays

Schools’ Work Networking within local secondary schools

Serenje Support for the community of Serenje in Zambia on the impact of HIV/AIDS


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Volunteers

Debt and Money Advice (CAP)

Bracknell Area FoodBank

Free debt advice through a national charity

Feeding local people in crisis in partnership with a national charity

Events Refreshments Facilities

Social Justice Outreach

Hilltop

Early Intervention

support and advice to help break the cycle of poverty in the local community

Support for adults with learning disabilities

partnering with a national charity to support struggling primary aged children

OnePlus

Welcome Team

CAP Job Club

Courses

advice and support through national charity cap to those who are looking to get back into employment

Car Parking

Support for those parenting alone

Prison Ministry partnering with national charities working in prisons and supporting ex- offenders

K4 charity shop supporting Kerith social Justice projects

Konnections Support groups for children with disabilities and their families

BRACKNELL Social Justice

Kerith Community Church

District line Kerith’s outreach work

Oakwood Youth Challenge Partner organisation, outward bound activity and leadership training centre

SANDHURST

International hub

Creative Arts Drama Sunday meetings and productions

Worship Resound

Revolution

Adult worship bands

Youth worship band

Tech team

Imaging

Media team Graphics Team

Sound, lighting, projection & recording

Photography and illustrative media

Video editing and animated production

Website, graphics, set design and literature

Estonia

Poland

Albania

Lithuania

Supporting leaders and their ministries

Supporting leaders in two churches

Developing leaders and supporting youth events in churches

Helping establish first Lithuanian Willow Creek Leadership Summit

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Why Kerith

Sandhurst? by Simon Benham, Senior Pastor

When I was a child I was always fascinated by bonsai trees - the ones where you take a tree seed, such as an acorn, and put it in a tiny pot so that what grows is not a majestic oak tree, but a perfectly formed miniature oak tree instead. The size of the pot determines the size of the tree. One of the things God has been teaching us is that the same principle applies to churches - if a church wants to reach its full potential then it needs to keep making space or the growth will be stunted. That was what we did as a church, when we moved from our original town centre location to our current site in 1964. We have done it many times since: building the Kerith Centre in 1989; K2 in 1999; going to three meetings on a Sunday in 2010; and moving all the staff off-site to make more space for children's work, at the start of this year. each time we've made space, God has filled it and that's what we're going to do again with our new site in Sandhurst - make space to grow in both locations. Making space is part of our history and will always be part of our future If you're not currently part of Kerith, then know that we've made space for you to come. There is space on a Sunday, space in our small groups and space on our courses. you can then become part of the adventure - creating space for the next set of people wanting to join us.


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Ben and Heather, please tell us something about yourselves…. We have been married for two years and live in Bracknell. I (Ben) grew up in Kerith and Heather has been coming for 7 years. We are both on the the staff team here at Kerith - Ben heads up Kerith Academy and I (Heather) work with the Operations and Creative Teams. You are going to be heading up the new site in Sandhurst. What is your vision for this new venture? The vision for Sandhurst and Bracknell are the same - one church, one vision - to love God and love people. Above all we want to impact more people through our Sunday meetings and Social Justice Projects, but we also want to make it easier for those who live in the area to invite people to a local church. We aim to bring together the best aspects of ‘big church’ such as quality meetings and a variety of ministries, with the best bits of ‘small church’ including deep community. There will also be more opportunities for volunteers to get trained up and grow in areas that they’re interested in but ultimately, we’re passionate about sharing the gospel and showing the love and grace that Jesus offers, to as many people as we can.

Exciting timEs arE ahEad for KErith as wE launch our multi-sitE church in sEptEmbEr. hElEn cottEE caught up with thE nEw lEadErs of KErith sandhurst, bEn and hEathEr pococK.

