Romans 15:13 — “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in your faith, so that in the power of the Holy Spirit you may be rich in hope.”
It has been a challenging time for us all through this second lockdown, yet we have found here at ZHKC that we have been able to use this time to share God’s message and bring Hope into these uncertain times.
We have also seen opportunities that have opened up to us to support our community:
Our Furniture Ministry has blessed two families in the last week, and we have had generous donations from a number of families, being able to reach out not only to those in need but to those who have so generously
Boxes of Hope have been extremely busy too as, in these difficult times, there are people in desperate need who fall through the gaps and being able to provide some comfort, practical needs and hope is truly humbling. We are continuing to partner with schools to enable us to reach every corner of Northwich as the need is getting greater by the day.
We provide a listening service in a local high school, and have been asked by the school to enlarge our team, as the young people’s emotional wellbeing is a priority, especially at this time. Listening and supporting
them through this is an important part of what we do here at ZHKC.
Renew52 continues to be open (in line with government guidelines) on Wednesday mornings from 10am—12 noon at Hope52. We are finding this, too, is essential to the people who come through our doors; for regulars
and hosts to access for a short time each week a place where it is “ok not to be ok.” To be able to pray together and share an activity or to sit, chat and relax for a while can be just what is needed.
Our regular online meetings continue to flourish with The Prayer Course on Thursdays and our Coffee & Prayers on Sundays after the 4pm online service.
Adding in “Live Streaming” has been immensely rewarding to those involved and to those who have tuned in to our YouTube channel on a Sunday morning at 10am..
We have also taken Quest (for ages 7-11) and Impact (for ages 11-14) online on Wednesday evenings, which has proved very successful and thoroughly
enjoyable for all (including the leaders!). Being able to connect with these young people through the Summer and early Autumn at Marbury Park has enabled a real friendship and trust to form between them, which also
includes many new faces.
We have now also added a Young Adults Zoom for the 18+ which is in its infancy but developing well.
Looking forward towards Christmas, it is not easy to see exactly how things will stand. We are however looking to organise a Christingle Trail (details to follow) and some form of carol singing.
Rev Neal Stanton