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Children’s Church: God Has No Missed Calls

When it comes to cell phones, we often have problems getting our message across to someone. Maybe they can’t hear us, the line gets cut off, their battery dies or we run out of airtime. With God this never happens. There are no missed calls, no lost messages and no, “can you hear me now”. We can be sure that when we pray, God hears every word clearly. By discussing with the children how love bears all things, we spent time this Sunday looking at prayer, and how, because of God’s love for us, He will always be available to us in prayer.

Our Part
We looked at Daniel in the Bible. Daniel would pray every day to God. But the king decreed that no one should pray to anyone else except to him for 30 days. If this law was broken it would result in death. Many of us would do the maths. To skip prayer to God for 30 days when I pray 365 days a year, to save my life, is easy to do. But Daniel refused to dishonour God. And so God protected Daniel when he was in the lion’s den. Daniel prayed and God listened and answered.

The aim of the story was to show how despite difficulties, we should still love – how even when people are against us, we should still live motivated by God’s love.

Your Part
Daniel’s story is a great one to encourage your children to keep praying to God, no matter what is going on in their lives. Share some of your stories of when God heard and answered your prayers. As we come near to the end of our theme of love, encourage your children to find ways to display love to others.

We will end next Sunday with our last lesson on God’s love. See your children then.

– The Children’s Church team

Children’s Church Reflection (1 May 2016)

As a parent, I (Greg) am sadly aware of how often my children need to call my name repeatedly to get my attention: “Dad…dad…dad…DAD!” Too often as parents we can be so distracted or busy with something that our children need to nag us for attention or repeat their requests because we were not listening.

How wonderful it is that God does not respond the way we do. God is listening to us all of the time, and He always has a response. This was the awesome truth we aimed to teach our children this weekend. God is listening to us, always. He is never too busy for us and He is never distracted that He doesn’t hear our call. He is always available to us. How comforting.

Our Part

Focusing on prayer this term, we taught the children how we pray to God, we get to call Him Father, and in this intimate relationship He is always there to listen to us. We taught how we need to be aware of what we say because God is always listening. We taught that when we pray, we are not just saying fancy words, or repeating a magical spell, but are rather speaking to our Father God who loves to listen to us because of His desire for relationship with us.

We looked at the story in Luke 11 where Jesus teaches how even a grumbling neighbour, when persisted, will respond to a request. Our Father is far more willing to hear and respond to our requests. We explained how God’s answer can be “Yes”, “No” or “Not right now” but God desires us to persist in prayer. We can trust Him and rely on Him.

Your Part

Please continue to pray with your children. This week remind them that God will always listen. Even when He seems far, He is actually near and listening. With some of their prayer requests, help them to persist in prayer. Pray for a person every day, not just once. It has been so encouraging to see the children report back on how many of their prayers have been answered by our awesome God.

Some of the classes did a craft which emphasised the idea of keeping on knocking by praying to God and knowing He will respond.

We hope you are enjoying this term as much as we are!

– Children’s Church team

Unanswered Prayers

by Nathan Gernetzky
21 February 2016 at Bedfordview PM

[easy_media_download url=”https://www.dropbox.com/s/ldlp58v6p3jia74/20160221pm-unanswered-prayers-NG.mp3?raw=1″ color=”blue” force_dl=”1″]

Prayer and Fasting – July 2016

23 – 24 July, ending with an ALL SITES CELEBRATION.

What we’re praying into

Bedfordview prayer meeting – 26 August, 2015

1. World Equip
– That it would be a strategic time
– For relationships to be strengthened for the sake of the Gospel
– NCMI influence would grow across the globe for the sake of seeing Christ’s Kingdom grow.

2. Boardriders event
– Favour for the event
– Favour with those who will attend – long-lasting relationships to be formed.
– Doorway into lives with the Gospel

Bedfordview prayer meeting – 12 August, 2015

We prayed into / for:

  • Brian and Trish Elliott (Victory Church)
  • Basson and Tanya Nel (Liberty Church, George)
  • Nick and Viv Campbell (Southern Gateway, Knysna)
  • Charl and Dianne van Heerden (Xtreme Life Church, Plettenburg Bay)
  • Murray and Michelle Hurd (Face to Face Church, Jeffrey’s Bay)
  • Grant and Nicole Boreham (Port Elizabeth)
  • Chris and Anet Gerber (Doxa Deo P.E.)
  • Richard and Zelda Preston (Storehouse, P.E.)
  • Nick and Shelley van Rensburg (Bay City Church, P.E.)
  • Brendon and Tash Lock (Joy to the Nations, P.E.)
  • Adrian and Heidi (Uitenhage)
  • Awie and France Matick (Uitenhage)
  • David and Kate Koch (Frontiers International, Grahamstown)
  • Craig and Deirdre Farrell (Eden-in-the-City, East London)
  • Graeme and Sue Harris (Rooftops, East London)
  • Doug and Sharon and Theron (Lighthouse Ministries, East London)
  • Graham and Dawn Gernetzky (Glen Eden Church, East London)

Let us Pray

There is a difference between knowing about prayer and actually praying. What we learn about prayer in Scripture is written to help us to actually pray. For the majority of Christians their knowledge of prayer outweighs their actual prayer.

