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What happened, and what next?
When I wrote last month it was the day of Presbyteral Synod, which takes place in March every year. As I write now we are fast approaching Representative Synod on 23 April. In the agenda booklet, the Chair of our District Rev Peter Hancock has written a letter of introduction in which he talks of how the Methodist Church is a ‘whole’, an ‘us’, it isn’t just a local church or Circuit. This letter has been copied and put into this newsletter, please read it. If you would like to read the reports from District that Peter refers to, please let me know and I will get them to you.
Communication is always key to everything in life. Knowing what is going on isn’t about being nosey, it is about being informed. This is true in every aspect of life. As we move towards 23 June 2016, when we have the referendum on whether to remain in the European Union or not, we all need to have an informed choice. Seeking correct information and advice will help us make the right decision.
The Circuit meeting I talked of last month was a good meeting. Every chapel that was represented there spoke about their work, their community along with their hopes and fears. As a result of these conversations we agreed to create two groups to carry this work forwards. One group will look to the future; exploring what the circuit is about, how its mission is to help the local chapels, and importantly how can we see the next ten years and more. The second group will look at new and different things. As society changes how can we offer the good news of Jesus in relevant ways to this changing world. Rev Jill Marsh will join us again and lead these two groups. In working with our District and working together who knows what amazing things will happen. God alone knows, of course, and it is us who will discover what is next. This is exciting and encouraging.
When Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him, he concluded the conversation by hinting that Peter’s life and death wouldn’t be easy, but nevertheless said “Follow me”. Peter did just that. As we approach Pentecost we will hear again the words of Peter addressing the crowds at Pentecost quoting Joel saying:
‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my
Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters
will prophesy, your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams’… Acts 2: 17
May we all be open to the Holy Spirit to come to us, afresh; enabling us to have visions of God at work in and through us. May we be able to sing out together the following words:
O breath of love, come, breathe within us,
renewing thought and will and heart;
come, love of Christ, afresh to win us,
revive your Church in every part. (Singing the Faith 391)
With every blessing this Ascensiontide & Pentecost.
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List of books in the Circuit Library, kept in the Marlborough Road foyer.