Vicar’s Two Penn’orth, particularly after some wonderful events in the parish recently.
IRST, a few words about our weekend at Rydal Hall which was enjoyed by us all. The hall is owned and operated by the Diocese of Carlisle. Its main aim is to promote and support the Christian faith through conferences, events and retreats in and beyond the diocese. The organisers have a distinctly Christian ethos which underpins the provision of excellent service and hospitality to all which we really embraced and appreciated.
Our four sessions were led by Father Lyndon Bannon, who is a Minister in Secular Employment and works at Woodchurch High school as deputy head teacher.
The aim of the weekend was to look at our Parish Vision in a broader way. We explored various topics such as Church demographics, leadership factors which lead to church growth, our roles personally, our ownership and commitment and much more.
ll this was supported by prayers and scripture. One of the scripture readings from the weekend was from Acts 2.42 (The fellowship of believers):
They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
It truly was a wonderful weekend full of good teaching, fellowship and a lot of fun, and my thanks go to all who helped make it possible. We are looking to return to Rydal Hall in two years’ time to conclude our vision and look forward to continuing the work which is in process.
ur next big event was on June 7 with Bishop Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead, in attendance. It was, of course, the confirmation and baptism of three adults and the confirmation of three other adults with the confirmation of six younger people. In preparation, all had attended a comprehensive teaching course over a number of weeks. The church was well attended with over 161 people coming to support the candidates. This all looks good for the future of the church as we continually look out into the community and attract people into the church.
As Matthew 28.19 exhorts:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
I think that all these things are helping us reach out into the public domain and are encouraging people to make links with the church and join in with the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture informs us in 1 John 1.7:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
o as we move into the summer months let us continue as a congregation and look for ways of increasing our numbers in fellowship and in the love of Jesus Christ to make St Hildeburgh’s a wonderful place to be involved with.
Your friend, Rev’d Paul