Can you explain a little about what is actually going to happen in September? We will launch on Sunday 15th September at 10am in Sandhurst School and the format will be exactly the same as our meetings in Bracknell, including the same message. We will worship, hear vision for what’s ahead in the Reveal video and provide kids church for the under 14’s. Other ministry areas and midweek activities will begin to start in September and will grow as we do. We have exciting plans for a CAP centre, life groups and social justice outreach happening very soon! How are you feeling about overseeing the new site? excited and a little daunted! At Kerith we have never done multi-site church before so we’re stepping into the unknown but we’ve got a great team who are committed to Sandhurst and are deeply passionate about the new site.

If you’d like to get involved and join the adventure, please contact either Ben at ben.pocock@kerith.co.uk or Heather at heather.pocock@kerith.co.uk.

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They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper. Psalm 1:3

Lydia has an inspiring vision for the children, sparked from Psalm 1:3….“My dream is that they would be little trees, planted by the brook named Kerith, reaching out roots into life-giving water and drawing on Jesus. Never withering and not dropping leaves, but bearing fruit in every season”.

one rainy thursday morning, ruth povey had the pleasure of chatting with lydia harris-lane, Kerith’s children’s pastor, whose passion for kids work is utterly contagious. lydia explains, “children are like little sponges - all that they soak up in their formative years will stay with them throughout their lives. it’s so important that they’re soaking up Jesus and stories from the bible to carry them.”

In keeping with Lydia’s vision, some exciting changes have been implemented…. The 9-11s have now got their own space, especially created for this in-between age group to explore Jesus in fresh, diverse ways. The comfy beanbags and snacks have proved especially popular! In this small group setting they are encouraged to build friendships and really be themselves. They also take part in worship with the adults. “epic!”, I believe was the quote from the official spokesman, aged eleven. One of the major changes we are introducing is an electronic registration process. A unique bar-coded card will be given to all parents; once scanned, an individual sticker for their child will be produced. This should make it so much easier for parents to sign in and pick up their child on a Sunday morning.

In addition to all of this, there has been a re-branding of the groups. This fluid theme now runs right through from 0-11s, on both the Bracknell and Sandhurst sites. All gathered under the umbrella term, Kerith Kids, the new names are as follows:

under 2s

2s

3s

4s

5-7

7-9

9-11


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We’d love you to get involved in making all this happen! There are various serving opportunities available, including team teachers and helpers – but we’re also looking for help with the practical side of Sundays, such as welcoming and setting up rooms. Or maybe you’d like to get involved more creatively, with worship, dance workshops, puppets or drama sketches? Whether exploring outdoors or getting creative with craft, the children are thriving and growing. Look out for Messy Church too!

To find out more about volunteering, please contact: lydiah@kerith.co.uk

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yeldall manor is a christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, set in 38 acres of berKshire countryside. for over 30 years, yeldall has been helping men to overcome serious drug or alcohol addictions, returning to society to live neW lives - drug, alcohol and crime free. they offer tWo consecutive programs, lasting up to eleven months in total, folloWed by ‘aftercare for life’ in the community.

three years ago, andy

partington

began WorKing at yeldall manor. andy and his family are part of Kerith and have a great story leading up to their arrival at yeldall manor, in fact andy had spent a great deal of time there before.

Karen mehta Went

along to meet him‌.


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so andy, What’s your history With yeldall? When you left home and yeldall, What did you do? At the age of 18, I spent a year with youth With A Mission (yWAM) and then I did a Degree in Theology at the London School of Theology (LST). I met my wife Mickey whilst I was studying at yWAM and she was studying nursing at King’s College, London. After graduating, I spent a year working in Parliament as a researcher for an MP. We were married in 2000 and we spent a year with yWAM, helping to lead discipleship training schools. I then returned to LST for a further 3 years, finishing as Director of Training. During that period we had our first two children - Daniel who is now 11 and Jemimah who is 7.

