Hybrid Church | What’s the current situation at CCC? Open? Closed?

Following changes in restrictions relating to the pandemic, we have resumed some of our meetings, kept others online and some are still on hold for the time being.

What’s on at CCC in Millhams Street at the building?

So far, the following meetings are taking place in the building:

Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. weekly during which the Children’s Work – Sunday School and Glo (all children up to and including school year 8)

Midweek Prayer & Praise – Not every week but at least once per month (See our Twitter Feed for updates)

Ladies Bible Study – Not every week – Contact us for details

Courses – Christianity Explored Starting September – Visit our Events Page

STAYING ON ZOOM / ONLINE for now

Sunday Service ONLINE – Streamed at 10:30 a.m. for those who can’t make it – CLICK HERE

Communion on ZOOM – Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. We take this from home on Zoom each week

Midweek Prayer – Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. (check social media for updates)

Prayer Care Hubs – Meeting on different days of the week during the 2nd and 4th week of each month

Youth Care Hub – Meeting on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m on the 1st and 3rd week of each month

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The Meeting Place coffee morning usually on Mondays, The Evening Sunday Service, Toddler Group and h2o Youth are still closed during August and until further notice. Some due to the pandemic, others due to the school holidays. Updates will follow when there are changes to announce.

To stay informed, please make connect with us on one of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and we would encourage you to sign up to our mailing list which can be done on our events page.

Well done to all who have stayed connected during this time! Thank you for your support.

Sing again!

The time has finally come! After 16 months of restrictions, we are now permitted to sing again in church! This is a moment we have been longing for and a moment that our worship team have also been very excited about.

On Wednesday 21st of July we held our first Praise and Prayer meeting back in the church and the sound of voices singing was cherished by all present. It was an intimate time of praise and worship and God clearly spoke with an identical word coming at the same time yet separately through spontaneous worship and a word brought by Pastor Dave. The Holy Spirit clearly moved among us in a gentle way with an encouragement to draw near, to long after Him, an encouragement to draw closer, not forceful but a bekonning from the Father to His children gathered. There is power when we gather together and raise our voices in praise and give Jesus the worship and glory due His name!

Sunday 25th July was the first Sunday we have been able to sing together as a larger congregation and it was fantastic!

We have made the decision to continue wearing masks inside for now, but that won’t stop us singing!

Join us at CCC on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and become a part of the song!

Devotional by Tim de la Cour – A fortress of salvation

Devotional by Tim de la Cour: Jeremiah 10:23-25

Devotional: Jeremiah 1:4-5

2 John 4:6 devotion from Tim de la Cour

Psalm 23:4 devotional from Tim de la Cour

My God is still in control

Despite everything that is going on, God is still in control, and always will be.

Not neglecting to meet together…?

Hebrews 10:24–25
[24] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, [25] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)

Hang on one second… “Not neglecting to meet together”? What is happening right now? We’re in the midst of the government telling us to stay indoors where you can, don’t have social gatherings, don’t have religious gatherings… And yet here the Bible tells us clearly: do not neglect to meet together.

What do we do with that? Is God displeased that we are not meeting together?

First and foremost, God cares. This is something I will be talking more about on Sunday in my video sermon. God cares for us, as His people. He is not cross or angry with us because we are doing what the government is strongly advising us to do. It is for our own health, to keep us safe. God knows. God cares. He has not turned away.

Perhaps after this COVID-19 issue has completely gone away, and we are safe to meet once again in our old Grade II listed building, perhaps we will have a fresh vigour and enthusiasm in meeting together to worship God as one body, in one locality.

But until then, we are separate, and we just can’t meet together. * (see footnote!)

However, notice what the author to the Hebrews writes in opposition to not meeting together. He writes, “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.”

Let me point out the obvious. The text says, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some.” Let’s be clear here. It is not our habit to neglect meeting together. For most of us, meeting together every Sunday is a habit. It’s just what we do. This “not meeting together” does not come naturally. It goes against the grain. It certainly can’t be said of us that we are in the habit of neglecting to meet together.

Rather, we have been forced to not meet together, due to circumstances that are totally out of our control.

So we can’t meet together physically, but, – consider. In this weird and difficult time, consider how we can stir each other to love. How can we inspire one another in loving God more? How can we inspire each other in loving our neighbours, especially in their hour(s) of need? What good works can we do for our friends, our brothers and sisters, and for those in our lives that at the moment don’t believe in Jesus?

Finally, he gives the exhortation about “encouraging one another.” What an apt word for this day. We need encouragement. And everybody reading this right at this second is able to encourage somebody else.

Stop. Think. Listen to God for a moment. Who does He want you to phone up today and encourage? Who can we get in touch with and very simply share the love of Jesus?

It is as we give encouragement to others that we will receive it ourselves.

* by the way, I hope you’ve picked up by now that we actually CAN meet together, using Zoom! Check your email for that ID number!

Peace in exchange for anxiety

It’s OK to feel how you’re feeling. God knows how you feel. We feel the way we feel for a reason. The best thing we can be doing with our feelings is to talk to Jesus about them.

Paul writes, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) In other words, don’t be anxious and do nothing about it. There is a real danger that when we get anxious, as we all do, we can allow that anxiety to, in effect, snowball – and it can become bigger and bigger in our minds until it gets out of control.

Instead, Paul writes that when we get anxious, “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Force yourself to pray to Jesus. Even if it’s just blurting out to Him what is on your mind. That is a good start. And then say to Him – “please give me Your peace.”

God wants to give us His peace in exchange for us giving Him what we are anxious about. Verse 7 says that when we pray to Jesus and let our requests be made know to Him, that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

For most of the world, including Christians, Coronavirus is the thing that is among the top causes of anxiety today. There are bound to be other serious things going in in people’s lives – but Coronavirus and the sociological effects of it is the one thing that most of us have in common.

It’s OK to feel how you’re feeling. Let’s pour out our hearts to Jesus and allow Him to give us His peace and to guard our hearts and our minds with it.

For further reading, you might find the following article useful, entitled: “Caring for your soul in the time of Coronavirus.”

Praying for peace for us all,

Pastor Dave

* Photo by Ben White on Unsplash