For some September is the start of a new year. For example, in education – in schools, colleges, universities – September is the start of a new academic year. Past experiences are noted, and hopefully learnt from and, where necessary, left behind. New targets are set; new successes aimed for. There will inevitably be challenges in this time of change.
In many ways, it is the same in a church like St Saviour’s. After August, when most things stop for a break or are done in a different, more relaxed way, the church family now gets back to work. Hopefully, the summer break has brought some time of physical, mental and spiritual refreshment and September is one of those times for renewed energy and commitment to God’s service. It is a time to put last year’s failings behind us (God has already done that anyway!) and to think and plan ahead.
So what’s new at St Saviour’s?
There will be new outside doors to replace the old ones in the main church building. Plans are in hand for one pair of doors to replace the fire doors by the side chapel, and, as funds become available, the other outside doors will be replaced too.
A new, exciting initiative will be starting in the shape of a fundraising group headed up by Steve Bendell. This will boost the recently started Fabric Fund to enable projects, like the new doors, to go ahead.
As individuals too, we can make a new start. We can do this by looking prayerfully at all areas of our lives and considering if there are any aspects which we have not yet fully committed to God. Whether it is time, money, or talents, we can put past inaction behind us and move ahead to a new commitment to God’s service. For some that might mean a change – thinking about a different area of service. For others that might mean getting involved for the first time. Please come and chat to us or any member of the
leadership team if we can help you.
Whatever September means to us as individuals, we pray, as a church family, that:
• We will have an ever closer relationship with God our Father
• Jesus will be at the heart of all we do
• The Holy Spirit will guide us and equip and empower us in God’s service.
Christine Moyes and Bev Collum-Mills, churchwardens