I grew up at yeldall, living there between the ages of 5 and 18. My Dad was the Director then and for a while we lived in the main house and then later in a lodge on the estate. We used to eat our meals together with the residents and in the holidays I used to help out with some of the work on the estate. I loved living there, I had a great childhood. time of growth for us! I got the chance to develop my preaching and leadership skills and to grow in my understanding of crosscultural mission and development issues. During this time we also grew as a family, with Phoebe (who is now 5) and JJ (who is 4) joining us!

hoW is that church community in santa cruz doing noW? Really well. It typically serves a mixture of missionaries - expat business people and english speaking locals, particularly students. While we were there we introduced simultaneous translation to Spanish and, as a result, saw an increase in Spanish-speaking locals becoming a part of the church.

so after a 13 year absence the next step Was quite a you find yourself bacK at big change for you both, Where did you feel god Was yeldall, What is that liKe? It’s great to be here! It is a leading you? I really enjoyed my time at LST but we felt God was calling us to grow in our own practical experience, both in terms of local church leadership and overseas missions. We didn’t see how these two things could go together but in the space of a few months I met two guys who had applied for jobs in english-speaking churches overseas. That led me to look at the Christianity Today website to see if there were any churches in developing nations looking for a Pastor. I immediately saw an advert for an International Church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. I applied for the position and we moved to Bolivia in August 2006. Bolivia was an amazing

challenging time to be offering services in the area of rehabilitation, with ever shrinking budgets in local authorities. But we have a great reputation, a good success rate and are managing to attract referrals from across the uK. yeldall is about change, not just the external changes that recovery can bring, but a permanent change from the inside brought about by an encounter with Jesus Christ.

as the current director of yeldall, hoW do you see the linKs With Kerith? The residents and staff at yeldall Manor are regularly part of Kerith on Sundays. The program

If you would like to find out more about the work at yeldall, please visit www.yeldall.org.uk

introduces the men to a variety of church environments, allowing them to experience different styles of worship and teaching. Kerith is one of the churches regularly visited and is a really popular choice with residents. Some have gone on to make it their home church after finishing at yeldall.

hoW have the linKs developed? Links with Kerith grow naturally and relationally. As a family we are part of the community and I am involved with Alpha. About a dozen residents at yeldall have attended the Alpha Course and it has been really positive for them. Kerith people have also joined in with fundraising events; that’s really important for the ongoing work at yeldall. After finishing at yeldall, Gary Skull became part of the staff at Kerith. One of his jobs was to find a contractor to maintain the grounds at Kerith. As part of their rehabilitation, the men at yeldall work to maintain the substantial grounds on site, whilst learning the necessary skills along the way. yeldall now fulfills the maintenance contract at Kerith.

hoW do you see the future? My desire is to always stay open to God’s leading – both for us as a family and for yeldall. If I ever feel uncertain, I remember Isaiah 9:6 ‘and the government will be on his shoulders.’ Jesus leads and my job is to lead as the first follower.

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Ray’s story is a perfect example of the way God has used the partnership between Yeldall and Kerith to redeem a life, placing a young man in a church community to encourage and challenge him. Matt Cooper met with Ray.... Could you tell us a bit about your background? I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. I hated school and left at 13, started working and started drinking. When I was 16 I started taking drugs too. I was moving from job to job and I always wanted to better myself, but it was the money I was after to fund my drinking and drugs. I moved to england with my partner for a fresh start, but it never happened. I had a selfish, chaotic and destructive lifestyle and ended up in prison. It was there that I decided life needed to change. When I was released from prison I moved to yeldall Manor. What was your first Sunday at Kerith Community Church like? I thought I was coming to rehab, not church! We were driven to a different church every Sunday and after my first experience of Kerith, I absolutely hated it - it looked like ‘sober people doing karaoke’! But I came back a second time and signed up for the Alpha course. How did you feel when you first encountered Jesus? People were encouraging me to commit myself to Jesus, but I like to know all the facts before making a decision. One morning I was awake early, having been challenged that weekend by a friend about making a final decision. Looking out of the window I saw white writing fading into blue sky: ‘I’m waiting for you’. I heard it as well. The next Sunday, before the speaker had finished asking people to respond if they wanted to become a Christian, I put my hand straight up!

