Car Parking Updates

Car Parking Updates

Car Parking Arrangements from Sunday 16 February 2020 onwards

We believe that God is bringing us into an exciting new season at New Life where we will experience a fresh outpouring of his Spirit among us. Just like when the children of Israel entered the land God had promised them, there will also be challenges to overcome.

After many years there are going to be some significant changes to the Sunday car parking arrangements at New Life, which may initially be a challenge to some!

Jubilee Bridge Car Park For many years Croydon Council have kindly provided us with heavily discounted parking rates in the Jubilee Bridge Car Park. New Life has covered the cost of the discounted permits, so that those attending our Sunday morning meetings have been able to display a permit and park for free.   The council have advised us that due to increased demand for spaces in this car park, including from other local churches, they are no longer able to continue to provide us with discounted parking in this car park. The present arrangement finished last Sunday so from this Sunday 16 February everyone will need to pay the full rates to park in the car park. If you don’t pay, you are likely to get a fine which you will need to pay!

The current rates to park in this car park are:

1-2 hours: £2.60
2-3 hours: £3.90

New Life Car Parks

Car parking in New Life’s own car parks (the main car park entered from Cairo New Road and the playground entered from Ruskin Road) will now be strictly limited to only:

  1. Those people serving at both services;
  2. Disabled drivers displaying a blue badge; or
  3. Volunteers on the rota who transport elderly or disabled people to and from the services.

People who are authorized under the foregoing criteria will be issued with a specific permit.

If you do not have a permit, please do not attempt to park in either of New Life’s car parks.  Both car parks will be attended by volunteers and please be gracious to them and follow their guidance.  The gates to both car parks will be closed and locked when the car parks are full.  The roadway between New Life and the new housing development must be kept clear at all times and is not available for parking. Please do not park outside and obstruct the gates.

If you are brought to the services by minicab, please ask the driver to drop you under the flyover and walk back.  However, if you have mobility difficulties and need to be dropped at the door, please ask your driver to be patient whilst the attendants open the gates.

On-street parking

There is pay and display parking available in neighbouring streets (e.g. Drayton Road and Ruskin Road) at a cost of £3.30 for all day (8am to midnight).

Centrale Car Park

New Life has been able to negotiate reduced rate car parking for its attendees in the Centrale car park for £3 for up to 3 hours for either of its morning services. This will be available from this Sunday 16th February.

Specific arrangements for reduced rate parking in the Centrale car park:

  1. Drivers should enter the car park and take a ticket at the barrier in the usual way.
  2. The 3-hour parking session commences upon entry.
  3. The driver must then present the ticket to a ‘validation’ reader that will be located on the Welcome Desk in New Life. The ticket can be validated at any time within the three hours, and will then qualify for the reduced rate.
  4. The driver returns to the car park and pays for his ticket before exiting. Provided the ticket is paid for within 3 hours from the time of entry, the reduced rate will be applied.
  5. If the 3-hour session is exceeded, then the excess time will be charged at the usual, higher rate.

Thanks for your cooperation

An increasing number of people coming to New Life are choosing to use public transport and are telling us that it can be quicker and less stressful than coming by car. We appreciate that not everyone is able to do this but would ask you to consider this option if you are able to do so.

Please note that the car park at the old school in Drayton Road is NOT available to New Life members. The building is now being used by our friends from Praise House church who need their car park.

We appreciate that this is a significant change for us all, having enjoyed the blessing of ‘free’ parking in Jubilee Bridge Car Park for many years. However, we would encourage you to embrace the change, and overcome the challenge as we come into this new season of God’s blessing.

If you have any questions or comments, please send them by email to John Dutton (Head of Operations) at john.dutton@newlifecroydon.co.uk

 

New Year ‘First Fruits Offering’ 2020

New Year ‘First Fruits Offering’ 2020

For a number of years New Life have taken a special offering at the beginning of the year. We have called it a “New Year” offering or a “First fruit” offering. The term “first fruit offering” is used because it proclaims the same truths as the first fruit giving did in the Old Testament and it expresses our same confidence in God that the Children of Israel were called upon to demonstrate.

There is however one important difference between the first fruit offerings of the Old Covenant and what we who are of the New Covenant choose to take as an example for our giving.

Those who were under the law of the first covenant were obliged to give the offerings prescribed in that law; the first fruit was demanded of them.

