BlogsThoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral
By a long-time member of the Jubilee Church Wirral family
As I write this, we are on the way to Newday.
A good friend of mine asked me if I was exhausted at the prospect of it. A little bit, I answered. But also excited.
Excited because it’s the first Newday I’ve been to since 2018. That’s four years ago.
Excited because it’s the first one my 14-year-old daughter is attending as a full delegate rather than a child.
Excited because we’re taking 25 young people from Jubilee, some of whom don’t know God at all yet.
They will be sharing the Norfolk Showground with around 7000 other young people for almost an entire week. They’re going to have an incredible time: they always do. What’s even more important is that God will be there too and they will return having had the best possible introduction into being a Christian that they could hope for.
Will they all come back as Bible-reading, card-carrying converts? Possibly not. But you never know – this is God we’re talking about, after all.
Will it change some of their lives? Undoubtedly.
Will we know who has been affected by it and who hasn’t? No.
One of the great things about Newday and other outreach events is that they plant seeds. Seeds that take time to grow and blossom. Sometimes they’re fast-growing seeds, seeds that blossom almost immediately; if those kind of seeds are planted in all our young people we can expect to see a flurry of baptisms and, come September, a church full of spirit-filled young Christians.
We may not see that. But what we will know, beyond any doubt at all, is that God will have planted seeds in all their lives. They won’t be quite the same ever again and what they will have learned will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
One day, some of them will give their life to the Lord completely. Some might not, but one thing is certain: Newday will have had an effect.
It will have changed lives
Newday 2022 is over – hear what our leaders had to say about this year’s event.
Arlo on obeying what God prompts us to do even when it’s something we don’t want to do.
Chantal Robertson on how God knows best even when our plans are derailed and we can’t do what we had wanted!
Chris on celebrating our heavenly Father every day – and rejoicing in the fact that our celebrations will always be outstripped by his blessings on us.
Danielle asks us “Are you listening to the Lord?” and to pray for our young people a few weeks ahead of their trip to Newday this year.
“Everything that I relied on here on earth had gone and the life I thought was all set out in front of me melted away.”
Tracy, Benjy and Hannah were baptised on June 12, 2022 – here are their testimonies.
How Life Groups (or Home Groups, or Cell Groups) can change your life.
The Friday Tots team on how the new adults and tots group has been a huge answer to prayer.
Andrew Greenhalgh on doing what we were called to do – and doing it for the kingdom and His glory.
Gerry Mellors on the joy of knowing that God is in charge and that it is Him, not us, who has the master plan.
Nicki Frodsham on The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and why we are called Jubilee Church Wirral.
Elizabeth, Adele, Pam, Nigel and Liam were all baptised on Easter Sunday 2022 – read this blog to find out why!
Dawne Cooper on how creating visual art can be as much a part of worship as other more traditional methods
Guest blogger and ChristCentral leader Jeremy Simpkins on the amazing multi-cultural church that Jesus is building all over the world – including at Jubilee!
Yvonne on how God reassures us that he will supply all our strength for the day’s challenges but that we are not to spend time worrying about tomorrow or days to come.
Andrew Greenhalgh on why it’s so important to ask for help – not just from God but from others.
Danielle looks at perceptions and asks us if we are seeing ourselves as the world tells us to see ourselves or through what God says.
Helen on dealing with fear in the face of wars and impending wars – especially if the war in Ukraine is the first war you have experienced in your lifetime.
Vernon Martin on how the Identity Confirmed through the lens of the Gospel series has challenged him regarding where we should find our identity.
Alison on how God has shown her His faithfulness during some difficult and painful storms and periods of feeling extremely despondent.
Lynne on answers to prayer and how God sometimes says yes, sometimes says no and sometimes says “not yet”
Arlo on how God has our back – reminding us of His truth and unwavering support at all times.
Denise Griffiths on how Jesus sees us through every circumstance – and understands how we are feeling in those times