OXFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY CHURCHES SPRING 2013 www.occ.org.uk
OF GOD CONTENTS
02-05 Living under the blessing of God 06-08 Regional updates
09 Should you come to transform? Yes! 10-12 Education updates
13 Celebrate Recovery
14 The King’s Centre update
We are delighted to have Barney Coombs as our speaker at the Celebration. He is seen as the ‘father’ of the Salt and Light family of churches and is widely recognised for his pastoral gifting, apostolic input and wisdom. Barney and his wife Janette are based in Vancouver but he has recently been travelling the world with a message about blessings and curses. Through a time of preaching and ministry his desire is that we begin to break curses that limit our spiritual growth and progress, and live more and more in the blessing of God.
03 LIVING UNDER THE BLESSING OF GOD Barney Coombs, Salt and Light Ministires www.saltlight.org “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” 1 JOHN 3:8 “You mark my words, you are going to meet a dreadful end” was the damning curse a woman put on her sister. For the rest of her life this poor woman lived in abject fear, wondering what sort of dreadful end she would suffer. The woman’s daughter happened to attend a meeting in Exeter where I preached on the subject of breaking curses. Once again I strongly emphasized obeying the command of Jesus to “Bless those who curse you” The daughter returned home and told her mother what I had been preaching and then invited her to bless her sister. Her mother, by now an elderly lady, gladly agreed. When they concluded praying the blessing, the mother
leaned back in her armchair, sighed, breathed her last, and went to be with the Lord she loved. A few weeks later I received a letter from her daughter telling me what had happened and how grateful she was to God for the beautiful way in which He had called her mother home. For the last eighteen months I have been preaching almost exclusively from the Scriptures on the subject of “breaking curses” Almost in every place I have preached, somewhere between 50 and 80% of the congregation have responded by standing to pray a blessing on person or persons who have cursed them, or to repent for cursing themselves or for cursing others.
JESUS CURSES THE FIG TREE Mark 11:12-25
CURSES IN THE BIBLE FIRST ACCOUNTS:
The first account was the LORD God cursing the serpent for his part in the fall of Adam and Eve; they in turn were cursed by the LORD God for breaking His command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The next was Cain for murdering his brother Abel.
SELF INFLICTED CURSES:
Job 3:11&16, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth… “Why did I not die at birth”? “Why was I not as a hidden stillborn child?” Jeremiah also cursed himself Jeremiah 20:14-15 “Cursed be the day I was born” ... ”Cursed be the man that brought the news to my father, ‘A son is born to you’ making him very glad.” I have come across women who look in the mirror at themselves and saY “you’re ugly” or “I hate you” or “I wish you were dead”
SELF INFLICTED GENERATIONAL CURSES:
And all the people answered (Pilate) “His blood be on us and on our children” Matthew 27:25
CURSED BY OTHERS:
To paraphrase Gen 9:24-25 When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew that his youngest son had uncovered his nakedness. So he said, “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants he shall be to his brothers.” A Father who raises his voice at his son and say’s “You stupid boy, you’ll never amount to anything.” is speaking a curse into that young man’s soul. My nephew Jonathan and I were ministering together in Germany. The pastor was very warm and readily made us feel at home. The church car park was quite slippery due to snow and ice. As we were leaving we noticed the pastor’s
Salt & Light is an international family of churches and leaders. It has developed over the last 30 years around the leadership of Barney Coombs as leaders and churches were been drawn together by a common desire to see the Body of Christ grow to be all God wants it to be. We believe in strong, loving and committed relationships within local churches and across the Body of Christ throughout the nations.
son struggling to put some loud speaker equipment into the boot of the car. We also observed that his father was fairly agitated. All of a sudden the boy’s feet slipped on the ice and the equipment fell on the ground. His father’s face turned livid with rage. I will never forget watching that boy walking away, looking utterly downcast and despondent, and I asked myself, “I wonder how many times he has been the recipient of such fury?”
