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History is really ‘His story’.  The story of God.  Life revolves around God.

Jesus burst into the community revealing God’s love for His world. His story changed everything. Jesus turned everything rightside up.  He had kind words for the poor, broken, outcast and rejected.  He had harsh words for the religious, satisfied and self-important.  He healed the sick, forgave the fallen, freed the intimidated and raised the dead.  He taught real love, truth, faith and hope.  He died for it and came back to life because of it.

His story weaves through our lives.  Wise people still seek Jesus.  ‘Those who seek will find’, said Jesus.  His first followers – called his disciples – learned from being with him and were devastated when he was killed.  They were amazed when he came back to life and overjoyed when he gave them his Spirit to live in them.  In the power of his Spirit the disciples of Jesus breathe his life into the world around them so that others might catch the breath of the Spirit and step into this life themselves.

‘Church’ is just the collective term for a bunch of Jesus followers in one place who live their lives in the same way that Jesus would live his life if he was them.  That might not be the description of ‘Church’ that you recognize!  The story of ‘Transforming Wigan’ is essentially about restoring that description in action over words.  When the followers of Jesus live out the life of Jesus in their community life gets turned rightside up and the Spirit of Jesus continues to do amazing things among them and more people get caught up in the story and follow Jesus themselves.  This is the story we want to become the story of a revived Wigan.

 


Jesus bursts into the community revealing God's love for the world
 

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Wellspring Worship Community

40 Days of Prayer

Frank Hinds, one of our Church Wigan leaders helped to organise this along with the members of the Order of Prayer.  Frank writes: “The 40 Days of Prayer has been a fantastic collective effort. It has been remarkable to see the appetite, commitment and determination for prayer across the town.   Over the span of the 40 days, we had 266 people from 28 Worship Communities taking part … with a couple coming from Lancaster and Liverpool to encourage us even more! We had people praying for 40 days with a collective total of over 2000 prayer-hours!  The final week coincided with the Korean Prayer Mission, and we believe the sustained prayer over that week, as well as all that had gone before, will result in real and profound spiritual transformation, which was the reason we embarked on this journey of prayer.  Thank you for the many words, pictures, prayers and prophecies that were shared. We are still collating them and will share them in due course.  At our gathering of ‘The Well’ on October 1st we will hold a special evening to celebrate this prayer-season and to consider what God is saying to us … and commit to the new season of prayer to come! Be inspired! We are weak but He is strong. The promise of 2 Chronicles 7 vs 14 is still true today, so keep on praying! “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV

Frank Hinds, one of our Church Wigan leaders helped to organise this along with the members of the Order of Prayer.  Frank writes:

“The 40 Days of Prayer has been a fantastic collective effort. It has been remarkable to see the appetite, commitment and determination for prayer across the town.
 
Over the span of the 40 days, we had 266 people from 28 Worship Communities taking part … with a couple coming from Lancaster and Liverpool to encourage us even more!

We had people praying for 40 days with a collective total of over 2000 prayer-hours!  The final week coincided with the Korean Prayer Mission, and we believe the sustained prayer over that week, as well as all that had gone before, will result in real and profound spiritual transformation, which was the reason we embarked on this journey of prayer. 

Thank you for the many words, pictures, prayers and prophecies that were shared. We are still collating them and will share them in due course.  At our gathering of ‘The Well’ on October 1st we will hold a special evening to celebrate this prayer-season and to consider what God is saying to us … and commit to the new season of prayer to come!

Be inspired! We are weak but He is strong. The promise of 2 Chronicles 7 vs 14 is still true today, so keep on praying!

“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV

Wellspring is a new Worship Community meeting weekly in St Paul's CE Primary school. People come from different backgrounds and with different ideas, from Buddhist beliefs to a man who called himself “worldist” which he defined as “avoiding religion as they are all the same!”.   Wellspring is a community of local people seeking to live fulfilling, free and faith-filled lives. Mark Wade, one of the leaders, says, "We are doing this practically in looking out for each other’s needs and the needs of others around us, as well as spiritually as we look to go a bit deeper and explore the meaning of life beyond what we can see, touch or buy. As a community, we want to experience the reality and goodness of God. We meet around tables in a café style and adults and children have their own separate themed sessions. Over the first few weeks we have explored ‘community’, ‘trust’, ‘hope’ and living water’. We always end our time together with a meal. One man said, “I would never walk into a Church building, but I like it here, it’s open, interactive and welcoming. I am coming back to this!” Another guy said, “I want to make an impact on the community. The Church needs to be doing something for working class guys like me. What we need is hope!” We are looking forward to developing a community that focuses its worship life on sharing, serving, growing together and allowing God to work in our lives to transform our local community.

Wellspring is a new Worship Community meeting weekly in St Paul's CE Primary school. People come from different backgrounds and with different ideas, from Buddhist beliefs to a man who called himself “worldist” which he defined as “avoiding religion as they are all the same!”.  

Wellspring is a community of local people seeking to live fulfilling, free and faith-filled lives.

Mark Wade, one of the leaders, says, "We are doing this practically in looking out for each other’s needs and the needs of others around us, as well as spiritually as we look to go a bit deeper and explore the meaning of life beyond what we can see, touch or buy. As a community, we want to experience the reality and goodness of God.

We meet around tables in a café style and adults and children have their own separate themed sessions. Over the first few weeks we have explored ‘community’, ‘trust’, ‘hope’ and living water’. We always end our time together with a meal.


One man said, “I would never walk into a Church building, but I like it here, it’s open, interactive and welcoming. I am coming back to this!”

Another guy said, “I want to make an impact on the community. The Church needs to be doing something for working class guys like me. What we need is hope!”

We are looking forward to developing a community that focuses its worship life on sharing, serving, growing together and allowing God to work in our lives to transform our local community.

 

#NewsflashTW — Weekly Highlights
 

April's Antics

DEanery High Easter Service

Our Deanery High School chaplain had the pleasure of showing students the real meaning of Easter. Many came with a mindset of "the resurrection didn't happen, it's impossible!", and left thinking, "actually... Maybe it did happen, maybe Jesus did die for us and was raised back to life".

Speaking to over 1000 young people today. If you're a praying person, pray for me @TransformWigan @benhoughton50 #NewsFlashTW pic.twitter.com/K9s9rie0xQ

— Cameron Don-Duncan (@CamDonDuncan) 4 April

The First Brighter Seminar 'Abide in Me'

Passionate youth and childrens' workers attended in person or came together to watch live on Facebook. This is great news because it shows the heart youth and children's leaders have to get connected and resourced to bring transformational change to the lives of children and young people across Wigan.


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