“Fulwood Scattered” Update – 5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday

“Fulwood Scattered” Update – 5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday

Hello church family,

Thank you for joining us online again today, it was great to see so many connect.

We mentioned a few things during the gathering that we wanted to highlight to you.

Easter Scene Challenge

In this morning’s gathering Janet had a challenge for you:

Get out your lego or duplo, small toys or craft bits and pieces.

Make a scene of this or any part of the Easter story.

Take a photo.

Ask your parents to email it to church (or post it on Facebook or Instagram, tagging us in)

We can’t wait to see your creations this week.

These are the ones that she showed:

Janet’s Palm Sunday

We’d also like to highlight another resource that you may find helpful for your family during this time: https://godventure.co.uk/news/faith-at-home-in-a-time-of-covoravirus/ which links to several great resources for the whole family.

Impact at Home

Dan and Nathan, in their many outfits, told us about Impact at Home and some of the things they are going to be doing:

We are also rebranding Friday night’s as ‘Impact at Home’. We are going to be doing three main posts a week on our Instagram and Facebook accounts, as well as sharing encouraging bible verses throughout. We hope that all those that come to Impact and Space can be involved.

So, first of all on a Monday we are doing Vlog Monday’s. This will be an insight into our everyday to show you that we are just normal people like the rest of you and that you aren’t alone in this uncertain period of your lives!

On a Wednesday we will be doing Challenge Wednesday’s – challenging you to live passionately. We will post a video of one of the leaders doing a challenge and we hope to see you give them a go too. Not only this, but we will be challenging you to do something practical and impactful – maybe make your parents a brew (brownie points for all the parents listening) or writing your local MP a letter.

Thirdly, we will be doing Message Fridays – pointing you to something more powerful! We are going to be looking at Lockdown Lies – the lies that we might start to believe whilst in lockdown. This might include things like feeling like there is no hope, feeling bored 24/7 or being uncertain about your future.

Finally, we are going to be doing The Annex every two weeks on a Zoom call. This is our event where young people aged Year 11 and upwards can come and ask any questions they have about faith. Look out for an email to your parents to set up the call!

Make sure that you follow us on Instagram (@impact_ffmc) and on Facebook to keep up-to-date with everything. Parents that don’t like their children being on social media, maybe for age-related reasons, perhaps you could set up a family account that you can monitor so your young people don’t miss out.

Book Review

Please find below a CD review and a couple of book reviews from the Christian Resources Centre in Preston. You can still order from them via email on cbcpreston@aol.com which is now the only way to get in touch with the Christian Resource Centre, the shop is closed as per the Government guidelines. Some of their suppliers have closed so they are limited to what they can source but they have a few of each of these in stock. 

Martin Smith – Iron Lung CD – £12.99

The title track ‘Iron Lung’ is a biographically themed song. Martin was born with bronchial pneumonia. His parents took him to hospital (because he wasn’t making a noise) where he was placed in an iron lung. His Dad prayed, if God brought their son through this, they would give him over to God.

‘My Father made a deal with God and left me stranded in the arms of love’

‘I felt your breath in my lungs and I started to sing for you’

Iron Lung

Simply Church – Sim Dendy – £9.99

From his experience of both attending and leading churches, Sim Dendy asks some key questions about how we ‘do’ church, just in case there’s something we could be doing differently.

Sim looks at the church as being somewhere we can encounter God, gather together with other believers, grow in our faith and knowledge of God’s Word, and therefore influence the world around us. While church systems are really important, nothing should eclipse the church’s purpose in being God’s great hope for the world.

Be encouraged as you discover just how simple church can be: how we can get connected, grow stronger, manage our resources and really make a difference.

Simply Church

These 3 Things – Mick Brooks – £6.99

Deepen your dependence on God to meet your deepest longings.

How do you sum up, in one book, content that covers our deep spiritual needs, personal motivations, and revival? Homesickness and belonging? Our disconnection, isolation and reconnection with God and others in our increasingly ‘contactless’ society? Let’s start by going back to the original plan: who God is, and who we are; where it all went wrong, and how we find our way back; what it is we’re looking for, and how and where to find it; all while daring to ask the questions:

  • Who am I? 
  • Do I matter? 
  • What’s the point? 
These Three Things
“Fulwood Scattered” Update – 5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday

“Fulwood Scattered” Update – 29th March 2020

We really enjoyed gathering together online again this Sunday – if you didn’t manage to join us live the gathering is available here. We mentioned a number of things in the gathering and wanted to give you the details.

Kibogora Gift Day

A few weeks ago we heard about the work of Kibogora Hospital and in particular the work of the Social Work team.

