As we do this, it is with real pleasure that we welcome Simon Fenn to the staff team, as he begins his role as ‘Head of Mission’ with us on Monday 5th September. Simon will have leadership responsibility for developing our mission as a church - helping every one of us to be equipped to Live Mission, developing our current missional initiatives and creating new ones, particularly for families and for men. We will welcome Simon properly at our services on Sunday 11th September, and let us all commit to pray for him, and for his wife Jemma and son Elias, as they adjust to this new role for Simon.
As we seek to begin to Live Mission, we are going to provide the opportunity for each one of us to take the first steps in this, through a course called ‘Life on the Frontline’ - helping us to see that every one of us can make a difference for Jesus right where we find ourselves day-by-day. We will start this in mid September, in existing small groups as well as in some central gatherings of those not in small groups, so that we can all learn how to be agents of transformation where God has put us. More details on how to get involved soon.
As we go through September, in our Sunday morning services we will be teaching on ‘Financial Giving - why, how and what’. This will culminate in joint services on 25th September (Harvest), when James will present the key initiatives we will be undertaking this year from our new Action Plan and how we can give financially to enable them to occur, all in response to God’s great generosity to us.
Those of you at Sunday@7 last week, will have heard that we are keeping our evening service at 7.00 p.m. for the Autumn term, as well as the title ‘Sunday@7’, in order to give our evening service more of an identity and particular flavour. We will be looking at a phrase of the Lord’s Prayer each week, reflecting on the theme it raises, and providing plenty of opportunity for personal response in a context of contemporary worship.
Our Parish Church 10.30 service will also be having a time change from the start of October, moving to 11.00 a.m. as we trial this to create more space between our two morning services. This will enable us to serve refreshments between
the 9.00 a.m. and the new 11.00 a.m. service for both congregations, helping to deepen ‘Being Family’ in the process.
With lots of existing groups starting up again after a summer break, it will be a busy time over the coming weeks, so let us ensure that we are praying continually for everything that we put our hands to, and are genuinely seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit and equipped by him for all that we seek to do. For God’s glory.
James and Katie