Lichfield Christian Church

We are a small gathering of people who are walking down the road of following Jesus together.  We are fellow strugglers and fellow learners on this Spiritual journey. Jesus' example has taught us to love God, love one another, and love our neighbour.  That's what we are trying to do with Jesus' help. We hope you can join us at one of our Connect Groups where you can connect with God as we look into how the Bible relates to our everyday life.  The groups are friendly, relaxed and informative.  Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).

Where to Find Lichfield Christian Church

Instead of the traditional Sunday church service, we gather together in small groups during the week called Connect Groups.  Connect Groups are designed to help you connect with God and others using the guidance of the Holy Scriptures.  We also have a youth group which meets at Darwin Hall on Fridays (map). Please join us for one of our weekly groups.  For more information about when and where these meetings take place please contact us.

Whitemoor HEY! for Secondary School Youth

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Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 17:26

A new endeavour for those in secondary school. It's called "Whitemoor HEY!" because it will be held at Whitemoor Lakes, Lichfield which is an outdoor recreation centre.

Who: Secondary school age youth
What: A youth club combining fun & faith.  You can count on a good hour of fun and games, then a live worship band and in conclusion a short faith talk related to the Bible.
When: HEY! will run on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 7-9pm.  This coming meeting will meet on Sunday 13th November.  The theme is "CRAZY GAMES"!
Where: Whitemoor Lakes (Lichfield)
Barley Green Lane
Lichfield WS13 8QT(map>>)
Cost: £2
Sponsor:  Youth at Whitemoor & Lichfield Christian Church among others
Consent Form Please bring a filled-in parental consent form with you.  Download, print out, and bring with you on the day with parent signature. Download>> You must have a valid parent/carer/guardian as a contact person.

How was the Old Testament Made?

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Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 00:16

If we say that we believe in the Bible then how do we know if it is reasonable to put our faith in it?  Where does the Old Testament (OT) come from?  How was it made?  These are some of the questions that come to mind. 

If we had the original manuscripts and the originals were inspired by God then we would know that what is printed is true.  But we don't have the original scriptures written down by the authors of the books of the OT so is the copy that we have reliable? 

I am Here

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Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 21:14

by Jeff Fry, Lichfield Christian Churches (as appeared in the Lichfield Mercury)

When dangers and threats come upon us many of us wonder where God is in all of it.  We can feel all alone in the midst of threatening circumstances and it can instil panic and terror.   It can certainly seem in times such as these that God has abandoned us or is fully unaware of our circumstances.  We can't perceive Christ.  We don't see him and our heart doesn't feel his presence.  

Duke of Edinburgh Students at Lichfield Christian Church

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Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 22:02

We recently had a group of four students from the Friary helping us out with the youth group on Friday evenings.  These students were volunteering as a part of their requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  They were a great help to us with our Friday Night Live youth group which consists of youth year four and above.  The youth took to them like ducks in water and the Friary students had a chance to exercise their skills at public speaking, leading youth games, and leading a small group among other things.

The Friary's Les Miserables - a Powerful Reminder for Christmas

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Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/07/2016 - 22:08

I took in the Friary school's recent musical of Les Mis (Victor Hugo) at the end of November. Thank you Friary school for such a wonderful production. It is probably my favourite musical for its themes of love and redemption. Hugo uses the Bishop at the beginning of the play to immediately couch his themes of love and redemption in the reality of the Christian faith as opposed to just couching them in the vague concept of “love”. Giving flesh to this are the Bishop's actions especially toward Jean Valjean, a recently released prisoner who spent 19 years doing time for his offense of stealing a loaf of bread. My favourite scene is when he is released from prison and he finds himself looking for shelter but is turned away at an inn, a tavern, a local prison and by a young couple when they find out he is a convict. Finally, he comes to the residence of the Bishop. There he is welcomed and told by the Bishop that “this is not my house, it is the house of Christ.” The Bishop also refers to him as “my brother”. Valjean's heart is hard and unresponsive and the law which he has been under for 19 years has failed to change or redeem him in any way. We see Valjean stealing again as he takes the Bishop's silver cutlery in the middle of the night and makes off with it. Just as with the Christian gospel of grace, it is not the rules and regulations which free us from our sins, it is the gift of the forgiveness of Christ which he offers in his death for us, in our place. The next day Valjean is picked up by some local bobbies and he and the silver are returned to the Bishop. The Bishop simply says to Valjean in front of the police officers, “But you forgot to take the candlesticks as well.” With one act he sets Valjean free. With one death Christ buys our forgiveness. Both are accomplished through mercy motivated by love. Eventually the love and respect shown him by the Bishop, who is a Christ figure, begins to break through to Valjean. Valjean realizes that God loves him. Valjean opens his heart to Christ and begins his spiritual journey with Christ allowing the mercy and compassion of Christ to transform him into a compassionate and loving person.

