A couple of weeks ago, our church here in Clevedon used TLG’s Church Online resource as part of our Sunday morning service. Christchurch has partnered with TLG as an Early Intervention Centre since 2017, and in late 2019 expanded our partnership by setting up a Make Lunch project too.
Over recent years, Christchurch have had a visiting speaker share TLG’s ongoing vision to support struggling children and families through the local church network. Mike Royal has been twice and enthused about the amazing TLG movement, inspiring us to follow God’s lead in supporting children and families in our local community through our TLG projects.
However, since visiting speakers have not been possible due to Covid, as our January service approached (when we would usually have a visiting speaker from TLG) we were made aware of a great new resource from TLG – Church Online!
The 10-minute film from Tim and Rae Morfin is a fantastic resource for church leadership teams, small group leaders or individuals to download and share online with their church community. The morning was introduced by our Church Minister, Clive, sharing his passion for TLG, followed by our Early Intervention Coordinator, Emy, who brought everyone up-to-date with how coaches are continuing to stay connected with families in this extraordinary season – as well as sharing how some are doing weekly remote coaching to support their coached families. Emy also invited the church to get in touch if they would like to know more about TLG and explore the idea of becoming a coach – so a great way to recruit new coaches to the team!
There was a great piece written by our Make Lunch Coordinator, also sharing the most recent initiatives the team are pursuing to support local families overwhelmed with food poverty and isolation. We then watched the inspiring video from TLG, followed by a short message from another member of the Leadership team as part of our sermon series on generosity and prayers.
The Church Online film from TLG brought a wider perspective to the teaching that morning and a connection to TLG, enabling our church community to be reminded that we are part of something bigger across the country.
It was great to be reminded that whilst we, the local church, are the front line; we are resourced, encouraged, equipped and supported by TLG every step of the way!
We heard some great stories and encouragements, such as the story of Troy whose life was so positively changed by his experience at a TLG Education Centre. We also heard the story of a mum, dad and child who had become part of their local church community through the Make Lunch project, and the mum is now being baptised! We heard all about TLG’s response in Covid times and how Early Intervention coaches have stayed in touch with coached children through remote coaching and lots of other wonderfully creative ways. And Rae, who is now Head of Therapeutic Practice at TLG, shared the timely new resources, Emotional First Aid and Emotional Rollercoaster, that are equipping churches, schools, children and adults to better understand and navigate their emotional wellbeing.
The whole service felt like such an invitation to join in celebrating and giving thanks for God’s faithfulness and provision in all circumstances. As a church community we heard a huge ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ from Tim and Rae; which is such an encouragement to continue doing God’s work and joining in with his spirit at work in our community. I would really recommend this great TLG resource to churches to use, whether on Sundays in online gatherings or as part of smaller groups to frame some discussion and prayer around the church’s mission in their local community. Thank you TLG!