I am writing this completely ‘buzzing’ with excitement and ideas following our Church meeting. Firstly thank you so much to all who were able to attend, for your input, support, trust and encouragement. I really do hope you left with faithful excitement and expectation for the future, with a real sense of unity and togetherness. We are full steam ahead now, aiming for a church relaunch on Saturday 19th April. As I write this we have already had initial discussions with a grant body and have meetings lined up with tradespeople.The Adventure Begins! It is a genuine blessing and pleasure to be pastor, journeying with such a faithful church. Watch this space!
I want to very briefly return to an image I mentioned at the church meeting that God very clearly laid upon my heart. We’ve been talking a lot about fear and risk over the past couple of weeks. The image of the adventure playground above ties all of that together. If you’ve ever been to an adventure playground you’ll see children running all over the place having the time of their lives, with not a care in the world. I firmly believe that the faith we are called to should mirror that experience. Faith should be fun, breathtaking, risky, exciting, everything that an adventure playground is. When Jesus refers to a child like faith, this is exactly what he means, a simple decision to enter the playground followed by endless fun when inside. No baggage, no holding back, no unnecessary fear! The odd fall and scrape will happen but mum and dad will always be there. We always know that our heavenly Father will be there to pick us up, dust us off, and send us back in. As we enter the ‘adventure playground’ as a church lets remember to ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’ Proverbs 3:5
Pob Bendith, Ben