I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.

this is ray foley

How has being a part of Kerith and knowing Jesus changed your life? Kerith is a family; there’s always someone to talk to, encourage you and to get advice from. I’ve forgiven everyone I needed to. I’m very grateful for the environment I’m in, the people I’m around and having God in my life. I want to use my past for my future - I’ve been in lots of difficult situations and I want to help people who are struggling. If I can stop drinking, anyone can! Do you have a favourite Bible verse? I have a few, but one is Joel 2 verse 25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten”.


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Bracknell to

Istanbul

Over the last 5 years, Kerith has been supporting a small town in Zambia called Serenje. One of the specific projects we are funding is the building of a dormitory for the girls who attend the local secondary school. At present, these girls live on their own in poor conditions in the town where they are vulnerable to attack. Few complete their education, ending up back home with unwanted pregnancies or infected with HIV. The dormitory will be a safe place for them to stay, enabling them to finish their studies and fulfil their dreams.

This vision has captured the hearts of many within the Kerith community. One such person is Ralph Hazell. This is his story: This spring I joined Howard and Elizabeth Reece-Smith of the Kerith Community, and their friends Douglas and Carol Aspinall, on a 2,300 mile cycle ride (at about 100 miles a day), from Bracknell to Istanbul. I thought the first day went reasonably well, considering our pacemaker set an impossible pace towards Portsmouth, my chain came off, and the others got lost when Elizabeth’s tyre punctured. And all of this in a thunder storm! On our second day (our first in France), we all got lost. Often! I fell off and hurt my knee, Howard’s gears broke and Elizabeth suffered yet another puncture. This, we realised was always going to be a gritty month of extreme endurance, well beyond anyone’s comfort zone. But it was also such unplannable fun… I’ll long chuckle at that ‘Victor Meldrew’ moment in the YMCA dorm in Basle when a late arrival began to wake us up one by one as he tried to find his allocated bunk. Someone finished the job by hissing loudly at him ‘there’s a bed over there by the window, you’re waking everyone up, go and lie on it, you’re just so ridiculous’! And then there was that moment in Serbia when a stray dog prepared to leap out at me, but instead leapt backwards into the ditch in shock when I blew my earthquake whistle at it! The best bit was that the diet went out of the window - we got to eat what we liked and we drank endlessly in that heat! Yes, we cranked all the way to Istanbul, and in doing so raised some much needed funds to kit out the 100-bed dormitory. At present we've raised over £12,500! Thank you for your support. If you’d like to hear more tales from these intrepid cyclists, take a look at Ralph’s blog: http://ralphoncycling.wordpress.com

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It’s a

How long have you been part of Kerith Community Church?

At Kerith Community Church, we are passionate about community. What is community? It’s a place where people feel they belong, are able to be honest and real with one another and find the support they need to do life well. Duncan and Sharon Klitgaard have recently taken on the role of leading Kerith’s Small Group community. Suzanne Whitton met with them both, to find out more about their new role….

small World

Duncan: We first became part of Kerith (then Bracknell Baptist Church) some 25 years ago. As a young married couple, we were keen to find a church to belong to. Sharon: It wasn’t long before we got ‘stuck in’ running the youth work (with Simon and Catrina Benham as our deputy leaders!) and since then: leading a Life Group; working in kids work; the Worship “We need a place Team; Tech Team; the Parenting Course; and most other than the Sunday recently, Alpha.

Talk us through your history of Small Groups over the years…

Duncan: We have been members of many different Life Groups throughout our 25 years as part of Kerith. When our children were very young, we led a group of our own for a while and then after a break, took it back up. Sharon: Many of the serving groups we have been involved in have also been community based - we recognise that this is a need for people in a large church.

What’s led you to this point of leading the Small Group community at Kerith?

gatherings where we can build deeper friendships, care and pray for one another, grow in our knowledge of God and the Bible and reach out to our friends who are far from God”

Sharon: We currently serve on the ‘New to Kerith’ stand on Sundays at the Bracknell site; it’s here that we The Peach and the Coconut often meet people hungry for a place to call ‘home’. Simon Benham One of the things we are both passionate about is seeing people’s lives enriched by being part of a community; we love helping people to find a group that will suit their needs.

