Serving at Newday – what a privilege!

Serving at Newday – what a privilege!

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Serving at Newday – what a privilege!

By Nicki Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral

Young people from Jubilee worshipping in the gigantic Big Top at Newday 2023

In 2004 Dave and I attended the first Newday camp at Newark with our 3 children.

We also took our only teenager in our church and her friend, plus two young people from Jubilee Church Liverpool and their youth leader.
 
For those of you who may not have heard of Newday, it is an annual youth camp, now hosted in Norwich organised by our family of churches, Newfrontiers.
 
My lasting memory of the first camp was when the site was flooded and having to evacuate our youth to a local sports centre overnight. We had a trailer tent and thought we would remain onsite but when our groundsheet was floating on the water we also decided to evacuate (especially as our youngest child was only 4 months old). Amazingly all the water went overnight and the camp resumed the next day.
 
I have only missed one Newday event since it has been running. Each year Dave and I go to serve at the camp. It is such a privilege to support this amazing event, seeing thousands of young people worshipping God. They also need over a thousand people to serve each year to make the event happen. I have had a few different roles: caterer, children’s worker (there is a children’s work for those serving at Newday), and this year I was stewarding in the enormous Big Top.
 
I know that Newday has been a really significant part of the lives of our three children and their walk with God. There have been many testimonies from our young people at Jubilee and the impact of Newday for them. This verse in the bible says:
 
Train up a child in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
 
Please consider coming to serve at Newday next year – there are many roles to fill. Mon 29th July – Sat 3rd Aug 2024. We are happy to give you more information.
 
We are blessed to be a blessing to others.
God bless
Nicki
 
 
 

Suzy MacMaster came to serve for the first time this year and with her permission here is something she wrote about her Newday experience:

Newday kids work

 
A call to serve, made in March.
DBS hold up.
First time long-distance driving.
Arrival: collect your lanyard, get your wristband, get the T-shirt.
 
Camping with a small child, in a small tent.
Alice face-plants.
Banged-head.
First aid visit.
 
Problem solving.
Shopping trolley purchased.
Car surrendered.
Hermit life.
 
Preparing to meet fifteen 5-7 year olds.
Blackbeard the pirate.
A violent parrot puppet called Jack.
Hot shower, muddy floor.
 
Challenges.
Wind and rain.
A football through the kids’ club window, me showered with glass.
Team undaunted.
Teamwork wins.
The devil loses.
 
Rewards and small victories.
Fun and games.
Parachutes and dodgeballs.
7 out of 15 children make a commitment to follow Christ.
 
Walking 37 miles in a week.
Sleeping on an air bed.
Meals with Jubilee yoof.
Growing friendships and laughter.
Deeper trust in God.
 
A Bible verse in my phone case keeps me going.
Resilience and reaction.
I’m tougher than I thought.
 
The big top.
Thousands praising God.
Late nights and loud voices.
Sofas in a marquee.
 
Dreamless sleep.
Long days.
Miraculous weather changes.
Coffee and ice cream.
 
Remember your lanyard.
Change your T-shirt.
60 out of 140 5-7s commit or recommit to follow Jesus by the end of the week.
 
Saturday comes.
Long distance home.
Coffee and cake.
Driving through rain.
 
Home at last.
Unpack the car.
Hugs and reunions.
Tent out to dry.
 
Hot baths.
Back in our own beds
Sleep like a log.
Reflect and write this.
 
The verse in my phone case:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Nicki Frodsham and Dave Frodsham of Jubilee Church Wirral

Nicki Frodsham of Jubilee Church Wirral 

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From advertising to social work

From advertising to social work

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From advertising to social work

By Nicki Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral

When I left school I thought I was going to work in the advertising industry.

However God led me in a different direction.  At the age of 19, while studying Advertising and Marketing, I recommitted my life to God. I had attended church when I was growing up, but drifted away in my teenage years. This renewed faith made me question my future job. I know that Christians are needed across all workplaces and in all kinds of roles but I realised that God had a different path for me even though I thought I had it all planned out.

Dave and I worked in a hostel run by our church in Berkshire when we were first married. It was supported accommodation for young single people. Living and working in the hostel meant that we became part of this small community and it felt like we were family to each other. Some of the young people were just 16 and came from very difficult family situations. We would help them with basic life skills, such as learning to cook and budget.  We also saw several of them join our church community as well.  It was my first proper job and the start of the work that I later realised God had called me to.  My job at the hostel led me to go on to train as a social worker.

