Latest News on Thursday 23rd March 2023
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ON SUNDAY 26TH MARCH THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD AN HOUR!
Throughout the first week in April, Pastors David & Rachel Kuru would like to encourage you to take time to focus on Jesus, Who He is to you, & what He has done for you particularly as we approach Easter.
We pray that you would draw nearer to Him through prayer, fasting, & intentionally listening to the Father's Heart.
Fasting means different things to different people.
For example, if you are Diabetic it would be more appropriate for you to fast by not spending so much time on
social media or watching TV.
Others may be able to fast one meal or avoid a certain snack for that week.
Dates for your Diary :
Thursday 23rd March at 11 a.m. Pastor Rachel Kuru, Leading our Bible Study & Prayer Meeting.
On Sunday 26th March at 11 a.m. Pastor David Kuru will be Preaching at our Sunday Service.
Please can you confirm your place as soon as possible with our link person Anne Peretto on (+39) 320 030 3476 for seating arrangement purposes for the Sunday service at 11 a.m.
If you wish to support us at CWC, Playa Blanca, click on the ‘Support us’ button above.
Directions of how to get to our new venue at Virginia Park (behind the Virginia Oasis Hotel) can be found on the 'FIND US' link .
We look forward to worshipping Jesus & meeting for fellowship with you then.
One Love in Jesus,
Pastors David & Rachel Kuru
On Saturdays at 11 a.m. at La Rustica Cafe in town there is an opportunity for both men & women to meet
at our combined coffee morning (opposite the Catholic Church).
Thursday 23rd March at 11 a.m. Pastor Rachel Kuru,
Leading our Bible Study & Prayer Meeting.
Click on 'Bible Study' button above.
Sunday 26th March 11a.m. Pastor David Kuru Preaching.
Click on 'Sunday Message 2023' button above.
ON SUNDAY 19TH FEBRUARY we took up a SEPARATE OFFERING
for the SYRIA & TURKEY EARTHQUAKE CAUSE.
We raised 530 Euros.
Please be assured that this will safely reach those in need, as it is being done in conjunction
with our brothers & sisters from the Spanish Baptist Church as they have missionaries in these two countries.
Thank you for your generosity in this matter, as we serve together in Jesus' Mission.
What a blessed time we have all had over the weekend of Saturday 7th January & Sunday 8th January at our
Church Conference with speakers Pastors Margaret & Kevin Peat.
Please check out their messages & a few of the songs that we have sung over this weekend
by clicking on the 'Sunday Messages 2023' link in the above headings.
Christian Worship Centre
PASTORS’ NEWSLETTER for 2022
We trust that you had a peaceful and great Christmas celebration.
As we enter the New Year, 2023, we trust that you are looking forward to what God has in store for us. As believers in Christ we live expectantly, trusting Him to work all things according to His intended purposes for us.
Whatever your year has been like -‘ the highs and lows’ - remember God is still at work and is wanting to outwork His purposes in your life.
Thankfully, there have not been many concerns over Covid ! Yet there have been many other challenges along the way.You might say a mixed year of blessings and challenges !
God has been faithful. We thank Him that He never changes and that He remains in control.
This is Biblical truth that we can embrace, as we move forward into the New Year 2023.
This is truth that causes us to rejoice IN the blessings and IN the challenges.
The psalmist said in Psalm 27:4 ( AMP ) … ‘One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek : That I may dwell in the house of the Lord (in His presence) all the days of my life,
To gaze upon the beauty (the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur) of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.’
As a Christian and as a church fellowship, there will be challenges in the New Year for us.
Yet the ‘one thing’ we must crave is to draw near to God.
The desire and longing of our hearts is to focus on Jesus and not the circumstances around us. This does not mean we close our eyes to the challenges we will encounter. Rather we look by faith to the Lord and see life, challenges, and circumstances from His perspective as we worship Him alone.
This brings glory to God. This means His Kingdom purposes are advanced.
God's people will be blessed and become more spiritually fruitful in 2023.
As you think about your goals for the New Year, what is the ‘one thing’ you desire ?
We trust that you can echo the words of the psalmist here. Let us focus on Jesus more and less on ourselves in 2023.
May we truly be a people who are keeping in line with what the Spirit desires and not what ‘self’ wants.
Let us all seek to be good image bearers of our Saviour, Lord, and soon coming King !