We who have a relationship with God because of Jesus are under no such obligation. We give because it is our choice to do so even when that giving is inspired by and follows the example of the Old Testament.

Any tithe we give and any other offering is not an obligation imposed upon us but a freewill expression of our gratitude to the Lord.

A truth emphasised repeatedly in the Old Testament by the demands of the law was that the first and the best belongs to God, the firstborn son, the firstborn of the flocks and herds, the first of the harvests. We who have benefited so much of his grace should gladly concur that he is worthy of our first and best.

As we take up our first fruits offering what are we expressing?

  1. We are honouring the Lord and His Christ. “I give this to the mighty God, the Lord of all.” We acknowledge him as creator and the one who sustains all.
  2. We show our thanks to the Lord for his goodness to us in the past year recognising his faithfulness and gracious provision.
  3. We acknowledge that all we have at our disposal is his, that “the earth is the Lord’s”. We are but stewards. Whatever we have we hold in trust.
  4. We are demonstrating our confidence in his provision for the year to come.

“Kingdom living” is offering the first and best of our life to God in worship and using the rest in generous ways that honour Him.

Offering the first fruit to God is an act of faith. It is a declaration of our confidence in His promise to provide for our needs.

Do you believe that God will supply all your needs in 2020? As we give our first fruit offering we are saying, “I believe you Lord”.

This year we will take up the offering in both the morning & evening services on the 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd February. The elders will be available to pray with everyone. If you are a tax payer please ensure that you identify your gift by using a First Fruits envelope, so that we are able to claim Gift Aid.

New Life Kids Update

New Life Kids Update

Louise Abrahams, our children’s worker, and her army of volunteers have ensured our kids have had a packed summer. Here’s an update from Louise about what they’ve been up to…

August was a busy month for children at New Life; as well as having Power House each Sunday, we had trips out to crazy golf and a trip to Oxygen to trampoline with the youth. To keep the younger ones involved during the summer holiday Heidi and the team organized a stay and play for mum’s and toddlers. This was such a success we have planned a Saturday ‘Stay and Play Christmas craft’ morning in November – watch this space!

Perhaps the most exciting event of the summer was HOPE. Hope Heroes was a holiday club for children, introducing them to some Biblical heroes, among them were: Daniel, Esther and of course, Jesus. Many children attended both from New Life and from the local community.

The summer ended with Kids Camp. A team of us took 39 kids off to Frylands Wood Scout Camp in Selsdon. The weather was amazing! Being away together was a great experience, the children took part in many activities: Laser Quest, rifle shooting, the assault course, water fights, games on the field and campfires and night walks. One of the most popular activities was the ‘superslide’, for those of you who haven’t seen it, look out for Mark’s video clip! We had a few visitors who came to lead us in worship and share a devotion. We learned all about the ‘Full Armour’ and how it is essential we are fully armed and ready and equipped to live in the world today! Friendships were strengthened, memories were made and a great time was had by all!

Elder & Staff Updates

Elder & Staff Updates

Goodbye…..

In the last couple of months we’ve said goodbye to two of our elders and we just wanted to take a minute to recognise each of them and to pray God’s blessing on them in this new chapter of their lives!

One of our elders Peter Motteram and his wife Maggie relocated a couple of months ago to West Sussex. Peter served faithfully as an elder for many years, Maggie was a key member of our missions committee, was a prophetic voice in our services and together they ran a very successful home group.

Hans Sims, another one of our elders left at the end of July to move to Norway with his Wife Jo and two sons. Hans served as an elder for the last few years, and was very involved with the New Life football team. Jo was our CAP Dept Centre manager and helped many people get out of debt, and served in several other initiatives and ministries over the years including the Life leadership team together with Hans.

Staff Changes

Three of our staff have recently moved on and we want to thank them for all their hard work and commitment while they were working with us. We’ve said goodbye to Gloria who worked in our pre-school, Bekhi our youth intern and Dele who provided maternity cover in our media department.

We also want to recognise and welcome a number of new staff members. Christian Sana has joined us on part time basis to help develop our Connect Group structure. Amanda Austin has replaced Jo Sims as our CAP Debt Centre Manager. Emily Darnborough has joined the pre-school team and Jade Nolan is our new youth and children’s intern. Please pray for them as they settle into their new roles.

