Friday, February 16, 2018

Our Kerith Rhythm of Prayer



Tonight (Friday 1th) we’ve got a half night of prayer in the K2 building on our Bracknell site, from 8pm until 2am on Saturday morning. I encourage everyone who can from across our three sites to come if you can, either for some or all of our time together. We’ll be praying for a whole load of issues, as well as taking time to worship and just enjoy slowing down to be with Jesus. I’m really looking forward to it :)

It would be true to say that for some time now the corporate prayer life of Kerith has been a bit all over the place in terms of consistency! We’ve had nights of prayer, weeks of prayer, half nights ot prayer, monthly prayer meetings, no monthly prayer meetings. I know people have found it confusing, for which I want to apologise, but in future we want to have a much more consistent pattern so we all know where we’re going.

Personal prayer - The 24/7 Prayer Room

Prayer begins with each of our individual prayer lives with God. Jesus gave us very clear direction when he told us “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew ‭6:6‬)

We encourage everyone to make space every day to follow that command, even if you can only find a few minutes. 

To help with that we have an amazing resource in our 24/7 Prayer Room based at the Bracknell site which is available to book through the home page of the website. This can help you create space in your schedule to pray. You can book as an individual or with a small group.

Corporate Prayer - Kingdom Come Events

1. Kingdom Come Evenings of Prayer

At each of our sites we are going to have a monthly event in order to gather together to seek God and pray into the life of our church.
  • Bracknell                    Second Tuesday in the month 7:30-9pm K2 Building
  • Sandhurst                    First Sunday in the month 6-7:30pm Sandhurst School
  • Windsor                      Last Thursday in the month 7:30pm- 9pm Gospel Hall
We won’t meet for corporate prayer on any of our sites in August or December.

Keep an eye on the what’s on page of the website or your site social media feed for any unforeseen date changes, but as far as possible we’ll look to stick to this pattern. 

2. Kingdom Come Nights of Prayer

As a church we go deeper with a half night of prayer 3 times a year as a one church event, where we encourage everyone from all our sites to come together. These are incredible times of hearing Gods voice and personal refreshing.

These will tend to be on the Friday at the end of each half term, but listen out on a Sunday and keep an eye on social media for dates as they may change depending on what else is happening in the life of the church. 

We are also going to partner with the Thy Kingdom Come events in May organised by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Watch out for plans as we head into the spring.

Hopefully that’s all clear, if not please ask! Please put these dates in your diary and make them a priority.

Simon

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wildfires - Please book before Monday 5th March


I’ve just booked tickets for Catrina and me for Wildfires, and want to encourage everyone else who wants to come to book your tickets before Monday 5th March. The festival is being limited to 3,000 people for this first year. We have an allocation of tickets specifically reserved for Kerith, but on the 5th March those tickets return to the general pool, and once it’s sold out that will be it!

If you buy a ticket for Wildfires then that includes a ticket for the Big Church Day Out (BCDO) on the preceding Saturday and Sunday. I’d strongly encourage you to think about coming to both events - BCDO is one of my favourite events of the year with something for everyone.  If you’re camping then you can turn up from midday on Friday and stay until midday on the Thursday - whatever you do don’t miss the Wednesday night of the Festival which will finish with a bonfire and a candlelit procession.

All the information you need can be accessed via the Kerith website. Any questions please contact Sarah Harvey via the form on the website.

If you need any more encouragement take a look at this video of Pete Greig encouraging us all to go!

Hope to see you there :)

Simon

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wildfires



If you were around for the vision nights you’ll have heard me talk about Wildfires, a three day festival being organised by our friends at 24-7 prayer which we’re encouraging all of Kerith to consider coming along to.

Since the Stoneleigh Bible Week finished in 2001, I have personally missed the opportunity for us to gather together as a community in a context where we get to spend more time together than is available on a Sunday or in a midweek small group, and where we’re also exposed to the wider things God is doing in the nation and the nations. We’ve talked a few times as a leadership about whether we should organise our own camp, or get involved in some of the other excellent gatherings which take place around the country, but neither of those options have ever felt like the right thing to do.

However, from the moment we heard about Wildfires it seemed like a really good fit for us, both in terms of the people who will be there from other churches and organisations we already connect with, and the whole prophetic sense behind it of God doing a new thing which won’t replace but will enhance things God is already doing in the nation. And we get to sit around campfires, catch up with old friends and make new ones!

If you book in you get a ticket for the Big Church Day Out (BCDO) on the Saturday and Sunday, as well as for the Wildfires festival on the Monday to Wednesday. I’d encourage people to think about going to both - our family have been going to BCDO for the last few years and love it.

If you want to book in, or get more details, then go over to the Wildifres section on the Kerith website and click on the link that says “Book Tickets”. This is a Kerith specific link which will mean that everyone who books using it gets to camp together. You’ll also hopefully find all the info you need there too.

If you do have any questions then please direct them to Sarah Harvey, who is heading up the event from our end.

Hope to see you there around a campfire!

Simon

Friday, January 19, 2018

Job Opportunity - Afternoon Receptionist



At the recent Vision Nights (if you missed them then you can listen to either the Bracknell or Sandhurst version) one of the things we announced was that Marija McKean has been appointed as our Bracknell Site Kids Leader. This is really exciting as we look to strengthen and improve further the already excellent kids work on our Bracknell site. Please be praying for Marija in her new role and supporting her in any way you can.