I believe our gifts will continue to develop and be used in new roles. I know for me that God has developed my passion and gifting along with my life experiences to contribute to what I do in all areas of my life. Since this time, I have sought to support families and individuals that we have met, but also now through my work at Safe Families where I help to connect volunteers to families in crisis. (Safe Families is a Christian Charity “offering support, hope and belonging to improve the lives of those in our communities.”) 

I was struck by something that Denise said in her recent preach: “As we grow, God will surround us with the people we need at specific times in our lives.” 

That has very much been my own experience in my life.  I have been blessed with God providing the right people at the right time. I know that there have been significant times when I have been blessed by specific people, who have encouraged or supported or directed me. Friendship and support goes both ways. Even in supporting someone I have also been blessed.

We recently felt led to host some people from Ukraine.  We were unsure how it might work out but really felt stirred to want to help in a practical way so we took a step of faith.  We have definitely been blessed by having two amazing ladies in our home. Our two guests have been a source of practical support as well as much laughter as we learn to communicate together.  

God has given me a heart of compassion for those who are vulnerable and isolated but as I get older I am becoming more aware of my own limitations.  I aspire to live by these verses from Micah 6:8:

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Continue to allow God to direct you on your path and let me encourage you to reach out to someone in need. I am sure you too will also be blessed as you become a blessing to someone else.

God bless

Nicki

Nicki Frodsham and Dave Frodsham of Jubilee Church Wirral

Nicki Frodsham of Jubilee Church Wirral 

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Praying for our neighbours

Praying for our neighbours

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Praying for our neighbours

By Nicki Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral

Dave shared this story recently for the Neighbourhood Prayer Network, and I thought that it deserved retelling here as an encouragement for us all to keep praying for our neighbours.

Dave wrote: “We have lived in Wallasey for about seven years and we have always looked to be good neighbours. 

“We have a Labrador who can’t walk very far these days so we do three short walks around the block where we live. 

“I often pray as I walk for the people I know, and also those I don’t, looking for opportunities to bless my road and those nearby. There are lots of things to do, like picking up fallen wheelie bins, putting rubbish in a bin and cleaning up dog mess but often these don’t end in a conversation.

“There has been one unusual opportunity I have found over the last few years which I call the open boot ministry.

“It started with my next door neighbour when I noticed the boot of his car open and his front door shut. I knocked on his door to tell him and he realised he had sat on his car key and that had opened the boot.

“Since then, I have found about four or five different car boots left open, some with bags or shopping left in, but one particular opportunity has led to numerous conversations and a new friend.

“In fact, his whole family says hello and smiles at me now as I walk past their house. I hope to build on this opportunity and invite them to our Christmas guest meeting as now he also knows that I work at the church building by his son’s school.”

Often we don’t think about the simple things we can do to be good neighbours.  In Matthew 22, Jesus says that the first and greatest commandment  is to love God. And then, in verse 39, he says “And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Our challenge is how can we love our neighbours. 

Jesus also says to do to others as you would like them to do to you.  I’d like someone to think and pray for me when I am struggling, and I like it when my friends do something nice for me and I have great friends who do, but what if you didn’t have friends around?

A few months ago we heard one of our neighbours had a cancer diagnosis. I dropped in a bunch of flowers and a card just to say we were thinking about them and praying. It wasn’t an expensive bunch of flowers but just happened to be her favourite ones. She was delighted and was encouraged on a day when her situation was challenging. Often the simple things are the most effective in building friendships and blessing those around us. 

Our encouragement is to open up your eyes and see opportunities to bless your neighbours and start to build new friendships.

Much love 

Nicki and Dave 

Getting streetwise

A couple of helpful things from the Neighbourhood Prayer Network (NPN):

1. Regularly prayer walking out on streets will lead to unexpected opportunities for new connections

2. Looking to turn connections into conversations is all part of helping people move one step closer to discovering Jesus.

Connections and Conversations are the first two steps on the disciple-makers’ journey that will help us move to Invitations and ultimately to Multiplying disciples.

Nicki Frodsham and Dave Frodsham of Jubilee Church Wirral

Nicki and Dave Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral

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Why are we called Jubilee?

Why are we called Jubilee?

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Why are we called Jubilee?

By Nicki Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral

As you know, 2022 is Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year – marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom.

I have always admired the Queen and how she openly expresses her faith in God. In her most recent Christmas Speech (2021), she said this: “It is this simplicity of the Christmas story that makes it so universally appealing: simple happenings that formed the starting point of the life of Jesus — a man whose teachings have been handed down from generation to generation, and have been the bedrock of my faith.”

