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Pathways Church Celebrates One Year On

We are celebrating one whole year of Pathways church!

Last year we have achieved a lot. We have set a pattern for meeting together on Sundays. Some weeks we meet as church in the community centre, occasionally we join the local benefice and other times we visit Jubilee or take on a small project in the community. The women have walked together, shared tea together and the men have BBQ’d and breakfasted together. Following the vision that God gave us, we had a wonderful Christmas meal with some members of the community and we regularly support St Mary’s by serving at their breakfast service twice a month. Our biggest commitment to date is supporting the Lenham Festival – a weeklong festival of music and family fun. This Sunday was especially precious as the Lord reminded us that at the heart of it all is relationship. Johnny asked us to consider what our attitude is towards our neighbours; do we judge the people around us? Or do we take the time to get to know them, gaining new friends? We have a chance to work together to make our communities safer, more supportive places where we all have a more abundant life, just as Jesus promised (John 10:10). So, we have laughed, cried and slept a lot this year! But as Louise Buys said on her recent visit, we are no longer a new church, trying to work out what we are about, We are a loving family Keeping Christ at the centre As we serve our community.

Karen Brook-child

JTC Misson to Reni, Ukraine

    

Year of Training Feedback

On the 30th April at 5.30am the Yotties started the first wave of people hitting the road en-route to Ukraine. After travelling through four different countries in one day by aeroplane, bus and taxi we finally arrived late evening. What an adventure it was! We supported the ‘Light for the World’ Church with Love Reni and numerous projects such as:

  • Painting all their playground equipment
  • Refurb and decorating work on their main church building
  • Decorating the Raduga children’s centre,
  • Refurb as well as painting and decorating on the Ark which is their foster home
  • We made food packs that we handed out to the community
  • We ran youth nights & socials,
  • We were able to bless an elderly disabled lady in the community by improving her living conditions
  • Performed and served at the Love Reni Gala event itself

We also had the opportunity to go into the maternity ward where we decorated the waiting area and blessed the nurses. We visited the pro-life centre hearing all the stories of the children that are being saved daily through preventing abortions and counselling the mothers through their pregnancies. We built lasting friendships during our two weeks in Ukraine and although we went with the heart to bless, we came back blessed beyond what we could have expected. A very fulfilling two weeks!

Anna Reynisdottir – YOT Student Leader

 

Year of Training Student Testimony: Joshua Crook.

While we were in Ukraine we were exposed to a huge need and a mountain of lists of things to do. But God showed me that people are far more important. The amount that needed to be done can be very overwhelming and although we show God’s love through doing the work, it shouldn’t take priority over people themselves. The friendships that I made whilst I was out there are friendships that will last a lifetime.

School of the Word Feedback 

The Training Centre mission to Reni, Ukraine was both incredibly inspiring and incredibly challenging at the same time. We had been briefed as to what to expect by a number of different people that had previously been to Reni and experienced the culture. I had a picture in my head of a run-down and socially oppressed town, where hope was a rare commodity. What I actually found was beacon of light, shining bright, pouring out Jesus’ love into a grey, and seemingly forgotten world. Wherever this light fell, new life sprung forth, new hope stirred. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of social challenges for this amazing little part of the body of Christ to face, but they seem to have the gift of stick-ability (also known as endurance).

We spent days working on different projects. From an orphanage that was set up to house abandoned children, to a free kindergarten provided by the church to look after children up to six years old; these kids would normally have been wandering the streets, or stuck at home. We helped Vera, a disabled lady that society had written off, because they deemed her as being without value. I suddenly became very aware of how much of a privileged life we live. For us, $50 might be a new top or a pair of shoes. For them it is a month’s rent, or will feed and clothe two children for a month.

I was deeply touched by how Ockert and Michelle as a young South African couple had answered the call of God. They were willing to lay their lives down for His mission, to see the fruit of their labour only now starting to bud and grow after years of toil. But even more than this, to see how the joy filled the hearts of the people we connected with, young and old, teenage and grandparents, all of which were bursting with the love of Jesus.

We saw and heard testimony upon testimony of how the Holy Spirit is transforming people’s lives, from alcoholism, sickness and poverty, into a beautiful bride, radiantly waiting for Jesus to return, but not staying idle in the meantime.  So yes you could say that Reni had an effect on me, and I will always be grateful to them for their continuous generosity, and being willing to share their hearts.

