t is good to get back to writing my Two Penn’orth again after a very busy period. Christmas has been and gone with great success. My thanks must go to the huge number of people who contributed throughout the Christmas tree festival and all the other events we managed over the Christmas period. It was very much a whole parish effort, so thanks to you all.
I always find it exciting as we begin a New Year looking for new ideas and new initiatives to grow our parish and extend God’s kingdom out into the community. We are reminded in Luke’s Gospel 8:1 that:
Jesus travelled from one town or village to another, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God.
What better example is there for us to follow than that of Jesus to enhance God’s kingdom by reaching out into the community.
I am extremely proud of the work that is moving us forward and reaching out from St Hildeburgh’s Church at the moment, including the Soup & Sandwich lunches for the care homes, our Bacon Butty Brunch, Messy Church and work at Holy Trinity School, to name but a few. These are all really exciting activities.
art of my remit as a vicar is to discern people’s callings, which is also a very important role in the life of the Church, and the calling of new people into different roles within the life of the Church is vital as we sustain growth. New people helping in any way can stimulate those of us who have been stalwarts of the church for many years, testing our own calling and developing our commitment. For instance, we could be encouraged to put our name forward to read a lesson or lead prayers in one of the services, or to help in the kitchen. There are many ways that God calls us forward to work in growing his Kingdom.
St Paul reminds us in his Letter to the Romans 8: 28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
We all have a purpose and we all have a calling. What more exciting time is there than now in helping St Hildeburgh’s move forward!
Part of that is seeing our ministry team grow and take on more responsibility as they extend their knowledge with training. Please do find time to encourage them and pray for them as they continue their studies.
hat is essential for the church is that we support, in whatever way we can, all of our new projects so that, as our congregation grows, we are seen to be supporting each other and the various initiatives. It all adds to the wonderful feeling of love and fellowship that flows throughout the Church. We are reminded in scripture, from I John 1:3, which says to us:
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
As we begin this New Year let us all look forward to joining in God’s work in this place and remember to thank him for his abundant blessings.
25 January 2015