Duncan: When we were asked to take on this role - overseeing not only Life Groups but all Small Groups - we saw it as a great opportunity to support and develop community already active in the church. It’s difficult to survive as a Christian without having a support network of good people who are looking out for you. We see it as a vital part of being a Christian. What will your role look like?

Duncan: We will be a support for all Small Group leaders – there for people to come to if they need us. We will give direction when required and will be encouraging leaders to try something new in their groups!

Will you be overseeing groups at Kerith Sandhurst as well as Bracknell?

Sharon: yes we will. We have recently run a course for new Life Group leaders and have six new groups in Lightwater, Bracknell, Sandhurst, Maidenhead and Binfield.


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What’s your vision for the future of Small Groups at Kerith?

Duncan: Traditionally, Small Groups have been a ‘one size fits all’ model. We recognise that this is no longer flexible enough – a traditional Life Group might be for some people, but not everyone. Whatever the format, there will always be one common denominator – God is at the centre and a spiritual element is essential. ultimately we want people to grow and to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus. Sharon: We want people to get the most out of the kind of group they feel comfortable with – this might even be a course. A Small Group is a place for people to feel a part of something, included, an enhancement to their church life experience.

If you’re looking to join a Small Group, then please head over to the website where you can find more about what’s on offer at Kerith: www.kerith.co.uk/smallgroups alternatively, please contact Duncan and Sharon: info@kerith.co.uk

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Gossip theGospel god loves us and created us for a relationship With him.

However, we are separated from God by sin (rejecting God and going our own way) and the only way to fix this broken relationship is to live a sin-free life, which none of us can do. God has made a way for us to get back to this relationship by sending his son, Jesus, both fully man and fully God. Jesus lived the perfect life we could never live, and then died on the cross, paying the penalty for our sin and making a way for us to be forgiven. Now we can step back into a relationship with this God of love.... 1. Accept that you’ve messed up, that you’ve sinned and you need a saviour. 2. Believe that Jesus was who He said He was, that He died for your sin and that God now freely offers you His forgiveness as a gift. 3. Choose to follow Jesus, making Him Lord of your life. Here’s a prayer you could say to God if you want to become a Christian now: Lord Jesus, I’m sorry I’ve gone my own way and not yours. Thank you for dying on the cross for me. I want to put you first in my life and I choose to follow you. Amen


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in the spring term of 2013, our hugely entrepreneurial youth group, life, embarked on a major new venture - to explain the gospel message to all the young people of bracknell!

The LIfe team worked the campaign around their genius strapline: ‘Gossip the Gospel’. Their strategy was to film 3 personal stories from LIfe members and release them on you Tube, over 3 consecutive weeks. The publicity would be centred around the image of the young person for that particular week, with QR codes on the postcards and loads of viral marketing sending the recipient straight to the you Tube site hosting the short video. The tag line, ‘This is our story - what’s yours?’, expressed the excitement that LIfe members have for sharing their faith with those around them; and invited some great and challenging conversations with friends, families and even teaching staff at their schools!

liam parKer, Kerith’s youth pastor said: "At LIfe the aim is for the young people to have confidence to pass on the story of Jesus in the most loving and authentic way possible. Over this year we have taken our mission to love people with practical help and great conversations to local high streets, old people's homes, halfway houses, schools and more!” The LIfe team filmed Jess, Alice and Dan as they shared their story of God breaking into their lives and uploaded the videos onto various social media sites. Alice, aged 15: "Although it was very strange to watch myself on video, I have found 'Gossip the Gospel' really fun and it has helped me be more open with people about my faith, as well as hearing other people's stories." Jess, aged 17: "I think that 'Gossip the Gospel' is such a good way to talk about faith and its impact in a really chilled way, especially for people who haven't ever experienced church before. It has been so fun to see all the positive responses. I just really want more people to get excited about the impact it's having however small or big it is."

