Thursday, May 30, 2013

Konnections Fundraising at St. Anne's Manor

Our friends at Hilton St. Anne's Manor (which claims to be in Bracknell, but to my mind is in Wokingham!) have chosen our Konnections ministry to be their charity of the year again, and this Sunday they've got a fundraising event with all the proceeds going to fund the new sensory room the Konnections team are planning.

The event is in the beautiful grounds of the hotel, with all the activities listed above to enjoy. Please come and support the event if you're free, and bring family and friends too.

In addition the Konnections team need volunteers to cycle the Konnections spinning bike, which we have to keep moving from 10am-4pm. I'm doing a half hour slot on the bike from 2.30-3pm, there are others slots available so if you fancy having a go please contact Anja at anja.davies@kerith.co.uk and join the team! Hopefully some of our fearless Serenje cyclists will join in and help us to win!

Everyone cycling will receive a T-shirt to wear, and Anja says she might even have some Swiss Chocolate for all the cyclists as a thank you!!!

Hope to see you there :-)

Simon.

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Christian 1:6 Diet

I was chatting on Sunday to a couple in our church who are doing the 5:2 diet. Basically this involves eating normally five days of the week, and then for the other two days only having a quarter of your normal calorie intake. They seem to be doing really well on it, so maybe there's something in it!

That got me to wondering how many Christians are on the 1:6 spiritual diet - getting spiritually 'fed' one day a week on a Sunday, then going a whole week without feeding themselves at all (in fact we know that many people actually only come on a Sunday one week in two or one week in three, making their diet more of a 1:13 or 1:20).

Whilst the 5:2 diet may do great things for your waistline, my own personal experience is that the 1:6 spiritual diet will do terrible things to your relationship with God! So here's my encouragement. Get into the habit of feeding yourself every day. Read at least a chapter of the Bible every day (I'm working my way through John's gospel at the moment). Listen to worship music in the car and in the kitchen (I've gone back to listening to some old Hillsong Albums). Talk to God about everything! Spend time with Christian friends actually talking about God and his impact on your life, rather than just how Newcastle were lucky to narrowly avoided relegation this season. Read stuff which is going to build you up. This is one diet where you're allowed to eat as much as you want. I'm thinking of calling it the 7:0 diet!

And whilst you're at it don't forget that the other part of being healthy is to exercise well. Our spiritual exercise is doing the things God wants us to do in life. Looking out for the vulnerable. Sharing our faith. Obeying his promptings.

And if you mess up one day and eat a spiritual cream cake, whatever that might look like for you, then remember we have a God of grace who has fresh mercy for us every morning.

Happy eating and exercising!

Simon.

 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Job Opportunity - Full Time Accounts Assistant

I wanted to let you know we have another opportunity for a key role on the Kerith staff team. As well as our Site Services Assistant, we are also recruiting for a new full time Accounts Assistant to work in our Finance Team. The Accounts Assistant is a specialist role for someone with previous finance experience, who can accurately handle numbers and is motivated to meet regular deadlines. Experience in an accounting package is essential and we’d also love someone who has run a payroll before. If you know someone or you yourself love it when numbers balance, if you’re not fazed by deadlines and you want to enable Kerith ministry leaders to do their best work, then please consider if this could be for you. Oh yes, you probably love using Excel, too!

This is an essential role to us. The finance team is the engine room of Kerith – nearly all that we do generates a financial transaction which needs to be accurately recorded and processed in a timely manner if we’re to steward the resources God gives us with integrity.

Key responsibilities are detailed in the Job Description, which is in the information pack which is available from reception, but they include:

  • Preparing accurate offerings & gift day totals
  • Processing giving received under Gift Aid
  • Maintaining fully reconciled bank accounts
  • Running our Payroll
  • Managing the purchase ledger
  • Accounting for staff & volunteer expenses

The role reports to Helen Dodwell, our Financial Controller. The finance team is part of the wider Ops team, which together handles finance, HR, IT and events management, fully participating in Kerith staff team life based in our Barn office.

Friday 14th June is the closing date to apply. The recruitment process will include an interview and meeting with team members. This is planned for Thursday 27th June. If you or someone you know are interested in joining our team, you can pick up an application and information pack now from the Kerith Centre reception, or contact ali.hudell@kerith.co.uk

Many thanks,

Simon.

 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Six10 this Sunday Morning

This coming Sunday we've got a variation on one of our regular Ten10 Sundays, where ten different people get to preach for ten minutes each our three meetings. Because this Sunday we've got Canon Andrew White coming in the evening, we've only got space for six preachers in the morning, making it a Six10.

