Let me get straight to the point – I believe that 2015 is going to be a really significant year for St John’s Church. We rejoice in the growth we have seen in the last few years, but I’ve got a feeling that God wants to equip us to do greater things for his Kingdom.
In our Sunday services up until Lent, we’ll be exploring the book of Acts, which tells us the story of the beginning of the church in the New Testament— think of it as retracing our roots. As individuals and as a church we will be challenged to put aside traditions, comforts and preferences and instead follow the example of the early church as they sought the glory of Christ, relied upon the Spirit of Christ, and shared the gospel of Christ. As we’ll discover, in doing this the early church grew in both faith and numbers. I trust that this will help to prepare us for our growth as a church. My prayer is that we will be changed by God’s power so that in turn we can change our community for God’s glory.
Bishop Donald has made it clear that growth requires change and I am conscious that change can be unsettling for some. Let’s all do our best to look out for one another and treat each other lovingly as we continue on this journey together. I would like to encourage you all to join with me in praying for St John’s throughout this year. At home, at home-groups, in our services, indeed wherever you are, pray that we will grow into the church that God wants us to be.
Finally I would like to give you some exciting news. In June this year, Andrew and Fiona Silley will be joining St John’s from Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. Andrew will be our curate and will be working full-time with me. I’ll explain more in due course but be assured that this is wonderful news!