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.
We are excited to have seven people coming along to Alpha 2020 on Wednesday evenings. Please pray that they meet with Jesus on this adventure.
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.
Suzie and Jayne join the Church Membership at CPCC
Christingle rounds off Advent for Cliff Park Community Church
A Christingle service on Christmas Eve attracted a large number to Gorleston's Cliff Park Community Church. It was the second year the church had held this traditional service with children invited to help create the Christingle oranges before lighting the candles
While the idea of a Christingle was invented by a German priest over 200 years ago as a simple means of explaining the Christmas story and God's love to the world, it was only in the 1960s it was rediscovered and has since gained popularity. Morrisons donated the oranges as part of the supermarket's community involvement. A bucket collection at the end of the service raised £80 for the local food bank.
The service helped round off a busy Advent period which saw the annual open-air Carols on the Green on the Cliff Park estate attracting a record 130 people thanks to publicity, invitations with a mince pie giveaway, and the unusually mild weather. There was also a Carols by Candlelight service as well as the popular Carols and Coffee at Gorleston Pavilion on Advent Sunday which this year featured a full youth orchestra, the Orchestrate! Project and Norwich Young Voices choir conducted by their founder and Cliff Park church member John Stephens.
We are feeling truly blessed by our recent church weekend away to Sizewell Hall. There was plenty of time to relax, take a walk in the beautiful location, chat to friends and make new ones in between the gentle but challenging talks from John Irvine, accompanied by his lovely wife Andy. Worship was provided by Matthew Hanks and his worship team and our childrens groups had fun with Matt & Hannah Ashpole, Saskia Simm and Angel Beadle.
Gillian & Brian Philpott cooked their way through the weekend assisted by Stuart, Tony & Jenny. There were always plenty of tasty food to eat and we finally made our way through the cake mountain by Sunday afternoon.
Entertainment on Saturday came by way of the Wyllie family and a Ceilidh. Testing for many of us in the fitness and co-ordination department but lots of fun. Twinkle Toes Hanks, who is rumoured to be preparing for the next season of Strictly, putting most of us to shame!
Here's what others thought about the weekend:
"It was a real blessing to me, thank you."
"I thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend, everything was just perfect, the teaching, the worship, the accommodation, the food. Spending time with my church family was such a blessing."
"First of all, thanks to all those who organised, cooked, made sure things were running well, and to those who led in teaching and worship. I think it was a great weekend with a good balance of fun and laughter! sharing, prayer, teaching, worship and of course eating! We were very blessed with beautiful weather and I would have liked to have been there for an extra day. Thank you everyone, most of all thanks to our amazing God because without Him we wouldn’t be getting together like this."
Come with us next time if you can.
Thanks to John Stebbings and Jill Swan for the photographs.