Autumn 2015 eNewsletter

Standing Stronger Together in Prayer

 

So much has been happening across the New Forest over the last few months and there is much still to come! LEAF continues its work of supporting church leaders, encouraging church growth and bringing the church together for special events. There will be a little of all these in the following sections.

Fast Links:

Still Standing Stronger Together: Legacy

During the warm and balmy days of later June the New Forest saw rich blessing as a group of South Korean pilgrim's visited 10 churches to spend time in prayer and blessing. Much has been written about this pilgrimage however the legacy they left is far reaching.

Next week, Pastor Choi Soo Young, who headed up the team is set to return to the New Forest for 3 days to speak to the churches to encourage us to continue to pray together for revival in our villages, our towns, our county and our country. Trip dates are 9th - 11th October.

Pastor Choi, now aged 64, had been one of many pastors in the growing Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Korea. Under the guidance of Senior Pastor Nam Soo Choi (no relation) the church has grown exponentially and now numbers over 10,000 members with many congregations, pastors and supported missionaries. During his ministry Pastor Choi began to travel to French speaking Gabon where he and his wife worked as senior Pastors to the church in Gabon . After losing his wife 3 years ago Pastor Choi decided to step down from pastoral work in the church in Seoul to major on his work in the Gabon. He now travels regularly between Korea and the Gabon and is presently church planting there.

From Seoul to Southampton via Gabon and Paris!

In fact Pastor Choi, will be travelling home from 2 months in Gabon via Paris, where he will spend time encouraging some Christian brothers; and will take time out to fly into Bournemouth so that he can also continue to encourage the New Forest Churches in their prayer for revival.Seoul to Southampton

It is interesting to think that Pastor Choi who lives in Seoul, South Korea - which is 5,567 miles away from the New Forest - has been prompted (whilst praying for the New Forest churches he visited) to speak about Standing Stronger Together in Prayer...

'Standing Stronger Together' is something God has been talking to us about over the last 3 years... first we had the 'Standing Stronger Together Conference' across the New Forest with Ian Coffey; then the 'Standing Stronger Together in HOPE' inspired by Roy Crowne who was the catalyst for HOPE 2014... and now we are looking at Standing Stronger Together in PRAYER (for revival). 

God has a plan!

Venues, Dates and Times:

More Information:

Details of the forthcoming Standing Stronger Together in Prayer meetings can be found on the LEAF website and on Facebook ( or simply search for NewForestLEAF).

 


Love In Action 2:


Following on from our first successful 'Love In Action' meeting in October 2013, and in response to our LEAF leaders poll which asked the question:'what are the top three main or perceived needs your church faces in the community' - we present 'Love In Action 2' - with guest speaker Matt Bird founder of The Cinnamon Network. If you would like you can read the poll results here:

The Cinnamon Network:

The Cinnamon Network began at the end of 2010 in response to growing social need, public sector reform, increasing recognition of the role of voluntary organisations and the economic cuts.Cinnamon, as it is often called, has partnered with projects like Christians Against Poverty (CAP), Trussell Trust Foodbanks and Street Pastors. Now Cinnamon champions over 25 Recognised Projects in all.

Micro Grants Availability:

The Cinnamon NetworkDuring 'Love in Action 2' Matt will share how Cinnamon provides ideas and resources for local churches to serve the people in their Community. They have extensive experience of helping local Churches establish projects which reach the people most in need with suggestions about how suitable projects could be replicated locally. He will also talk about the availability of the 'micro grant' - this is funding of £2,000, which is available to individual Churches in the New Forest who want to start a recognised community project and train volunteers. These grants will be partly funded by LEAF.

Local New Forest Projects:

Also during the evening several local projects will be featured: Night Stop, which is well established in the New Forest plus Julie Reilly from Ashley Baptist Church will also share brief testimony how a Cinnamon Grant has helped with their project for people with learning disabilities. These are real people benefiting from the expertise, knowledge and funding from Cinnamon.