“Come, Lord Jesus, Come!”
Our prayer for you in 2023: “Beloved I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health (physically), just as (I know) your soul prospers (spiritually)”
3 John verse 2 (AMP).
One Love in Jesus,
Pastors David and Rachel Kuru
On Saturday 24th September at 2p.m., Pastor David Kuru & Pastor Chris. Herman had the privilege of baptising
Alex. McConachie. Below is a video of that event for your encouragement :-
There is a national Covid helpline that you can contact, if you are concerned regarding any symptoms you may have :-
Lanzarote is now in Level 1.
We now are able to meet without wearing a mask.
It is up to the individual, if you feel the need to still wear one then that's your personal choice & responsibility.
UKRAINE CRISIS : Another way of supporting is by giving financially.
A Pastor friend of ours (David & Rachel) is partnering with others in offering some practical help in Ukraine in their 'Mission to Ukraine' called 'Stop the Bleeding.'
Their purpose is to hand-deliver life-saving Celox gauze, a haemostatic gauze that stops serious wounds from bleeding very quickly. As a Church, we would like to give towards the purchase of the Celox gauze.
For this reason, on Sunday 27th March & on Sunday 3rd April, we had separate 'blue' envelopes for Ukraine donations.
Let us 'not be overcome & conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good' even as we have given to this URGENT need.
As a Church we have raised 275 Euros for 'Stop the Bleeding' 'Mission to Ukraine.'
Thank-you for your support & generosity in this matter.
‘The Lord bless and keep you,'
Pastors David and Rachel Kuru
Pastors David & Rachel Kuru would like to bless you with the Joy of Jesus & the Presence of the Prince of Peace, our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, this Christmas & throughout the New Year 2022.
Pastors’ Newsletter 2021/2022
27th December 2021
We hope that this Christmas season has been a wonderful and peaceful time with the joy of the Lord radiating from your hearts!
Once again we are delighted to share this Newsletter, as we reflect on a year that is soon to give way to the New Year 2022!
And 2021 has been yet another challenging year for us all. The challenges of the global pandemic, Covid 19, have been impacting all our lives in more ways than one. This has been coupled with other health challenges for many.This has led to changing circumstances and seasons.
There are some from the fellowship who have lost loved ones this year too.
For Rachel and I, there have been many health challenges. In addition, we have had to manage the relocation of our church fellowship from Faro Park to its present location at Virginia Oasis.
In all of this, many adjustments were made. God is resetting His Church.
Yet, we continued to listen to what God was saying to us personally and corporately .
We believe that God is still at work, turning trials into triumphs and tests into testimonies to the glory of His holy name. His Kingdom is still advancing.
God desires us to live fruitful lives. And we do this as we depend on Him, for without Him we can do nothing.This means we are to follow Him as true disciples, being obedient to Him out of love and not out of duty.
We encourage you to take some time to remember and reflect on Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. Remember His sacrifice and remember that He has risen. And that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us as true disciples!
Take some time to consider how you can live in 2022 that will further glorify God, as we all look forward to the Blessed Hope of Jesus’ Second Coming.
‘For we continue to wait for the fulfilment of our hope in the dawning splendour of our great God and Saviour, Jesus, the Anointed One. He sacrificed Himself for us that He might purchase our freedom from every lawless deed and to purify for Himself a people who are a His very own, passionate to do what is beautiful in His eyes,’ Titus 2:13-14.
Those who have lost loved ones take time to grieve and listen in to what your Heavenly Father,
the God of all Comfort, is saying to you. Whatever challenges you have faced, or are facing, consider what God is saying to you as He helps you to navigate through them.
As His disciples, we are more than conquerors so we are to live as victorious people.
‘Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let your joy overflow!
And let gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our Lord is ever near,’
The God of all grace will grace us for the journey ahead into 2022.
As children of faith, let us continue to be people of great expectation of all the good, ‘God-things’ that are to come in the New Year.
Our prayer is that you will know the Presence, Peace, Joy, and Love of our Lord and Saviour in deeper measure in 2022 (Ephesians 3:14-21).
All our best wishes to you all for 2022.
One Love in Jesus,
David and Rachel,
(Pastors of the Christian Worship Centre)
Newsletter 2020 : From the Pastors
We hope your Christmas was peaceful and joyous.
Today, with just a few days remaining in 2020, we reflect on the past year.
