Today is Father’s Day and hopefully all fathers out there have been cherished and spoilt! Most fathers want the best for their children and are often prepared to make sacrifices to make this happen, and so, to show them how much they are loved and appreciated, we try to make them feel extra-special on this one day of the year.
One father we all have in common is our Heavenly Father. He created us, loves and looks after us and made the ultimate sacrifice for us. How can we show our love and appreciation for our Heavenly Father? The honest answer is that nothing we can ever do or say can compare to his love for us and what he has done for us. However, God loves us to show our love for Him and to build up our relationship with Him. We can do this every day by keeping God at the centre of all we do and say; by talking to Him and reading His word regularly; by trying to give back just a little of what He gives to us.
Recently, Pat Smart (our church treasurer) has made us aware of how to take our financial giving seriously – by thinking about our finances, by gift-aiding, by joining the Parish Giving Scheme. (If you haven’t seen a copy of Pat’s helpful sheet about church finances, ask her for one!) Thank you to everyone who has already taken this on board. But there are many other things we can also give to God, like our time and our talents.
There are so many areas of church life that need more help – Messy Church, work with the children and young people, helping to set up the church for events, tidying up after Sunday services … the list is endless! A big thank you to all those who already help in so many ways. Everything you do is greatly appreciated.
Not only on Father’s Day, but on every other day as well, let’s prayerfully give our all to the service of our Heavenly Father.
‘To show that you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries out, “Father, my Father”.’ Galatians 4 verse 6 (Good News Bible.)
Christine Moyes and Bev Collum-Mills, churchwardens