Ian Rich – School Of The Word Staff

 

School Of The Word Student Testimony: Mark Lawrence

This was a new experience for me; going to a poor country and strange unknown language. On arrival God clearly spoke to me about building relationships with the people. Especially as I was an older man in a country where most of the men are away for months working on ships. One of my many highlights was playing games all morning with teenagers at a picnic. God just said “yes, that is what I want you to do stay here and play, they never get this normally. “ The youngsters took to me and we had a great time and many  friendships were made. I was amazed that they came to me and were chasing after me to say goodbye when we left. God is good. Deep heart relationships have been made which have continued even now when we back at home.

COTN Leadershift Conference in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Ecclesiastes chapter 3 tells us ‘There is an appointed time for everything.’

Time is such a funny thing – it can ‘go quickly’, or ‘go slowly’; it can be ‘wasted’, or ‘spent wisely’; time can ‘fly by’, or time can ‘drag.’

Dan and Claire Maudhub, Hazel and I, had the privilege of being sent by Jubilee Church as their representatives at the CotN Leadershift Conference, the gathering for Southern Hemisphere church leaders who are part of the Church of the Nations family of churches. Our time in South Africa, although just over a week, was hugely productive, of great benefit and, quite literally, flew by. A breakdown of the highlights of the trip can be viewed as a series of times.

Time with the Apostolic Council: As an eldership we are committed to building relationship with the Apostolic Council members (Tony and Marilyn Fitzgerald, Dave and Carol Cape, John and Jayne Scholtz, Ken and Ann Turner, Louis and Edna Els, Keith and Shelley du Plessis). We also extend invitations to many of the CotN church leaders when they pass through the UK, where possible. We came back enriched, encouraged and full of the things of Jesus and His Kingdom.

Time with Koinonia team: Jan and Marianne brought their entire eldership team to the conference, together with Cyle and Tash, and Wila. Considering the history we have walked together as Koinonia and Jubilee churches, our time together at the conference was precious and full of laughter and purpose.

Time at the Conference: Each session was ‘doubled up’, giving us two speakers for the price of one. This allowed us to hear a variety of leaders from CotN with in-season messag

es of encouragement. Click here to view each of the excellent sessions.

Time with AC: At the end of the conference the four of us enjoyed the further privilege of joining the Apostolic Council Forum where each of the AC couples invite a number of their ‘sons and daughters’ who are operating in church leadership. The most striking aspect for me, apart from the encouragement of leaders going through similar situations, was seeing how the members of the Apostolic Council deferred to one another. Some of the leaders still walk together after a period of 30 or 40 years. In all, the trip was a time of encouragement, a time of envisioning and seeing the bigger picture, but above all a time with friends, journeying together with shared values and a common purpose. Time well spent. Thanks again for sending us.

May Acts Life Cluster Time Feedback

The Acts Life Cluster is overseen by Dave and Carol Cape. Jubilee church belongs to this cluster, within Church of the Nations.

For me, our relationships and sense of family has been so important over the years, and so I was delighted to hear that the theme of the weekend away together was ‘Friends first’. It was so nice to have the pressure taken off and simply spend time with one another. There were workshops and preaching but also a session of ‘getting to know who Dave and Carol are’. Meeting other leadership teams from local and not-so-local churches was great as well as catching up with friends far and wide; an opportunity to swap addresses, memories and simply to recognise that we will be walking a journey with these folk in the room for many years to come.

Ruth Eagles, Jubilee Church

 

The “Friends First” strikes me as a very appropriate banner. We at Sevenpillars have been actively seeking not only to be friends, but to be authentic, loyal and committed friends who, as an act of our will, without fear or trepidation, stick closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24) with a group of likeminded people. There is something very powerful about informal fellowship, worshipping with like-minded believers and meeting new people who are prepared to do life with you. That’s what we encountered during the inaugural meeting of the Acts Life Cluster. Rani and I, along with Sevenpillars from Croydon have been overwhelmed by the demonstration of love and commitment shown during our previous three year relationship with the local, and international clusters. This association has been established by becoming friends with you all. As we begin this new journey together, we want to extend our commitment to new friends Like Dave and Carol Cape, whom most of you seem to have known for years, and for friends like Mitzi and Patrick Myrie who attended their first ever cluster. Friends first. I like that.