What an unprecedented year it has been, challenging and our lives have been shaken as never before
For Rachel and I, who would have thought it would turn out this way !
We came to the Christian Worship Centre in March of this year as the next Pastors of this Church. Little did we know that we would commence our ministry in ‘lockdown’ !
You may call it ‘a baptism of fire’ or ‘being thrown in at the deep end’. Yet we persevered and Rachel and I can say with great conviction “to God be the glory , great things He has done”. God taught us total dependence on Him.
All our lives here in Lanzarote or further afield have been impacted by the challenges posed by the coronavirus.Indeed it has taken us into unknown, uncharted territory.
Undoubtedly we all have had to adjust, adapt and ‘forced to change’ the way we live.
Admittedly sometimes it felt as if our freedom was taken away because of the rules in place to keep us well and safe.
The way we have had to ‘do’ church as a consequence has not prevented us from ‘being’ the church we are called to be. Whether we met in homes, or the church building itself, we were and continue to be His church ‘in whom He delights.’
So things would have changed around us but as far as God's Kingdom is concerned nothing has changed. His Kingdom is advancing and God's people are integral to His Kingdom purposes.
We thank God that He has sustained us by His mercy and grace. God has started to reset His Church. We have come to a new place of understanding of who we are and what we are in Him and how we are to be His representatives in our world.
Our perspective - how we see things, how we speak about things, might be challenged in order that we come in alignment with God's perspective.
As He resets His Church, we are looking to the future for what God is going to do. As a people of hope we are moving forward with great expectation of all the good, ‘God-things’ that are yet to come.
When all this situation with the Covid-19 is all over, what is going to happen next? As we continue to live from His perspective, we will see all this replaced with a mighty move of the Spirit, we believe too.
This will be for the good of His people and restoration for all - healing not sickness, salvation not condemnation. This will be for God's glorious name to honoured.
So as we move into 2021, let us adopt Paul's attitude as he wrote to the Philippians : ‘Let us look forward, not backwards, to what is ahead of us. Let us press on to take hold of everything for which Jesus planned to give us when He laid hold of our lives.’
His precious gift of the Holy Spirit will enable and empower us to live for Him.
Finally, Rachel and I would like to thank the Church here and the leadership team for their support and great encouragement during 2020.
Best Wishes to all for a Christ-centred, abundant life New Year 2021 !
‘May the Lord bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you, so that you will radiate His love, life, and power throughout 2021.’
One Love in Jesus, Pastors Rachel and David
These regulations are due to COVID 19/20 and our congregation must comply with the following measures as outlined below :-
- Mandatory wearing of mask by all members of the congregation at all times during the service (including the preacher & service leader).
- Use of hydro alcoholic gel to be applied to the hands, provided in the foyer of the Church.
- Disinfection of the Church hall after each meeting.
- Distance of 1.5 metres between each family group and/or single person.
- Avoid crowds of people. Keep the safety distance of 1.5 metres when entering and leaving the building. Queueing and physically greeting are to be avoided at the moment.
- It is recommended when leaving the premises to go to your car and not stay in the surrounding area. This is to maintain a good testimony in the community, to honour God and the country’s authorities.
- We will have two meetings : One on Thursday at 11.00 a.m. and one on Sunday at 11.00 a.m.
- There are two toilets available for use. Please disinfect after use.
- If you are a vulnerable person, with asthma or serious health problems, you are STRONGLY advised to stay at home.
- Our named contact person is Anne Peretto (+39) 320 030 3476 please contact her to confirm your place for Church attendance for the Thursday and/or Sunday meetings. This is because of the limited capacity of people allowed to meet in the Church. Please see the Spanish Church’s notice regarding the maximum capacity of people we can have in the Church.
One Love in Jesus,
Pastors David & Rachel Kuru
If you need directions to our church venue, please click 'Welcome' above.
There is a church leadership team in place. We have ten members including myself.
We are praying and planning the future of our church.
Currently we have a husband and wife team, Pastors David & Rachel Kuru from Cornwall, UK.
They felt the call from God to leave their paid employment and train together at Bible College for ministry.
For the last two years they have ministered alongside a Pastor in an evangelical church in Cornwall, gaining experience of preaching, teaching, counselling and pastoral ministry.
They commenced their ministry here on 15th March 2020.
We thank the Lord for this answer to prayer.
Pp Playa Blanca CWC Leadership team.