As a young Girl Guide, I once met the Queen in Windsor Great Park, outside the Chapel that she regularly attends when residing at Windsor Castle.  It had a great impact on me – she seemed very approachable and interested in speaking to us. She shook our hands, asking us about our weekend of camping nearby. 

With so much mention of the Jubilee I have been thinking reflecting on how we came to be called Jubilee Church and what it means.  We were planted out from Jubilee Church Liverpool. On their website it says: ‘The meaning of the word ‘Jubilee’ is to celebrate, and we enjoy celebrating God’s goodness when we gather together!’ 

In the Bible, the reference to Jubilee is about the celebration which occurred every 50 years.  After 49 years, if debts were still owed, then they were cleared.

The Bible tells us that the Jews were told not to charge interest on loans they made to poor Jews (Exodus 22:25)  and, at the end of every seven years, to grant a release (Deuteronomy 15:1-2). The reason God gives is that there should be no poor.   

Then in Leviticus 25:10-12, God gave further instructions to the Israelites for when they have celebrated this Sabbatical year seven times:

“And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of itself nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee. It shall be holy to you. You may eat the produce of the field.”

Our name comes from this and sets out values that we have.  As a grace-filled church we want to remember the poor and also we want to give people a second opportunity; we are not looking for perfection but we look to do our best and there is always an opportunity for reconciliation.

We want to serve everyone in the best way we can and see people set free from things that hold them captive – whether spiritual, mental, physical or financial.

As we gather together on Sundays and throughout the week, remember that Jubilee Church is about celebrating our Lord, who He is but also in setting us free from a debt that we could never pay –  and so we celebrate God’s goodness to us with joy.

As a Church we would like to join the celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year too.  (Look out for more details about us hosting a Garden Party on 2nd June).

God bless

Nicki

Nicki Frodsham and Dave Frodsham of Jubilee Church Wirral

Nicki Frodsham with her husband Dave

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Going the extra mile

Going the extra mile

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Going the extra mile

By Nicki Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral

As I reflect over 2021, the pandemic meant that the start of the year was very difficult.

There was more time at home, not able to see family and friends, Sunday mornings in pyjamas, more home-schooling, and sadly some experienced the loss of a loved one.

The year will be remembered by people in many different ways. Many of you have contributed to something at Jubilee that has helped to show God’s love through our actions, even in a small way.

At the start of this new year, there are still challenging circumstances that we face. I am reminded that there are times when there is sadness alongside celebration.

Someone recently apologised to me about feeling ‘needy’.  I remembered these verses from the bible in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
  a time to kill and a time to heal,
 a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh,
 a time to mourn and a time to dance…

We all go through different seasons at different times. We are praying for peace and comfort for those going through some tough times and also for blessings in 2022.

I would like to say thank you for all that you have done throughout the challenging year of 2021 and for helping to make a difference.

“Going the extra mile” is a phrase we often hear people say; as you know it comes from Matthew 5: 41: If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.   

At Jubilee, we hope you don’t feel forced to go the first mile, but we know many of you do go the extra mile (or two!) in the way you serve the church.

Here are a few examples of the amazing things you have contributed to over the last month:

There was a great response to our Christmas hampers appeal this year.  We were able to give 22 large food bags with essential items and some Christmas treats, to local Health Visitors and Social Workers to distribute amongst the families most in need in our community.

Here are some of the messages we received:

“Thank you so much for the food hampers for the families we are supporting. They will be so grateful and you have done an amazing job.”

“Many, many thanks for your wonderful hampers, how kind of you, they are amazing!”

“Thanks again. Our families are so very grateful!”

We had a wonderful afternoon gathering to sing Carols by Candlelight and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

We were blessed with our very own Jubilee Choir, the delight of watching the children use sign language to convey the words to Silent Night and wonderful refreshments served at the end.

It was a great event to be able to share with visitors. Thank you to all involved.

Carols by Candlelight at Jubilee on December 19, 2021

We took up an offering to help the work of Wirral Change. We are partnering with them as they reach out to local Asylum Seekers and offer some practical help and counselling. Thank you for donating towards this important work.

There are many other ways you have served and supported the work of Jubilee Church this year.  Dave and I are so appreciative of you serving and giving generously with your time and with your money.

THANK YOU for all that you do – however small you feel your part might be.

For those of you who go the extra mile – you are AMAZING!

THANK you so much and God bless

Nicki x

Jubilee Church Wirral Life Group leaders Rick and Chantal Robertson
Nicki Frodsham with her husband Dave

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