Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write with disbelief of how quickly time has passed since arriving with Matthew last year. Much has happened; it has been both an interesting and varied year! I’d like to begin by thanking everyone who has made it possible for my survival in the last year with prayers and counsel as well as pastoral support, not forgetting your generosity in the provision of cakes and food at Church and to the Manse! It has been a privilege and humbling experience thus far, to meet some of you, to listen and discern through our vision exercise, as well as share some of your personal stories during pastoral visits and after services.
It has also been a pleasure to welcome new members to our Church but having listened too, and observed a church surrounded by a large community, I believe that we must pray harder and seek more focussed and visible presence to our neighbours and surrounding communities.
But just as evangelism is a prerequisite to discipleship and ministry, so also must our call to practice fellowship. As members of God’s family, we are continuously being given new brothers and sisters in Christ for eternity. As believers, we also share a bond of fellowship, in Christ, that is unique and distinguishes our relationships from any other group in the world. The early church experienced fellowship and witnessed what could happen when the kingdom principle of fellowship is practiced well “then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls”. (Acts 2:41)
So where next…
In the new connexional year, we will be introducing ‘themed preaching’ to help deepen our faith, fellowship, evangelism and discipleship, starting with the Methodist course, Compass, intended as a guide on the journey of faith that will appeal to the beginner and the well-travelled. It offers a process for learning and discovery, helping people to explore the significant aspects of Christian faith and to reflect them in their experience of life. There will be a chance to discuss, reflect, question in weekly Bible Studies, on Mondays 8pm to 9.30pm from 1st October to 19th November (8 weeks). There will also be opportunity for reflection in worship for those who cannot attend the studies. However, please be encouraged to attend the sessions as it is also a good time of fellowship.
As we open ourselves to listen to one another in Scripture, I hope we will be further nourished in our discipleship.
To this end, I write knowing also, that some holidays have already begun or about to begin, so, I want to wish you all a ‘Happy Summer Holidays’, and travelling mercies for journey to come.
The Lord bless you, and bless you kindly,