BLESS OR CURSE?
In James 3:8 -10 we read that, “no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” Negative words such as “You’re accident prone”, “damn you” and “go to hell” are evidence of an untamed tongue full of deadly poison and Christians are frequently used by the devil to unwittingly curse one another Recently I talked to a young woman whose mother in front of others had verbally attacked her with “You know what: You’re ugly, you’re fat, in fact you should never have been born” Her daughter was devastated! In closing let me say this. Because Jesus was made a curse for me at Calvary’s cross, the curse I have put on myself or has been put on me by others can be broken! And because of Calvary, I can repent and be forgiven of the sinful curses that I have placed on others,
“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” 1 JOHN 3:8
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06 SOUTH REGION
ABINGDON | DIDCOT | HENLEY SWINDON | WANTAGE As a region since last March we have had a men’s weekend with Stuart Keiller and most recently a ladies weekend with Anita Cleverly. Both have been times of encountering God, being challenged and encouraged in our walk with God and have involved lots of fun and food! Our regional celebrations have been good times gathering to worship and hear from speakers including J.John & Steve Thomas.
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Individually ... ABINGDON have had an exciting year with Highlights including baptisms, street pastors going weekly, our week at TRANSFORM, an impromptu Alpha course and a good number of visitors at our Christmas events. There were also tough times for some and it was great to see the church family gathering around to help. This year has got off to a good start with 79 people at the Alpha supper, so we’re looking forward to God taking us to another level in prayer and ‘Spirit-life’.
Highlights for SWINDON have included baptisms and re-dedications. A new Community Group and two Missional Communities have been initiated and are doing really well: An amazing number people have seen angels in our Sunday meetings, the first was a six year old girl who knew nothing of Christianity. All this by God’s grace! We are dreaming and praying for more of God’s presence and anointing and that we will see many folk come to know Him, love Him, serve Him and be built into His family.
DIDCOT have seen Scones and tea back in the summer; bacon butty breakfast walk; fireworks at the Howards with rich soup and hotdogs; plus mince pies and more! A record crowd of 45 Didcotians gathered at Transform – and the 10th Kids camp was staged up on Ridgeway. We are looking with faith and vision to see many lives saved in Didcot and the surrounding districts.
our café and last Easter we performed the Easter story in the town square, with many watching. We have more community activities and our first year team in ten years. As the passion to see people get to know Jesus and discover their destiny grips us more, we look forwards to seeing even more community activity and everyone finding release in pointing people to Jesus.
As WANTAGE looks back on the last year we can see it was filled with fun and the presence of God. We held a fun run, we baptized a number of folk and we had a saints & sausages party! The food bank is growing – we gave out 60 Christmas parcels this year! Holiday Club saw nearly 100 children through its doors. We’re enjoying starting our Sundays with coffee and are looking forwards to seeing more baptisms, more encounters with Jesus and more of heaven on earth!
07 CENTRE REGION
BANBURY | BICESTER | THE LEYS | KIDLINGTON | OXFORD At our regional celebration in January, we welcomed Katherine Ruonala (known to many from the Salt & Light ‘Transform’ summer camp last summer), who led us into a time of spiritual refreshing. As she prophesied concerning church life and spoke about a new wave of the Spirit’s work amongst us, and said to us, ‘Wakey, wakey!’ Our ears pricked up because Roy Godwin had spoken to our regional celebration last September about precisely that, as he exhorted us to wake up from spiritual slumber. Since then, the level of prayer and our hunger for fresh divine activity have been growing. There has been a growing engagement with the ‘Breathe’ pattern of daily prayer (see www.occ.org.uk/breathe), and our monthly Sunday ‘Outbreak’ meetings for unhurried prayer, praise and prophecy are drawing more and more people from far and wide. We recently had a Saturday morning for people working with youth, with equipping on how to deal with difficult behaviour and how to help teenagers grow spiritually. Thirty people came together
from our four churches, representing professional youth workers, plus volunteers working with loads of different projects, including the Leys Youth Programme, Kidlington Youth Programme (which has connected with 300 young people since it started 18 months ago), CrossFire, OCC’s Guides and Rangers, and the Oxford church youth group – BISCUITS. It is also great to see a number of teams currently forming who will go and plant churches amongst unreached people groups. This is something we have prayed about for years, Keith Elmitt and Andy O’Connell have been playing a key role in the whole UK Salt & Light network to bring this about, and it is now starting to happen! In the local churches, we have seen baptisms in the Leys, Bicester and Oxford since the New Year, and we are seeing new people joined into all of our churches. Thank you Lord!
