Internship Programme 2019-2020

Internship Programme 2019-2020

The New Life Internship programme allows young adults to commit themselves for 12 months, part time or full time, to get involved in the life and ministry of New Life Croydon.

The programme is primarily designed for young adults from New Life and other churches who want to get involved in the day to day running of a large local church, learning more about its ministry and operation. It would be ideally suited for those on a gap year or those who are just completing their further education. It may also suit those who are studying or working part-time. If you’re a bit older, don’t worry, we’d also consider your application too!

As well as receiving practical training, there will also be a focus on discipleship and personal development. Interns will get hands-on experience serving as required within their chosen areas.

All interns must be committed Christians and would be committed to the life and work of New Life.

For more information and to apply, click here.

‘New wine in new wineskins’ at New Life Croydon

‘New wine in new wineskins’ at New Life Croydon

We believe that God wants to pour out the new wine of His Holy Spirit in New Life. Jesus taught an important principle that ‘new wine must be put in fresh wineskins.’ (Luke 5:38). If you put new wine that is still fermenting and expanding into old brittle wineskins, they won’t be able to expand to accommodate the new wine and they will split and the wine will be spilt. This means that we must be willing to change what we do in order to prepare for what we believe God is wanting to do. God has been speaking to us about some new wineskins we need to create at New Life.

New 6pm Sunday Evening Service

For the past 16 years we have run the ‘Life’ service on a Sunday evening. When this service was launched it was to respond to a need to help disciple young adults. Over the years, through the Life service and the related ministries and activities we have seen many, many lives touched and we are grateful for all that God has done. In recent years the Life service has changed a lot and in recent months there’s been a growing sense that the Life service has lacked clear vision and direction. With this in mind the elders decided that the Life service should finish on 4 November. We have now begun five consecutive Sunday evenings of prayer from 11 November to 9 December inclusively, where we will be encouraging our New Life family to come together to pray for a fresh move of God.

In January 2019, we plan to launch a new Sunday evening service where we give time and space for the Holy Spirit to move in our lives. This will be a time where we actively hunger for, welcome and steward the presence of God. There will be worship, ministry time and also teaching on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We want to see our church family equipped to live Spirit filled lives in their day to day lives.

We’re not sure yet, exactly what this new service will look like, but we do believe that if we create a space for the Holy Spirit to move, He will move. We would encourage everyone who is hungry for more of God in their lives to plan to come to this new service if you can.

Connect Groups

We announced earlier this year our plans to replace our current home group structure with Connect Groups. We recognise that community and pastoral care are so important, and so we want to give everyone at New Life the opportunity of being part of a smaller Connect Group where they can experience a sense of community and receive basic pastoral care. There will be three main kinds of Connect Groups:

  1. Existing home groups
  2. Established ministries and activities that provide a level of pastoral care and encourage community. (eg Rendezvous, Monday Fellowship.)
  3. New style groups with a particular focus, aimed at a particular group, or those with a common interest. (eg Bible study groups, young adults, Park Run, Kids Connect Group)

Our plan is to launch our new Connect Group Structure in January 2019, and we are busy identifying and preparing the new style groups we will be launching.

Discipleship & leadership training

Now that the Life service is finishing we need to ensure that we continue to disciple and train up younger leaders. With this in mind, in early 2019 we’re planning to launch a new discipleship/leadership training course for young adults and others who want to get involved. The course will run on alternate Tuesday evenings and will be led by Mark Rossell, Chas Woods & Nathanael Edwards.

Ministry to Families with young children

We’re also planning two new ministries for families with young children aged up to 11 in 2019.

  1. Saturday morning community events: We want to run bi-monthly special events for families from our local community and from New Life, where they will come together to eat, have fun and hear the good news about Jesus. (This will be replacing ‘Going Bananas,’ which we recently closed.)
  2. Saturday afternoon Family service: On the month, when we’re not holding the community event, we plan to hold a Saturday afternoon family service. This will be an opportunity for families to worship together and be impacted by the power of the Holy Spirit.


We’re excited about what we believe God is wanting to do and especially excited about these new ‘wineskins’ we are creating to hold the new wine. Please be praying for the elders and leaders of New Life as we prayerfully prepare for the future and please also pray that God will do something new and fresh in your life.

Mark Rossell, on behalf of the elders

For further info on why we believe it is so important to pray and also the changes to our evening services, we would encourage you to listen to the following sermons from Ian James and Mark Rossell.

