King's Arms Church 'Helpline'
We're trying to make sure everyone in the church family is supported. In addition to group life support and email@example.com, we've got a pastoral phone line: 01234 924008. Feel free to call/email if it's for support or a chat. Also let us know if you want to volunteer.
Due to the current government guidelines regarding the Coronavirus situation we are no longer able to meet as groups within homes. Many of our current groups will continue to stay in touch online and those currently in a group will automatically remain signed up for their current group next term to help with consistency and connection.
We will be having some new groups after Easter to help us through this season but in the meantime also wanted to create a gathering point for people that were not part of a group last term or who need support due to being affected in a specific way during this season. These groups are drop-ins with no need to sign up or prepare beforehand. Click on the button below or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
When plans A, B and C are out the window | 27 March
A quick Pastoral Team Update from Ben Enejo with a few thoughts about when plans A, B and C are out the window.
We're trying to make sure everyone in the church family is supported. In addition to group life support and email@example.com, we've now got a pastoral phone line: 01234 924008. Feel free to call/email if it's for support or a chat. Also let us know if you want to volunteer.
Lamentations 3:22-26 | 25 March
Scripture: (Lamentations 3:22-26)
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Thought for the day:
Lamentations is the book written following the destruction of Jerusalem. His people are weeping at what has happened to them at the hands of the enemy. They recognise God’s judgement and in response offer contrite hearts. As God’s people wrestled with His ways, they emerged declaring the truth in God’s mercies and faithfulness do not falter. Something important happens in the process of wrestling with God. As we struggle, question and sometimes even suffer we find ourselves pushing up against who God says he is and we have an opportunity to find out if it is really true. In this place of vulnerability He does something in our hearts which changes us forever. He deposits faith. So don’t walk away from the tough moments or questions. Press in and see what God has to show you.
How to pray/Resource:
I use this great hymn to help guide my prayers sometimes. As you read through the verses stop and pray through the annotations I have included:
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
- God’s faithfulness revealed in His word. James 1:17. Is there a piece of scripture that particularly helps you connect with God’s faithfulness? Why not memorise it and pray it every day for a week.
- He is consistent, compassionate. Always has been, always will be. Thank Him for times he has been faithful……..in your life, in those we have prayed for, ministered to.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
- God is faithful in creation ...no input from us - it just happens. The seasons come and go, we live by the light of the sun. Thank Him for the beauty of creation and for the assuredness that comes from knowing he holds the whole world in his hands
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
- This verse is packed with truth. Go through each point below and ask Him to show you where he is blessing in that area. If you need more hope, peace etc then ask him for him for that as well!
Pardon for sin
Being Good News | 24 March
We were so pleased to see many of you join us for our first ever King’s Arms online church meetings on Sunday. Even when we can’t see one another face to face I’m grateful that technology is helping us to connect in new and creative ways. We’re working hard behind the scenes to make sure they not only continue, but that we explore more solutions to help build us closer together despite the call to social isolation.
I’ve been so encouraged to hear stories of God moving as family members are expressing an interest in God and coming to church for the first time, people are being prayed for in the streets and friends are stepping out to show radical acts of kindness to those working and serving our community. I’m so proud of each of you.
In the short video below I outline three ways that you can partner with God in being good news in this season.
Firstly, with your neighbours. Let’s be good news to those around us at the moment. There is an amazing ‘Viral Kindness’ card that we’re attaching that you can write up your details on and pop them through your neighbour's door. (Wash your hands first!) Maybe you could write a personal note on the other side to introduce yourselves? Even if you’ve never met them before, what an opportunity to bless others in our streets… Imagine if 500 of us took part and looked out for 10 of our closest neighbours we could support 5000 people across Bedford in an instant. Some people may need practical support like food essentials, others may just want someone to talk to or to pray with.
Secondly, to the poor. We have always had a mandate as a community to look out for the poorest in our town. How can you be doing that at this time? There are so many ways. Perhaps you could donate to your local food bank? (https://bedford.foodbank.org.
Thirdly, to the NHS. Now is a time of great stress for our incredible National Health Service, and I want to encourage you to go out of your way to reach out to any NHS staff you might know to encourage them, or serve them in practical ways if they need them. We have also been given the opportunity by Bedford Hospital Voluntary Services to be able to get involved in volunteering. Not as front line staff, but as volunteers in more practical ways that will enable the front line staff to do what they are best at. There are short checks and training available for those who are keen to be involved. You can express your interest by emailing dave.holt@kingsarms.
Above all, pray. Pray for your neighbours, pray for the King’s Arms Project staff and for the poor in our community, pray too for the NHS workers and that through it all God’s kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven.
Class of 2020 it’s our time to shine.
Prayers That Move Mountains | 23 March
Pastoral Team Update | 21 March
A brief pastoral team update from PJ. This post will be updated with the phone numbers mentioned in the video once they have been sent through.
King's Kids Resources | 19 March
We are aware that we are in circumstances now that seem to change very quickly, and for the foreseeable future we won't be able to meet as King's Kids. So we wanted to let you know about some things that we want to put in place for the next season.
We are aware that you will have lots of things going on at the moment, and we don't want to just add to your 'to do' list. We would love to be able to give you some resources that you can dip into as and when you want to.
We are planning to send something out each week that will have a different focus, and will have worship, craft, discussion and prayer ideas for different ages that you can access as a family. Please do give us feedback so we know if we are giving you useful things.
We have also started to use our Kings Kids Facebook page where we will post ideas and challenges for the children. Please take a moment to follow the page. There is a great article on there by Rachel Turner at Parenting for Faith, where she talks about ways that we can lead our kids through this season.
The service will be streaming on Sunday, can I encourage you to join in with one of the services, you will be able to comment, and put in prayer requests as it streams.
Please do feel free to get in contact with us if we can help in any way,
Nicky Stanyard, Anil Bangar and Jess Fordham