08 SWEDEN TRIP
Another mission trip to Brussels is planned for April.
CARTERTON | COTE | CHIPPING NORTON MORETON-IN-MARSH | WITNEY | WYCHWOODS Our Regional Leaders Away Day in May 2012 was a significant time for us both as leaders and as a Region. Looking back it was the launch pad which has propelled us forward. It was there during a time of devotions & sharing, our relationships went significantly deeper, our Equipping Team & Core Teams were established as well as our four regional ministry teams i.e. Training, Evangelism, Youth and Education (Stepping Stones Management Team & Governors which was already up and running). This new structure has helped us ensure “business” is taken care of e.g. Regional Celebration planning, oversight of finances, accountability for ministry teams etc, has taken our commitment to training, evangelism and youth development to a new level and has given us the space as a region to see where and how we can support each other. All on a foundation of strong relationships. Various changes in recent months have only highlighted the importance of this support especially in Cote & Witney. Richard & Rachael Bloomfield are doing a great job leading Cote. They’ve launched the new vision for the church, Cote’s family services have started to attract families from the village and the church has a growing youth group drawing in young people from the village(s). There is still work to be done but with the church fully behind the vision and the various initiatives and specific targeted support, there is everywhere to go. Watch this space!
And changes are afoot in Witney. Back in the autumn 2011 Jason & I had an encounter with God, in Hackett’s (where else). It was there we felt God speak to us about the two churches working much closer together, establishing a “hub” where people would come together to worship, hear God’s word preached, be discipled, equipped etc in order to be sent out to reach the lost. Already the two churches meet together on the first Sunday of each month, have joint eldership team meetings, are running a joint Journeys course etc. Another significant change has been the release of Tony & Charlotte Osborn from leading the work in the Wychwoods. As a region we recognise their giftings as a prophet and evangelist respectively and are looking for them to be received and have input into the churches right across the region. But our hearts are not only focused on local mission, we have also been casting our nets further afield. A mission trip to in .................. Sweden last summer was a great success. So much so the Swedes are looking to come here later in the year. And we have a mission trip planned for the end of April to Brussels. These trips not only build relationships with our continental family but also amongst our own churches as we send time together. It has been a good year in the West. But we also know there is more on God’s heart which is why we are excited about our adventure with Him in year ahead.
There is something for everyone at Transform this summer. A full range of children’s, youth and family activities, excellent speakers including Jackie Pullinger and Dave Smith. Time for worship and ministry, time to find out more about God, time to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Just for fun, follow this simple flow diagram to see whether you should come or not. START NO MPING
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We have been pioneering in the field of Christian education since 1984
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KING’S KIDS PRE SCHOOL, BICESTER www.occ.org.uk/bicester
EXPERIENCING THE BLESSING OF GOD IN AND THROUGH THE KING’S SCHOOL GOD MOVING IN THE SCHOOL
Mrs Prosser asked the Infants how they had seen God move this term; these are some of the things they said: “We have seen our prayers answered.” “We have learnt that God’s path is not always easy but he is always with us, He never sleeps! “ “We have learnt that Jesus’ promises always come true.” “We are asking Jesus to help us with being patient.” Healing Power of God: I came into school one Friday and was very worried because half of my face became paralysed and I couldn’t smile properly. Hospital tests showed I had Bell’s Palsy. I was told it could take between 1 month and 6 months to right itself. I was prayed for the following week at school and God healed me. Sunny Kim Gifts of the spirit: I enjoy our school assemblies, and at this one Mr Hulks’ dad came to talk. I
SERVING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY Partnering with Besom
was on one side afterwards about to pray for people, but found myself going to the other side to be prayed for. Mrs Howard asked me if I’d like to be able to pray in tongues and Sam prayed for me. I cried when they prayed. I wasn’t sad, I was happy. I then went to pray for someone else and prayed in tongues. Joe Weatherall
INFLUENCING OUR COMMUNITY WINNING WEST OXFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL’S POLITICS IN ACTION DAY
Our year 11’s competed against 6th formers from various local schools. Their brief was to come up with a cost effective proposal that would benefit the local Witney community. We are delighted to report that The King’s School won and that the council are seriously considering implementing our suggestion!
