This is one of those weeks that I used to pray would happen. I used to daydream about days like these. However, now I am actually here I am not so sure!
CCM:City started meeting in its current form just under two years ago. We had barely any people but we had an idea of what we thought God wanted to do. So we held our breath, closed our eyes tight, pinched our noses and dived in to the massive swirling pool that is church planting (that’s a touch dramatic but you get my point).
Two years later and we aren’t dead. Result.
In fact we have grown. People have joined, become our friends and new plans have been hatched.
So this week is a big week in the life of Christ Church Manchester. This week we start a brand new Sunday service. This means from this Sunday we will be running three services across two different locations in Manchester. This Sunday (2nd September 2012) we shall start a morning meeting at 10:30am as well as carrying on with our 6:30pm meeting. We will also carry on meeting at Wright Robinson School in Gorton at 10:30am every Sunday. Exciting times / petrifying.
I was recently sat in a meeting about church planting and I was having a very civil conversation with an experienced church planter. I was telling him about our plans for doubling our sunday services at CCM:City, he asked how many people we currently had. I quietly mumbled something about “60 people on a good day” (we don’t get that many good days), he looked at me, blinked a few times and then changed the subject. Oh boy.
So, once again, if praying is your thing then please pray for us.
Pray for –
- We want more people that bring people!
- We want to plant a few more sites this year (Withington and Alderley Edge are in our sights)
- God needs to move. Things are much simpler when he moves.
Cheers for reading.