Regenerate Update

Regenerate Update

For many years we were trusting and praying that New Life would acquire the site next door so that we could redevelop both sites to provide us with a new purpose built facility. That didn’t happen, and flats are now being built on the site next door by Optivo Housing Association. We are working with the owners to remove the bridge and to ensure that all our access rights are maintained. In early 2020, our new neighbours will move into the completed flats which will provide us with amazing new opportunities to share the gospel with them.

In recent months the elders of New Life have been thinking and the main options available to us are:

• Do nothing with the present building part from decoration and minor repairs.
• Refurbishment and upgrade of the current building, including a review of how we use the space and replacement of main items such as glazing, plumbing, heating, roofing etc.
• Limited redevelopment to provide extended space for New Life’s activities with a refurbishment of other parts of the building.
• Total redevelopment of our present site based on a new planning application and placement of New Life building at the base of development. (This option would involve moving off site for two to three years.)
• Sell our present site and move to another location in Croydon.

As elders, we talked and prayed about these various options because we recognise that this is a big decision which will affect future generations. Recently in one of our elders’ meeting, we sensed a real sense of clarity and agreement in what we should do with our building. We have decided that at this present time, we will be pursuing the second option. Our main focus will be on the refurbishment of the present building. This will include minor things like decorating and replacing carpets and furnishings, but also bigger things like upgrading lighting, heating and glazing. We will also be reviewing how we use the space we have and doing all we can to ensure that the building is fully accessible to those with mobility issues. Over the years, we have made many changes to the internal layout of the building, and so we want to see what we can do to have a building that best serves the needs of New Life in the years to come.
We are blessed to have John Dutton as our head of operations and he will be adjusting his role to project manage the refurbishment. John has extensive experience of managing similar projects having performed a similar role for a local authority. Very shortly John will be meeting representatives of the various building users and ministries to gather their needs and aspirations. As these plans become clearer, we will be giving you regular updates on what will be happening.

We appreciate all your prayer, support and financial commitment to this ongoing project. Although the refurbishment will make significant changes to the building, we appreciate that many of you gave towards developing a full planning application for redevelopment of the whole site. As this is not now the case, we are offering the opportunity for those of you who identified your donations to the full redevelopment to contact and to discuss your preference for how the money should be dealt with.

As elders we believe that we are doing what God has told us to do at this time. We believe we are entering an exciting new phase in the history of New Life and that God has good things in store for us. We believe that in the next few years the primary focus will be on God building and developing us as a people. As we focus on seeing the people built up, God will take care of the building. However, the planned refurbishment is another aspect of the progress we are anticipating and will help facilitate the development and expansion of New Life’s ministry we are believing for.

On the first Sunday this month, one of our elders, Mark Rossell, spoke from Acts 7:49 – “What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord? At this significant time for New Life, God is asking us what kind of house will we build for him. We may not be embarking on a big building project, but God is wanting to build his house at New Life in us and through us.

Will you be a part of all that God is wanting to do?

Internship Programme 2018 – 2019

Internship Programme 2018 – 2019

What is it?

The New Life Internship programme allows young adults to commit themselves for 3-12 months, part time or full time, to get involved in the life and ministry of New Life Croydon.

Interns will receive practical training and play an active role in areas key to the ministry of New Life, and benefit from a focus on discipleship and personal development. This will be done in staff development sessions with others working at New Life and in focused development sessions with other interns.

Interns are able to get involved in one or more of the following areas of ministry:

Youth – supporting our youth worker, Stephen Bryars in all aspects of youth work including Friday Night Youth, School visits, Sunday morning Power House and pastoral care.

Kids – supporting our children’s worker, Louise Abrahams in all aspects of children’s ministry including Going Bananas Children’s Club, Sunday morning Power House & Sunday evening Life service child care.

Music & Tech – working with our assistant music director, James Beatt in different areas of music & production. Interns would have an active role in supporting the preparation and running of our Sunday services in this area, as well as other mid-week meetings and tasks.

• Pastoral – gaining practical experience and training in all aspects of pastoral care working alongside our elders and pastoral assistants.

• Community Outreach

Potential interns will need to identify whether they wish to be part-time or full-time interns. Sundays and Mondays are mandatory. Part-time interns will need to confirm which other days they are available. The internship commences September 2018 and runs until June 2019.

Who’s it for?

The intern programme is primarily designed for young adults aged 18-25 both from New Life and other churches. The programme is ideally suited for those on a gap year, those who are just completing their further education and may also suit those who are studying or working part-time. If you are 16-17, a part-time internship may be considered to fit around your educational studies, and if you are over 25 you are still invited to apply.

All interns must be committed Christians, involved in their local church and agree with and work within the vision, values and beliefs of New Life. All applicants will need to complete an application process, including an interview and will need to have a clear enhanced DBS check to confirm their suitability to work with or around young people and children.

