A Community of Love with Mission at Its Heart
Family News for St Peter’s People December 2009 - January 2010
What’s inside? Peter’s People
Celebration City Cornerstone Lay Readers Stuart Townend School Lunch? Mission Fair Godly Play Messy Birthday Agape! Quiz Night Lite-Nite
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Passing the Baton
Once again we come together to celebrate the coming of Jesus. Christmas is our biggest opportunity not only to remind ourselves during the Advent period of just what it means to us, but also to reach out and share the true meaning of the Gospel of Jesus with our friends and neighbours in Yateley. Please pray for all those involved in delivering our services and for those who will encounter Jesus through them. If you’d like to contribute to any of the services, please let Sue Moloney know. Monday 7th
Communion by Candlelight Chapel
Carols by Candlelight
Dog & Partridge
Wednesday 23rd 7:30pm
PETER’s PEOPLE Who’s who around the Church family!
Joyce Fisher I am the new assistant manager of Discoveries and I’ve been working there since June this year. Before this, I worked for Lloyds TSB for 40 years. I took early retirement in January 2008, but went back on a part-time basis. After 18 months, I decided that it was time for a new challenge. I saw the advertisment for the position in Grapevine, but didn’t do anything about it. Then after Easter, when the position was still vacant, I felt that God was calling me to work within the community of Yateley - and I haven’t looked back since. I work with a great team of people, including the other two managers and our most valuable team of volunteers. We have fun and fellowship together and help many people in Yateley by selling low cost, good quality clothes and other things, as well as by being available to talk and to pray with them. I’ve been married to Arthur for 35 years and we moved to Yateley in 1978. A friend I met in the early ‘80s brought me to St Peter’s. I had always attended Sunday School and Church until my early teens, when I drifted away as other things in my life seemed more important. When I came to St Peter’s, I felt like I was coming home, I was confirmed in 1986 and joined a nuture group followed by a home group. I’m currently in Sue Anderson’s home group. Life is Good! Joyce F
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God is calling us to reach the people of Yateley. The challenge to us is to help that to happen. One way to do this is to open our wallets to God’s heart in life giving generosity, as a response to what Jesus did for us.
The sad thing is that there are so many folks out there that are looking for God and if we cut back now the danger is that they miss this opportunity.
We still have many members who are not regular givers. If you feel that God is calling you to join the envelope, standing order or Gift Aid schemes and would like more details, please speak to Chris King, our Treasurer.
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There is no doubt our Church of St Peter’s, and indeed the wider Church of England, are exceedingly cash-strapped. Winchester Diocese is having to make cuts of £1.6 million, which will hit staffing levels reducing clergy numbers still further. Here in St Peter’s, we are facing the prospect of not being able to do more for our community because we don’t have the money.
week, the Diocese would not have to cut back. If every St Peter’s family gave an extra £5 a week, we would eliminate our own deficit.
Could you be a regular giver?
Many thanks to all those who have contributed to this issue, including Joyce Fisher, Chris King, Paul Hinckley, Matt Houghton, Faith Bailey, David Cole, Judy Divall, Jenny Stebbing, Bennie Vernon, Ian Hayes, Roland Portsmouth, David Beardmore, Margaret Keane, Ernie Ong, Hilary Grey, Chris Cooper, Richard & Sarah Quarterman, Rachel & Graham Hartland. It is fantastic to see so much of God’s work here in Yateley, please keep the stories flowing.
