C-Kers Online

Hi and welcome to C-Kers online. We hope you’re not getting too bored – it’s been 10 weeks that we’ve been stuck at home now. If you’re looking for something to do, why not try some of the crafts and stuff that we would have done at C-kers over the last few weeks? We’ll add some more editions in the coming weeks. Before we start, let’s get a message from one of our Wednesday C-Kers favourites: Scruffy.

Each week, we’re going to have a look at some of the stuff that we would have done at Wednesday C-Kers and have a go at both the craft and puzzles, as well as listen to the story. So off we go with the story!

We are going to do crafts each week on C-Kers Online. So have a look at the sheet below and see if you can make the spinner. There’s an instruction sheet and the spinner template. You’ll need to ask for some extra bits and pieces, then off you go! You’ll also need access to a printer to do all these activities. They will all download in a form you can print off.

The words on the spinner come from the Bible in Colossians 1:16
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” The Bible is talking here about Jesus and there is a mini-book below which you can make up which will tell you more about this.

If you’re still looking for something to do, we’ve got a couple of puzzles for you to do. Download, print and colour them in!

We’ve also got a bit of music for you to listen to. Why not try and join in? Well that’s it for now, see you next week.

CAP Update May 2020

Felixstowe Christian Action Against Poverty and Debt (FCAAPD)

CAP Debt Counselling

The great news is that, since we started, five of our clients have become debt free, and we have five more clients we are supporting on their journey to become debt free.

However, the last few months have been challenging times for us. First CAP Head Office made the very difficult decision to stop taking new clients in August so they could address the large backlog of cases and enquiries, review how they work and change to be less “work-driven” and more “God-driven”.

They resumed taking clients in February but within weeks home visit appointments with clients were stopped by the Government lockdown. CAP Head Office were able to quickly develop a new system for telephone appointments for existing clients and have recently resumed taking calls from NEW CLIENTS to arrange appointments. So, the GOOD NEWS is that we are back in business offering a full service, even if it has to be only by telephone for the time being.

CAP Money Course

Before Lockdown we had two CAP Money courses scheduled – 2 afternoon sessions at The Laydens, and 3 evening sessions at White Gables Care Home Stanley Road. Sadly, these have had to be postponed. The course at White Gables will be the 3rd course we have run there, many thanks to Alison for making us welcome and offering a non-church venue to encourage more attendees. We wanted to offer the afternoon sessions at The Laydens to hopefully attract mums, dads and carers who cannot get to our evening sessions.

We have also been working with Warren Hill Prison to run CAP Money Courses for prisoners about to be released. We have built a good relationship with the Warren Hill Prison staff and we were able to present the first session of the course in which five prisoners participated. Unfortunately, we were unable to deliver the second session because the lockdown had started.

We now have five CAP Money Course Coaches trained and we are looking forward to sharing with many people of Felixstowe ways to manage their money and budget better once normal service can be resumed. Some of the Money Coaches already offer one to one support at St Phillips, St Peters & Paul & Christchurch Pop Up Shops. If you know of anyone who would benefit from attending a CAP Money Course hold them in your prayers and contact your church representative or myself Carolyn Jones, St Marys Walton Representative, on 07900882582.

The Future

The Lockdown has left many people worried, anxious and struggling with debt and money concerns. The debt counselling service is now available so if you know of anyone in debt please encourage them to call CAP on 0800 328 0006. New dates for CAP Money Course courses will be on The CAP website with posters and information sent via church newsletters and e-mails.

Currently we need:

•    someone to train as a debt coach to work alongside Rick our debt centre manager and

•    more befrienders who can walk alongside a client on their path to become debt free and

•      a prayer coordinator

If you would like to know more about these opportunities please contact Steve Lineham steve.lineham@btinternet.com phone: 01394 672455

Prayer – please pray:

•    For the five Existing Clients, that they will continue to be able to live within their budget and work with CAP

•    For NEW Clients: that some of the many people in debt will have the confidence to make contact

•    For Rick (as Debt Coach): that he can understand and complete the necessary training to be able to competently guide clients through the radically changed interview processes required to enable them to work with CAP.

•   For the Befrienders: that they can continue to assist their existing clients and that we can find ways to link them up with clients who are having only telephone appointments.

•    For one existing male client who “Rick happened to meet” on the day lock-down was announced who asked Rick “How do I become a Christian?”. The following day (despite lock-down) his befriender and Rick visited him at home and had the privilege of witnessing him pray to ask Jesus into his life. He continues to grow, and says life is totally different.

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I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29 v 11.

Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

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Thy Kingdom Come 2020

We shall be supporting Thy Kingdom Come again this year, which is a season of prayer in the period between Ascension and Pentecost (21st to 31st May this year) where we will be joining with others worldwide in prayer. We will be praying for five people who do not yet know Jesus, whom God has placed on our hearts to pray for during TKC and beyond, that they may know Jesus personally for themselves. There is a Prayer Journal to help us pray during this period and a link to it is below by looking for ways we can practically help our neighbours and the wider community.

In addition this year, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are also being encouraged to pray for our local community, and looking for ways to pray and practically support others. The TKC people call it Prayer & Care. This is a time to share hope and the power of prayer in a practical way.

As regards formal activities, we shall be doing the following during the TKC 10 days:

Thursday May 21st 10-30am Ascension Service. As for Sunday services, this will be available on its own page on the Church website. After its premiere at 10-30, it will continue to be available for viewing subsequently.

Daily May 22nd to May 30th (except Sunday 24th) 12 to 12-30pm Daily Prayers. This will be a short time of reflection and prayer as we did last year, except this shall be on Zoom. Details will be circulated by Steve by email. If you have not received notification by Ascension Day, please contact us for logon details.

Sunday May 31st 10-30 am Pentecost Sunday Service available as usual through the Church website.

Thy Kingdom Come in Suffolk has a 24/7 Prayer Marathon set up and the poster below gives you information if you want to be involved. Additionally, they suggest we light a candle and pray each evening to show to our neighbours that in a dark world that Jesus is the Light of the World. They have also got some more prayer ideas on their website.

There is a daily prayer journal available for TKC as a pdf file, with readings and prayers for each day during the 10 days for both personal and church use. We shall be using it for daily prayers and it is available at the web address below. If you know someone not on the internet and who would like one, please print one off for them or let Mark know and he’ll get one to them.

DAILY JOURNAL APP FOR PHONES AND TABLETS The Journal is also available as a daily app for Android and iOS. Go to App Store or Play Store and look for the Thy Kingdom Come Daily App by Trellisys.net. It’s a mixture of videos, text and audio podcasts. People speak well of it. The Church of England also do a Daily Prayer for TKC app which is written liturgy, more sited to groups.

Download link for Prayer Journal https://bit.ly/2TfiuPJ

Printable Version of the Prayer Journal https://bit.ly/2zUQoCl

Don’t know much about TKC? Here’s a video that explains it.

Volunteer Opportunities with CTF

Churches Together in Felixstowe are looking for two volunteers: one to take over from Sue Hockenhull who is retiring, and a new role of Media and Communications Officer to co-ordinate advertising in social media and the more traditional advertising platforms and to develop how CTF presents itself in the media generally.

Is God calling you? If interested, contact Sue Hockenhull in the first instance on the email in the poster.