A letter from Mark

Dear Kairos people,

As we near the beginning of September and the pace of life quickens I thought it would be good to write to you all.
There are some key things happening at the moment that it is good for you to be aware of.

Worldwide

We have stopped being a parish – now the world is our parish – this doesn’t mean we are all out for world domination! I think it does mean that we have to have a wider view, we choose not to be parochial in our outlook – we aren’t here just for Harrogate – this is just our starting point. Let’s be especially aware and prayerful about what is going on worldwide. I had a very challenging prayer request email from John White who is handling the communication for the network we are part of (Covenant Kingdom Network – CKN). Here is the text of the email for your awareness and prayers – I think it is self explanatory and if this doesn’t move you to pray then nothing will:

We have been asked to circulate this prayer request around the network. Initially, it came from Rick Joyner (MorningStar Ministries).

“Bart Peacher is a part of the MorningStar pastoral team, and oversees our Moravian Falls retreat center. He received this urgent prayer request today. 
– Rick Joyner

 The following message came to me from a dear Christian friend in Fair Hope who is extremely reliable. Please send out to your prayer teams.
– Bart Peacher
 
Dear Friends, 

Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.
 
“We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it’s staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!” 
 
Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region. 
 
May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Send it to friends and Christians you may know.”
 
We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.

Of course there is much else we can be praying for – I’d love you to be praying for Lifeline & Roll the Rock – two charities close to our heart, sharing our values, led by our own people.  Both are seeking to develop and grow. Please pray persistently for Carl and Georgie Good (Lifeline) and Andy Wilson (Roll the Rock). 

As a church we believe in giving opportunity to work out what God is saying and what to do about it and also opportunities for development as disciples. Here are some things that relate to this:

Base Camp

Nobody gets to the summit of Everest without stopping at Base Camp to adjust and acclimatise. Ben pointed out that you can go as a tourist to Base Camp or as a climber wanting to go on from there to the Summit. Base Camp isn’t for tourists…. it’s for those who are part of Kairos, or becoming part of Kairos to adjust further to being part of a church that believes in Mission Shaped Communities that go and make disciples.

At present we have a whole lot of people for whom Base Camp could be a really good opportunity especially as you explore ‘what next’ after the closure of some of the existing MSCs. Perhaps you are wanting to understand better the vision and values of Kairos or you have a sense of vision for something new but need some time to work it out or perhaps you just want to get to know others better – all good reasons to come on Base Camp. It’s going to fun!

Here are some of the things we will be looking at on Base Camp:

– Our vision and values
– The DNA of the Bible: covenant and kingdom
– Discipleship
– Mission Shaped Community
– Practical fishing for beginners
– What is your mission?

There will be sign-up sheets in the 9am service and Gatherings.
 
Chloe

It is a great joy when we see young people working out what God is calling them to do. Chloe Wilson is going to be starting a course with the Centre for Youth Ministry based in Nottingham specifically studying working with Families and Children. A significant part of her course is done via placement and she wants to do this with Kairos. We are excited by the opportunity this represents for her and us. We need accommodation for her and also some funding as we had not budgeted for this. We are looking to raise at least 2000 and so on the first Gathering of September (7th) can I invite you to come ready to make an offering either a one off gift or pledging a certain amount throughout the year. Lets all make this work!

Gatherings
We often use the phrase that we are a ‘community of communities’ – the community is all of us and is especially visible at our gatherings.

We gather weekly every Sunday at 9am for communion and I am excited that from September every third Sunday will be a specific focus on prayer for healing – do bring your friends, come yourself, bring the names of people for prayer – we look forward to seeing what God will do.
 
Our first central gathering of the new term will be on Sunday 7th September.  We will continue with our pattern of morning gatherings on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month at 10.30am with refreshments from 9.20am.  These will all be in the main hall.  On the 4th Sunday of the month we meet in the evening for The Up – a gathering for worship and prayer.  If you are currently not in a missional community we would especially like to encourage you to come to all these gatherings.   

We want to tighten up the way we do morning gatherings, including setup, welcome and hospitality and are looking for people to help us with these things!  As a community of communities there is an element of “all muck in” to make this happen so during September, if you are able, please come along early (9:45am) to help. 

The Feast

We have set aside the weekend of the 10th-12th October for our annual celebration of Kairos. Please put this date in your diaries and calendars and keep it at the top of your priority list. The first bit of the weekend 8pm Friday 10th to 8am Saturday 11th will be a night of prayer. We’d love as many people of all ages involved in this as possible. On the Sunday 12th our pattern of worship will be different from usual with worship for all at 10am (there won’t be separate 9am and 10.30am services that day) followed by some workshop opportunities and lunch provided at 12.30pm. It would be fantastic to have everyone connected with Kairos gathering together for this day.

And finally……

I’ve been thinking about acceleration and especially two things about it. 

1) My ability to cause acceleration. As a driver I am aware of the ability I have to make acceleration happen and the effect of it on a vehicle. 

2) That you aren’t always in control of acceleration. My eldest child has been learning to drive. He is turning into a very good driver but when I have sat in the passenger seat I have been all too aware of feeling out of control when he accelerates – there are points when you have to just simply go with it – trusting. This feeling is even more apparent when you are in an aeroplane. 

I think this coming year is going to be marked by these two things – times when we have to take responsibility to press the accelerator and times when we will have to simply hold on and trust. Yes, I know this isn’t anything new to many of you – but it is amazing how often we act like passengers when we should be drivers and when we act like drivers when we should be passengers – I think we are likely to be ‘discipled’ by Jesus in these areas this coming year.
 
I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of you at Gatherings and Base Camp but do remember that I am more than happy to meet up with you to talk things through – do get in touch if you’d like to talk more.
 
Mark