The community in Northwich continues to grow and we are seeing God move in amazing ways in the town. As people continue to explore their faith at Alpha, we are seeing faith grow and deepen, and the relationships with each other strengthen in the way people support and nurture one another – a real sense of community! Firefest was an amazing time of worship, teaching and spending time in the Holy Spirit, and has been a great encouragement.
We are excited to announce that Jo Wallwork is now officially our administrator! Jo is amazing in the work she is doing to support Neal and in helping get Zac’s moving forward. There is a new admin email address: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to get hold of Jo or have information for Zac’s House.
As Easter approaches, we are looking forward to several opportunities to worship, and to share and express our faith both as a Kingdom Community ourselves and joining with others in the town. On Good Friday we will be joining the town in the walk of witness, followed by hot cross buns; then in the afternoon hope to be sharing some great worship with other churches at the Old Pale. We also have Richard Heywood joining us for the weekend, where we will have opportunity to explore ‘busking praise’ in the town centre (please continue to pray we get the necessary agreements). On Easter Day we will be meeting at sunrise to welcome in the amazing day of resurrection, followed by bacon butties, and have a worship gathering together later at 10am. All are welcome to join us at any of these events as we celebrate the resurrection of our amazing God.
Many of our times together at Zac’s are spent around a meal table or sharing food, as in fact Jesus did. We regularly meet together for a Sunday carvery, usually followed by a walk along the wonderful waterways here in Northwich. We can often be found celebrating someone’s birthday over a meal, or sharing together in smaller gatherings in people’s homes. And there’s the usual meal before each Alpha session and the yummy snacks at our worship gatherings. Why the big emphasis on food? Well, Jesus spent time with others around the meal table on many occasions. It is in those relaxed times where we are sharing food together that we find we get to know each other so much better. Where, often, people feel more comfortable opening up and sharing more of themselves; and those who don’t yet know Christ or aren’t part of ‘church’ yet, can feel more of what being part of this ‘family’ can be like, without it being formally ‘church’. And yet it is, because this is us loving and serving each other, looking out for each other and sharing life together, which is what it’s all about; and as we build this Kingdom Community here in Northwich, we can’t wait to keep welcoming more people into the family!
Our Monday evening ‘Engine Room’ is key to our week as we meet together to pray, and are exploring both worship and mission. We are currently working through the LICC resource ‘Fruit on the Frontline’ as we consider our mission in our everyday lives. As we continue to build the worship gatherings on Sundays, we are considering both venue and frequency; please join with us in prayer regarding this.
As the August mission trip to Uganda draws closer, the team going are looking to host various fundraising events, including a fashion show and a meal and auction at Kanya Bistro in Northwich. If you would like to attend or support either of these, please contact Neal or Jo, and watch this space for further information and events!
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