As Christmas approaches, the Bible reminds us that Immanuel, “God with us”, has been sent to us not just so we can sing carols, buy and receive presents, have a break from the daily grind or even try to muster up some form of self-defined love. But Christ has been sent to us for nothing less than to change our hearts through the love of God and mercy of Christ. We are all like Valjean and we have all “stolen a loaf of bread” (John 3:18-19). But the good news is that like Valjean there is hope for us to become a new person through Christ if we will open our heart to him. A good way to start such a process is to take our "Christianity Explored" course.

A Firm Foundation

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Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 11:00

by Rev Jeff Fry, Lichfield Christian Church
(as appeared in the Lichfield Mercury 6 February 2015)

Some people question the truth of the Bible. They think it is a fable or a book that isn’t true and just the “hysterical believings of a desert tribe” to quote Stephen Fry referring to the Old Testament when he was interviewed by Ann Widdecombe. But did you know that the Bible has been considered the foundation document for the Christian faith ever since Jesus himself repeatedly quoted it during his ministry.

Firstly, Jesus himself quoted the Old Testament, for example, when answering the questions of the Pharisees. When the Pharisee in Matthew 19:3 asked Jesus whether it was lawful to divorce one’s wife for any reason (a contentious issue back then) Jesus answered by quoting the beginning chapters of Genesis. And when Nicodemus came to Jesus and asked about the new birth (how one could enter the kingdom of God) Jesus made reference to the book of Ezekiel and later in the conversation pointed him to the book of Numbers - both books in the Old Testament. So, for Jesus the Bible was authoritative.

Then we see that this authority of the Bible was carried on in the early church as the apostles (those who lived with Jesus and were sent out into the world to minister in his name) taught the Scriptures to the people after Jesus’ death. In fact, Acts 2:42-47 says that they did this regularly and even daily - gathering together to hear the teaching of the apostles and to pray and fellowship together (also see Peter's sermon Acts 2:14-41).

Following on from this the early church fathers were very centred upon the Bible - both new and old testaments. While some scholars have questioned the fathers’ commitment to Scripture as the infallible word of God, notable scholar J. N. D. Kelly writes, “It goes without saying that the fathers envisaged the whole of the Bible as inspired. It was not a collection of disparate segments, some of divine origin and others of merely human fabrication …”. When the Galatian Christians started to stray from the message of the Bible, the apostle Paul offered firm correction reminding them that he did not receive the message which he gave them from any man but by direct revelation from Jesus Christ himself.

So, if Jesus, himself God, bowed to the authority of the Word of God in the Bible, this tells us something about the place which the Bible should play in our faith as Christians. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me! If you would like to learn more about how the Bible informs the Christian faith then join us for our Christianity Explored course starting now (more info: .

Living in a Material World

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Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:34

Living in a Material World
(as printed in the Lichfield Mercury)
by Rev Jeff Fry, Lichfield Christian Church

So the song by Madonna goes:

“’Cause the boy with the cold hard cash
Is always Mr Right cause we are
Living in a material world.

