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Fireworks and Fellowship

Remember, Remember the 5th of November.

Last night was Bonfire Night and as a cluster we came together to enjoy an evening of  of fireworks and fellowship . Fellowship is when people who have the same beliefs share life together and we did this in various ways. To serve one another we each brought food to eat together – delicious.

In Matthew 25:35 it says “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”. God provides us with all that we need, and so as a cluster we try to share our time and food together.

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When spending time together we should encourage each other in our christian faith by praying, worshiping and looking at the bible. Last night we were able to  do this by looking at various ways to worship, and singing our praises to God.

James 5:13 says, ‘Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.’ No matter our situation we should choose to worship God and in the middle of a busy term this was a perfect opportunity.

Together we then lit and watched fireworks and sparklers, which as students was definitely a laugh and definitely makeshift – try setting off fireworks from a pan full of soil. To watch something so beautiful and exciting together was lots of fun, and their was a real sense of friendship.

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Starting a New Year.

Having started a new year at University we’ve had a few changes to our cluster. Action has seen many people graduate and lots of new faces start to hang around with us.

At the start of a new term we’ve had some exciting events and some new ideas starting. This year as a Cluster we’ll be focusing on building each other up, and spreading the love of Jesus to the Sheffield Hallam community. The students and the church have been back together for about a month, and we’ve see spiritual and numerical growth in each.

In John 15:12-15 it says: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” 

This year that is one of our primary focuses to Love God, Love our Friends, and to Love our Neighbors. So far this term we have been doing this in a variety of ways.

We built up our friendships within our cluster, and other student groups, at our church at the Church4Students party at Vodka Revs.

C4S Student Party Oct'14

C4S Student Party Oct’14

C4S Student Party Oct'14

C4S Student Party Oct’14

In addition, this year we’ll be regularly water-bottling on the club and bar scene in Sheffield to help and bless students of both universities. This started with a bang last night as we went out to support Sheffield Sports Societies who regularly go out on a Wednesday night.

Water-bottling Oct'14

Water-bottling Oct’14

Opportunities like this, and our Cluster meals (at Bloo88) encourage us to support our friends and to invite others along to simply chat, eat, or help out, or maybe, to ask questions about God.  We’re very excited about what this year brings, and bringing Jesus back to the city of Sheffield.

Paul wrote, “Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy. Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind.” Philippians 4:4-5.