We love Alpha and we are not letting a little thing like Lockdown stop us from running an Alpha course right now. We will be going live with ZoomAlpha on 23rd June so start inviting your family and friends to this exciting event.
We are not able to get out and meet our neighbours in the Cliff Park and Elmhurst Court areas at present, so instead we are inviting them to come and meet us online.
Look out for new faces on 21st June and be sure to give them a warm CPCC welcome.
We have sent out 1400 cards to residents in our area offering help and support during the lockdown period and beyond.
It may just be a friendly chat you need, help with shopping or a deeper level of emotional support. Please call us if you need to - you are not alone in this.
It's our week on the Eastern Baptist Association Prayer Focus!
Gorleston is located on the east coast just south of Great Yarmouth and is home to Cliff Park Community Church.
It was established twenty years ago as an Anglican/Baptist church plant and has grown into a lively and vibrant church who meet in the Cliff Park Junior School each Sunday. There are usually about one hundred adults and thirty children attending the service. The minister for the past sixteen years is Rev Mike Simm.
There are nine housegroups meeting each week and over 80% of the church attends one of them. And more than 60 people are in prayer partnerships meeting in pairs weekly to pray together.
Without its own building for midweek activities CPCC is known as a resourcing church. Its members are involved in different local initiatives and ministries such as CAP, Foodbank, Living Room (the Great Yarmouth Nightshelter), ID (youth ministry for local teenagers), and The Bridge which provides a weekly lunch for 60 marginalised people.
The church is currently considering the possibility of having a permanent building and base of its own, and thinking how it can help build community in Cliff Park and better serve the area .
- The Alpha course running now and those attending it.
- The development of a new vision for the church which includes consideration of a permanent building.
- Reinvigorating relationships with the three local schools.
- The potential employment of a community development worker.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR CLIFF PARK COMMUNITY CHURCH
Cliff Park Community Church had fun celebrating its 20th Birthday with an outdoor picnic, a large cake, and lots of activities including the Open the Book team acting out Bible stories. The church was set up by St.Andrew's Parish and Gorleston Baptist churches in December 1999 but was decided to mark the event in the open air in the summer. The church birthday also co-incided with the 20th anniversary of the start of Open the Book, a national organisation which sees churches going into local schools and taking assemblies with adults acting out Bible stories, often involving the children.
The church is based at the Ormiston Academy Junior and Infant schools at Orde Avenue and takes OTB into both of them each month. 'It was good to have this as focal point of the afternoon and be able to show everyone what goes on in the schools,' said Tony Mallion who hosted the picnic, 'Everyone enjoyed seeing adults dressing up and doing the stories of Creation and the Feeding of the 5000 and it all added to the fun. We were also blessed with good weather for the afternoon which was a real answer to prayer given the wind and rain we had experienced the day before.'
The church worship band, led by Lester Bullen who was one of the three original founders of the team of musicians in 1999, provided music throughout the afternoon with Matt Ashpole from the Identity Youth Project as the speaker as well as organising sports games on the field for some of the older youngsters. A 20th Birthday cake was made by Lynda Lee while a team of church members prepared picnic bags and other refreshments which were handed out to everyone who attended. The birthday cake was cut by Dorothy McCabe, one of the team who helped start CPCC and who also heads up Open the Book. There was a fancy dress parade, pass the parcel and an energetic game with children helping adults create the numbers two and zero from balloons. The Rev Mike Simm, who has been the minister of the church for 16 years, gave the closing prayer. He said the picnic had been a good opportunity for the church to celebrate and to invite the local community to join in with the party.
Tony Mallion said while this was the 'un-birthday' it was exactly six months ahead of the actual anniversary which will fall on December 8th when Cliff Park will hold its annual carol service at Gorleston Pavilion. 'I'm sure we can sing Happy Birthday again at the theatre.'
SUMMER TIME at Cliff Park Community Church
We have got the summer off to a great start at Cliff Park Community Church with a Bring & Share Lunch out in the sunshine. Over 60 people enjoyed a relaxing time out on the field with good food and great company.