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Welcome to Christ Church Mayfair!

Here's a little pack telling you what we believe in at Christ Church Mayfair.

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CCM Sermon App

Say hello to the CCM Sermon App! Available for download in the Apple or Android app stores.
If you have any feedback for us on the way this app runs, please e-mail us!

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New Song: Now Why this Fear

At this Sunday's 7pm service we'll be introducing Now Why this Fear, yet another great song from Sovereign Grace.  Last week a gang of us from CCM went to (and hugely appreciated) their first Worship God UK conference.  They gave us plenty of great hints and tips to bring home, but far more encouraging than that was the way everything was so thoroughly centred on Jesus, and on his death on the cross for us sinners.  "Christ crucified" is what shapes all of their songs - as it should (1 Cor 2:2)

This song was one of our faves at the conference.  It updates some brilliant 18th Century words by Augustus Montague Toplady (gotta love that name) and makes them gloriously singable again today.

Verse 1
Now why this fear and unbelief?
Has not the Father put to grief
His spotless Son for us?
And will the righteous Judge of men
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Now canceled at the cross?

Chorus
Jesus, all my trust is in Your blood
Jesus, You’ve rescued us
Through Your great love

Verse 2
Complete atonement You have made
And by Your death have fully paid
The debt Your people owed
No wrath remains for us to face
We’re sheltered by Your saving grace
And sprinkled with Your blood

Bridge
How sweet the sound of saving grace
How sweet the sound of saving grace
Christ died for me

Verse 3
Be still my soul and know this peace
The merits of your great high priest
Have bought your liberty
Rely then on His precious blood
Don’t fear your banishment from God
Since Jesus sets you free

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4 Resources to Help You Share God’s Word with your Children

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.                                                                                 Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)

I was recently reminded in a friend’s blog that lifelong habits are caught and not taught.  No amount of clever ideas and media will share God’s Word and love with our children nearly as clearly as our own life and behaviour.  So, when I was reading a short Bible verse on my phone a few mornings ago and my daughter, Gabriela (3), asked me what I was doing, I resolved to instead read a physical Bible in front my children each day.

There are a multitude of wonderful resources to help us build on that most important step of our children seeing our own lives and daily Bible reading habits.  Here is a short description of four resources I am enjoying using at the moment and a list of suppliers and resources your can consider investigating for your family.

beginners bible1. The Beginner's Bible
This is my favourite toddler's Bible. Some nights Gabriela can’t get enough of this book: We will have finished 10 stories and she will be asking for more!  It is simply worded, not lengthy and the illustrations are bright, clear and helpful. The stories flow well so they don’t feel like completely separate stories but rather build up if you follow them in sequence.  A slight oversight is that some characters’ faces seem to be slightly recycled so the disciple John looks a lot like Zacchaeus, a story Gabriela particularly likes. So when I am explaining the group of disciples she gets quite upset when I say it is John and we have to agree to disagree in order to move on.

jesus storybook2. The Jesus Storybook Bible
This is also a great book.  We're not quite ready for this in our family as the images are a bit complex and the text too wordy for a 1 – 3 year old. The back cover recommends 4 – 7 years which I think is accurate, and this is the book we'll move on to when Gabriela is ready.

 

 

365 activities3. 365 Activities for Kids
I recently purchased this book for breakfast time.  It is a desktop calendar-type book. Each day it gives you a Bible verse reference you look up and read with your child before completing an associated activity.  These can include join the dots, spot the difference, colour in, puzzles etc.  Admittedly, many of the activities are a bit advanced for Gabriela so I do simplify them for her and support her through those, but I'm also happy to have a book I know she can grow into.  The book is also organised well with one day flowing from the next, so I tend to go back a day or so and recap what we learned the day(s) before which is helpful for Gabriela.

read and share bible4. Read and Share Bible DVD
Children today are used to seeing things on a screen, and it's important to us that our children encounter God's Word in many different formats.  This is an easy to follow, simple and interesting and both our children enjoy watching it.

At the end of the day, the right resources are the ones that work for you and your family.  If these particular resources don't work for your child, don't worry about it. There are a huge range of options to explore together. If you have a tight budget, other mums at church may have resources they could lend you, or on Amazon many books and DVDs are available secondhand for a few pennies plus postage.

Here's a list of other resources you could explore:

Bibles

Activities:

  • Beginning with God: Book 1 & Book 2 (2 – 5 years) (works with Beginners Bible, includes stickers)

Stories:

Praying:

Other:

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Midweek Weekend Away (#1!)

We've just returned from the first of our Knowing God (midweek Bible Study groups) weekends away, where our assistant minister Matt Banks gave us four wonderfully encouraging and challenging talks on the topic of 'the church'.  The first two talks focused on giving an overview of what the Bible says the church is.

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Matt challenged us to think about where the church fits into God's plans, specifically asking the question: is the church the way God accomplishes things in the world (a 'means to an end'), or is the church what God is building on the rock of Jesus' death on the cross (the 'end of the means')?  We touched on some images the Bible gives us for the church (Christ's Body, God's Household, A Temple for the Holy Spirit, etc...).  We had the chance to think deeply about where the church is, the emphasis the New Testament places on the local gathering, and investigated the way this challenges us to realign our own sense of identity not as individuals, but - collectively - as a community.

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Saturday always includes some great built-in time to relax.  We slept, watched football, went on walks and just had the time to hang out and chat to each other over meals and a drink in the pub.

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Sunday's talks helped us to think about some of the application of the theological truths we had seen the day before.  Matt took us through Ephesians 4:1-16, dwelling on the responsibility that each of us has to "speak the truth in love" to each other if Christ Church Mayfair is to continue to grow up into maturity in Christ.  We were also challenged to consider that being members of the church requires us to pursue a unity founded on humility.  Considering others better than ourselves.  Doing nothing out of selfish ambition.  And, at the heart of all of our activity, proclaiming a gospel founded on grace.

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As usual, the weekend went much too quickly for us, and we're rather envious of those who attend Thursday's meetings and have their weekend - with the same talks - to look forward to this coming Friday through Saturday.  We'll make all of Matt's talks - and their outlines - available via our talks page after then!

 

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Christ is Risen

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This past Sunday we sang 'Christ is Risen', by Matt Maher, for the first time at CCM.

We love the opening line of this song. So often we can be caught up in the deceitfulness of sin. Here, in particular, is the false thought that I cannot tell anyone if I've made a mistake or stop my pattern of sin. That's a lie. There's always more grace at the cross. Then the chorus picks up on Hebrews 2, where we're told that through His death, Jesus breaks the power of death.

Here are the lyrics
Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely you bled, for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

2. Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bow to none but heavens will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer's crown
No burden great can hold you down
In strength you reign
Forever let your church proclaim

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
The glory of God has defeated the night!

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
Our God is not dead, he's alive! he's alive!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

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