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Firstly, please accept our apologies for the delay in posting our monthly round-up for June. We are a little late this month, thank you for your patience and understanding. The month of June has been incredible from, a very rare, long-standing heat wave to an equally-as-rare, ongoing, triumphant performance in the World Cup. Our church leadership has been finding its feet whilst Gaynor and Stew take a six-week sabbatical and our connect groups and outreach courses have come to a close for the summer. So let's get to it...
You may recall from May's Round-Up post, the new series titled 'Everyday Supernatural' based loosely on the book of the same name by 'Mike Pilavachi' who visited us last year and his colleague and friend, Andy Croft. We began the series in May with the first three weeks and continued throughout the whole month of June with some fantastic guest speakers.
Everyday Supernatural Week Four; The Armour of God
Our very own Stew Morris led us into June's Sunday morning talks continuing the Everyday Supernatural series with the topic of 'The Armour of God' as read in Ephesians 6:10-18. A great way to start the month! Prior to the talk, the church also laid on hands and prayed for Stew and Gaynor as they embark on a six-week break from the leadership of the church.
Everyday Supernatural Week Five; Hearing God
Christ Frost is an Elder with the leadership team at Gateway Church, Leeds. Chris brought us a talk on the subject of 'Hearing God'. Reading from 1 Corinthians 12; 7-8 Chris spoke on 'words of knowledge and wisdom', what they are, what they mean and why they are used. Great teaching for the church as we continue our Everyday Supernatural theme.
Everyday Supernatural Week Six; God's Power in Weakness
Reading from 2 Corinthians 12: 6-10 Josh Davies explained the church in Corinth was spirit filled and thirsty for gifts of the spirit. In Paul's letter to the church, he encourages them to 'eagerly desire' the gifts of the spirit. As Christians what posture do we adopt? Do we lean on God? Or are we waiting until we are 'perfect Christians' before we let God use us? God has 'Power in Weakness', he wants to use you wherever you are in your journey.
Everyday Supernatural Week Seven; The Gift of Prophecy
Returning guest speaker Mike Sprenger from Hope Church Harrogate led us in The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy in a hands-on approach. Individuals were prophesied over and it was a very spirit led time for the church.
CAP Job Club
This month we also saw the new CAP Job Club come to the close of its first course. The course itself did run over the original eight-week length, however, the feedback has been amazing with people finding work, finding themselves and finding out more about Christ. The second Job Club course is destined to commence later this month (July) and we are in need of more volunteers and course leaders. If you are able to spare time on Mondays please speak to Mike Betts or contact the church office for more details.
Our Alpha course has also now come to a close and a new course is scheduled to take place in October 2018. Should you or someone you know be interested please visit our website or Facebook page or contact the church office for details.
Alongside CAP Job Club and Alpha, we have also had our Tuesday night 'Foundations' discipleship course and of course our usual connect groups.
Connect & Send
This season we have had a theme within our connect group meet-ups. Connect & Send meant that as small home groups we met weekly or fortnightly to not only support one another, Study the Bible and worship but this season we have also taken it in turns within our small groups to pray for those we come into contact with on a daily basis. Laying on hands and praying for one person, in particular, every session. We hoped to help our church family members to feel confident and expectant in God's ability to use us all to share the Good News. We prayed for opportunities to advance the gospel with those we love around us. If you are a member of our church family and wish to join a connect group next season, please don't hesitate to contact the church office.
The third of three prayer evenings focussing on praying for God to move across Yorkshire, bringing revival, took place on Wednesday 8th June at Gateway Church, Leeds. These Wednesday nights have been a blessed time of worship and prayer. Feedback received from the events included the very tangible presence of the Holy Spirit in the room and a really welcome connection with our fellow Christ Central churches.
So as you can see it has been a very busy month at City Valley indeed. We are excited to see what July holds (aside from the Football of course). We do have a couple of events coming really soon. Here is a sneak preview...
Fish, Chips & Magic Tricks with Rod Williams
We are hosting another of our popular fish & chip evenings on Wednesday 25th July. Click HERE for details.
And finally, we would like to announce that our very own Mike Towle has written a new book, 'Populating Heaven'. We will be sharing details of how to find out more about this encouraging evangelical resource and where you can purchase a copy, via our Facebook page as soon as we have the information. In the meantime, speak to Mike on Sundays to find out more.
And that concludes our June round-up. Apologies once again for the delay this month. We are looking forward to a fantastic summer, together as a church family.