Cycling the route again on Thursday was tough. Do you remember the strong winds we had? The first half of training was really challenging – I only averaged 13mph on that section.
But as soon as I changed direction and the wind was behind me, I averaged between 17mph and 21mph! Overall, I hit my target of 15.7mph averaged over the whole course.
Sounds a bit like life, right? We have seasons where we seem to be pushing uphill, struggling against the tide or in this case, heading straight into the wind. But then there are times when we’re on top of the world and it’s plain sailing.
In walking with God, sometimes we need to push through the challenges, persevering when things are hard. But this not the ‘norm’. We are called to move in the Spirit, taking direction as God guides us. When we tackle life in our own strength, it can be unnecessarily hard. Hard times don’t disappear when we’re on God’s side, but He does provide the strength we need to get through them.
2 May: My Yoke Is Easy
Cycling into the city this morning, I averaged just 8 mph. I was really disappointed with this as I’m hoping to work towards an average of 15mph for the cycle element of the triathlon.
Right now I’m resting at TheAttic having nearly finished the 38km route. My split averages have been between 13 and 18mph! I’m really pleased with this.
Check out these videos of my training today!
Sometimes our faith journey can be a bit like this. We can feel that we ought to be ‘performing’ better than we are; we’re not praying regularly; we lose our temper more often than we should; our prayers don’t seem to be being answered.
My average went up on the actual route because of the type of road it is. Through the city there are traffic lights, roundabouts, heavy traffic, queues etc. The country roads are plain…cycling!
Faith is not a matter of works, as Paul emphasises in his letter to the Romans. But there is a lot to be said about how we carve our journey.
Are you choosing a path that God has set for you, or are you being stubborn in trying to find your own route?
Of course, following Jesus is never gauranteed to be easy. But he does say to us “my burden is easy and my yoke is light”.
Put effort in to following the path God has set for you, and avoid struggling through the slow sludge of your own route.
In this edition, Nick lays out some of the challenges for young people today, our priorities for the years ahead and why we have started a fundraising campaign.
You’ll also get to read about a young person’s testimony, a new project called ‘Mission Academy Norfolk’, our new 18-25′s gospel choir and also an encouraging story from a drop-in session at a YMCA hostel.
When we produced this bulletin we wrote about a project called Easter Isle which we were about to deliver in a high school. That took place just yesterday and was a fantastic success with feedback overwhelmingly positive from students who loved the experience and were genuinely interested in the cross the and the empty grave.
I recently preached on the topic of the crucifixion and in both my preparation and delivery, when considering the agony and torture of the cross, I found myself on the verge of tears. That God would do this for me? The victory in the cross is something we can’t understand on our own – we need to be salt and light and explain this radical gospel. This drives us forward, compelling us to keep telling the story and give young people a chance to follow Him
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
I hope you feel encouraged by all of this and know that your support, be that in finance or prayers (or both!) is well invested into the lives of young people across Norwich.
Encounter is a new worship service with a difference – it’s designed by young people for young people!
Encounter is designed, planned and delivered in collaboration with young people. It is aimed at encouraging and enabling young people to be salt and light in their daily life. We hope this will be a resource for churches who may wish to engage their youth group with a wider Christian audience and link young people across denominations. Contact us for flyers
I’m sorry to inform you that IGnight is not going to run tomorrow (19th Jan) because the forecast looks pretty grim. I just don’t think it’s worth people putting themselves at risk trying to get there.
Enjoy the snow! Keep safe when you’re out – and enjoy time with people.
As a thought we were going to be looking at how we apply our faith. It’s all very well to believe in Jesus. But he called us to follow him, not just to believe in him.
So this week, what can you do to put your faith into action? Pray for someone. Help someone. Call someone. Write a letter (or an email?!).
You have been called to a great adventure of changing the world. God lives in you and is pleased to use you in his mission to love people.
Did you know that 7% of 18-25′s year olds understand the real meaning of Christmas? What do you think that statistic will be for 14-18′s?!? There are huge opportunities in schools today and we have some great ideas up our sleeve – we just need to make them happen!
Therefore we’re looking for 500 regular donations of £5 a month to raise a salary for a full time schools worker!
NYFC Gospel Choir in Concert, Saturday 14th July at The Kings Centre, 7.30pm
NYFC Gospel Choir are excited to be putting on a big concert this Summer! In 2011 we had the focus of the BBC Radio Norfolk Choir of the Year competition, in which we came 1st Runners Up, but this year we want to put on a big showcase of the new material we’ve been enjoying this year. We haven’t put on our own concert since May 2010 when we packed Norwich Cathedral for the launch of our CD, so we think it is about time! Please come and support the amazing young people who make up the choir…it would be fantastic if we could fill the auditorium! Everyone is welcome so if you, your family and friends fancy an evening of uplifting music, get your tickets now! The staff and trustees of NYFC, not to mention the NYFC Gospel Choir members and Trevor (Choir mascot) hope to see you there!
Tickets will be available on the door at £6.00 per ticket until they are sold out.
You may have heard that we have appointed a new director! Introducing Nick Blanch!
Nick has a long history of working with young people in many different settings. He is experienced in detached work, schools works, youth clubs, discipleship, mentoring and much more. For the last couple of years he has been managing the schools and community team with YMCA Norfolk. Nick has fantastic people skills and is an excellent communicator. Nick and his wife Rebecca, along with their three children currently attend Oak Grove Chapel in Norwich.
The NYFC team and trustees are exceptionally excited by Nick’s appointment and we cannot wait to share more about the direction Nick will lead us in the future.
We will be commissioning Nick on Sunday 10th June, 7pm at St Andrew’s Church, Eaton NR4 6NW. Refreshments provided, parking available at church or adjoining Waitrose car park. We would love it if you could join us.