There will be all-age Summer Gatherings at the Resource Base at 10:30am on the 13th and 27th August
9am Communion will continue each Sunday throughout the month. Do join us and use these times to stay connected with one another and God together.
We believe in training and releasing leaders!
As we approach the summer holidays, we are already planning the leaders‘ programme for the Autumn and Spring. This newsletter contains some key dates for your diary. To help put these dates and events into context, I’ve attached a reminder of our training approach for leaders that we believe is lightweight but robust, and is made up of four key elements.
1. Huddle. A monthly commitment of 1.5 hours where we look at issues of discipleship, leadership and life. This is the key forum we have to keep connected and be a place where you get to chew over the values and tools we use as a church, apply them to your own life and get sharpened in leadership and mission. The commitment is to the huddle leader, to the other huddle members (if you’re not there others miss out!) and to a life of discipleship. Please do make sure you’re prioritising this commitment as much as possible.
2. Community of Practice. A twice-yearly Friday evening/Saturday daytime for MSC Leaders where we get a chance to stop, take notice and reflect on how our MSC is going; what God might be saying about future direction and then to plan for the next 6 months. We try to plan these dates to give you enough notice about when the next one is so you can aim to be there.
3. Leaders‘ training evenings. These usually happen once a term and are designed to give us a little boost in-between the Community of Practice to keep us effective as missional leaders.
4. MSC Coaches. All MSCs have a coach who is there to offer 1-1 support and encouragement to each MSC. They are available however often you wish to meet with them but we recommend having a chat with them at least once a term. They can visit you at a core team meeting or just pop along to an MSC gathering to join in.
If you’ve not managed to make it to your huddle very much recently, then now is a great time to ensure that you prioritize these from the Autumn. We don’t want you to miss out on the training that is there for all leaders. If you are having trouble committing to the day or time of your current huddle, then have a chat to your huddle leader, as we may be making some changes to the days and times next term. We want to make this work as well as possible for everyone.
Thank you for all you do, we really appreciate you. Kairos just wouldn’t exist without you!! We recognise that not all of you are leading a specific thing within Kairos, some of you are leading in other contexts but we want to invest in and release leaders in all sorts of settings – if you have any ideas of how we could do that better please let us know!
Helen and Chris
We’ve hit August! Some of us will be heading off on holiday or to a conference or two, others will be carrying with our every-day commitments as usual and looking forward to a break later in the year. Others will be wondering how to occupy the kids while we carry on with as much of our work as possible!
Summer means different things to lots of us, but as a church we tend to use August as a time to slow down and rest with one another, this is especially true for those who lead MSCs, we want to encourage each other to clear some of the usual community activity and have some fun together.
This year round we’re getting into August with considerable change: Allsorts has come to an end, at least one other community is moving towards multiplication, there is all sorts of movement involving people and team. Some of us will feel like we want this to all be resolved before we rest, we may not get what we want. We may need to slowdown, wait and accept a bit of uncertainty.
All of this makes making sure that we stay connected with each other all the more important. There are lots of ways to keep in relationship with Kairos people – phones, texts, social media, gatherings, and good old conversations! In particular there are the 9am Communions and Summer Gatherings – great opportunities to keep in touch.
As Autumn goes on I think things will look clearer and a number of MSCs may well emerge, we want to be ready for this and so are once again creating space for prayer. During Launch Week (30th August – 2nd September) we’ll gather to pray at 7am, 9am, 12noon, 4pm and 8pm, we’d love you to join us.
Enjoy the next few weeks! Rest, connect with one another and with God.
Have a good Summer!