What is Connect4Life?

    C4L provides contemporary resources for churches and individuals to reach out to unconnected and disconnected friends with God’s amazing grace. 

    The inspirational materials for discipleship and outreach are all based around the connection metaphor – ‘connection brings life’. Using 21st century language about the connection that brings identity, value and purpose, these resources can dovetail into short feeder events for other courses like Alpha, Christianity Explored and Freedom in Christ.  There are booklets, courses, free downloads, with two free apps – one for outreach and one for discipleship. These are supported by wider Church Growth Resources.

    You can use selected elements or run it as a church programme for discipleship and outreach. 

     

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    Holidays

    Holidays

    For many, but not all, a bucket and spade will mean one thing - memories of holidays at the seaside.  Why is it that children, young and old, love the seaside?  For children, their laughter makes their delight obvious as they splash in the sea, build sandcastles and eat ice-cream. For adults, perhaps it’s being away from routine or responsibilities, being free to play, to read and to indulge in leisure-pleasures. What do you look for in a holiday? Some like activities but others prefer the quieter and slower pace of life.  When you think about the idea of ‘holiday’, it becomes clear that it is unique to humankind - animals and plants are too busy surviving to think about it!    

    • ‘It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation’ - Eleanor Roosevelt
    • ‘I love writing about my job because I loved it, and it was a particularly interesting one when I was a young man. It was like holidays with pay to me’ - James Herriot
    • ‘Holidays are our one big family indulgence’ - Ben Fogle

    To find ongoing fulfilment through your work is ideal but relatively few achieve it as you know if you think about your friends and acquaintances.  The ideas of ‘job fulfilment’ or four weeks for annual leave were unheard of pre-Middle Ages and still is in some places. If you live in Mongolia then you can expect no more than 15 days annual leave, in Mexico 13 days or in Guyana just 12 days.

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    End Times

    End Times

    Most of us prefer beginnings to endings - the starting of a new chapter, the first day of your holiday or the birth of a child. And yet, we all know these things will end because our experience of life is linear. Scientists suggest that the world began with the ‘big bang’ and many fear that it will end with a big bang either from an asteroid or a nuclear one of our own making. The world will not end because of over population, disease, wars or even global warming. These may well be accompanying signs as you can read in the book that is all about beginnings and endings, the Bible which is God’s Word to us. The picture has a clue which some will recognise. What you see there is a Tide Clock which links the time with the moon and the tide.  Whilst we understand much about day and night, the gravitational pull of the moon in its different phases and the movement of the tide, there is much we just don’t know. We don’t know exactly how or why it all started. Many do not accept that there was a ‘Who’ behind it but the Bible fills in the gaps if people care to read and seek to understand. There came a time when God entered our story as a human in the person of his son. That son, the Lord Jesus Christ, knows the story line and holds it all together, for he is The Alpha and The Omega. 

    • ‘Time and tide wait for no man’ - Geoffrey Chaucer

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    Best Connections

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    THE BEST CONNECTIONS APP is a free resource online and as an app to help people get the most out of life’s journey.

    There are 6 main sections with 5 important sub-sections. Within them are nearly 500 quotes from famous past and present people who have walked planet earth and offer their wisdom. These include Socrates, Voltaire, Obama, Marilyn Monroe, Confucius, John Lennon, Stephen Hawking, Ghandi and many others from all walks of life and religious views.

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    Silver Connections Magazine

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    Silver Connections Magazine   

    For ministry to ‘retired-plus’

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    • A4 large print magazine
    • Free electronic presentation with notes

    This is for use by Chaplains, Ministers and anyone with friends or relatives in the ‘retired-plus’ group. Materials are extremely thought-provoking with stunning images, extensive quotes and testimonies to inspire connections in the silver years.

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    Silver Connections notes and Powerpoint presentation are available for download. It is worth printing off the notes separately to use in discussion with the images, quotes and many interesting stories on the slideshow.

    Click below for free notes and ppt downloads: 

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    My Connections

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    My Connections  
    a free discipleship App

    iphoneThis is a 31 day journey for those who are already connected to stimulate your personal walk with God.

    1. 31 days – short studies with powerful matching images
    2. Personal journal
    3. Simple and effective tool for personal mission
    4. Grace in action
    5. Gateway to many other useful discipleship and outreach resources

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    Download the free app here:

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    Discipleship Resources

    CONNECTED  21 DAYS

    CONNECTED 21 DAYS

    Strengthening your connection to God for more fruit.

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    FIRST TIME  CONNECTOR 21 DAYS

    FIRST TIME CONNECTOR 21 DAYS

    Helping you discover the life-changing grace of God.

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    RECONNECTORS  21 DAYS

    RECONNECTORS 21 DAYS

    Finding God’s grace to renew and restore you.

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    ABC

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    DISCONNECTED? FIND... A BETTER CONNECTION 

    Two short videos for personal or group use for anyone considering a better connection with church and/or God!  Links to free online session notes, invitation cards, discipleship and outreach booklets.

    TCL/The Connected Life is a similar two session resource for people to explore a first connection.

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    ABC cover1Download A Better Connection Session 1 notes to your computer or tablet by clicking the image below:

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    ABC cover2Download A Better Connection Session 2 notes to your computer or tablet by clicking the image below:

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    TCL

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    UNCONNECTED?  DISCOVER … THE CONNECTED LIFE

    Two short videos for personal or group use for anyone interested to see how Christ connects us to God and how it brings completely new Identity, Value and Purpose!  Links to free online session notes, invitation cards, discipleship and outreach booklets.

    ABC/A Better Connection is a similar two session resource for people to investigate reconnecting to God and/or church.


    Session 1

    In this first TCL session, we’re focussing on the search for security, happiness and motivation... and where most people make the mistake of trying to find them.

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    The Connected Life Session 1 Notes to your computer or tablet by clicking the image below:

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    Session 2

    In this final session of The Connected Life (TCL), we explore how the need for identity, value and purpose in our lives is ultimately found through connection with God.

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    The Connected Life Session 2 Notes to your computer or tablet by clicking the image below:

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    C4L Online

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    All the resources for outreach and discipleship have now been put into electronic format for free use. Watch this short video to see how C4L Online works:

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