This short booklet on prayer is designed to complement our four part preaching series entitled “Let Us Pray”, which was preached at all the sites of Cornerstone Church Johannesburg in May 2015. The recordings are also available below.

Download the course booklet in your preferred format below:



Download the recordings

Let Us Pray - Persevering And Thanking

/
by Mark Meeske 24 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Waiting And Enquiring

/
by Craig Herbert 17 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Asking And Trusting

/
by Mark Meeske 10 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Devoting And Worshipping

/
by Waldo Kruger 3 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Children’s Church: God Has No Missed Calls

When it comes to cell phones, we often have problems getting our message across to someone. Maybe they can’t hear us, the line gets cut off, their battery dies or we run out of airtime. With God this never happens. There are no missed calls, no lost messages and no, “can you hear me now”. We can be sure that when we pray, God hears every word clearly. By discussing with the children how love bears all things, we spent time this Sunday looking at prayer, and how, because of God’s love for us, He will always be available to us in prayer.

Our Part
We looked at Daniel in the Bible. Daniel would pray every day to God. But the king decreed that no one should pray to anyone else except to him for 30 days. If this law was broken it would result in death. Many of us would do the maths. To skip prayer to God for 30 days when I pray 365 days a year, to save my life, is easy to do. But Daniel refused to dishonour God. And so God protected Daniel when he was in the lion’s den. Daniel prayed and God listened and answered.

The aim of the story was to show how despite difficulties, we should still love – how even when people are against us, we should still live motivated by God’s love.

Your Part
Daniel’s story is a great one to encourage your children to keep praying to God, no matter what is going on in their lives. Share some of your stories of when God heard and answered your prayers. As we come near to the end of our theme of love, encourage your children to find ways to display love to others.

We will end next Sunday with our last lesson on God’s love. See your children then.

– The Children’s Church team

Children’s Church Reflection (1 May 2016)

As a parent, I (Greg) am sadly aware of how often my children need to call my name repeatedly to get my attention: “Dad…dad…dad…DAD!” Too often as parents we can be so distracted or busy with something that our children need to nag us for attention or repeat their requests because we were not listening.

How wonderful it is that God does not respond the way we do. God is listening to us all of the time, and He always has a response. This was the awesome truth we aimed to teach our children this weekend. God is listening to us, always. He is never too busy for us and He is never distracted that He doesn’t hear our call. He is always available to us. How comforting.

Our Part

Focusing on prayer this term, we taught the children how we pray to God, we get to call Him Father, and in this intimate relationship He is always there to listen to us. We taught how we need to be aware of what we say because God is always listening. We taught that when we pray, we are not just saying fancy words, or repeating a magical spell, but are rather speaking to our Father God who loves to listen to us because of His desire for relationship with us.

We looked at the story in Luke 11 where Jesus teaches how even a grumbling neighbour, when persisted, will respond to a request. Our Father is far more willing to hear and respond to our requests. We explained how God’s answer can be “Yes”, “No” or “Not right now” but God desires us to persist in prayer. We can trust Him and rely on Him.

Your Part

Please continue to pray with your children. This week remind them that God will always listen. Even when He seems far, He is actually near and listening. With some of their prayer requests, help them to persist in prayer. Pray for a person every day, not just once. It has been so encouraging to see the children report back on how many of their prayers have been answered by our awesome God.

Some of the classes did a craft which emphasised the idea of keeping on knocking by praying to God and knowing He will respond.

We hope you are enjoying this term as much as we are!

– Children’s Church team

Unanswered Prayers

by Nathan Gernetzky
21 February 2016 at Bedfordview PM

[easy_media_download url=”https://www.dropbox.com/s/ldlp58v6p3jia74/20160221pm-unanswered-prayers-NG.mp3?raw=1″ color=”blue” force_dl=”1″]

Prayer and Fasting – July 2016

23 – 24 July, ending with an ALL SITES CELEBRATION.

What we’re praying into

Bedfordview prayer meeting – 26 August, 2015

1. World Equip
– That it would be a strategic time
– For relationships to be strengthened for the sake of the Gospel
– NCMI influence would grow across the globe for the sake of seeing Christ’s Kingdom grow.