How much?

Unlike some intern programmes, the New Life internship is completely free of charge. Those doing a part-time internship are encouraged to consider getting part time employment to help cover their living expenses. There may be oppo

For those doing the full-time intern programme, in certain circumstances New Life may be able to assist with basic living costs. This will be discussed at interview and agreed in writing before the start of the programme.

Involvement in the intern programme is not linked to possible future employment by New Life.

Up for it?!?

If you are interested in applying to be a New Life Intern or want to know more please fill out the application form below.


A Time Of Transition

A Time Of Transition

As elders we wanted to pass on some information to you as to “where we are at” as a church. What we are going to say is pretty obvious and some of you will have heard it already but we thought it would be good to repeat it.

We are in a period of change at New Life. Of our 21 elders, a number are in their late sixties or seventies. Some of these “elder statesmen” have been part of the church for well over 40 years and have had a high profile in terms of preaching/teaching and the leading/coordinating of worship.

Obviously no one can go on forever so currently we are engaged in a process of transitioning to a new generation of leaders and preachers. In terms of preaching we are trying to recognise gifting and give opportunity to younger speakers to develop and gain experience. In terms of praise and worship, James Beatt has succeeded David Fellowes as Music Director with responsibility for overseeing and developing this aspect of the life of the church. This process of change does not mean that the “older elders” will cease to be involved at all but it does mean that they will have less of a public profile.

We recognise that change is never easy. Most of us don’t care for it very much but, as someone said, “change is here to stay”. In fact, change has to happen if the church is to continue to grow and develop in future years. However, we have never faced this situation as a church before and there is no manual or blueprint to follow. We are praying and trusting God for his wisdom and help.

Our vision is that, by God’s grace, New Life will go on to greater and greater things. We believe that as a church our best years lie ahead and that the Lord has good things for us. Our message to you is the one Moses gave to his father-in- law in Numbers 10:29: “… we are setting out for the place of which the Lord said “I will give it to you”; come with us and we will do you good for the Lord has promised good concerning (New Life)”.

Please be patient and gracious with us during this time – we know you will be. And please pray for us as elders. These things are not simple and straightforward but GOD IS WITH US! At the end of the day, New Life is HIS church and he WILL build it for his glory.

If you have any questions about anything that has been said, please don’t hesitate to raise them with one of the elders.

The Elders

May 2018

New Life FC

New Life FC

“Reaching men through football to equip and care for them on their spiritual journey.” NLFC mission statementFor anyone who has been a Christian for a while you would have probably heard the verses “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..” (Matt 28:19) as well and “Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17). The Bible calls us to do both of these – to spread the message of Jesus and to meet together as Christians to sharpen and grow our faith together. The question really is how do we do this in a western society where most people have all they think they need and the only person to rely upon is yourself?

At New Life we have many ministries and activities that seek to achieve these biblical instructions. For men in the church these ministries are vital for connecting with each other and to connect men to the church as, lets be honest, men are not as good at connecting with each other as women.

One of those ministries is our New Life Football Club (NLFC). The use of sport to reach people and especially men can be priceless. Set up in 1995 with the aim of bringing Christian men together, the football team has evolved into a brilliant platform for fellowship and a chance to share the love of Jesus with men who do not yet know him. In its 23 years NLFC has seen life-long friendships forged, men return to their faith and some come to know Jesus for the first time. One of those includes myself. Leaving Church at the age of 14 for a variety of reasons the NLFC provided me with a steady connection to the church. Without that connection I wonder if I would have ever returned at the age of 17 and now to be leading the team and being involved in many other ministries with some amazing friends.

As with all ministries the New Life football team needs good people willing to be used by God. Whether you love football or not, NLFC is a great place to serve if you just love people. We currently run 3 teams, New Life 1st and New Life reserves for 16+ men who both currently play in the Bromley and Croydon Christian League and a Vets team for those over 35 who play in 2 cup competitions. If you are up for playing in one of the teams or want to contribute in other ways through managing, running training, providing travel even coming to support and joining us for socials after games you would be more then welcome to help reach and build men of Christ.

According to the BBC “the FA estimates as many as 1.5m youngsters and adults want to play the sport but have nowhere to do so.” How amazing would it be if some of those 1.5 million played in a place where they could also meet with Jesus? And you could be apart of it!

If interested please contact either:

Simon James (1st team manager) –, 07534 095 812
John Dutton (Club Sec) –, 07931 453 339
Chima Amiaka (Club chairman) –, 07751 160 033
Selom Sunu (Reserve team manager) –, 07944 633 185

– Written by Simon James