Internship Programme 2019-2020

Internship Programme 2019-2020

The New Life Internship programme allows young adults to commit themselves for 12 months, part time or full time, to get involved in the life and ministry of New Life Croydon.

The programme is primarily designed for young adults from New Life and other churches who want to get involved in the day to day running of a large local church, learning more about its ministry and operation. It would be ideally suited for those on a gap year or those who are just completing their further education. It may also suit those who are studying or working part-time. If you’re a bit older, don’t worry, we’d also consider your application too!

As well as receiving practical training, there will also be a focus on discipleship and personal development. Interns will get hands-on experience serving as required within their chosen areas.

All interns must be committed Christians and would be committed to the life and work of New Life.

For more information and to apply, click here.

‘New wine in new wineskins’ at New Life Croydon

‘New wine in new wineskins’ at New Life Croydon

We believe that God wants to pour out the new wine of His Holy Spirit in New Life. Jesus taught an important principle that ‘new wine must be put in fresh wineskins.’ (Luke 5:38). If you put new wine that is still fermenting and expanding into old brittle wineskins, they won’t be able to expand to accommodate the new wine and they will split and the wine will be spilt. This means that we must be willing to change what we do in order to prepare for what we believe God is wanting to do. God has been speaking to us about some new wineskins we need to create at New Life.


New 6pm Sunday Evening Service

For the past 16 years we have run the ‘Life’ service on a Sunday evening. When this service was launched it was to respond to a need to help disciple young adults. Over the years, through the Life service and the related ministries and activities we have seen many, many lives touched and we are grateful for all that God has done. In recent years the Life service has changed a lot and in recent months there’s been a growing sense that the Life service has lacked clear vision and direction. With this in mind the elders decided that the Life service should finish on 4 November. We have now begun five consecutive Sunday evenings of prayer from 11 November to 9 December inclusively, where we will be encouraging our New Life family to come together to pray for a fresh move of God.

In January 2019, we plan to launch a new Sunday evening service where we give time and space for the Holy Spirit to move in our lives. This will be a time where we actively hunger for, welcome and steward the presence of God. There will be worship, ministry time and also teaching on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We want to see our church family equipped to live Spirit filled lives in their day to day lives.

We’re not sure yet, exactly what this new service will look like, but we do believe that if we create a space for the Holy Spirit to move, He will move. We would encourage everyone who is hungry for more of God in their lives to plan to come to this new service if you can.


Connect Groups

We announced earlier this year our plans to replace our current home group structure with Connect Groups. We recognise that community and pastoral care are so important, and so we want to give everyone at New Life the opportunity of being part of a smaller Connect Group where they can experience a sense of community and receive basic pastoral care. There will be three main kinds of Connect Groups:

  1. Existing home groups
  2. Established ministries and activities that provide a level of pastoral care and encourage community. (eg Rendezvous, Monday Fellowship.)
  3. New style groups with a particular focus, aimed at a particular group, or those with a common interest. (eg Bible study groups, young adults, Park Run, Kids Connect Group)

Our plan is to launch our new Connect Group Structure in January 2019, and we are busy identifying and preparing the new style groups we will be launching.


Discipleship & leadership training

Now that the Life service is finishing we need to ensure that we continue to disciple and train up younger leaders. With this in mind, in early 2019 we’re planning to launch a new discipleship/leadership training course for young adults and others who want to get involved. The course will run on alternate Tuesday evenings and will be led by Mark Rossell, Chas Woods & Nathanael Edwards.


Ministry to Families with young children

We’re also planning two new ministries for families with young children aged up to 11 in 2019.

  1. Saturday morning community events: We want to run bi-monthly special events for families from our local community and from New Life, where they will come together to eat, have fun and hear the good news about Jesus. (This will be replacing ‘Going Bananas,’ which we recently closed.)
  2. Saturday afternoon Family service: On the month, when we’re not holding the community event, we plan to hold a Saturday afternoon family service. This will be an opportunity for families to worship together and be impacted by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

We’re excited about what we believe God is wanting to do and especially excited about these new ‘wineskins’ we are creating to hold the new wine. Please be praying for the elders and leaders of New Life as we prayerfully prepare for the future and please also pray that God will do something new and fresh in your life.

Mark Rossell, on behalf of the elders


For further info on why we believe it is so important to pray and also the changes to our evening services, we would encourage you to listen to the following sermons from Ian James and Mark Rossell.