Date and Time:

  • Wednesday 21st October 2015 ~ 7:30PM 'till 9.00PM (doors open at 7:00PM)

Venue:

Love In Action - hearts and handsLyndhurst Community Centre
Main Car Park
High Street
Lyndhurst
Hampshire
SO43 7NY


 

Steve Clifford at LEAF 

LEAF Leaders Breakfast ~ Special: with Steve Clifford 

The next in our continuing series of LEAF Leaders Breakfasts is on Thursday morning 12th November! EA General Director, Steve Clifford is known as a leader of leaders and is gifted at enabling and mobilising both people and teams action. He is a visionary ~ with mission and evangelism on his heart. He is well known and loved speaker at many christian conferences and events across europe, he has also tied in with the work of the Korean Prayer Mission UK where he recently spoke to the gathering of church leaders and Korean prayer warriors after the conclusion of this years Prayer Mission - which included a contingent here in the New Forest.

As LEAF is the local arm of the Evangelical Alliance we are looking forward to all that Steve will bring to us as our after breakfast Speaker, especially as he comes after sharing generally at the previous evenings gathering of the New Forest Filling Station in Brockenhurst.

Booking:

It is important to confirm your attendance at this Leaders Breakfast as they are always sought after events and seating is limited. Please email your confirmation or seating request to admin@leaforest.org also please let us know of any food intolerances and whether you would like a Full English or Continental breakfast.

Not a Leader?

Steve Clifford in full flowAs Steve is such a great speaker and encourager if you are not a leader and think that you are missing out why not diary the evening before this breakfast when LEAF Affiliate 'The Filling Station' will host Steve Clifford: Details can be found here: http://www.leaforest.org/events/the-filling-station-steve-clifford.php

Date and Time:

  • Thursday 12th November 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Venue:

Lyndhurst Community Centre Restaurant
Main Car Park
High Street
Lyndhurst
Hampshire
SO43 7NY

More Information:

 


The HOPE Together team


Crowne on HOPE 2018:

Recently the people behind HOPE 2014 - HOPE Together, called Church leaders across the UK to come together in London to look back at HOPE 2014 and look forward to the future learning from all the feedback they had accrued from participants of HOPE 2014.

Lawrence SinglehurstLawrence SinglehurstTo explain how HOPE will support local churches in mission over the coming four years, HOPE board member Laurence Singlehurst (2nd from the right) said:

"The future is about people power – about every church member being confident and mobilised to talk about Jesus."

 
HOPE is offering to:

  1. help equip Christians so they are confident to share faith in words.
  2. Andy Hawthorneshowcase best practice in mission – not either-or, action or word-based mission, but both.
  3. support churches helping people on the journey to faith – a sowing, reaping, keeping journey that links with a rhythm of mission running through the church year. 
  4. HOPE founder Andy Hawthorne highlighted plans for ‘Higher’ - a Manchester-based youth-led schools mission event in 2016. HOPE Revolution is providing the training already launched this summer as 70,000 young people were given copies of the Chatterbox and invited to try the Fun-size Mission Academy. The goal is to build towards 2018 with thousands of young people mobilised to share their Christian faith with words and action.

 
Roy CrowneRoy Crowne (3rd from Right) spoke of his dream of uniting the churches through the UK to work together to bless their communities.

"What we saw in 2014 was only the tip of the iceberg" he said "my dream is that in 2018 the church will influence the people of its community for good and people will meet Jesus for themselves. Just think what we could do together, we could even change the national outlook for the 2020 census!".

Roy also outlined further key initiatives, which HOPE is developing to support churches in mission:

  • Try Praying: (www.trypraying.org) - encouraging churches to ‘use and lose’ a simple seven-day practical guide to praying.
  • Care for the Family: in partnership with HOPE, is developing the Wisdom House book into eight discussion-starters for churches to use in conversation with people in their communities.
  • Sing Christmas: following on from the success of Silent Night Carols, HOPE, Tearfund and Sports Chaplaincy UK are supporting churches holding Sing Christmas community carols events in stadia and pubs; karaoke carols are a new option for 2015 following a pattern tried and tested in Leicester and Lancashire with their local BBC radio stations.

Steve Clifford

Also during 2016 HOPE is inviting churches to hold parties and street parties to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday; a 64-page book highlighting the Queen’s Christian faith is being prepared as a give-away for churches to use. Watch this space for more news on these events...

Steve Clifford concluded the day with the question: ‘What can we do over the next five years that could impact the next 50 years of the Church?’

 


 

It sure looks like we have exciting times ahead of us. As we stand together and work together we will see God's richest impact on our churches and communities.

LEAF: Standing Stronger Together!

And Finally...

 

Roy Crowne sharing a little of his dream for mission in 2018!

HOPE Vision Day - Roy Crowne from CVM on Vimeo.


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