I sat having tea with a friend this week and we got to discussing the encouraging things that have happened recently at church. I actually discovered there were quite a few and I hadn’t really been counting my blessings as much as I could have been, so I thought I would share them with you!
Ø Lots of new members at Youthclub. The last session we had 19 teenagers there, which is a record for us, and while it seems to pack the hall out, is still brilliant! Giving thanks to God that a good bunch have moved onto Youthclub from Tweens last year and seem to be settling in well.
Ø New mums and babies at Footprints. We lost about 10 lovely kiddies this year from our toddler group because they have gone up to school/nursery, so it’s amazing that we still seem to be chocka on Tuesdays. Meeting some lovely people, new ones seem to be turning up all the while, and everybody has lots of great baby tips for a pregnant pastor!
Ø One of our youthclubbers coming and helping lead at our brand new “More Club” for years 5-8 (what was Tweens) last week – three cheers for you - a young person being a total star!
Ø Bures Churches football team materialising seemingly out of nowhere last week. Big thanks to all the men involved with getting that started – a great outreach rather than just a church club (looks a bit like a game of spot the church member) and a fun (if excruciating) match last Monday!
Ø A lovely visit to the school the other day to organise the Harvest Services the children have at our church. It’s great to be able to work closely with the school and enable the children to give gifts to the hungry.
Ø New housegroup in Wakes Colne seems to be taking off successfully, well done to everyone who had to make adjustments because of the change around! I’m really encouraged by the support and prayer and good conversations that I hear are happening in our small groups.
Ø One of our members stepped into the breach and took on leading our coffee morning when it seemed we might have to stop it – all our regulars are back again this term and some great chats seem to be happening, so glad God continued to provide for them all in that way, and very grateful to that leader.
Ø Generally good conversations about God seem to be happening unprovoked! I hear mum’s encouraging each other to church, children encouraging each other to Sunday school and asking what Jesus has been up to lately, house groups inviting their friends to come along, just because they want to.
So God seems to be moving at Bures. I think I could go on probably and I wish I could give you more specifics, because the stories of individuals are even more encouraging!
So my prayer at the minute is ‘Thank you Lord for opening our eyes to these blessings, help us to not get in the way of the things you are doing, but to get alongside you while you work here.’
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