coronavirus
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Loving God.
Loving your neighbour.

This page will contain all of our latest information as we seek to love God and love our neighbours in the weeks to come.

Please do follow Government guidelines: Stay at home

On the evening of Monday 23rd March , the government instructed all of us to stay at home except when shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, medical needs, a care need of someone vulnerable, and travelling to and from work where "absolutely necessary". We do not underestimate the challenges this creates, but out of love for our neighbours, we strongly encourage everyone to follow these guidelines.

Four new resources:

In all the challenge, let's make the most of lockdown.

1. Daily Bible Reading:

We all need to listen to God’s voice. Maybe now, more than ever. To help you to do this during the present crisis, Jonny will be leading  short, live Bible reading sessions each weekday morning on Zoom, looking at the book of Matthew and some Psalms. They are at 8am Monday to Friday. To join, simply log on each morning with this link. We hope in time these will be available afterwards, but for now they are a live 'gathering' at 8am.

2. Worship playlists

One of the most precious things in our churches - and one of the hardest things to replicate via technology - is the joy of worshipping together. We are seriously looking forward to the day we can gather physically and belt out sung worship to God again. But in John 4, Jesus tells the Samaritan woman (who is gutted she's not allowed in the Temple), that a time has come when you do not have to go to a special place to worship, but - through the Spirit - can meet with God anywhere.  To help in singing to God and meeting with Him at this time, a few people across the churches have put together a few playlists of songs. We'll put different ones of these out at different moments and freshen these up as the weeks go by.

3. Book recommendations to go deep

Podcasts and videos are helpful (and much shorter), but books can allow you to go deeper on important subjects and think well about them. To help you get started, Jonathan has put together this list (with the help of former Churchcentralite Luke Davydaitis), with a few suggestions for each topic.

4. Sermon activity sheet for children

Each Friday there will now be a printable activity sheet made available on this website, and on social media, to go alongside the upcoming Sunday sermon. Print these and use what works for your children.

Video sermon, Sundays, 10am 

We are making sure that we all able to be fed by God's word in this time.
Every Sunday, at 10am, a brand new talk from in our new Series On The Mount series will appear on our website (here), on our app and on our Facebook page.
The teaching from previous Sundays is available in our Talks Library.

Click your church for more information:

North

Our heart at this time:

Whilst face-to-face contact may be cancelled for the foreseeable future, we do not believe that the sense of community has to suffer. With this in mind we plan to go on as normally as possible, with multiple options of ways to connect in.

We will send regular reminders and we don't expect everyone to connect with all these options, however want to strongly encourage you to try to prioritise joining us for 25 mins on Sundays so there is a strong sense of being 'together' at this time then whichever midweek options serves you best.

As a leadership team we will be touching base with you and of course you can contact Chris and James if you need anything.

Sunday, 10.30am all-age service with communion

As well as encouraging you to access the video talk at any time that works for you, we're encouraging everyone to connect on Sundays. We're going to gather in a way that's accessible for everyone, with kid-friendly elements, and also the chance to break bread together as we have been enjoying at North recently. This  will happen over Zoom.  and will last for approximately 25 minutes.

Monday, 7.30pm Bible Study Life Group

We're going to be looking together at Psalm 91 over the coming Monday evenings. This will happen over Zoom hosted by the Mellors, lasting for approximately 30 minutes.

Wednesday, 7.30pm reflecting on Sunday's talk

An opportunity to touch base with others and ask questions / give some feedback on how you found Sunday's talk.  This will be hosted by the Yeos via Zoom.

Friday, 7.30pm prayer meeting

Jesus remains good and faithful and He remains the answer we all need. We'll be praying together over Zoom (a way of having free, simple video calls with multiple people).  This will last approximately 30 minutes.

South

Community Groups launched

We were planning to relaunch Community Groups after Easter, but we have decided to bring this forward. Initially we had anticipated giving people some choice in which group they joined; but, given the urgency of the current situation, we have allocated a group to everyone. You should now have received contact from your group leaders and be connected to a group. If for some reason this has not happened and you’d like to be in a group, please contact office@churchcentral.org.uk

We will meet together via Zoom which is pretty easy to use. You just need to click on the link that your group leader will send you and follow the instructions that you will be given. If this presents a problem, get in touch.

Plan for Sundays

If you are able, please join us for Sunday mornings. It will look a bit different to normal, but we still want to provide the opportunity to hear from God’s word, pray and be a family together. This is the plan…

At 9:45am, the community groups will be meeting on zoom to touch base and catch up. Your community group leaders will tell you the details.

At 10am, a Sermon On The Mount video sermon will go live across three platforms (scroll up for details). It will remain available afterwards, but why not tune in at that time and catch it while others do the same at home too?

Then at 10:45am, Jonny will be hosting a 15-minute Zoom catch up where you can ask questions, post comments or share encouragements with others from Churchcentral South. 

Easter Sunday

We are keen to mark Easter Sunday (April 12th) in a number of ways:

Community Groups & Sermon as usual

9.45am 
Your Community Group leaders will send information about gathering briefly.
10am 
The video talk will be an Easter message from Jonny.

Easter Kids Zoom catchup

10.45am
Our regular 10.45am Zoom catch up will continue, with a particular Easter family theme to help the children of our church celebrate the resurrection.
All our welcome to join in but it will have a particular children's focus.

Launch of weekly prayer meeting on Zoom

7.30-8.30pm
We want to depend on God in this time and so are launching a weekly chance to pray together via Zoom.
What better day to start than the day when the resurrecting power of God is displayed most clearly!

west

Prayer & Vision,  8pm every Sunday evening

Join us by clicking this button at 8pm:
If ever there was an urgent call on God’s people to pray, it’s now! Although we can’t meet physically to pray at present we want to encourage you to pray from 8-9pm in your household every Sunday evening. You can connect with other praying people in the church at 8pm via the zoom group . Zoom feels strange at first, but it’s a great tool to connect us! Just being there is contributing, whether or not you pray out loud or have your video and audio on or off. Let’s join together in prayer for God’s glory and for revival in our world.

Easter

We are keen to mark the Easter season in a number of ways:

Kidzcentral Palm Sunday Zoom party!

Sunday 5th April at 11am. 
This is a chance for the kids to see each other and celebrate Jesus. All Kidzcentral parents and carers will receive an email invitation.

Maundy Thursday prayer vigil

Thursday 9th April from 7-11pm.
We will be ‘watching and praying’ together for the whole evening, as well as sharing communion at different points. Feel free to join us for some or all of the evening.

Easter Sunday

Jonny will be preaching in the morning at 10am, and our usual Sunday evening prayer from 8-9pm will continue.

Clusters

In these unprecedented times, we are keen to harness the unique opportunity this affords us to truly be the local church. To that end, we are launching geographical clusters with immediate effect! These won't meet face-to-face, but their purpose is to enable us to look out for each other, and look out for our neighbours. We have plotted every household in the church on a map and have grouped us into four clusters which broadly speaking, are based around Bearwood, Halesowen, Quinton and Bournville.

Regular video updates from Owen

Keep connected and hear vision and encouragement every few days from Owen.
The latest of these videos is below or click here to see others.
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