How quickly time flies! This time last year we were busy fund raising for our new organ and monitors at All Saints’. Now it feels as though they have been here for ever! This time last year I was seeing if I could survive for a whole month without coffee – now I think I can safely say I have survived that ordeal!
Next week sees the second anniversary of my installation as vicar at All Saints’ and St Thomas’. It’s strange to think that 3 years ago I hadn’t really even considered leaving either teaching or England! God does, indeed, move in mysterious ways!
I have just attended a conference about Messy Church – a concept designed to make Christianity relevant for whole families which has been used very successfully originally in the UK but now across the world. As the name suggests, fun is central to the concept with an intention to explore the biblical stories and find out more about God.
As a church we are always looking for exciting and relevant ways to proclaim God’s good news to the people in our area. And next month we are joining with Anglicans from throughout the Diocese as they gather here for their Synod. Together we will be trying to ensure that the church is engaging with the people we meet and presenting a portrait of God with which they can identify.
Two weeks ago I attended another conference where we explored the concepts of body, soul and spirit which Paul developed in his letters. It is interesting to note how much interest there is in spiritual things in the world around us – sadly many try to explore spirituality without listening to what the church has to offer. We need to address that.
Busy we may be but, hopefully, never too busy for each other. Please get in touch if there are questions you would like to explore either on your own or with friends – with or without coffee.
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