Paul Ponders... Love, Joy, Peace Like many people who came to faith in my childhood era, when I hear the words of Galatians 5, a tune drops into my head as I remember the timeless words: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience kindness, goodness, gentleness, helpfulness, self control, against such is no law”. Although the tune is a tad passé now, it remains a regular reminder of our response to God’s call – to become more like Jesus day by day. We are called to display, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, the love of Jesus in our relationships, the joy of knowing Jesus – even in hard times, lives transformed to be peacemakers for Jesus. Why did this matter to St Paul as he wrote to the church in Galatia? Because the quality of our shared life is the first example of people experiencing the presence of Jesus Christ. As we welcome people into our fellowship to worship with us this Christmas, our shared-life will either compel guests to discover more about how they can meet Jesus, or turn them away. Why? Because “Christians are the only Bible that most people will ever read” in our present day world. But these qualities are hard-won:
Love: Many of us have been looking at the “One another’s” of the New Testament writings: Forgive one another, bear with one another, stop passing judgement on one another, serve one another, and so on. We are called to keep “short accounts” in our shared life in order to show people in the world the depth of God’s forgiveness shown to us and shown by us.
Joy: There’s nothing worse than the hollow laugh of someone hiding a deep pain or a mask covering their disinterest. Jesus held joy in the core value of his project called “Good News” – he rejoiced in God’s healing work in the brokenness of people’s lives. That’s the kind of joy that we are called to express – sharing in the joy of others. Much humour in the world around us is merely seeking personal pleasure at the cost of someone else’s well-being. In contrast, we are called to be joy-bringers, particularly those who rejoice in God’s gift of healing and wholeness.
Peace: “Peace is not just the absence of conflict” – it is the quality of genuine harmony, brought about by genuine redeeming peace-making action. Much “peace” in the world is merely like holding two opposing magnet bars together with a strong clamp – the repulsion remains, despite the proximity of the two opposing bodies. Jesus instead demonstrates the pattern of our lives by laying down his own, in order to create a community of a right-living people restored by his forgiveness.
Two years ago, I was saying farewell to our Midnight Communion congregation. One guest (it was only one) stormed by me saying “I’m not coming back, you’ve got a load of hypocrites here”. I suppressed my (internal and flippant) reaction “That’s Ok, join us – one more won’t upset us”. My more reasonable reflection remains “What a lost opportunity. Someone, somewhere in our fellowship didn’t measure up to the full stature of Christ to this hurting and need-full individual”. Now, we’re not perfect yet. That joy awaits us in heaven. But as we take our Advent-ure towards Christmas, particularly, I invite you to join with me prayerfully singing as we seek to display, more and more of Jesus day by day: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience kindness, goodness, gentleness, helpfulness, self control, against such is no law”. PaulH
4 Prayer Diary - We pray together for our Church-based activities You might like to use the following or similar words: "Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we thank you that we are fellow workers with you and ask you to guide and support us in all we do in your name at St Peter's. We ask for your blessing on all who attend (insert event/ training) and may their lives be touched and changed by you." (Based on 1 Corinthians 3:9)
Special and one-off events DECEMBER
Sun 3rd - Sun 10th
Week of Prayer
Family Walk & Tea
Christmas Tree collecting
2:42 Praise & Prayer in Advent The gospel, Church & a fast changing world - Paul Thaxter
Youth Sports Event
Prayer for Christmas Services
Looking forward - watch out for more details coming soon Celebration of Marriage Quiet Day
Ash Wednesday Organ Benefit Concert
New and on-going discipleship training Growing Leaders St John’s Study Discover how to share your faith more effectively - please enquire at the office if you are interested
Week of Prayer 3rd - 10th January 2010 Saturday 3rd
Our call to pray together Prayer is such a great privilege. Praying with others, more so – we learn more about God and about prayer as we join with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
The Church, God and our Community We’ll be using the 6 images of Church that we have been studying this Autumn: * The Body of Christ * A Household of Faith * The Bride of Christ * A Spiritual Temple * A Holy Priesthood * New Covenant People
Wednesday 6th 7am
“Beating the Bounds”
Together we will...
4pm - tbc
After School Prayers?