Only boys who save their pennies
Make my rainy day, ‘cause they are
Living in a material world

Experience has made me rich
And now they’re after me, ‘cause everybody’s
Living in a material world”

Everybody is pursuing money because they think it will bring them what they want.  That is what Madonna is saying and that is the message our world sends us over and over again.  No wonder we actually believe it.  We struggle to get our greed into perspective.  And that is why we find Jesus speaking so much about money and riches.  He understands our struggle, our battle and the temptations involved.  Here is what he says:

“No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24)

It’s important to say in the beginning that it is not a sin to have money, possessions and belongings.  But don’t let them control you.  The key to understanding this verse is the little word “serve”.  Jesus also told the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:14ff).  He was controlled by greed and a want for more and more riches.  He had to have more.  He thought of nothing else but getting more and more.  He did not give to others or to God.  He kept it all for himself building bigger and bigger barns in which he could store his money-making crop. 

Left unchecked a material worldview like this leads to cynicism and jealousy and ultimately to despair and disillusionment.  In fact, in Jesus’ parable the fool spent his life amassing wealth and then his life was demanded of him before he was even able to enjoy it.  And Jesus asks the penetrating question:

“Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?  This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20-21).  

Even when we do amass wealth and attempt to enjoy it, it doesn’t ultimately satisfy us because we are spiritual beings with a God-shaped void in our lives.  The Bible says over and over that when we serve wealth we choke the spiritual life right out of ourselves because “your heart will be where your treasure is”.  And therefore we have no heart for God’s great gifts, no capacity to experience God’s love for us - His peace, His patience, His kindness, His gentleness or His self-control in our lives.  All of which He wants to give us. Instead the love of money causes us to become enemies of God.  Augustine was right when he said, “Whatever I love is my god”.

Refusing God's Help

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Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 23:47

Refusing God’s Help
by Rev Jeff Fry, Lichfield Christian Church (as appeared in the Lichfield Mercury under the editor's title "Life Under God")

When it comes to Christianity we often misunderstand it - at least I did. When I was younger my mother used to take me to church and I attended Sunday school. I learned to respect God and Jesus and learned some of the “rules” to live by - love your neighbour as yourself, tell the truth, obey your parents, etc. , etc.. I used to approach Christianity like I approached other things in the world - you work hard to do what’s right and you reap the reward. If you were a good person then God would reward you with acceptance and even eternal life maybe. This is how the world teaches us to think. If we work hard at school then we will get good grades. If we wish to master a musical instrument or become a ballerina we must put in the hours of practice and it will pay off. And so we drag this sort of thinking into our spiritual life. The only problem is that this is not what God teaches us in the Bible.


Thankfully when I got a bit older and was attending university a friend explained the message of the Bible more accurately. He showed me that the Bible says that God’s standard is holy perfection like He himself is. But perfect holiness is something none of us can achieve on our own or even come close to. It’s like saying that the goal is to get to the moon on our own. We can jump a few feet in the air toward the moon but it’s still a long way off. We aren’t even close morally to God’s standard for us. This was quite a shock for me since I was somebody who thought that he was basically a good person. Jesus says about each of us:


“This is why people are condemned: The light [Jesus] came into the world. Yet, people loved the darkness rather than the light because their actions were evil.” (John 3:19)


This may seem to be a harsh, unjust and stern judgment by Jesus but it is true. If we are honest with ourselves we will see it. Try this for one week: don’t deceive anyone not even one little bit. You will begin to see the truth of Jesus’ statement in John 3:19 above.


But God is saying here in John chapter 3: “I will cancel the charges against you. You will no longer have to mourn. To be sure you have earned the judgment of God. But your offense will be pardoned. The death penalty will be removed. I will no longer remember your offenses … Everything is settled. I will no longer look at your sin. Simply believe in my Son.” (Martin Luther)


This is even more shocking! Christ is giving us the greatest gift ever by forgiving our offenses before God. And it is not through our own good deeds that he is doing this. It is a gift through faith in Christ:


"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

If a physician were treating a person who swallowed a lethal dose of poison and the patient knew that the doctor had the antidote to heal him and refused it saying, “Your’re not a physician, you’re a fraud. I’m not sick. I didn’t eat any poison. And besides it probably won’t hurt me.” We would call that person stark raving mad. But the madness of refusing Christ’s help is a thousand times worse. You can start a new life right now by asking Christ to come into your life and take away your offenses before a holy God (prayer). He will never refuse a sincere request. Then find a church where you can be encouraged in your new life in Christ.


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