2. Boardriders event
– Favour for the event
– Favour with those who will attend – long-lasting relationships to be formed.
– Doorway into lives with the Gospel

Bedfordview prayer meeting – 12 August, 2015

We prayed into / for:

  • Brian and Trish Elliott (Victory Church)
  • Basson and Tanya Nel (Liberty Church, George)
  • Nick and Viv Campbell (Southern Gateway, Knysna)
  • Charl and Dianne van Heerden (Xtreme Life Church, Plettenburg Bay)
  • Murray and Michelle Hurd (Face to Face Church, Jeffrey’s Bay)
  • Grant and Nicole Boreham (Port Elizabeth)
  • Chris and Anet Gerber (Doxa Deo P.E.)
  • Richard and Zelda Preston (Storehouse, P.E.)
  • Nick and Shelley van Rensburg (Bay City Church, P.E.)
  • Brendon and Tash Lock (Joy to the Nations, P.E.)
  • Adrian and Heidi (Uitenhage)
  • Awie and France Matick (Uitenhage)
  • David and Kate Koch (Frontiers International, Grahamstown)
  • Craig and Deirdre Farrell (Eden-in-the-City, East London)
  • Graeme and Sue Harris (Rooftops, East London)
  • Doug and Sharon and Theron (Lighthouse Ministries, East London)
  • Graham and Dawn Gernetzky (Glen Eden Church, East London)

Let us Pray

There is a difference between knowing about prayer and actually praying. What we learn about prayer in Scripture is written to help us to actually pray. For the majority of Christians their knowledge of prayer outweighs their actual prayer.

This short booklet on prayer is designed to complement our four part preaching series entitled “Let Us Pray”, which was preached at all the sites of Cornerstone Church Johannesburg in May 2015. The recordings are also available below.

Download the course booklet in your preferred format below:



Download the recordings

Let Us Pray - Persevering And Thanking

/
by Mark Meeske 24 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Waiting And Enquiring

/
by Craig Herbert 17 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Asking And Trusting

/
by Mark Meeske 10 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Devoting And Worshipping

/
by Waldo Kruger 3 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray – Persevering And Thanking

by Mark Meeske
24 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM

[easy_media_download url=”https://www.dropbox.com/s/9xxy5fhemsdp6k5/20150524-AM-Let%20Us%20Pray-MM.mp3?raw=1″ color=”blue” force_dl=”1″]


 

Download the book

There is a difference between knowing about prayer and actually praying. What we learn about prayer in Scripture is written to help us to actually pray. For the majority of Christians their knowledge of prayer outweighs their actual prayer.

This short booklet on prayer is designed to complement our four part preaching series entitled “Let Us Pray”, which was preached at all the sites of Cornerstone Church Johannesburg in May 2015. The recordings are also available below.

Download the course booklet in your preferred format below:



All the recordings in this series

Let Us Pray - Persevering And Thanking

/
by Mark Meeske 24 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Waiting And Enquiring

/
by Craig Herbert 17 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Asking And Trusting

/
by Mark Meeske 10 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Devoting And Worshipping

/
by Waldo Kruger 3 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…
Play

Let Us Pray – Waiting And Enquiring

by Craig Herbert
17 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM

[easy_media_download url=”https://www.dropbox.com/s/b9awl989tk7j520/20150517-am-let-us-Pray-waiting-enquiring-CH.mp3?raw=1″ color=”blue” force_dl=”1″]


 

Download the book

There is a difference between knowing about prayer and actually praying. What we learn about prayer in Scripture is written to help us to actually pray. For the majority of Christians their knowledge of prayer outweighs their actual prayer.

This short booklet on prayer is designed to complement our four part preaching series entitled “Let Us Pray”, which was preached at all the sites of Cornerstone Church Johannesburg in May 2015. The recordings are also available below.

Download the course booklet in your preferred format below:



All the recordings in this series

Let Us Pray - Persevering And Thanking

/
by Mark Meeske 24 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Waiting And Enquiring

/
by Craig Herbert 17 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Asking And Trusting

/
by Mark Meeske 10 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Devoting And Worshipping

/
by Waldo Kruger 3 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…
Play

Let Us Pray – Devoting And Worshipping

by Waldo Kruger
3 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM

[easy_media_download url=”https://www.dropbox.com/s/tr460td9z13bsnz/20150503-Let-Us-Pray-Devoting%20-And-worshiping-WK-Am.mp3?raw=1″ color=”blue” force_dl=”1″]


Download the book

There is a difference between knowing about prayer and actually praying. What we learn about prayer in Scripture is written to help us to actually pray. For the majority of Christians their knowledge of prayer outweighs their actual prayer.

This short booklet on prayer is designed to complement our four part preaching series entitled “Let Us Pray”, which was preached at all the sites of Cornerstone Church Johannesburg in May 2015. The recordings are also available below.

Download the course booklet in your preferred format below:



All the recordings in this series

Let Us Pray - Persevering And Thanking

/
by Mark Meeske 24 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Waiting And Enquiring

/
by Craig Herbert 17 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Asking And Trusting

/
by Mark Meeske 10 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…

Let Us Pray - Devoting And Worshipping

/
by Waldo Kruger 3 May 2015 at Bedfordview AM [easy_media_download…
Play

NCMI JHB City Prayer | 2 November | Midrand

It’s time to pray for our city, together, as partnering churches for the Gospel. We’ll be doing this on Sunday, 2 November at The Crossing Church (Midrand). Things will kick off at 5pm.

We have a fantastic time at our last City Prayer, so we’re looking forward to this one!

NCMI Johannesburg City Prayer

Sunday, 2 November | 5PM

Hosted at The Crossing Church
107 MacGillivray Road
Glenferness
Midrand, Gauteng

Phone: 011-465-6597
Email: 4him@thecrossing.org.za