Calvin Donowa, Sevenpillars Ministries, Croydon

The most wonderful place…

The most wonderful place…

The most wonderful places to be in the world are in someone’s thoughts, someone’s prayers, and in someone’s heart.

Our Acts Life Cluster time was themed Friendship and so relevant to each one of us as we all need friends – so let’s cultivate our existing friendships and grow new ones.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
(Proverbs 17:17)

Friendship is characterized by intimacy.  Someone has defined friendship as “knowing the heart of another and sharing one’s heart with another.” We confide in our friends because we have confidence that they will use the information to help us, not harm us. They in turn confide in us for the same reason. We often refer to Jesus as our friend because we know that He wants what is best for us. We confide in Him because we trust Him. But have you ever considered that Jesus confides in His people?

Although we know that Jesus is our friend, can we say that we are His friends? Do we listen to Him? Or do we only want Him to listen to us? Do we want to know what’s on His heart? Or only want to tell Him what’s on ours? To be a friend of Jesus, we need to listen to what He wants us to know and then use the information to bring others into friendship with Him.

As the old hymn says, “What a friend we have in Jesus!”

Jesus accepts us.
Jesus walks through trials with us.
Jesus is always available.
Jesus listens to us.

Are we able to do the same with our friends? Jesus said
“This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:17)

Technology has shifted the definition of friendship in recent years. With the click of a button, we can add a friend or make a new connection. But having hundreds of online friends is not the same as having a close friend you can be with in person. Online friends can’t hug you when a crisis hits, visit you when you’re sick, or celebrate a happy occasion with you. Our most important and powerful connections happen when we’re face-to-face. So make it a priority to stay in touch in the real world, not just online.  That’s why home groups are so important, that we fellowship together, not necessarily just on a Thursday evening, but throughout the week and then celebrate His goodness corporately on Sunday.

– Marcel Jung

Jubilee Training Centre Kids Club 2017

Kids Club 2017: What a week!

We ensured that the children had a packed week full of fun and adventure. The children experienced a range of different games and activities; launching rockets into the sky, creating chocolate asteroids, paper mache, dramas and wild games!

We had just under 50 children each day, with a higher percentage of these children being from the community than Jubilee families. Given this, it was a fantastic opportunity to introduce kingdom principles into each of their lives. Principles such as a team work, working hard, dreaming big, and forgiveness were central to the week’s activities and lessons.

The coffee shop was highly successful, providing parents with a peaceful space to enjoy free coffee and cake, and conversation with other parents. It was described by guests as “welcoming and well stocked”, “warming and a great atmosphere”. One of the mums even said “the best way to start the day, bit of coffee and cake”. The team were able to build relationships with the parents as we spent time with them in the coffee shop, resulting in one mum coming along to Jubilee on a Sunday morning. Another expressed an interest in bringing her child along to ‘Pod’ on a Sunday morning so they could receive the same level of input every week.

The Prize Giving Ceremony, in which each child is given a prize, is held on the Saturday. All of the parents and children are invited along to the Jubilee Auditorium. It was exciting to see parents from all round Maidstone coming into a church building and hearing about the heart behind the Kids Club week. Children were awarded bikes, nerf guns, dolls, and books. One child went home with a trampoline!

A massive well done to all the students for their hard work, and a huge thank you to all the volunteers and Jubilee family for their prayers!

Finding the Radical Middle

Finding the Radical Middle

Going too fast, or indeed too slow, can produce undesirable results. When I’m slow putting the rubbish into the bins outside, the consequences are a thick ear from the wife! When we run too fast from one activity to another and not in step with Gods rhythms of grace, we can easily grow weary.

Certainly, I have been through seasons like that. God has been realigning both the body of Jubilee in general and myself as an individual. In fact, Claire and I are in a sabbatical season from certain ministry activity. We are still actively involved with the eldership, JPS and other churches, but it’s been an amazing time of taking a step back and realigning our hearts and minds to the Father.

Personally, I have found the last 18 months extremely tough in ministry life. There are far too many details to write here, but so much of the vision and mission that we have built upon over the last few years at one point felt like it was falling apart. Yet, I have come to see that’s not the truth.

