I’m sure that many of you will have already seen the latest announcement from the authorities regarding the new restrictions on public gatherings because of the Covid-19 crisis. In light of this development, our Eldership have decided to suspend our weekly Sunday services at both campuses for the foreseeable future with immediate effect. This is not a decision that we have reached lightly as we really value gathering together as family, however we genuinely believe that this is the most responsible course of action for us to take.
As an alternative we will be live streaming one service from our City campus on Facebook at 10am on Sunday, including live worship and our special guest speaker Ps. Mike Knott. This will be available on both our Elim Church Christchurch City and Burnside Elim Community Church Facebook pages. The recording will also be available for you to watch at a later time if you so choose.
We want to encourage you to reach out to your small group or those who you’re in relationship with and see if you can organise to meet together on Sunday morning to watch our service together. We don’t want social distancing to result in social isolation for anyone.We are aware that this is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for many people. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at church if you’d like to talk or pray - our pastoral care number is 022 044 0285.
In amongst it all, let’s keep believing together for God to bring about a change in this situation. Nothing is too hard for Him. He has not been caught off guard by any of this, and He is with us as we continue moving forward and finding out more.
Blessings, Nu and Taua
Coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) is increasingly becoming a concern as it spreads around the world and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. Just wanted to let you know what our response is to date as we monitor events daily.
As a church across our campuses we are reinforcing all Ministry of Health guidelines and advice. What does this look like?
Blessings, Nu and Taua
Good Morning Church,
I am excited to announce our first 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting for 2020. We are joining together with all the Elim Churches around the country who have been given the challenge to take time to seek God and to really pray for the move of God throughout our nation. The theme of this 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting is “Revival Ready”. We are preparing our hearts for the greatest move of God we have seen in our lifetime. I am a believer that our God is going to move supernaturally throughout our community, our city, our nation and the nations of the world.
We have an integral part to play in the next move of God. The bible tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
God says if we will do our part He will do His. We are partnering with the Kingdom of God. Believing for God to pour out His favour over our nation. From the top of the North to the bottom of the South. We will see the hand of God move.
So I’m asking everyone in our Church to commit to praying and fasting over the next 21 Days. Starting from the 16th of March - 5th of April. We have printed booklets for you to use over the 21 day period. In it you will find bible readings and prayer points for each day.
To launch our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, I’m inviting everyone in our church to join us on Monday the 16th of March for a 1 hour prayer meeting in the Elim Church Christchurch City Auditorium, 10am-11am.
If you are fasting for the first time I would recommend that you consider your health situation before entering into a Fast. If you are pregnant you shouldn’t fast but be praying, the welfare of your baby is your priority. If you are sick or are taking special medication or have special dietary needs check with a doctor before you decide to fast. The Lord knows your heart, He understands if it’s not medically possible for you to fast at this time. Children are not expected to fast with you. However you may like to give them the challenge to “go without” in another way. Maybe T.V. or technology or something else for a time. It could be for the morning or a day or however long you choose. So please be sensible in choosing how long to fast and again seek medical advice if needed.
Here’s some advice from Jentzen Franklin regarding fasting:
How to Begin
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).
Deciding What to Fast
There are many different types of biblical fasts you could do. We are doing the Daniel fast. Daniel abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember to replace that time with prayer and bible study.
Deciding How Long
You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer. Here’s some suggestions:
This fast can be a full fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sun down. You can select from three types of fasting —a full fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.
What to Expect
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.
How to End
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.
FOOD GUIDELINES FOR A DANIEL FAST
“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.”
Daniel 10:3 KJV
“I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”
I’m so excited about what God is about to do in the life of our Church through this time. Let’s do this!
Cheering you on, Nu and Taua Telea.