8th April 2015

Work Support Network Meeting - Sun 19th Apr, 7.30pm

Our work matters deeply to God. In fact, work is one of the primary activities that God created us to pursue - in communion with him and in partnership with others.

Through work we have the opportunity to make the world a better place - a place in which humankind flourishes. The working week can be so much more than something we 'endure', becoming an exciting context in which we can fruitfully follow Jesus, serve others and our world.

This is why at City Hope we run a 'Work Support Networks' meeting every six months to encourage people in their work situation. Our next meeting is on Sunday 19th April, 7.30pm at our building on Drummond Road.

The evening provides a great context for you to meet others who may be in a similar field of work to yourself where you can discuss and pray about what it would look like to see 'more of God' in your workplace and how you can play your part to make that happen.

We start at 7.30pm with refreshments and an opportunity to network and chat with people. Around 8.00pm there will be a short time to hear some stories from the workplace and some thoughts from the Bible to help direct discussion and prayer in smaller groups. The evening will finish around 9.00pm.

Our work matters to God. It is an important context for us to join in his mission. It's also a pretty challenging environment. How can we be fruitful followers of Christ at work? Whether you're struggling to survive at work, or want to understand more deeply your calling we would love to see you at our Work Support Networks meeting on Sunday 19th, 7.30pm.

Please watch this video, produced by LICC, to give a picture of the vision and aims of our WSN meeting.

(NB. Off the back of the main WSN meeting (every 6 months) a monthly work prayer meeting has been started. Normally meeting on the 2nd Sunday evening of the month. If you would like more information about this please contact the church office)

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20th November 2014

Work Support Network Meeting

This Sunday evening (23rd Nov, 7.30pm at Drummond) we have a work support network meeting. If you are a part of City Hope and have ever had any challenges or difficulties in your workplace, that you have needed God's wisdom and grace to help you through, then this meeting is for you! I thought it would be helpful, using a couple of quotes by Tim Keller (from Center Church) to illustrate why I feel this meeting could be so helpful you and the church.

Keller points out our current situation and why there is a need today to have a 'work support network meeting' (or some context to help Christians in their work environment):

"In the West during the time of Christendom, the church could afford to limit its discipleship and training of believers to prayer, Bible study and evangelism because most Christians were not facing non-Christian values at work, in the neighbourhoods or at school. They did not need (or did not think they needed) to reflect deeply about a Christian approach to business, art, politics, the use of community resources or race relations to name a few examples. In a missional church today, however, believers are surrounded by a radically non-Christian culture. They require much more preparation and education to "think Christianly" about all of life, public and private and about how to do their work with Christian distinctiveness."

If this is true how and where are you going to go to help you "think Christianly"? Keller goes on to say rather starkly:

"In such an increasingly secular and post-Christian culture, it has become normal for believers to seal off their faith beliefs from the way they work in their vocations. The few who resist usually do so by being outspoken about their personal faith rather than by allowing the gospel to shape the way they actually do art, business, government, media or scholarship. The church plays an essential role in supporting and encouraging individual Christians as they engage the culture, helping them to work with excellence, disctinctiveness and accountability in their professions."

I hope that Sunday evening will be one way that City Hope plays our role in 'supporting and encouraging' you in your work situation. This will only be the third time we have hosted a work support network meeting and already a few other ventures have spun off from it that are encouraging people in their work. I am sure there are many other things we can be doing to support one another. I hope to see you there to be part of the discussion. See the diary page for some further details.

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