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May 2018 at City Valley

date31st May 2018
authorLaura Baldwin

It seems that we have bypassed spring and gone face first into Summer! What a lovely month it has been with gorgeous weather and the Royal Wedding with 'that' message from Bishop Curry. Love has definitely been in the air this month. Here is a rundown of what we've been up to at City Valley during May 2018. 

Sunday 6th May 2018 - Salvation for Many

The month kicked off with our very own worship team leader, Al Curd. Al led us from Gaynor's talk last week from Malachi into the promise of salvation for many, that lies over City Valley church. Reading from Isaiah 12 verses 2-3 Al began his talk about how the joy of the Lord is always present. When everything else falls away, the joy of the Lord will remain. Amen! Moving through the book of Isaiah and using statistics of national church attendance Al talks us through the promises from God that have been spoken over our church about how we will see many people come to know Jesus. You can listen to his exciting, motivational talk HERE.

Sunday 13th May 2018 - Everyday Supernatural Week One; The Holy Spirit 

Our second week of this month saw our regular guest speaker; Mike Sprenger of Hope Church, Harrogate return to City Valley. Mike began his talk, following on from Al's talk last week of salvation and the promise of salvation and revival over our church and what that actually means. Not the religious ritual of attending church and meetings but the relationship with Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit. Mike's talk kicks off the 'Everyday Supernatural' series that we will be looking at throughout the next few weeks. Reading from Ephesians chapter 5: "Don't be drunk on wine but, instead be filled with the Holy Spirit" reminds us that we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit regularly as part of Christian living. Are you a 'pilot light' Christian or a 'firing on all cylinders' Christian? We can be both at different times but God wants us to fire on all cylinders, to be filled with the Holy Spirit. You can catch Mike's boiler analogy and the rest of his inspiring talk HERE.

Sunday 20th May 2018 - Everyday Supernatural Week Two; In HIS Presence

The day after the Royal Wedding and the amazingly powerful sermon by Bishop Curry the leader of the American Episcopal Church (which, for those who don't know, is the United States member church of the worldwide Anglican community aka The American CofE) we had our own Stew Morris deliver a message of hope and love by way of week two of our 'Everyday Supernatural' series. The series is based on the book of the same title by Mike Pilavachi who visited City Valley back in December 2017. Mike Pilavachi states in chapter one of his book; "There is no power without His presence, the power is in His presence". Listen to Stew's talk HERE to find out why God's presence is so important in our lives.  

Friday 25th May 2018 - Data Protection 

The dreaded GDPR. We, like every organisation, charity, and business in Europe recently had to rethink our privacy policy and ask our members to 'opt-in' to the data being held for the purposes of church contact. Thank you to all those of you who have completed and returned your forms. If you haven't as yet, please speak to Joanna after the meeting or email Joanna@cityvalley.org. If you would like to read our privacy policy prior to signing these forms you can read it HERE. Please bear in mind the deadline for this was Friday 25th May. If we have not heard from you regarding this please get in touch asap! 

Sunday 27th May 2018 - Everyday Supernatural Week Three; The Gift of Speaking in Tongues.  

Week three of our series Everyday Supernatural by Mike Pilavachi. In chapters five and six of the book, Mike explores the gifts of the spirit as set out in 1 Corinthians in the Bible. There are many references in Stew's talk to books and videos/websites surrounding the freedom God gives us to be filled with the Spirit. Reading from 1 Corinthians chapter 12, Stew explains that the book is written in the context of a public worship setting explaining gifts and moving on to 1 Corinthians chapter 14, Stew explores this further, looking particularly at the gift of speaking in tongues, what the bible says about it, what it is and why it happens. Stews fascinating talk is for all Christians looking to grow in their faith and strengthen their relationship with God.

This final talk of the month is also really a good explanation to those who don't yet know Jesus, particularly from 16mins and 35 secs onwards. In short; speaking in tongues is speaking directly to God! This amazing, fascinating talk is available to download now, HERE and we highly recommend it to anyone who has encountered people speaking in tongues around them and has been confused. 

So that's it for this month's round-up of whats been happening at City Valley. 

If you've got any church news/events coming up for June, don't hesitate to get in touch and we'll add it to next months post. 

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