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Church of Christ the King gathers to say goodbye to two stars

 
Tomorrow night people are gathering at Clarendon Villas, Hove, the original site of Church of Christ the King and now one of its Sunday campuses to say “Goodbye” to two of its outstanding members.
 
Nigel
Nigel Ring, who joined me in Brighton at the birth of the church, was also my Newfrontiers administrator for some 30 years and is a man of rare qualities.  I first met him and Janita when I began to attend a regular meeting in their home in Scaynes Hill, Mid Sussex, from which gradually emerged a flourishing house church which ultimately became the very significant The King’s Church Mid-Sussex, now led by Jim Partridge. This was the first church started beyond my home base and I have always regarded as the beginning of Newfrontiers.
 
Nigel is loved, honoured and respected not only at CCK, but throughout the Newfrontiers world and beyond, having been at the centre of so much of our life together, first in our Newfrontiers team, at the Downs Bible week, then hosting the John Wimber conferences in Brighton, then Stoneleigh, then Together on a Mission conferences at the Brighton centre and indeed all that we have done together over these years.
 Team
He has been particularly appreciated not only in his phenomenal administrative skills, but also for his activity in serving the poor in many nations.  His website Feeding 5000 is no picnic has also proved so helpful to many.
 
He has functioned as both an Elder and a Trustee at CCK, where he and Janita will be sorely missed.
 
For me he has not only been a remarkable administrator but also a dear friend to whom I am enormously indebted for years of loyalty, love, companionship and detailed practical help.  Newfrontiers would never have enjoyed the blessing it has experienced without the extraordinary contribution that he has made and my own personal life has been so enriched and strengthened by his consistent companionship.
 
Christianity Renewal MagChristianity/Renewal Magazine once aimed at acknowledging this on their front cover.  Their article inside quotes me as saying “It is hard for me to imagine life without Nigel.  I can’t thank God enough for giving him to me.  His administrative skills are mingled with an incredible serving heart and a personal loyalty and integrity before God that makes it hard to put a value on all he has meant to me over these 25 years.  He has a phenomenal capacity for work and seems to find no challenge insurmountable”. 

Now Nigel and Janita move to Bath where they will be near their daughter Becki, her husband, Steve and their granddaughter, Ella.  They will be welcome members of 
Living Hope Church, which is part of the Regions Beyond sphere of the Newfrontiers family led by Steve Oliver, a dear friend of Nigel’s whose active concern for the poor, reflects Nigel’s and where I am sure his life will continue to count powerfully for God.
 

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Newfrontiers in and around Zimbabwe

 
This video was prepared for Newday and shown to some 7000 Newfrontiers young people at their summer camp. I'm so thrilled that they had the opportunity to be exposed to this superb work. Please take a moment to watch it. You will be inspired.
 

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Spirit-Filled Church weekend at the Wirral

 
From the outset at such a friendly Friday evening meal with the Leaders and wives, I knew we were in for a good weekend at Jubilee Church Wirral.  I am always fascinated to see how often Newfrontiers churches have international representation in their leadership team.  On this occasion from Nigeria and even from the Newfrontiers church in Helderberg, Cape Town, South Africa.
 
On the Saturday morning Dave Frodsham who leads the church, originally planted out from the Newfrontiers Jubilee church Liverpool, took me to the recently acquired former Anglican Church, now their Jubilee Centre, a great facility to host their church.

Jubilee Centre
 
People where gathering from a number of local churches and from as far a field as Wrexham in North Wales and from our new church plant in Chester.
 
Waiting for things to start I was plunged into a variety of enjoyable conversations.  Dear friends who were members of my first church in Seaford, Sussex suddenly appeared, a colleague from London Bible college, now a Church of England minister, guys who remembered my preaching and even leading worship at the Dales Bible Week back in the 1980’s!  Also, a lady from the Newfrontiers Gateway church Dubai.  Another said how much Wendy had helped her through prophecy and counsel when we were in Durban, South Africa.
 
One couple told me that they had given up on church until they stumbled on the BBC programme of live worship on Pentecost Sunday from CCK Brighton and said if we can find a church like that we will go again.  Now they are enthusiastic members of our Chester church plant, Freedom Church Chester.  I must confess that I love just mingling with the people of God and hearing their stories.
 
The place was packed and we enjoyed the Lord’s presence in some great worship and then got down to our theme of the Spirit-Filled Church, noting among other things that the local church is not a group of people clinging to a fading memory of what it was like when Jesus used to be around.  No, by the Holy Spirit we celebrate his presence now.

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Nearly 50 people later testified to God’s touch after we prayed for the sick, including Ruth Barwick who spoke of 15 years of pain and having to “click her back about 20 times a day” and now writing to say since Saturday she is completely free from pain!  Others testified to significant healings.

After 3 sessions we enjoyed another evening meal with all those who had been involved in serving throughout the days program; more opportunity for great fellowship.
Chris Terry Dave 2
Sunday morning saw the winding up of our weekend together with a super response to the final word and another opportunity to lay hands on the sick and pray for God’s healing touch.  In the afternoon I flew back to London Heathrow - a happy and fulfilled man.
 

 

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