Welcome to our first ever online edition of ‘Lifelines’, our weekly update of all that’s happening at New Life Croydon. None of us expected to be in this position of not being able to meet physically and having to stay at home, but it’s amazing to see how New Life is adapting to the challenges, to continue to meet online and care for those in need. Our elders met together online this week, and were praying for God’s blessing, protection and healing for our New Life family.
This Sunday we will again be broadcasting our service live at 10am on Youtube. We’re delighted to have Nathanael Edwards sharing God’s word with us. Remember, the clocks go forward this weekend, so remember to change your clock, so you don’t miss our live service! If you can’t catch the service live, you’ll be able to catch up on our YouTube channel or Facebook page.
NHS staff & key workers
We’re sure many of you joined in the round of applause on Thursday evening for our amazing NHS workers. We especially want to honour and pray for all those at New Life who work in the NHS or are key workers in this crisis. In order to support and pray for you, we’ve set up a special NHS Keyworker WhatsApp group where you can share prayer needs and receive encouragement. If you are working in the NHS or as a key worker and would like to join this group, please email Mark.
Our pastoral team are working really hard to contact the elderly, vulnerable and others who might be self isolating. We’re providing practical help where needed, but also making sure we keep in contact with everyone. If you need help, or are available to assist to help with things like shopping, please contact Dave Bryars.
We also want to encourage everyone to stay in touch with one another, by phone, social media etc, and especially those who may be on their own at home.
Children’s Work – A message from Louise Abrahams
Children’s work will continue at New Life – just in a different way! Unlike many adults, our children are very tech savvy and accessing online activities is very easy for them. So taking this in to account, we have a new page on our website called ‘Kids Hub’. On here you will find links to games, stories, activities and crafts. Any external websites and apps we recommend are God-centred and Christian-based.
Each Sunday we will post a Power House Kids Activity pack, (a Family oriented pack, with Bible Story, prayer activities, and craft/game etc.) on our website, on our New Life Family Facebook page and I will also email parents a copy. Please email pictures of you doing activities or crafts, I would love to see them. Any prayer requests or testimonies can also be emailed to me.
God bless you all! Louise
Youth Work – A message from Stephen Bryars
It is our desire is to keep contact with all the young people aged between 11-18 connected to New Life family. For this reason, we have set up a private Instagram page (@newlifecroydonyouth) to be the central hub for all our youth. We will post fun & encouraging videos, receive prayer requests & questions, do live Bible Studies every Monday evening from 6.30pm, and more. You might even receive a phone call / message from one of our youth leaders just to check how you’re all getting on.
We appreciate that these are difficult times for some of you, but we do greatly appreciate the faithful giving of our New Life Family. Although, we are not able to gather physically, the life and ministry of the centre continues, and we obviously want to continue to be able to pay our amazing staff team, and support our missionaries across the globe. If you usually prefer to put your offering in the collection on a Sunday, it’s possible for cheques to be posted to the centre. However, it would help us so much if you could now begin to give by bank transfer, by setting up a standing order, or online here, which also contains information on how you can increase your gift through the Gift Aid scheme.
Account Name: NLCC Croydon
Account Number: 50810428
Sort Code: 08-90-79
Reference: Please state the purpose of your gift, preceded by your gift aid number if you have one.
If you are not able to give in any of these ways, but still want to give please contact accounts.
Introducing ‘Church Online’
We’ve added a new page to our website called ‘Church Online’: this has the latest updates, services, and lists ways for us to connect during this season. It’s also a space for you to submit your prayer requests and testimonies. Check it out below and, if you’re on facebook, join our new facebook group to keep in touch with the New Life family.
If you have any questions please feel to email us here or phone us Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm on 020 8680 7671.