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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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Internet Roundup: 28.03.14

Once every two weeks, our congregation member Dave Wakefield brings you a distillation of some of the very best and most interesting articles and content that have been circulating on the web.  Here's his internet roundup for 28.03.14:

What does the Bible teach about emotions? – as an emotionally repressed British public school boy this series looks helpful. But on a more serious note this deals with the important question of how do we view our emotions as a Christian – do we follow them blindly or ignore them? Is there a middle way?

If all Religions are true, then God is Cruel – if all religions are true – why do we need Christ and the Cross

Don’t quote me on this – How has the internet changed the way we use quotes? “Quotations become a way not to add depth to your thinking, but to avoid thinking”

The most influential reformer you’ve never heard of – Hannah More? Anyone? Anyone? If the answer is no – read this article!

3 ways to recognise Bad Stats – as both Christians and Atheist commentators start using more and more statistics it is worth us recognising the difference between a good statistic and a bad statistic. This article is a good start.

What do Wealth Distributions tell us about economic inequality? – It seems like every week there is a new report about how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. While undoubtedly this is true the truth is that a lot of the statistics being bandied around are just wrong.

Does 10,000 hours of practice really help? – If you have read, heard of, or met anyone who has read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers the chances are you have heard of the theory that 10,000 hours of practice is the magic number. However a group of psychologists have recently challenged this.

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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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Internet Roundup 06.02.14

Once every two weeks, our congregation member Dave Wakefield brings you a distillation of some of the very best and most interesting articles and content that have been circulating on the web.  Here's his internet roundup for 06.02.14:

Has ‘Authenticity’ Trumped Holiness? Evangelicalism—both on the individual and institutional level—is trying hard to purge itself of a polished veneer that smacked of hypocrisy. But by focusing on brokenness as proof of our “realness” and “authenticity,” have evangelicals turned “being screwed up” into a badge of honour, its own sort of works righteousness? Has authenticity become a higher calling than, say, holiness?

Three Myths on the World’s Poor: By almost any measure, the world is better off now than it has ever been before. Extreme poverty has been cut in half over the past 25 years, child mortality is plunging, and many countries that had long relied on foreign aid are now self-sufficient. So why do so many people seem to think things are getting worse?

The one theology book all atheists really should read: One reason that modern-day debates between atheists and religious believers are so bad-tempered, tedious and infuriating is that neither side invests much effort in figuring out what the other actually means when they use the word ‘God’. (The Guardian)

The Church of England has issued 9 Twitter Commandments – presented to you without commentary.

Why I Am a Cessationist (Tom Schreiner) and Why I Am a Continuationist (Sam Storms): Two good posts offering different perspectives on an important subject. Worth checking out.

For their latest viral campaign, Old Spice has littered the internet with garish, spammy sites purporting to sell things that nobody would want others knowing they bought. Well, it turns out you can’t actually buy these hilariously embarrassing products, no matter how much you wanted that half price barbed wire tattoo!

Finally for those who miss the delights of playing with Lego as a child Google have teamed up with Lego to release Build With Chrome – quite possibly the greatest way to waste time on the internet! If you want to see more this video will help you see why digital Lego isn’t as weird as it sounds.

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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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