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If you're new here, welcome! We are a colourful community of believers with large vision and big dreams, who love Jesus and love our world. What Jesus did and established at the Cross is very good news. In fact it’s scandalous it is so good! He has forgiven our sins, declared man innocent and cancelled any concept of distance between God and man. It is this message of glad tidings we feel compelled to preach because His unfathomable love has captivated us. Read more >>
what is a long meal?
Nicole van Niekerk | 10 February 2014
In the early years of Central Parks we used to every so often all get together for a meal. We called these 'long meals' because they had no agenda other than a time to connect with friends, eat good food and build community. The evenings would often also revolve around a theme. They were such fun times in the life of the church!

The good news is we are resurrecting this tradition at Central Parks but in a new form.
We have grown considerably since those early days which makes gathering all together in one home way more difficult.

So what we are going to do is on Sunday 9 March launch the new look 'long meal'. How it works is if you are available for this Sunday lunch then you write your name down on the list (you can signup online also). You only have until Sunday 23 February to get your name down. At 9am on Monday 24 February we will do a draw and randomly allocate you to a host for the lunch. That host, with at least a week's notice, will contact you with the theme for the lunch, the address where the meal will take place as well as what you need to bring. All the meals start promptly at 1pm. Kids and friends most welcome.

The long meal is for us such a great opportunity to build family and deep connection.

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Here's to an incredible bountiful 2014 to you all!!
Grant Flaum | 15 January 2014
Hi everybody

Happy new year! Hope you had a great festive season and some good R&R.

It was so good to gather again this last Sunday after a long December break. Worship was incredible. And a great time to re-connect with each other over a cuppa (not to mention Rosie's fabulous brownies).

Here's to an incredible bountiful 2014 to you all!!

Lisa and I are carrying so much in our hearts for this year. There is so much that Central Parks has come to be as a community over the last 7 years: a place of intimate worship, authentic community, a hunger for His presence, the journey towards wholeness, plunging the depths of this glorious gospel, a strongly prophetic mantle and freedom in Christ, to mention a few. We never want to lose or neglect these 'cultures' which underpin who we are as a people. Instead we want to steward and nurture as best we can what God has entrusted to us (download last Sunday's sermon for more of my heart on this).
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a sozo testimony
Ailie Baumann | 02 September 2013
I used to be a Christian who loved Jesus passionately, read my Bible, prayed, did the Christian things until one day I read a statement that was simple but intensely intimate. This statement hit my heart like a huge meteor crashing into the earth's ground. Here it is

"Jesus is the kindest person I know." - Graham Cooke

In that moment my heart faced Jesus and with heartfelt desire cried out " I don't know that about you. I need to experience you, Jesus, as the kindest person." I was undone because I realized that I loved a God I didn't really know intimately. Did I know him, yes. Did I hear and see Him, yes. Did we have a relationship, yes but not a Love Affair. My heart began to ache for a Love Affair with the Lover of my Soul. It would take roughly 18 months to 2 years for this love affair to become a courtship.
I am not going to go into the details of what had to occur in that time because I believe it will detract from my purpose which is to entice you into a reality of His passionate love for you.  I knew what God had to say about Himself and me in the Bible but I didn't really know what He thought about me. Its one thing to be well-versed in the Bible which is powerful and important but its a completely higher dynamic and power in experiencing God and His love for you. It is nothing that I have ever experienced before. It  is gentle, tender, strong, secure, passionate love. When you encounter love, you are changed forever.
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healing and relationship
Claudia Kotzen | 28 August 2013
And by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5)

This is a short and sweet blog on healing and relationship. Because by His stripes we are
healed. The veil was torn. And relationship opened up. I don't have answers or 'keys' when
it comes to healing, but what I do know is that God is all about relationship. And He is so
much bigger. I read Misty Edward's Facebook status the other day and took a deep breath,
just soaking in her vulnerability:
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the hardest thing you'll ever do
Lisa Flaum | 15 August 2013
In our journey as a community, we wanted to come against performance and striving to be righteous. So we ran into the notion that we are perfectly perfect.

Completely made righteous perfect. Perfection.

Declaring that over ourselves and everything we do. No space for darkness. But does it leave room for our mess. For dead bunnies and illnesses that don’t get healed? For lies and deception, cravings and brokenness? Wounds to the heart? Loss?
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