I hope you are having a good summer so far, whether that is life as usual or whether you have managed to take advantage of some time off. I am aware that for some people season is not so much a welcome change but painful, long and lonely. As a community perhaps we can look out for one another in this way and let us take opportunities of the Bring and Share lunches through August.
I’d also like to urge us to double our effort in prayer. I have this fanciful idea that the change of pace means greater time to ‘sit at the feet of Jesus’. The reality often is that the change in routine makes it harder, so I have to be more intentional, it doesn’t just happen.
Whilst you are praying please could you be praying for VBS coming up later this month. We will have 120 children, plus pre-schoolers of the team and about 30 junior helpers all coming from different places on their faith journey. For some this week will be life transforming as their eyes and hearts are opened to the good news of the gospel, let us pray for that to be true. Others will be hearing this for the first time and seeds will be sown and others the week will be another opportunity to build on what they know already.
Of course, please be praying for us as a church, particularly through the vacancy. If you did not see the notice on the July notice sheet from the wardens then you can see it on our website under chaplains log (a dropdown from the welcome page). When there is something new Ann, JF and council will let us know.
I have no concerns for us as a church during the vacancy because we are a church full of wonderful people, we are a great team. I am already encouraged by people taking on new challenges and stepping in to help here and there. Thank you. If you are around on 1st September I’d love it if you could be at church so we can kick off the year well and say thank you to you all during the service and hopefully a few extra treats at the bring and share lunch following.
Despite us being an awesome team let us not be complacent, always be on our guard, praying without ceasing and fix our eyes on Jesus.