* Thank God for His presence and His work among us * Listen to God for His direction for the year ahead * Bring our concerns for the Church, Yateley and the World to the throne of God
tbc (inc. lunch)
Prayer & our Shared Values
Morning Services 7pm
CHAOS - Tear Fund
Youth Yomp Growing Disciples and small groups I had the privilege of being able to listen to Laurence Singlehurst at St Paul’s, Bursledon share about how we can help grow disciples in the 21st century church. Laurence kicked the day off by asking some poignant questions: What makes a disciple? What is whole life discipleship? How can we encourage and nurture growth as a disciple? He went onto explore times in the church's history when new ventures have changed the way we function as church eg. Roman to Celtic Christianity and the Wesleyan revival of the 18th century. He said we now live in a “show me before I accept” culture. We need authenticity to show people that what we say we believe we live! How can we do this when we live fragmented, disconnected lives? We need to remake community and show society what true community looks like. What does it mean to be in community with one another? How can we find true community? Many of us will be members of a home group. Laurence discussed the differences between a bible study group, a homegroup and a small group or cell group. Obviously a bible study group's aim is to study the bible. A homegroup exists to study the bible and support one another as fellow
Christians. A small/cell group has all of these aims but also seeks to empower Christians to reach out and be salt and light in their community. A small group or cell group is a vital building block of the church body to help Christians grow and find support in the body. Small groups have values which help guide and give them purpose e.g. centred on Jesus, every member contributing, reaching out, encourage honesty and openness. Small groups help empower every member ministry and link into the big celebration meetings of church services. Small groups or cell groups are not just the latest Christian fad or method. At its heart is mission and mission shouldnt be a method but a question – how big is your heart and vision? I hope to reflect on the challenge of small/cell groups and how we could implement them more in our youth work in the new year. For further information on the cell church movement and how small/cell groups work goto www.celluk.org.uk Matt Laurence Singlehurst is coming to St Barnabas on 3rd Feb - watch out for news
Youth Diary 4th Dec 11th Dec 18th Dec
Friday Pathfinders 10 pin bowling Christmas Crafts Christmas Party
TG4Friday Youth Club Alpha 5 - How can I read the Bible? Christmas Crafts Christmas Cinema Outing
Both groups restart on Friday 15th Jan Pathfinder Home Group - Tuesdays in term-time, 6:30 - 8pm in Chaddisbrook Games, worship, Bible study, discussion & prayer for all in Years 7 - 9 - see Nick Smith or Matt for more info. Tangent - every Weds, 7 - 9pm at Olympus, Handford Lane Bible study, prayer and sharing for all in Years 10 - 13 - see Trevor Howes for more info Christmas CHAOS - Sun 20th Dec, youth service, 7 - 9pm in Church Food, party games, seasonal songs & the meaning of Christmas CHAOS - Sun 10th Jan, youth service 7 - 9pm in Church Prayer for youth challenges in 2010. Find out more about the 'No Slumber' Tearfund challenge, Slum Survivor and overseas opportunities with organisations like Tearfund and Soul Action. Summer Residentials - Monday 18th Jan, 7:30 - 9pm in Oasis Find out more about the Summer 2010 Residential Camp options for young people eg. Soul Survivor & Venture camps. Open to youth and parents. Youth Sports Event - Sat 23rd Jan, Yateley Manor School, £3 We are planning a sports night at Yateley Manor school for young people in school years 7-13. A range of sports will be available from football, water polo, swimming, netball, basketball and table tennis. There will also be a chill out zone and a tuck shop. Tickets are £3 and will be available from the church office early January. Pathfinder Residential Weekend - 26th - 28th Feb - The Gordon Brown Centre, Hook Cost is £40 all-in (food, accomodation, outdoor activities - please return deposit of £10 to Matt asap to secure places (ask if the money is a problem)
Cornerstone Celebrates Cornerstone today is made up of a dedicated group of counsellors which provides the local community with a discreet, confidential and thoroughly professional counselling service. As a counselling service for St. Peter’s Church, Cornerstone operates under the authority of the Vicar, however the counsellors are drawn from various other Churches and denominations.
