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Autumn 2018

date25th October 2018
authorLaura Baldwin

Autumn is here again and, it seems to have really sneaked up on us. That’s probably because we have had a very busy summer at City Valley. We’ve seen our wonderful leadership couple Stew and Gaynor take a well deserved six-week break and the church didn’t collapse without them! Towards the end of June, we saw our fascinating series ‘Everyday Supernatural’ end. For those of us that missed these talks and/or haven’t yet read the book, it is available to purchase here.

 July and August Sundays saw us delve into the old testament, guided through the book of Exodus by our very own Stewart Morris, Mark Cowley and, Matt Small alongside guest speakers Graham Anns and Stuart Reid.

The end of the summer was marked by a fantastic (if a little wet) time away as a church family at Devoted Festival. What a fab time was had by all! Some fantastic teaching and amazing fellowship not to mention the food cooked up in the City Valley Marquee (Well done team!!) The recordings from the main talks and seminars are available to download now HERE

And suddenly we found ourselves in Autumn and back in the New Testament with Sunday talks following a series on the book of 1 Peter with Dave Nobbs, Mark Cowley, and guest speaker Graham Anns looking at ‘Good Deeds and Suffering'. The series concluded with Gaynor and Stew Morris and their talk 'Strong, Firm and Steadfast'. All this summer's talks can be downloaded via our website on the Podcast page and our most recent talks are always featured on the homepage (scroll to the bottom).  

During this month of October, the new series looking at the book of Revelation has begun with John Wilson. Also, our weekly; Alpha course (9th October), CAP Job Club (22nd October) and of course our home ‘Connect’ groups are in new seasons. Check out the links for further details, you’d be most welcome to join us, it’s not too late!

Very excitingly, plans to see the prophetic words over our church have begun to take shape as our second City Valley meeting was announced and discussed with those ‘counted in’ early in October. The first ‘City Valley Airedale’ meeting took place Sunday 21st October 2018 at a temporary venue of Bradley Village Hall and was a marvelous time of worship, teaching and fellowship. The Holy Spirit was very much with us in a small village hall in ‘God's Own Country’.

Of course, ‘City Valley Shipley’ was still open for meeting with Jesus and both meetings hosted a slow cooker meal after the meeting for the church family to enjoy together. What a wonderful blessing on both our meetings. The ‘Airedale’ meetings will continue monthly into 2019 and will take place at The Hub, Steeton at 4 pm on Sundays; 18th November 16th December and 20th January. Please add the new meetings to your prayers over the coming months.

A big thank you to all those that have stepped forward to serve at either meeting be it for the first time or on a regular rota. From providing a slow cooker dish, helping with the set-up to being on welcome, projector, worship, kids work or any other team, the church couldn’t operate without you and with you, it is a well-oiled machine! 

Our next Engine Room prayer night is Wednesday 7th November, so much to pray for in Bradford, across the Aire Valley and beyond. Let’s join our voices in prayer together.  

We have some exciting events and speakers coming up; Sunday 11th November is our Remembrance Sunday Service and Sunday 2nd December we are welcoming back Christian comedian and guest speaker Andy Kind (you may remember him from earlier this year at one of our Costa events.) ‘Revive Yorkshire’ is back at Gateway Church, Leeds on the evening of Wednesday 14th November. Follow us on Facebook for updates and events and remember to visit our website to read our blog and listen to any missed podcasts.

So now we are looking straight towards the season that is… CHRISTMAAAAAAAAS!!!! We love all things Christmas and celebrating Jesus (even more than usual) at City Valley, join us and bring along your friends, after all, He is the ‘Reason for the Season!’ Amen!