Thursday, January 23, 2020

2020 Vision Fund Gift Days

We stared the vision fund around five years ago when we were wondering whether we should extend the buildings on our Bracknell site. In the end we concluded that wasn't the right thing to do, but the money we have raised has allowed us to do a whole load of other things, including:

  • Becoming debt free
  • Launching our new sites in Windsor and West Wight, including all the staff, equipment and building rental costs
  • Purchasing all the equipment to allow our BV site to move from Sandhurst to the Village Hotel in Farnborough (pictured above)
  • Buying a portakabin in Windsor to make more space for kids work
  • Improving the buildings on our Bracknell site, including renovating the K2 kitchen
  • Giving away 10% of the money raised to other churches and charities, both in the UK and overseas
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has given. Hopefully you can see the impact your giving has made, and get a sense of the eternal fruit which it has already produced and will continue to produce for many years in the lives of the people being reached at each of our sites. 

This year we are looking to raise another £220,000 in order to do all the things we sense God has put on our hearts to do this year. This includes continuing to fund our Windsor and West Wight sites, making further improvements to the facilities at our Bracknell site and setting up a BV midweek venue if we can find one. The vision fund gifts days will be on:
  • 23rd February & 1st March
  • 31st May & 7th June
  • 18th & 25th October
Please can you put those dates in your diary, and in advance of each of the gift days be thinking about and asking God what to give. Thank you. 

We are going to close the vision fund at the end of 2020, and from then on let our sites have their own gift days if there is something they would like to raise money for (obviously in consultation with the elders and trustees). This will give people greater visibility of what they are giving to, and give our sites more freedom to decide what they want to invest in. That said there may also be occasions where we do a gift day across all our sites, for instance if we wanted to raise the money to start a new site.

Hopefully this is all clear, but if you have any questions then please ask.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Resources for our Week of Prayer

For our first week of prayer and fasting we want to encourage everyone to focus on forming three habits:

  • Pray alone every day
  • Pray with others every week
  • Fast for breakthrough ever month
To support us all in forming these habits we've produced some resources to help. 

First of is our prayer guide which has thoughts on how to pray and fast, some themes for us to pray for each day of the week, ideas on how to pray with children and much more. If you didn't pick one up on Sunday there is an electronic version online

Secondly we're encouraging everyone to find a few minutes every day during the week to pray alone, and to for one of the days to find an hour to pray. To help with this hour we've recorded a guided hour of prayer. You can find it here, or if you're a Spotify user search for 'Kerith prayer' in Spotify and you'll find it there.

Thirdly on Wednesday 15th we've got our Kingdom Come night of prayer in Bracknell and West Wight. If you can't make it in person then when not consider getting together with others and watch the live stream.

I'll also be doing my prayercast (for want of a better name) on Monday to Thursday from 6.45-7am from Monday to Thursday. It's moved from my Facebook page to its own dedicated page.

You can find full details on all of this and more on the prayer page of our website. 



Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Our January 2020 Week of Prayer and Fasting

If you were at one of our gatherings on Sunday you'll have heard me talk about three habits I'm encouraging all of us to make part of our lives in 2020. These are:

  • Pray alone every day
  • Pray with others every week
  • Fast for breakthrough every month
We want to use our January week of prayer and fasting, which runs from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th January, to begin to make these habits something which becomes part of the natural rhythm of our lives. I'd encourage all of us during the week of prayer to:
  • Every day during the week of prayer find a few minutes to follow Jesus command in Matthew 6:6 to 'go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father'. The door doesn't have to be a physical door (I know that for many of us praying in nature is a great place to connect with God) but the door represents us finding a place where we remove ourselves from the distractions of other people, our phones, the washing pile - you know the stuff. If you don't have another plan for how to pray in that time I'd suggest just being silent for a bit, then reading slowly and thoughtfully through a psalm and after that have a conversation with God about whatever is real for you right now or has been prompted by your reading. 
  • Once during the week find an hour to get alone with God and pray. We're producing an hour of guided prayer which you can play on a phone or computer to take you through an hour using the Lord's Prayer as an outline - I'll post a link to it once it is available. We'll also have printouts of this on Sunday for anyone who can't get access to the audio version. You might want to consider booking the prayer room in Bracknell to do this, but if that doesn't work for you please find another place where you can be comfortable and undistracted for an hour. 
  • Come to our Kingdom Come night of prayer in Bracknell or West Wight on Wednesday 15th which runs from 7.30-9.30pm. If you can't make it in person we'll be live streaming it so you can join in remotely. (As an aside we've also started live streaming the 9.30am meeting from Bracknell every Sunday so you can always catch a Sunday Kerith meeting wherever you are in the world!).
  • Fast at some point during the week, and use the time you free up to pray. As you fast choose one area where you long to see breakthrough in 2020 and pray specifically into that area. It might be something in your own life, the life of somebody close to you or an issue where you'd love to see God break in. You can find some great guidelines on fasting here
There's much more we'll be saying about prayer throughout 2020. For the next four Sundays we are going to look at a model of prayer based on the Lord's Prayer which I think is going to be incredibly helpful. On Sunday 19th we're going to give everyone a prayer guide for 2020 with ideas on how to pray and fast throughout the year. You might even want to join me on one of my 6.45am Facebook prayer casts where a bunch of us gather from Monday to Thursday to pray. For now can I encourage all of us to think about how to make these three habits part of our lives, and if we're not doing them already start to form those habits in the week of prayer. 

I'm so excited for all that God is going to do in and through as we get closer to him. Thank you for coming on the journey with us.