Jesus has been doing what He promised in His word in John 15. He has been pruning all areas of Jubilee and all areas of my life, not to thwart our productivity, but to make us more fruitful. It’s easy in a tough season to ‘pendulum swing’ from over activity to no activity, from confidence to confusion and from forging ahead to feeling aimless. Jesus warned me of this early on in 2016. I have spent the last few months letting God bring His radical middle back into my life and I love how He’s bringing it back to Jubilee. Yes, there has been hurt. Yes, we have made mistakes. But Jesus is Lord and He has made Himself known amongst us.

Jubilee has an incredible mandate from God to work with and bless other churches, to impact the local community, to disciple believers and to see the lost come to know Jesus. I want to encourage you all in this season to find the radical middle. Let Jesus heal and restore the areas He wants to, but believe He still has a plan and purpose for you and for Jubilee as a body.

Dan Maudhub

Jubilee Ladies Breakfast Feedback

Jubilee Ladies Breakfast Feedback

What a morning!! With over 90 ladies in attendance what started as a quiet, chilled breakfast turned into a buzzing morning of friends chatting over a vast banquet of goodies- except no bacon this time 🙂 As a team, we were blown away by the response and the feedback. Looking around on the morning and seeing ladies, many having brought friends, chatting and praying with each other, laughing and nibbling on their pastries, filled my heart with joy and thankfulness. It really is something special when we take the time out to come together, as ladies, to be with each other. We were encouraged, met new people, and were able to catch up with those we already know well. Bek shared about shame and how hiding away can be hurtful to us, to the body, and more importantly, our relationship with God. Bek encouraged ladies to come boldly before His throne because we are his daughters and not to forget we need each other; we are not made to walk alone. We will definitely do it again (maybe even with bacon!). Please feel free to come forward with any ideas that you have for fun things we can do together! Or just invite some ladies along to join your activities. And don’t forget our Jubilee Ladies Trip Advisor, which we will soon feature on the Jubilee Ladies Facebook Group. Take your Jubilee Trip Advisor slip along with you on your outing, rate your excursion, take a photo and share on the Jubilee Ladies page. We look forward to hearing all your ideas.

Jutta Neumann

Feed My Lambs

Feed My Lambs

John 21:15: When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

We know the rest of this passage. Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him another two times, and in response, Jesus instructs tend my sheep and feed my sheep. The Fireside Chat focused on this very thing, the pastoral side of Jubilee life on Thursday night. What else is the Church, if not just people? Those people, His sheep, have been entrusted into the care of under-shepherds, with Jesus, Himself, being the Chief Shepherd. It has been the heart of the eldership to see the pastoral structures change in order to provide better care for the sheep. We believe that the focus of pastoral care is to simply care pastorally for the sheep. This may not be a revelation to you, but for those on the pastoral team it is freedom. Freedom from old expectations, paddocks if you like, and into a new wide open pasture. Over the next few weeks we will be working with the pastoral team, to bring further clarity to the specifics of their role. We ask that Jubilee would continue to pray for the eldership and pastoral team. This is for the future life and health of Jubilee. Pray for grace and wisdom as this is something we cannot rush, but cannot linger on either. In God’s time and by His leading, we trust for a strengthening of Jubilee, that the people, we His sheep, would be cared for through feeding and tending.

Blair Mundell

 

 

 

‘Teach my people how to worship’

‘Teach my people how to worship’

The tendency to view worship simply as singing or playing a song to God on a Sunday morning is prevalent among Christians. It is easy to become more excited about being up on stage playing as part of a band than about being in the presence of the King.  As a worship ministry, we have been reminded that it is not so much about the music, how skilfully we play, or how well we sing, but rather about the posture of our hearts.

Over the past few months we have seen God rebuilding the foundation of our ministry. We believe that He is calling us to rediscover what it means to worship Him. Only out of that place of walking intimately with the Father ourselves, are we able to lead others into His presence.  We spent the latter half of 2016 investing time in building deeper relationships with one another as well as creating space for God to minister to our own souls and take us deeper into His presence so we would know Him more.

We are expectant as we start the New Year, knowing that He is growing the love and passion in us for the One who came to save us.  At the heart of worship is a desire to see Jesus being lifted up in our midst. God is inviting us as a team to help create a space for others to be free to be who God has created them to be.

Steve Lee

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