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The purpose of church
Grant Flaum | 09 November 2015
Hello amazing church

Today I can’t help but recall the amazing quote from Bill Johnson at our session with him in Redding recently. He said ‘The purpose of the church is to be a dwelling place of God to provoke change in us to transform the world.’

How profound is that??

When we gather on a Sunday morning (or Wednesday evening or any time) we become a ‘greenhouse’ of His presence, a patch of heaven on earth.

In that space people experience peace and joy and healing and refreshing and family. They encounter. Not only do they encounter truth (which may be in stark contrast to the facts of their pressing circumstances) but they encounter the majesty of Jesus. He truly is all we need.

From this place of recharging and the injection of courage we receive from the gathering we get to discharge into our world (the transforming part of Bill’s quote). We model what we have just seen by taking this glorious explosive resurrection life in to our every day. That is how heaven comes to our workplace, our family life, our neighbourhoods, our sportsfields, for example.

We can do nothing without Him and He chooses to do nothing without us (by and large). A divine partnership full of moments to celebrate his victories (big and small) in our and other people’s lives.

Onward and upward for the prize that awaits us!

Love always.

Your very proud leader

3 planes flying overhead
| 22 September 2015
On Sunday morning during the prayer time before the service, three planes flew overhead in formation.  As I looked up it reminded me of the Trinity and how our strength comes from flowing in the power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I wrote the following poem during worship the same morning:
Flying in formation with God
High up in the sky, soaring free
There is no place I would rather be,
Wing to wing we fly
Supporting each other in the sky.

Together we fly as one
Joined with the Father, Spirit and Son.
Each is focused on the whole
As we soar and dive and roll.

Careful precision is needed here
A vision that is true and clear.
When we follow where God leads
That is when our flight succeeds.

Keeping Him in our sight
Everything will be all right
As He guides us through the storms and clouds
We hear His voice when everything else seems loud.

As we continue to soar to new heights
The burden He gives us is so light
In formation with Him we soar
And discover we were made for so much more!

He will never let us crash and burn
He leads us through each twist and turn.
His love is all we ever need
A love that is pure and generous indeed.

By Joy Dickie

This good news
Grant Flaum | 10 August 2015
Good morning beautiful Central Parks family, the beloved saints, the hungry ones,

To think that through a wild deliberate act of intense love God broke the barrier between man and God and sent Jesus as our mediator that we were gifted this radical love initiative not because of anything we did, but because of a love sick Father calling His children home.

And those that have received this redemption act and received Jesus into their hearts now live fully equipped to love and be loved within the Father's family and out on to the streets of their world.
As we burn and yearn for Him He floods us with a love and power that knows no limits.

All it takes is one 'yes' and a tucking in close to the author and perfector of love itself.

Arise Central Parks City Church. This is our finest hour.

History is about to be re-written.

Your very proud leader

a vision and a poem
cpadmin | 22 January 2015
On Sunday, Holy Spirit gave Claudine a vision and Joy a poem. May you be lifted up and encouraged by Holy Spirit's love for you as you read these:

On Sunday while we were worshipping I saw a vision from the Holy Spirit. It was huge wings, and these huge wings are not attached to something because they can attach to anyone in need. These wings are so huge they drag behind the person they are attached to and give the person the ability to walk into barren dark land and transform it into lush green fields filled with life. These wings of love pick you up when you don't have the stregnth to lift your head. And they are big enough to cover you and shield you from all harm. I felt a warm safe feeling while seeing this.

I believe God wants to let us know that these wings are for each and every one of us and can lift you high above any problem you may face and shield you from stormy weather and winds. These wings are wings of hope, wings of love, wings of strength and wings of safety.

Isaiah 40:27-31 MSG

letter from grant and lisa
Grant Flaum | 09 December 2014
Thank you to everyone who has given of themselves for the benefit of the Central Parks community this past year. It hasn't been an easy year for us. We have had to weather some intense storms.

They say "whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger' and we can with confidence say we are a stronger more robust community as a result of 2014.

God has been incredibly good and incredibly faithful.

As a people we are more focused and more determined to pursue the mandate on us as a house. We are in a very good space to go after our dreams in 2015.

What are our dreams? In essence we want to bring the kingdom to the Parks suburbs and we want to build Central Parks to be a "strong tower" in the city.

In January you will be hearing a lot about our vision, goals, etc for the year. Lisa and myself and the leadershp team are so excited to share our hearts with you around the direction we are going in as a local church.

The '1000' prayers intitative started in October, has born great fruit thus far and we want to continue going after the stuff that gets us excited.

We are trusting for a big harvest as more and more of the Central Parks community invite friends, family, collegues and even strangers to our meetings and indeed into our lives.

Thank you for your incredible generostiy this year. You have continued to be so faithful in your giving of your finances throughout the year. May we be a people who continue to put His Kingdom first and be a blessing to the broader community.

In closing, we celebrate our close relationships with friends and fathers. These connections have got us through the challenges we have had to face with sustained passion for Jesus.

May this festive season be filled with incredible peace and joy. May you rest deeply from all your labour and savour precious time with friends and family celebrating Christ the King

Here's to a magnificent and deeply impactful 2015!

All our love

Grant and Lisa 
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