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Over the weekend of 9-11 October we celebrated our 21st with a lunch for those who refer clients to us, an Open Day including a workshop of typical BPF training, and a service of celebration and commissioning of the counsellors. Old friends, counsellors and clergy travelled from far and wide to share in our celebration. Judy D
Lay Readers Licensed Saturday 3rd October was rather dull and windswept day, but for Rachel, Ernie and Ian, it will be remembered as a day of joy, fun, fulfilment and trepidation. This was the day we were licensed as Lay Readers (or Licensed Lay Ministers as we may be known) in a wonderful service at Winchester Cathedral, along with our fellow trainees from across the Diocese and our families and friends. The service marked both the end of our training and the beginning of our Ministry – it was a bit hard to believe that we'd actually made it through the previous 3 years of essays, projects, modules and marking, and were now stepping out yet again to start as Lay Readers (now without the “in training” bit) – a rather daunting prospect, but we know that God has a plan for us, and will lead us through it.. Then it was time for the photos, lunch and back to St. Peter's for a celebratory Barn Dance. The barn dance was a great way to spend time with everyone who have supported us, and also to extend a truly St. Peter's welcome to family and friends - the spread of food was fantastic! Special thanks go to the Saxon Drain band, and to Meryl and Joyce who organised the food. We would like to give particular thanks to Paul. He has provided us with his time, his wisdom, his book collection, and inspiration to get us this far, and that has been of great value in adding to what is only the foundation stones of whatever God uses us for in the future. Ian, Rachel, Ernie I'm delighted, on a number of fronts, that Rachel, Ian and Ernie are now formally a new dimension to the way we do ministry at St Peters. As we continue to "walk on the bridge we are building", I'm full of excitement and ideas as to how the range of their ministries and insights will enrich the mission of God's people in Yateley. God is putting some amazing opportunities in our pathway, and our Licensed Ministers will be an important part of our next steps together. PaulH
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Enjoyment was completed by refreshments served in our Coffee Shop. It is hoped that our Mission Giving profile has been raised within the Church and helped members to learn more about the charities we support. Also that it will give encouragement to individuals to give thought to becoming a link person for some of our charities. Jenny S
Godly Play Godly Play? So what is it? Well, the title alone intrigued me! So I was the first to put my name down to attend the evening held at St Peter’s recently and I’m so glad I did.! Imagine - 16 adults, mixed ages and all wondering what we were about to let ourselves in for! My first impression was oh! brilliant - because on the tables prepared for us were craft materials, glue, playdoh, pencils, paints scissors etc - you name it … then, all the toys too - Lego, blocks etc- what fun! After a brief introduction from the session leader Teresa from the Winchester Diocese Resource Centre, we were all invited individually into the “story room” and after being greeted by name, asked to sit ourselves down on the floor cushions (no mean feat for some of us!) and there we waited -intrigued- whilst the storyteller prepared herself. Totally in silence, she produced various beautifully made visual aids and set the scene - no eye contact. After a moments private prayer and preparation - the story began … and as it unfolded, the items were moved according to the tale - and still no eye contact. You could have heard a pin drop the story of Jonah along with the boat, the waves etc became real. And that is the basis and aim of Godly play - and it works! It can be used in all manner of settings in order to get a message across. We were encouraged to think and respond verbally and creatively afterwards and we even had a “feast” of biscuits , grapes and drinks too. As we went to go home, the storyteller sent each one of us off with an individual blessing - brilliant! Bennie V PS - The reason for no eye contact was that we focused totally on the story - and not the storyteller.
CELEBRATION CITY What has God been doing with, for, and among us!