A consequence of that decision is that we will lose Marija as our afternoon receptionist in the Kerith Centre. For me our resrptionists have one of the most important roles in our community, being the first experience many people have of Kerith when they either walk into the Kerith Centre, phone us or contact us via email. Getting that first impression right is so important in us being the peachy community we all aspire to be, and so I’m passionate we get the right person to replace Marija, who has been outstanding for us in that role. 

I’m therefore asking all of us to pray that we’ll find the right person, and consider whether it might be you or someone you know. You can find a full job description here. If there are any questions then please email our HR Manager Ali Hudell

Many thanks,

Simon

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Four More Sleeps


Only four more sleeps until the big man comes (and we celebrate the moment the trajectory of human history was changed forever!).

A quick reminder of what the rest of 2017 holds for us as a community.

First of all what isn’t happening. There are no ‘regular’ meetings on Sunday 24th or 31st December in Bracknell or Sandhurst. Please take the opportunity to be refreshed, to be with family and friends and to get ready for all that is going to be happening in 2018.

On Christmas Eve we’ve got two meetings in Bracknell.

At 4pm we’ve got our family nativity which is always so much phone. There will be carols, live animals including a donkey, a photo booth and lots of fun, laughter and celebration. A great way to get ready for Christmas Day,

Then at 11pm we’ve got our ever popular ‘unplugged’ carol concert. This is a brilliant opportunity amidst all the busyness of this season to stop and reflect on what it’s really all about - it’s one of my favourite meetings of the year!

Then at 10am on Christmas Day we’re meeting for an hour at 10am in both Brackenll, and for the first time in Sandhurst too. This is a great indication of the growing strength of our Sandhurst community.

On Christmas Day we always take up an offering for an organisation outside of Kerith, and this year it will be for Tehila Trust and all the amazing work Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam are doing to make children safer in Zambia. You can give cash and cheques on the day, but if you’d like to do a direct bank transfer instead just mark it as ‘Chrsitmas Day Offering’ and we’ll make sure it ends up in the right place.

Whoever you are for Christmas I pray you find time to draw close to Christ in the midst of it all.

Much love,

Simon

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Year Vision Talks


I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to Christmas! I loved the Carols by Candlelight in Bracknell last weekend (especially with the added excitement of snow), and am looking forward to the repeat in Sandhurst this coming weekend - there are still tickets available for both the 4pm and 7pm. Don’t forget there is no morning meeting in Sandhurst on Sunday, although we’ve got our regular meetings Bracknell meetings at 9.30am, 11.30am and 6pm where Catrina will be preaching. We’ve then got the excitement of the 4pm and 11pm in Bracknell on Christmas Eve, and the 10am in both Bracknell and Sandhurst on Christmas Day.

I sense that 2018 is going to be a year of expansion for us as a community, both in terms of growth in things we’re already doing and new things God has in store for us. At the start of the year I want to share some of the vision behind that, with separate midweek vision meetings on each of our three sites. I want to hold this midweek rather than doing it on a Sunday as it gives us more time to share vision in detail, and the opportunity to answer questions people may have. Some of the vision will give more detail to things we’ve already announced, but there are also some exciting things coming up which we haven’t yet talked about publicly. Each of the meetings will start with drinks at 7.45pm, with the talk starting at 8pm. The dates for the three talks are:

      Sandhurst - Tuesday 9th January - Sandhurst School
      Bracknell - Wednesday 10th January - The Kerith Centre
      Windsor - Thursday 11th January - Windsor Gospel Hall

Please put these in your diary and plan to be at one of them, ideally at the site you attend most frequently as we’ll shape each evening to speak in most detail about the site that particular site although if you can’t make your site meeting you’ll hear the overall vision at any of the three meetings.

Blessings,

Simon

 Ps - anyone wondering from the photo at the top of this blog whether we’re going to announce a central London site, that’s not happening yet! The picture is actually from Legoland Windsor :)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Job Opportunity - Sandhurst Kids Lead



Last Sunday we had an amazing day in our kids work. We had 26 children aged from 5 to 9 who responded to a call to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, of which 16 were doing that for the very first time. I realise that for all of the children this is a journey, which as with us adults will have a whole load of twists and turns, but even with that proviso it’s so exciting to see what God is doing among our children.

As a church we realise that our children’s work is one of our most fruitful places for us seeing lives being transformed. We want to create a great experience for children when they come on a Sunday, and do all we can to equip and support families in raising their children to have a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus. I blogged a couple of weeks ago to let you know about a full time role on our Bracknell site for heading up our kids work. Applications for that role close on Monday so if you’ve interested please get your application in quickly.

I now want to let you all know about an equivalent role at our Sandhurst site. This is a three day a week role, including Sundays. You can find a job description here, application packs are available at the Kerith Centre reception. The closing date for applications is Friday 29th December.  If you would like further information on the role please contact either Ali Hudell, our HR Manager, or Sonia Hopkin, who oversees Kerith Kids across our sites, or phone the Kerith Centre reception on 01344 862699.

Please be praying about whether this might be for you, for someone you know, or if neither of those apply that the right people will come forward for both Bracknell and Sandhurst, as part of us helping people find their way back to God.

Simon