Dan, aged 15: “The first day back at school after my video was released, it turned out that all my friends had seen it! It was a great opportunity to chat through some of what they had heard, with the normal banter thrown in as expected!”. Amazingly the videos began to be shown in a number of Bracknell schools. Dan even found that it was being shown in his Re lesson! So many conversations and questions have been sparked by the initiative to 'Gossip the Gospel'. for a demographic that often gets branded as being without conviction or resolve, the young people at LIfe are showing us that this is far from the truth! "Gossiping the Gospel of Jesus is the primary call of all Christians. I challenge every one of us, if we have a faith, to follow the example of our young people and be willing to share our story of how God has made a difference in our lives.” Liam Parker, youth Pastor

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ALPHA LAUNCH EVENT

The ever-popular Alpha Course will be returning for another 10-week term in October of this year. Alpha is a basic introduction to the Christian faith and a safe place to bring all of your big questions. Prior to the start of the course, we will be hosting a launch event at the Kerith Centre on Saturday September 28th. The guest speaker at this evening will be Gary Grant - founder and owner of the popular toy shop chain ‘The entertainer’. Suzanne Whitton asked Gary to tell us a bit about himself….. “I bought my first toy shop back in 1981, a decision made off the back of getting the sack from my previous job! The store was located in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and at the time, wasn’t thriving. Over the last 32 years, we have not only made a success of the Amersham site but opened a total of 84 stores across the uK, our latest one being in Glasgow. for many years, I had no interest in attending church or finding out what my wife’s faith was all about – school Re lessons had convinced me that Christianity was part of history and not for the present day. It was in 1991, when my wife finally managed to drag me along to a church event that I gave my life to Christ. from that day, things began to change. for the first 10 years of my business life, I had run my stores with little regard for others or moral values. As soon as I became a Christian, I knew that certain things about my business would need careful consideration: honesty; product ranges; and Sunday trading. The changes I put in place made no business sense at all, particularly in an economic climate such as this. People scoffed, wondering why we would choose not to open on one of the busiest days of the week and why some of the most popular products didn’t appear on our shelves. In reality, our business continues to thrive which is sadly not the case for many other popular retail chains.” Come along to hear more of Gary’s story: from his life as a hard-working lad with a paper-round, to the reason why he got the sack from that job! It promises to be a very ‘entertaining’ evening.


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PRECIOUS GEM

Michelle and her daughter Ruby have been coming along to Kerith for about six months. Karen Mehta spent some time listening to their story… .

“Since finding out that Ruby has additional needs, the thing I have been most worried about is that Ruby is accepted for who she is; that she is safe and supported to achieve all that she can”. Michelle looked around for support groups and came along to Konnections - the friday morning special needs respite and support group run at Kerith. She immediately felt at ease… “it was so great to see other mums just trying to do their best

If you’d like to find out more about what goes on at Konnections, please visit the special needs section of our website at www.kerith.co.uk/social-justice everyone is welcome!

like me, all in the same situation. i met someone who had a son with the same condition as ruby - that was a first! everyone was just so lovely.” Michelle had experienced great difficulty in finding the right nursery school for Ruby; in fact she had tried three different schools before she was happy that the right care would be provided. As the time to find a suitable primary school drew nearer, Michelle knew that she needed to make some big decisions: “Ruby’s additional needs were becoming more apparent as she got older, I was sure that she needed a special school…..it’s really hard to explain, but I’m her Mum and I just knew she wouldn’t cope in the local primary school - she needed much more help than that.” Michelle turned to Konnections for help with completing the necessary paperwork… “I had been up since 2am, so worried that somehow I would let Ruby down. Despite my appointment at Kerith being on a very busy day, with people coming in and out for foodbank, funnily enough I felt quite calm.

