'I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.' Luke 2:10
This Christmas, we’re asking you to join with us so that we can help local churches across the UK and Republic of Ireland become more effective in proclaiming the good news of Jesus. In our villages, towns and cities today, the gospel is still ‘for all the people’.
Please visit www.cpas.org.uk/all to make a donation and learn more about the impact we’ve been making.
Time to get excited ... Ventures bookings are open!
Today is the day they've all been waiting for ... not only the first door on the advent calendar but Ventures bookings for 2013 are open!
The new brochure is now available, with details of around 90 different holidays for 8 to 18 year olds. Praise God for the 30 new overall leaders we have taking the reins this year, and pray for them as they prepare over the coming months.
Cross-shaped leaders are genuinely humble. They accept, and are willing to admit, that they do not always have it together; nor do they know all the answers; but they can point the way to someone who does, being a sheep themselves, as well as a shepherd.
The Cross-Shaped Leader, page 16
The next installment of the Grove Leadership Series is now available - Ian Rawley's 'The Cross-Shaped Leader: Paul's quest to imitate Christ'. These booklets, which cost only £3.95 each, aim to be 'not the last word ... but often the first' on a range of pertinent leadership topics.
Leaving a gift to CPAS in your will is a really important way of helping us enable local churches to flourish in future generations.
The recent Will Aid week and the Legacy10 initiative have made legacies more prominent in the minds of many charity supporters.
To find out more about leaving a gift to CPAS in your will, including how to find a relevant solicitor, please visit www.cpas.org.uk/legacy.
Graham Archer, who joined CPAS as director of ministry in October, gives an update on his first few weeks in post and explains how this new role will help enhance the ministry of CPAS:
'After nearly two months in post things are hotting up. Being the director of ministry gives me good access to all that is happening at CPAS and I have to say there is much that is impressive. I am pleased by the attitude of the staff and excited by the prospects for the future.
'Bookings for Ventures and Falcon Camps are now live and invitations to deliver leadership training are outstripping our capacity to deliver, so we are working more and more closely with partners and associates to fill our commitments for 2013. Read more ...
Experiencing God's love on new Falcon Camp
Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire was home to our newest Falcon Camp, which took place in October half-term. Falcon Camps development worker Jane Stephenson visited the camp, and reported:
'The 8-11s from the north-east of England had a great week, with fun and games including archery and a climbing wall. They heard Christian teaching every day and had the opportunity to think about themselves as part a God-created world.
'The children's knowledge of the love of God has definitely deepened. Let’s pray that the camp has a lasting influence on the members, and that there are great conversations going on at home about what they got up to, and what they learned about Jesus.'
lifecall young vocations day in Kettering
CPAS' commitment to resourcing the Church of England for mission now and long into the future includes fostering vocations among younger people. Very few clergy are under 30, with the average age of ordination being around 48.
The fourth lifecall young vocations day will take place on 23 February 2013 in Kettering. Run in partnership with the Diocese of Peterborough, this relaxed one-day event will help people aged 16-25 to explore God's call on their lives, and work out their 'next step'.