As I look ahead to 2018, there will be a number of changes in the St Saviour’s team. We are very grateful to Kerry Lawford, who, after over 6 years in the church office, feels God is calling her to a new ministry. Thank you Kerry for all that you have done to help us grow together as a church family at St Saviour’s.
Also, Pat Smart is standing down as church treasurer due to family circumstances. Our thanks go to Pat for all her faithfulness in this important ministry within the church.
In addition, at our Annual Church meeting in April there will be a number of new places available on our Parochial Church Council.
So, if anyone feels God is calling you to a new ministry in the areas of administration, finance, or governance, do have a chat with me and we can talk about how you can offer your gifts in God’s service.
Our church focus will be on becoming an ‘outward-looking’ church (see the article in Ignite 16 coming out next week) and developing a programme of events that we can ‘welcome’ people to where they can hear the ‘good news of great joy’ that we have been proclaiming during our Christmas services. We plan to utilise the excellent resources produced by HOPE and create a programme for ourselves that best suits our situation. If you have a heart for evangelism and want to become involved in the planning and organising of these events, do speak to me and come along to our ‘Hope in 2018’ meeting in January.
In the past, churches have developed mottoes for the year, based on particular Bible verses. This has not usually been my practice, but an important verse that stood out to me during our recent sermon series on 2 Corinthians was this:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4 verse 18)
I’m sure you will agree that’s a pretty good verse to take into 2018. Have a New Year filled with HOPE in God.