We managed to do what we needed to and the right people were there to help”. Michelle and Ruby came along to some of the Kerith easter events and felt really at home. When an opportunity came in a meeting to make a commitment to follow Jesus and become a Christian, Michelle felt it was something she wanted to do. They have both been coming along to Kerith ever since. “Before having Ruby, I wanted to find a church to be part of, but couldn’t find the right place. By coming along to Konnections, I got to see all the other things that went on at Kerith and just felt that it was a safe place for Ruby and a church I could belong to.” As a next step, Michelle would like to give thanks to God for Ruby publicly, at one of the regular Thanksgiving meetings at Kerith.

“i love ruby so much and i just want to thank god for her and all he has done in this last year.”


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Hilltop is our group for adults with learning disabilities and their Carers. Hilltop’s weekly coffee bar opened in April and has proved an instant hit. Penny Lander dropped into the coffee bar one Thursday morning to chat with Hilltop leader, Hazel White ...

How did the idea of a coffee bar come about? Many adults with a learning disability have become isolated as day centres and daytime courses have closed. People need somewhere safe to meet and so when the idea of a coffee bar came to us, we decided to give it a go. What makes it special? It's their coffee bar and we help them choose and enjoy what they want to do. It's lovely to see them at the craft table, colouring or doing a jigsaw with their carer. K2 hall has space around the tables for wheelchairs and we have an accessible toilet plus easy parking. We serve good coffee and great cakes. As they

pay for their Carers, the fact that they can get a drink and a cake for £1.50 and free refills means it's affordable. Gary, who's here today, comes nearly every week to the coffee bar with his carer; he loves music - they all do. Several will bring CDs and they love to dance in their wheelchairs. We always make time to talk and interact - if you do stop to talk, they understand and love some attention. As Sunday Hilltop only meets monthly, it is lovely to be able to build relationships weekly at the coffee bar. How many customers do you get? About 20 each week; we’ve had 40-50 different people visit

since we started. Some of the homes use this as their place to meet and everyone who has visited loves it! I hear Hilltop's Sunday numbers have gone up since April? Yes, we were getting around 40 but had 60 at the last Hilltop. Some were people who used to come and some were new. So what's next? We want to involve younger adults with a learning disability more. And we will soon have laptops that can be used for customers to gain computing experience and to sort out their benefits with their Carers.

The Hilltop Coffee Bar is open every Thursday in K2 from 10:00am to 12:00pm, term time only. New volunteer staff are always welcome - just go to www.kerith.co.uk/social-justice for more information.

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DIRECTORY COuRSES invest Evening course aimed at helping you to grow your relationship with God through the study of the bible and its practical application. Pick up a form from Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 Email: james.evans@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: James Evans

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.Pick up a form from Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 Register via www.kerith.co.uk Email: info@kerith.co.uk 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 Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 Register via www.kerith.co.uk Email: info@kerith.co.uk Course Leaders: Geoff Hawke & Mark Ridgway

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. Pick up a form from Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 Register via www.kerith.co.uk Email: info@kerith.co.uk

CAP Money Course For advice on handling your money better on a day to day basis join the CAP Money course. Pick up a form from Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 Email: info@kerith.co.uk Course Leader: Helen Dodwell

The Parenting Children Course The Parenting Children course is an evening course for any parent or carer of children up to ten years old. Pick up a form from Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 Register via www.kerith.co.uk Email: info@kerith.co.uk Course Leader: Caroline Hanbury

Bereavement Course A 5 week course facilitating how to deal with your grief. Find out more: Pick up a form from Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 Register via www.kerith.co.uk Email: info@kerith.co.uk Course Leaders: Pete & Alex Moon, Sue Davis

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. Pick up a form from Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 Register via www.kerith.co.uk Email: info@kerith.co.uk Course Leader: Caroline Hanbury

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Kerith Volunteers

Meet people and get involved with the many projects and ministries that make up Kerith Community Church. Phone: 01344 828808 Email: sue.ranger@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Sue Ranger

MEETinGS & GROuPS Life Groups Doing Life Together Small midweek groups that meet in people’s homes. We seek to get to know God more and do life together. visit: www.kerith.co.uk Visit the Life Group Stand in Reception after a Sunday meeting for a chat. Email: info@kerith.co.uk Group Leaders: Duncan & Sharon Klitgaard

