We have had an exciting few weeks.
Our Alpha course is going from strength to strength with between 17 and 24 people of all ages meeting to explore the Christian journey and what it means to have faith in Jesus. There is good discussion each week, and it is such a privilege and blessing to walk alongside people on this journey.
Celebration of Light and Hope
On 2 February we partnered with a number of other churches in Northwich to show and shine Jesus. Working alongside the Canal and Waterways Trust, we were able to organise a short service at Anderton Boat Lift, followed by a number of people, including the Bishop of Birkenhead, sailing down the river Weaver into Barons Quay, where we were met by the Mayor of Northwich and around 150 people from across the town. Here we worshipped and prayed for the town before a candlelit procession up to the Salvation Army. What an amazing time and witness to Northwich! It was great to see so many from the different churches in Northwich all gathering together in the name of Jesus.
Prayer and retreat day
Over 20 of us gathered to seek the face of God for the direction and vision of Zac’s House. We were honoured to have a Burn 24-7 team lead us in worship. Burn 24-7 is a worship movement with teams across the UK and they were an amazing blessing to us. The day was an excellent foundation for all that we are, and will be and do in the next few months. We spent time in prayer and worship and shared teaching and testimony. We were reminded of our identity in Jesus, and many grew in their understanding of who they are in Jesus and their purpose in God’s Kingdom.
We are excited to be partnering with a number of others in ministry and highlights include the beginning of a new time of worship and mission training. We fully believe that international mission informs local church, and we have recently been given the opportunity to partner and participate with FACT (Future After Child Trauma) in Uganda, and are planning a team visit there in August of this year. The purposes of this trip are education and development (working with FACT), the empowerment of women (working with Rose M) and the encouragement of Pastors in their discipleship of local congregations. (Working alongside Rev Peter Mgabe). Vicky Royle, myself and Mandy Upton, who runs Community Spirit Wirral, will be travelling to Uganda in April begin preparations for the summer team.
Working with FACT, who provide education and community involvement for young people, we will be encouraging effective education to children from marginalised and disadvantaged situations working both with teachers and the children themselves.
Empowerment of women – through Mandy’s leadership, we will be working with Rose Mugabe, encouraging and empowering women to see themselves as Christ sees them through biblical teaching, prayer and workshops.
We will also be partnering with local Pastors, developing them in their discipleship of local people, encouraging us all to be better followers of Jesus. We will be meeting with Pastors and leaders from many different denominations and will have the opportunity to discuss and pray together for our nations and the discipleship of congregations.
Watoto children’s choir
This amazing choir from Uganda has been touring the UK and we are excited to be hosting them at Northwich Memorial Court on 2 April. Make sure you mark the event in your diary now and get your tickets on the Eventbrite website.
We are thankful to God for them coming and sharing their story with us and do hope many of you will be able to come and join us at the event.
Zac’s house Kingdom Community is growing through prayer, partnership and participation, and there are many opportunities in front of us. Please pray as we discern God’s will for our lives and as we continue to flourish, showing people that they are seen, valued and loved by Jesus.
Thanks be to God
Rev. Neal Stanton
Pioneer Pastor, Zac’s House