Easter was 5 weeks ago, and the summer term is now in full swing, though I use the word ‘summer’ lightly with the wintry weather we have experienced over the last week!
Monday 2nd May sees the beginning of our summer holiday ministry, with the church and tower open daily for visitors. Our welcome and tower stewards will be ensuring that each person who comes in receives a warm welcome and has any questions answered. It was great to be able to encourage those involved in this ministry last week, in seeing their role in terms of Mission, as they make the most of every opportunity to share Jesus as they ‘represent’ him to those who come. Let us all pray that people who come into our beautiful Parish Church building over the coming months will experience God and his great love for them.
To update you on the progress of our vision discernment, things are going really well. The PCC awayday in April with Ian Parkinson, and then his preaching on the Sunday, helped us engage really helpfully with the implications of our identity as the Body of Christ, and also the challenge from the Bible to be a missional church. The SVT is currently meeting weekly to bring many threads together in order to put down on paper a draft vision, which will then come back to PCC at the end of this month. The aim is to launch the new vision on Sunday 12th June, so please put this date in your dairy to be at church, and please continue to pray for all involved through an intense but encouraging process!
If you have been reading your Welcome Sheet over the last two weeks, there has been a ‘save the date’ notice for 12th June, for us to celebrate the Queen’s birthday outside the Parish Church. I have discovered that this clashes with a larger event for the whole community that the Friends of North Lodge Park are organising on the same day (12 noon to 4 p.m.) to celebrate. I have, therefore, met with the Friends and said that rather than have two competing events, we will support them in their event, by encouraging our church family to come to the celebrations and offering people-power to help set up and man certain activities.