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: info@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Ben Davies

KERiTH Kids 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 Email: lydiah@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Lydia Harris-Lane

SPARKLERS Parent and Toddler Group We are a large and friendly toddler group for all pre-school children (including babies) and their carers. We meet on Monday afternoon or Tuesday or Wednesday mornings. Phone: 01344 862699 Email: sparklers@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Susannah Mills


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MINISTRIeS & SOCIAL JuSTICe GROuPS foodbank

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Restoring dignity reviving hope. Partnering with a national charity to feed local people in crisis. Fe Phone: 01344 862699 email: foodbank@kerith.co.uk

There’s More To Life TMTL is a group dedicated to the retired. Thursdays from 1.00pm. Phone: 01344 862699 email: info@kerith.co.uk Group Leaders: Roy Buck, Bill Dick, Dave Barker.

OnePlus Support for sinlge parents A group for single parents which meets every second friday night to pray, support one other and have fun. Phone: 01344 862699 email: sarah.hardy@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Sarah Hardy

Hilltop HILLTOP is for adults who have a learning disability and is a place where they are welcomed and valued. Sundays, once a month from 5pm and Thursdays 10am until noon. Pick up info from Kerith Centre Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 email: info@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Hazel White

CAP Job Club free support and advise for anyone looking to return to employment. Club open on Wednesdays 10am- 4pm in the K2 Building on the Kerith Bracknell site. Phone: 01344862699 email: info@kerith.co.uk Job Club Manager: Richard White

K4 Charity Shop

A community of young people school years 7-13. Phone: 01344 862699 email: liam.parker@kerith.co.uk www.kerith.co.uk/youth Group Leader: Liam Parker

Open 10am -5pm 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. rob.eveleigh@kerith.co.uk

Konnections

Deaf Hope

A number of different groups that seek to support both children with disabilities and their families. Phone: Anja Davies - 01344 828802 email: anja.davies@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Anja Davies

Social Justice Outreach Serving the whole of Bracknell community with practical help and support to families and individuals alongside other services in the area. Pick up a form from Kerith Centre Reception Phone: 01344 862699 email: info@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Lorraine Wade

A group serving the deaf and hard of hearing in the Kerith community. Pick up a form from Reception. Phone: 01344 862699 email: info@kerith.co.uk Group Leaders: Mark & Alex Hooper

uNIQue Ministry for Women unique is the ministry for all women. www.catrinabenham.com (blog) Phone: 01344 862699 email: info@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Catrina Benham

SIMPLy eveNTS Look out for these large events for women coming together to share fun and faith.

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Debt and Money Advise

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

free debt advice from award winning charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), for anyone struggling with debt. Appointments freefone: 0800 328 0006 Centre Manager: Lisa Rutland

exPOSITION A women's writing group for those who would like to grow in the art of writing. Meets third Tuesday of the month. Group Leader: Jacqui Webber-Gant

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Mens events

This is a day for you - time for rest and enjoyment, for personal reflection & prayer. Group Leader: elizabeth Pudner

A mixture of evening and daytime events to build friendships. our faith and to have a laugh. Phone: 01344862699 info@kerith.co.uk Group Leader: Matt Ranger

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one church tWo locations s u n d ay v e n u e s bracknell: 9am, 11am & 6pm the Kerith centre rg12 1eh sandhurst: 10am sandhurst school gu47 0sd

Kerith Bracknell Church Road Bracknell RG12 1eH Catch the latest Kerith news: twitter: @kerithcommunity facebook: kerithcommunitychurch blog: www.simonbenham.com www.kerith.co.uk

Kerith Sandhurst Sandhurst School Owlsmoor Road Sandhurst Gu47 0SD Tel: +44 (0)1344 862699 email: info@kerith.co.uk

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The Autumn 2013 magazine from Kerith Community Church. Packed with news, reviews and info from the heart of the community.