New beginnings – CCK becomes Emmanuel Church

CCK, Clarendon Church, Emmanuel Church
First, Happy New Year! Church life tends to run in seasons which may involve changes in name. My personal history is intimately linked with some of these changes in Brighton. In 1981 my family moved to Brighton to fulfil the calling God had put on our lives to draw closer to Terry Virgo and serve his vision. Those were the early days of what is now the worldwide family of churches in over 20 apostolic spheres of Newfrontiers. Brighton and Hove Christian Fellowship becomes Clarendon Church When we arrived we joined Clarendon Church, formerly the Brighton and Hove Christian Fellowship which was started in 1978, meeting in a primary school. They had moved to the Clarendon Church building in 1979 and, when we joined, the membership was at about 200.…
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Moving on – some reflections. Part 5 – My own situation

CCK, Newfrontiers, News
The Poor Since this is a personal reflection on the past decades it is important to mention a sermon preached by Simon Pettit in 1998 at the Leaders Conference which deeply affected my life and the lives of many others. Simon spoke from Gal 2:10 ‘Only they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do’. Through this he exhorted us to see that ‘remembering the poor’ was an apostolic mandate. No sphere or church should ignore the plight of the poor if it is to fulfil its Kingdom role to its community. No one who was present could have failed to have been impacted by that preach. God had clearly spoken to us as a movement. Act 2000 The result was the launch of a one-year initiative, Act…
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