Our preachers at the 9am meeting are Erida Sinakoli, Max Ranger and Ralph Allen, and at the 11 are Alice Benham, Luke Marshall and Jennifer Hosker. As always with these Sundays I know that God will speak to us powerfully through what everyone brings. Hope to see you there!

Simon.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ben Cooley and the Zoe Challenge

Right now our good friend Ben Cooley, CEO of Hope for Justice, and Tom Lister who used to be in Emmerdale, are cycling 2,700km from Latvia to Southampton. They're tracing the journey of Zoe, who was trafficked into the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation. After months of suffering and abuse she was rescued by Hope for Justice following weeks of work by their specialist investigators.The Zoe Challenge is aiming to raise £500,000 to fund a second team of investigators so that more of those people suffering terribly on the margins of society - more 'Zoes' - can be reached.

If you want to support Ben then you can give £10 by texting 'ZOEC55£10' to 70070 - I've just done it. And once you've given there's a really simple option to add Gift Aid too, turning £10 into £12.50 if you're a UK tax payer.

Whilst you're at it you might also want to sponsor our heroic Kerith cyclists who recently completed their epic bike ride to Istanbul, raising money for the furniture for the girl's dormitory in Serenje - you can do that here.

You can see more about what Ben Cooley and his buddies are up to in the video below.

Simon.



 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Canon Andrew White at Kerith on Sunday Evening

Canon Andrew White, also known as the vicar of Baghdad, will be with us for our evening meeting this coming Sunday (26th May). The Kerith Centre doors open at 6pm with tea and coffee being served, and the meeting will start at 7pm. We will take up an offering for Andrew's amazing work as part of the meeting.

Any of you who follow Andrew on Facebook will know how the situation in Iraq has deteriorated very badly over recent weeks, and that Andrew daily faces challenges which I find it hard to comprehend. Yet whenever he comes to us he always brings such a sense of hope and confidence in the sovereignty of God, as well as an incredible anointing and sense of the presence of God - I'm sure he will do the same again on Sunday.

If you are able please can I ask you to park in the college car park on Sunday, as I'm sure we'll have many guests and visitors coming along to hear Andrew.

Simon.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Calling the Men of Kerith

Matt Ranger and his team have been busy organising the next Kerith mens event. These are always brilliant times to get together, so please get a ticket this Sunday for yourself, and another one for that friend you're going to invite along. Below are the details Matt asked me to pass on.

Hope to see you there,

Simon.

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Men of Kerith ;-) Let the games begin! After the last event I thought it would be good to keep the momentum going and get another event in before the hectic summer season starts for everyone.

So on the 1st June we are going to have a whole evening of fun. Tickets are available at Kerith next Sunday, or if you can't make it to collect from the Kerith just email matthew@rangerz.co.uk It’s going to be a ticketed event at a cost of £6 per ticket or 2 for £10.

The evening will consist of Pizza (of course food is very important) music, table tennis, FIFA on the big screen and this time we are also hiring in a Gladiators game where you will get the opportunity to knock each other off a platform with a giant cotton wool bud ;-) Once again it’s going to be competitive! If none of that takes your fancy feel free to bring your own games, or just come along and spend the night chatting and making new friends.

Soft drinks will be available to buy on the night, or bring your own beverage of choice.

Doors will open at 7.30 and the event will end at 10.00.

Many Thanks

Matt

Twitter @matthewranger

Saturday, May 18, 2013

K4 Fashion Show

On Saturday 8th June our K4 shop will be having its first ever fashion show at the Kerith Centre. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The “show” part will last until 9pm. Cold drinks will then be served and you will be able to buy the clothing modelled, plus other clothing/accessories and jewellery.

Tickets cost £5 with all profits will go to Kerith Social Justice projects such as Foodbank, CAP, Konnections, Job Club and Hilltop. We are limiting the event to 200 people as all seating will be downstairs in the auditorium (there will be a catwalk down the centre of the auditorium with all the seats facing the catwalk - not a configuration we've ever used before!).

Tickets are available from the K4 shop and from the Kerith Centre reception. Why not pick up yours on Sunday for what is going to be a great event.

Also if you'd be interested involved in making the fashion show happen, then please contact Catriona Mitchell via the "who's who" section of the website.

Simon.

 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Job Opportunity - Kerith Site Services Assistant

A couple of years ago I had a prophetic word from a friend called Julian Adams, part of which was that as a community God would give us facilities and buildings to use. That has certainly been proved to be true with the recent additions of the Barn, the K4 shop, the Studio and soon the college house behind K2. From September we'll also be using Sandhurst School on a Sunday, and if you were at the prayer meeting this week you'll have heard that we're looking for a warehouse in Bracknell to store Foodbank food, stuff for the K4 shop, furniture and who knows what else.

