Mission – In Mark 16:15 Jesus gives what has become known as the ‘Great Commission’. In this He encourages the disciples to spread the Good News concerning Salvation. As long as there are people who don’t yet know Jesus as their personal Saviour the Church has an obligation and responsibility to share the Gospel message.
Generosity – When you hear the word generosity you might be thinking – ‘here we go, the church wanting more money!’ One thing that I am extremely grateful for is the generosity of the people of this parish. This area of ministry is not about you being asked for more money. It is about the Church blessing others in as many ways as possible. For example, the Carol Singers giving gifts at Christmas to the housebound parishioners. At Easter we plan to have a lunch meal in the Parish Hall for those who find it difficult to come to Church. The Select Vestry is part funding the new youth initiative. Generosity is about the Church using its resources and time to help others and show the love of Christ in our lives.
Children – It is often said that the Children are the future of the Church. I must admit that I disagree with this statement. The Children are here now and are part of today’s church. If we don’t look after them and help them grow in their faith, there won’t be a future for the Church. It is important that our Children and Youth are encouraged to play a full active role within the life of the Church and that we continually provide opportunities for them to do so.
Our church motto is ‘Preaching the word… being shaped by the Word’. What this basically means is that as the Word of God is taught in Church, Bible Studies, Courses etc. we will be changed by the Word (i.e. Jesus) and live our lives the way He wants us to. But for this to happen we need to be open enough to allow Jesus to change us. This only happens through prayer, then prayer and finally more prayer. We, the members of the Church, must know Jesus in a real and personal way before we can begin to share Him with others.
Please pray for this year of Opportunity and for all the activities and adventures the church takes during it.