Messy Birthday Amazingly Messy Church has just celebrated its first birthday. It hardly seems possible that we have welcomed young families into the church and encouraged them to meet with God 12 times. Glenda baked us a special cake to mark the occasion which everybody enjoyed. Messy Church has grown from a committed group of leaders with a passion for young families to a monthly service where many families with no other church connections come to meet with each other and to learn about our Great Big God. Faith B
St Peter’s Church 3:30 – 5pm 1st Saturday every month
Children 0 - 6 and their families
Quiz Night Did you know that Graham Smith is the current captain of the South African Test cricket side, that the maiden name of the heroine of Jane Austen’s Emma was Woodhouse, or that Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs had recently appeared in an episode of Coronation Street? Well, if we had known these things, our team would have won the Quiz night held on the 21st November – instead we had to make do with second place behind a team comprising of far too many members of the Phelps-Jones family – the smiling victors are pictured! Thanks to the catering team for supplying us with appropriate brain food, and particular thanks to question master and mistress Neil and Anne Paulley for a suitably mind-bending evening, particularly when it came to the Dingbats: Remember, two goes into eight four times! Richard & Sarah Q
A Recipe for Christian Fellowship Take 40 people, add a variety of buffet food brought by them; allow six festive tables. Invite a few special guests without asking for contributions, ensuring a caring attitude amongst regular members. (Optional ingredient: one newlyengaged vicar!) Mix all together, encouraging all to sit wherever they wish; season well with love, patience, generosity, dignity and organisation. Begin and end the feast with an order of service, during which a special table is set with candle, bread and cross for the principal guest. The result? A happy, safe, relaxed atmosphere. In other words, an Agape Lunch shared by the 11:15 Congregation on Advent Sunday, continuing a 20-year tradition started by Brian Lillington as a way to demonstrate our Christian love for one another. Margaret K
Lite Nite On 31st October we held our alternative to Halloween. Thanks to a lot of people’s hard work and enthusiasm, we had a really good evening. There was plenty of time to enjoy doing activities, eating and worshipping God all together. Wendy Thompson, Gill Weeks and the CHAOS band were brilliant at leading the worship. I don’t think I have ever seen such energy and enthusiasm, and at the end of the service nobody wanted to leave. Fortunately the food that followed was equally good and enjoyed by all. If you missed the Lite Nite this year, don’t worry, we are planning on having another one next year. Faith B
MISSION MATTERS As a church, we tithe our income across a number of mission/charity organisations. In this issue we focus on The Childrenâ€™s Society, whom we are actively supporting over Christmas time, from Christingle to Cribs.
We take action to prevent, rescue and support children facing life trapped in a vicious circle of fear and harm; a vicious circle driven by violence, neglect, poverty and discrimination. We intervene in the lives of children across the country, providing the right support at the right time. Take our work with young runaways, for example. Neglect, abuse, and isolation can sometimes make home so unbearable that the only solution is to run away. We rescue children across the country, providing immediate and lasting help for thousands of children who are in desperate need. We work with young refugees by helping them rebuild their lives in new communities, surrounded and supported by friends. We ensure that individual disabled children are given a voice in the decisions that affect them, now and in the future. We provide expert services in the area of youth justice. Seeking lasting solutions to the reasons behind the statistics, providing preventative support and guidance that leads children away from the cycle of crime and custody. With our schools work, children's centres and mentoring schemes, we prevent vicious circles of fear and harm developing. We provide ongoing support for children for as long as they need our help - also working with Traveller and Gypsy children, children and young people who are affected by adult drug and alcohol misuse and young carers. We work in partnership with local authorities and other organisations to provide services, including training and consultancy, to deliver unique local solutions to local needs. www.childrenssociety.org.uk
What does the Christingle mean? The Christingle itself is made up of * four cocktail sticks bearing dried fruit or sweets - to signify the four seasons and the fruits of the earth and God's good gifts * a red ribbon (or tape) - indicating the blood/ love of Christ * an orange - representing the world * a lighted candle - symbolising Jesus, the Light of the World Christingle is a great way for children to raise money for thousands of less fortunate young people. And it's easy to involve children in the preparations.