SERVING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Each year the secondary school partners with The Besom in Witney to serve those in need in the local community. This year we gave 500 hours and decorated a children’s centre, two
children’s bedrooms and a hallway. Thank you for decorating my daughter’s bedroom so beautifully. She is sleeping through now without nightmares. Fantastic pictures! My children love counting all the animals. Thank you.
AND TO THE NATIONS ...
German exchange trip: Lasting friendships, improved language skills, better understanding of a different culture. A good time was had by all. Year 11 students gave of themselves to serve in Zambia, fully relying on God to sustain them during their time away. Some pupils have chosen to be baptised since coming home, citing the trip being a pivotal point in coming to their decision.
PAYING IT FORWARD
We are actively fundraising as a school to help pay off the mortgage on the new building. Tithes from these have gone to support Helping Hands in Uganda, Dr Jan White in Uganda and a Christian children’s charity in Bogota, Columbia, where one of our past pupils, Rebekah Ridgway, is working for the next two years.
12 TYNDALE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
WORKING WITH CHAPEL STREET COMMUNITY SCHOOLS TRUST, WE APPLIED TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION IN FEBRUARY 2012 TO START A NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL IN OXFORD IN SEPTEMBER 2013. LAST JULY WE HEARD THAT PERMISSION HAD BEEN GIVEN, AND WORK THEN BEGAN IN EARNEST TO GET THE SCHOOL OPEN. One area of work has been a further consultation with local people and stakeholders, including councillors, existing schools, faith groups, humanists, MPs, teachers unions, emergency services, businesses and many more. In total, we made direct contact with over 800 people and had written replies
from about 250 of them. We discovered overwhelming support for the school, with 82% of people supporting the school opening and just 5% opposed to it. We have so far recruited just one member of staff, our Principal Designate, Liz Russo. Liz is a wonderful addition to the local Tyndale team, and gives a huge boost to our confidence that the vision for a distinctly Christian school serving an entire local community will come to pass. Further jobs, including several for reception teachers and teaching assistants will be advertised on the school website (www. tyndalecommunityschool.co.uk) around Eastertime.
Margaret’s Story www.occ.org.uk/celebraterecovery
I went on the course because I had been struggling with depression and compulsive eating for years. I’d had many years of counselling and been on numerous diets — but in truth I was getting bigger and bigger, and more depressed. I started to go to the Celebrate Recovery meetings and hoped for a quick fix to my two problems. But, in fact I discovered that these two problems were not my issues at all — they were symptoms in a much larger picture. With my sponsor’s support, I discovered over the many months that the depression and compulsive eating were a way of dealing with a lifetime’s worth of emotional baggage. I was still carrying hurts, guilt and shame from my childhood — and had picked up more and more along the way. It was as if there was so much baggage that you couldn’t see me anymore — I was swamped: it was no wonder I felt so depressed. Because the course was nine months long, it allowed God, my sponsor and me to unload each bag one at a time. It was never more than I could cope with. As each heavy load was lifted I began to feel lighter and lighter. I could see God more clearly, and I finally began to find me again under all the mess. A year ago I felt jealous, lonely, angry, full of shame, worthless, inadequate, depressed, fearful, rejected and com-pulsive. I was struggling to find my identity. I was a different person in different situations and felt like a hypocrite. Today I am a new person — a completely new person. I’m forgiven — by God and myself. I have increased confidence and am sure of my identity - based on God’s truths. I have real trust in God for the first time and I know he provides all of my needs. I am less inward looking, I’ve finally made real friends and am now able to help others around me. Because God has dealt with, and removed, all my baggage, my depression is gone, my relationship with food has completely changed and in all I’ve lost over three stones in weight.
