Pastor Royston’s Monthly Update

 

1 January 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The dawn of a new year should spring hope, optimism and newness. Yet, with the shadow of Covid-19 lingering over us, people are still apprehensive as to when the change they seek and the reprieve they crave will come. From the government perspective, the Pfizer vaccine is the catalyst needed to lift that doom and gloom. Super-gran, Margaret Keenan, age 90, was the first British person to receive the jab on 8 December 2020 at the University Hospital in Coventry. She said, “It’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the New Year after being on my own for most of the year.” What do you hope for in the New Year? Do you have a resolution?

Regardless of what happens, my desire and focus is to live a spiritually purpose driven life and to become a more committed husband and involved father. Finally, as the Senior Pastor, to model Christ to the members of Croydon so they can learn more about him, and become more like him. 2021 will be hopeful and optimistic if you are vaccinated by the Holy Spirit.

In 2021 we plan to continue with our alternate monthly themed preaching and teaching, focusing on practical Christian issues, followed by doctrinal theological matters. We hope to develop Croydon into a fledging broadcasting church, using our live Sabbath School as our featured programme along with Divine Service, Health and Lifestyle Seminars and our Bible Study Roundtable. This means we need to support the Audio Visual and Communications Departments in achieving this desired outcome. The young people will continue to do their “Church Takeover” every six week. They will deliver a spiritual and creative worship service.  Equally, as church gets back to some normalcy, other departments will bless us with additional programmes.

In 2020, God used our Community Kitchen & Food Bank to feed hundreds. Through the donations of Croydon members, the community, organisations, and others, this ministry has become a beacon of hope.  We would like to expand the service and so that we become the go-to church in the community when people are looking for care, compassion, and help.

At the centre of all this, we hope to develop a strong membership engagement and involvement in the church and community. To achieve this, we need multiple groups to be involved in both in-reach and outreach. So, ask yourself, what are my gifts and talents? How can I make a difference in someone’s life? Plan to join or start an in-reach or an outreach group. I also hope you can join us for the spiritually enriched and exciting range of programmes, activities, and initiatives we’ve got lined for January and the rest of the year ahead:

The Fruit of the Spirit – January Sermon Series

Join us online each Sabbath this month as we delve into the subject of the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ to highlight these peculiar characteristics discovered in God’s children in order to have a fruitful relationship with God and humanity. Living a ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ life will help to diminish and eradicate fear, discouragement and heal sore wounds. Thus, your lifestyle will be a littered with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We have to allow ourselves to be led and shaped by the Holy Spirit to transform our personality. In so doing, we walk in the Spirit and bear wonderful fruit. What fruit are you called to bear?

Health Devotions: Alternate Months

These will be short 10 minute programmes highlighting particular health and wellness issues every other month, starting from January. They hope to provide simple self-help support and steps to arrive at a better health and wellness outcome. These programmes will be presented by individuals who are knowledgeable in their field.

Ten Days of Prayer (6 – 16 January)

The 6 January begins our Ten Days of Prayer and the prayer theme will be ‘Seeking Revival’. Please join us as we come together in prayer for the strengthening of our faith, and to seek God for the Holy Spirit to bring about a true spiritual revival in our lives. The Ten Days of Prayer will conclude on 16 January with a special day of Prayer and Praise. Throughout the Ten Days of Prayer, we will remember God’s promise to Zerubbabel “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6 NKJV). 

Talk to a Pastor

Each Tuesday the church will be open for those who desire to have a meeting with the Pastors. We will make ourselves available from 10:00am – 2:30pm. Please call Pastor Royston on 07854239922 and Pastor Andrew on 07710615567.

Church re-opening update

Following our next business meeting at the end of January (date to be confirmed) we will determine when the church will be re-opened for worship. See the South England Conference’s guidelines on churches re-opening and our Frequently Asked Questions.

Plant Based Online Cook-along Classes 2021

Back again by popular demand, we’re offering free online cook-along classes, starting from 18 March. Register on Eventbrite. Invite your friends and family to join in.