PCC Points The PCC is the Parochial Church Council – the leadership body of the church – and membership consists of 12 elected members, 4 elected Deanery Synod representatives, Vicar, Church Wardens, Treasurer, Lay Readers and Secretary. This is a brief note of the main discussion topics from recent months. If you want to know more about any of them please ask any member of the PCC; there will be a fuller description of the role of the PCC in a future edition September 2009
Giving for Life leaflets were available encouragement to attend the diocesan session on stewardship
New website to be launched on 1st Oct - comments & contributions will be welcomed
Vicar’s secretary - admin & staffing group to work on a job description Finance – recommendation that 2010 budget remains same as for 2009 - need to find savings to fund Vicar’s secretary. Expenses - a paper will be produced by finance committee to give clarity to all who claim expenses from the Church Building project – full planning permission received - building team will propose next steps at November meeting. Congregational teams to co-ordinate social events to give regular opportunities for outreach & fellowship Share - we are proposing that our share (the money we give to the diocese) remains at last year’s level St Peter’s School - Paul & Faith will be our representatives on the temporary governing body Mother’s Union - permission given to relaunch within St Peter’s
Vicar’s secretary - it was agreed to an option with weekly hours of 22 for Sue as adminstrator & 14 for a secretary this has budget implications - interview process will begin asap Christmas plans - broadly similar to 2008 but with usual service pattern on 20th Dec Making progress - a proposal made by the wardens to move some of the last 2 years of discussion from paper into practice - includes all sub-groups of PCC revising their purpose statements - all sub-groups deciding what roles are needed in the group and if they need more people - all sub-groups to follow a WORDS based agenda for meetings - all sub-groups to plan a 6-month schedule of meetings & to be flexible in meeting times so that Paul can attend where necessary - those in leadership roles who are members of PCC or Congregational Leadership Teams to work with Paul & the wardens to identify & apprentice a successor and to discern their own future ministry on a timescale for recommissioning at Pentecost New chairs - proposal from the wardens to replace the chairs in the stacks and in Oasis with something much lighter and easier to handle - a buyer has been identified for the current chairs, so it will be finance neutral
Laurence Gamlen from CPAS gave us an excellent presentation about purpose, values and vision. He challenged us to consider our implicit values (i.e. those not expressed verbally) and how they affect our behaviours and suggested that we move towards understanding explicitly (i.e. written and verbal) the core values we hold as a fellowship at St Peter’s Financial Stewardship - a recent diocesan meeting gave us some good ideas & encouraged what we were doing already - it was noted the example of a church where the leadership had committed themselves to increasing their giving by a percentage & this had been shared with the membership to good result - the finance committee were asked to consider a brief for the role of Stewardship Officer at St Peter’s Vicar’s secretary - advertising in November - interviewing in December Moving Forward - some clarification of the intention behind the “6-year” rule - the wardens will issue an amended proposal - some people affected have still not had a conversation, so this item will remain confidential until the December meeting Finance - we are expecting a shortfall of £35,000 - the only source to cover this is Discoveries Building project - beginning to look at costings and the people required to make this happen
Passing on the Baton Licensed ministry All the licensed leaders in the CofE (and in many other churches) are in post on time-limited licences that are regularly appraised and discerned jointly with their overseers. This includes Bishops, Clergy, Lay Readers, Church Wardens and PCC members. Indeed our own Bishop, Trevor, is moving on after only 7 years with us, our Readers will have to be re-licensed every 3 years, PCC members can only serve two successive 3 year terms and Church Wardens have to be re-licensed every year for a maximum of 6 years.
Over the last 3 years, in leadership meetings, at the Annual Meetings and during the vision gauging process begun last year, we have considered the importance of handing on the baton to the next generation of leaders here at St Peter’s. Indeed, this is a current theme across the wider church – John Coles (Director, New Wine, Autumn 2009) says “There is no way the nation can be changed unless the baton is successfully handed from one generation to the next”.