Meeting here today at The King’s Centre reminds us again of the goodness of God in providing it for us. Our vision together is to impact the life of our county for Jesus. TKC is part of that vision! We continue to host all manner of events, which serve people across the county (and the nation, at times) and which regularly alter people’s view of the church for the better. And, let’s be honest, it means we have a great facility available to our own churches whenever we wish to use it! God is leading into fresh opportunities! During the spring we have hosted exams for 250 English language students; major conferences for 3 church networks; a youth event for an Asian Christian youth movement; a regular business networking breakfast; as well as numerous meetings and conferences for public sector organisations in the county. This conferencing business makes a healthy contribution to our overall finances as a group of churches. We love having church members on our team, because it really helps us create the right welcoming, serving atmosphere! We are often looking for full-time, parttime or casual/occasional staff. If you are interested in working at TKC, in catering, organising, buildings or management roles and want more details, please get in touch with acting Executive Director Andy O’Connell on firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONSTER TURKEY WAS GREAT!!! WE HAVE THREE MINI TURKEYS PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR: MINI TURKEY GOES ICE SKATING 22 March MINI TURKEY GETS INFLATED 12 July MINI TURKEY GOES BOWLING 27 September THEN, MONSTER TURKEY IS BACK 20-21December SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS www.occ.org.uk EVENTS
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MEN’S DAY ON SATURDAY 20TH APRIL AT TKC, WITH GERALD COATES AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER Gerald Coates is known to many of us as prophetic leader in Join us, as Gerald and Nathan the British charismatic renewal movement. In recent years, come to Oxford to share what God has led Gerald back into church planting and he is seeing they have learnt. Expect God his own church thrive and grow, with young adults especially to speak and expect to be finding new life in Christ. God has also commissioned Gerald changed! with a fresh and timely message for Christian men, and we are delighted to welcome him to Oxford to share that message This event, including and to offer prayer ministry.
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“As Christians, our identity is in Christ. We are no longer lunch, will be free of charge. nobodies, but Jesus’ brothers and sisters. As Christians, An offering taken towards the we also have a clear calling that gives us purpose in life, costs of the day. Gerald and revealed through the Scriptures but also made specific to Nathan will remain available each individual with the help of prophetic ministry. For many after 4pm to pray with Christian men, however, these two fundamental aspects of our individuals. personality are muddled up and deeply affected by another deep part of who we are – our sexuality. Sex was given by God to be a blessing, but our sexuality sometimes seems to make To register your place our lives worse, or even to take over our lives altogether.” and reserve lunch and Together with Nathan Ferreira, 20, Gerald has written a book to Christian men bring their sexual lives into line with God’s plan for their whole lives. ‘Sexual Healing’ is published by New Wine Press and the Kindle version is already available, priced £5.99. Printed versions will soon be in bookshops.
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NEXT REGIONAL CELEBRATIONS: • WEST REGION - XXX MAY, THE KING’S SCHOOL WITNEY • CENTRAL REGION - XXX MAY, THE KING’S CENTRE, OXFORD • SOUTH REGION - XXX MAY, ST BIRINUS SCHOOL, DIDCOT NEXT AREA CELEBRATION: • WITH STEVE THOMAS - 7 JULY, THE KING’S CENTRE, OXFORD
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