Although exciting, all of these facilities need maintaing and improving. Therefore from September the Site Services team are looking to take on a Site Services Assistant, based at our Bracknell Site, but also getting involved in the maintenance and daily running of our other buildings. The role would involve keeping all of our buildings maintained to a high standard as well as setting up rooms for Ministries to use, Health and Safety monitoring, grounds work, decorating, ordering , store keeping, and liaising with our Events team and external contractors. We are looking for a proactive people person, with a passion for all that Kerith does.

If you are interested in joining our team and becoming an active part of the day to day management of our buildings, you can pick up an application and information pack now from the Kerith Centre reception.

And if you know of any warehouses I'd love to hear from you on that too :-)

Hope to catch you on Sunday for the last part of James,

Simon.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May Prayer Meetings

Please join us as we meet together as a church on Wednesday to pray together for an hour starting at 8pm in K2. We'll be praying for a load of areas of church life including our new Sandhurst site and some of the changes we're making in Bracknell. We are in an exciting season of growth, and there is so much both to thank God for and to pray about.

For the hour before (7-8pm) we'll be praying specifically for our social justice ministries.

I'll be at both so hope to see you there.

Simon.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Serving Our Children Better

Over the last few years we've seen huge growth in our children's work. The number of children on a Sunday has more than doubled, and we now regularly have over one hundred 5-11's across the two morning meetings. This is all great, but growth always produces problems which need to be solved if we want to continue growing. For a number of years we've managed the growth by taking over unused rooms in K2, up to the point where we now use every room in K2.

To create more space we earlier this year moved many of our staff offsite to free up space in the Kerith Centre, and we're about to start making use of that space from this Sunday.

So from this Sunday (12th May) the Brooke Lounge will be set up as a Parent and Baby / Toddler room. This will be a space for new parents to bring their babies and children into as it will have a TV with a live feed into the meeting in the auditorium, so that they won't miss any of the meeting. There will also be provision made for breast feeding mums to use this room to feed their babies in a private space.

 

Then Life Unleashed (which used to be called J-Gen) will be meeting in the old main office upstairs at the normal time (usually once the offering has been taken in the adult meeting).

Finally years 5,6 - the present Boulder Gang group in K2, will now be meeting upstairs in the Spurgeon hall from Sunday 12th May. Their registration will happen in the upstairs Lounge at 8:50am and 10:50am, after which they will be in the adult meeting for worship before going to their group for their meeting. They will then meet their parents back at the registration point at the end of each meeting for collection.

All of this is with an aim to serving our children and young people as well as possible. If there are any teething problems then please be part of the solution in helping to resolve any problems that arise.

All very exciting.

Simon.

Friday, May 3, 2013

May Giving to Grow Gift Day

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7, 8 NIV)

This Sunday is part two of our series looking at the book of James, and is also our next "Giving to Grow" gift day. Much has happened since we announced the gift days in February:

  • We've almost concluded the negotiations to buy the college house
  • We've found a venue for our Sandhurst site - Sandhurst School - where we'll start meeting from the 15th September
  • From next Sunday we'll be making use of the rooms freed up by the office move for children's work on a Sunday (last Sunday we had 108 five to eleven year olds in the K2 Hall across the two morning meetings - we desperately need more space!)
  • We've been able to repay a number of the interest free loans
  • We've given £2,000 to Jubilee Church in the Wirral for their building project, and have another £4,000 to give away locally and internationally

That's great, but there's still so much more to do, and be paid for, so please be thinking and praying about what to give on Sunday. And if you're not going to be around this Sunday please go to the website and give online there, or put it in the offering the following Sunday marked "Gift Day".

I so appreciate everyone's generosity, and know that through your generosity you will be a recipient of God's abundant blessing.

Hope to catch you on Sunday,

Simon.

 

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kerith Cup Finalists

Once again the Kerith Football Team have made it to the final of the local churches cup competition, where this year they are playing against St. Paul's from South Ealing (if only Newcastle United could be as consistent!).

The final is at 5.15pm this Saturday at Binfield Town FC, Hill Farm Lane, Binfield, RG42 5NR (apparently most satnavs don't take you all the way to the ground, but at least close enough to see the floodlights!). Entry costs £3.

I know that Jonathan Horne and the rest of the team would really appreciate our support. Hope to see you there :-)

Simon.