God is always calling us onwards, Our first calling to love Him more, under God is to to serve Him more know and love the firmly enshrined in completely. As St Paul in his role Lord Jesus Christ, the Jewish culture, St Paul did, we are leading the growing to learn and grow following God’s invited to stretch New Testament as we discover the example at back to the next church was subject giftings he has Creation. These generation and to a higher given us and use principles have give them a authority in the them in His service. been handed on to helping hand on leaders of the Only in that us in the tradition their path even as Jerusalem church. knowledge and of the Church, and we ourselves take When he arrived in love can we begin in many other the next steps into a new town and to discern what He walks of life, where growing our own began a new is calling us to do the habit of taking new ministries. church he also and this calling a sabbatical, a selected his can change many Gifts & Roles successors, trained break for rest and times during a liferefreshment, every We are blessed in them and time of service as seven years or so St Peter’s with continued to we grow and leads to an many gifted people mentor them in develop into the enriched and who are willing to their role as he growing character. people that God serve generously. moved on to the has made us to be. The roles we play next challenge. are changeable What have we proposed? What have we not said? from one season to another, We have not said that those The PCC has recently resolved to move on from evolving as God who are anointed with thinking about this in theory, to putting it into practice works in and particular gifting, e.g. with the following resolution: through us, children’s work or musicians, All leadership roles are expected to have a limited term especially as we will have to stop. What we of 6 years, including a responsibility for sharing in pass on our gained have suggested is that succession planning. wisdom and Sabbath ideals are that those responsibilities to The present proposal is that those in leadership roles people should take a short others who have been a part of discussions about this, i.e. break every 6 years (or so) those on PCC and Congregational Leadership Teams, for their own refreshment; and who have been serving in their current roles for taking time to worship for more than 6 years will be asked to prayerfully consider themselves, time out with with their overseer who might succeed them and begin God, visit other churches, to discern their own future ministry. learn some new things and At Pentecost 2010, we hope to commission both the return to their ministry with a new leaders and the current leaders in the next stage of revived heart for their work. their personal and corporate ministry.
Who’s my Paul? Sabbath The principles of a Who’s my Sabbath rest were Timothy?
Please pray: John Coles describes this as “instead of holding on to power in the church, we need to be investing…in the next generation.” This is undoubtedly a time of trauma and uncertainty for some within our fellowship. We need, as a fellowship to move towards a sustainable model of ministry for the long-term, but we do understand and care about those who are feeling the pain. Please pray with Paul, the wardens and especially those who are being called by God to take up the challenge of relinquishing one role and moving forward with Him into another. Sue, Betty, Paul
Book Review “How Not to Pray” by Jeff Lucas In his book, Jeff Lucas sets out to address the question ‘Why do Christians find praying so hard?’ With humour and insight he explores the myths and misconceptions around the subject. Using scripture, anecdote and experience, he attacks facile approaches to Jesus as a ‘cosmic vending machine’ and encourages his readers to enter into His presence as members of His family with His rule and order as the first priority in their lives. With The Lord’s Prayer as a framework, he considers many aspects of prayer, in joy and in sorrow: as God’s children, loved and precious to Him; as sinners needing to forgive and seek forgiveness; as intercessors seeking His grace for others and ourselves. Some among us may seem to be ‘bionic prayer warriors’ soaring into God’s presence, while the rest of us seem to be ‘chatting to the ceiling’. Whether words come easily or not at all, whether our prayer lives are stuck in a rut or in the doldrums, he invites us to sit down for a few minutes and ask whether our prayer routines have become boring. With suggestions for different approaches to prayer he confirms – ‘You can pray, and you can grow in prayer. The book is readable and challenging, written with wisdom and humour to encourage us to rethink and re-invigorate our prayer lives. Chris C
Robert thought that the Guides had controlled the Christingle monopoly for long enough Coutesy of www.desertislandchurch.co.uk
Published on Jan 31, 2010