Today is our gift day towards that work.

If you would like to give you have a few options:

  • Click on “Donate” on fulwoodfmc.net and follow the instructions. This will allow you to select a “One Off Donation” and take you through the process. These screens will, this time, say that the money is going into “Regular Giving”, please be assured that your money will go toward Kibogora.
  • Make a bank transfer to the Kibogora Initiative directly:
    • Sort code: 40-23-66
    • Account: 40001279
    • Reference: Please use the Reference “GD Your Name
  • Send a cheque to the church building.

The donate page is currently using a Direct Debit method of payment to collect your donations, we are working to have a Card Payment option available also.

Book and CD Reviews

Please find below a CD review and a couple of book reviews from the Christian Resources Centre in Preston. You can still ordeer from them via email on cbcpreston@aol.com which is now the only way to get in touch with the Christian Resource Centre, the shop is closed as per the Government guidelines. Some of their suppliers have closed so they are limited to what they can source but they have a few of each of these in stock. 

Let There Be Wonder –  Matt Redman CD £12.99

New album from Matt Redman, he says of the album “Worship songs will never be able to paint the full picture of God’s glory, but it’s so important that we aim high and give our best effort to conveying Him as fully as we can. When we do this, it’s much more honouring to God and it’s much more helpful to us. My hope and prayer for this new record is that we’d find ourselves caught up in the life-giving worship of the true and living God. Let there be wonder!”

Let There Be Wonder

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

9781400203758
Bob Goff
£10.99

What fuels Bob Goff’s impact? It’s Love. But not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings, Bob’s love takes action!

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude might just inspire YOU to be secretly incredible too.

Love Does will push you to refocus your life and energy on what is most significant and become part of what God can do with your potential.

Love Does

Disappointment with God

9780310285878
Philip Yancey
£9.99

In this book Philip Yancey poses 3 questions that Christians often wrestle with:

  • Is God fair?
  • Is God silent?
  • Is God hidden

This insightful and deeply personal book points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life.

Why does God seem so distant sometimes?

If He cares for us, why do bad things happen?

Yancey answers these questions with biblical assurance that takes us beyond the things that make for despair and disillusionment.

Disappointment With God

Energize Resources

Emma mentioned a number of resources for you this morning:

In Energize we use The Little Worship Company and they have a YouTube channel.

This is the introduction to the channel:

Here are some of the stories that you will love at Bible time:

Here is a compilation of the songs that Emma was encouraging us all to learn:

Ignite Resources

Dan and Nicki highlighted some resources for those of you of Ignite age:

The Cross Rythms web site has loads of resources for you to use: https://www.xrhythms.co.uk/

We’d also like to encourage you all to use the YouVersion bible app and start to use the daily plans.

The plan that we are recommending for this week is a really positive, upbeat plan called ‘Prime’ http://bible.com/r/16b

“Fulwood Scattered” Update – 5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday

Corona Virus Update #3 – “Fulwood Scattered” Gathering Online 29th March 2020

This week we will, again, be meeting on YouTube as we look towards Easter and the hope that Jesus death and resurrection brings.

The link for this week is here, or simply watch below – see you there at 10:00am. The video will be available for replay a short time after the end of the gathering.

We will probably meet afterwards on Zoom for a virtual coffee, look out for comments on YouTube and Facebook for details.

“Fulwood Scattered” Update – 5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday

Corona Virus Update #2 – “Fulwood Scattered” Gathering Online 22nd March 2020

Tomorrow morning at 10:00am we will be gathering together online via YouTube.

This won’t be church as you may be expecting it. We were planning to broadcast from the church building, but have decided to take extra care and will be running a service where we are all at home.

You’ll still be able to sing along in worship, join us in prayer, and Pastor Andrew will be considering the times that we are living through.

We won’t be serving refreshments after the service, that’s down to you 😀🥐🍪☕️

Watch along below from 10:00am:

“Fulwood Scattered” Update – 5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday

Corona Virus Update #1

Dear FFMC Family,

The staff team met for a long time this morning discussing potential strategies for our church events and programmes in the light of the Coronavirus Outbreak.

This has since been reviewed in light of the Prime Ministers announcement this afternoon that “Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres.”

After discussion with the Church Board of Trustees we are putting the following in place:

As of Midnight tonight, Monday 16th March, we will be cancelling ALL our church events and ministries until further notice.

We hope to live stream a service on Sunday but again we will let everyone know how and when.

If you or anyone you know is struggling in anyway please get in touch and if we can help we will. The church mobile will be with a staff member at all times – 07850 269328

Please continue to pray.

The Staff Team and Board of Trustees