Coffee,tea,chat and biscuits!in our new room today.Moving meditations preceded it followed by Jesus's family meal, so a very spiritual start to a beautiful day.God is good!
We are a Congregational church and as such we should be governed by the Holy Spirit through the church meeting.
That cannot happen if people do not come to the meeting,decisions cannot be made for the whole fellowship if it is not there.
We cannot grow as a fellowship if we do not pray,talk and spend time together.
The Minister is not the person who should be running events ,making tea etc.The minsters job is to encourage,teach and care for the fellowship.They cannot do this if their time is spent keeping the social events going.They are important for bringing folk together but the Minister has other tasks.
The Minister cannot talk to people and find out how they are if he/she is stuck in the kitchen.
Time spent organising events is time out from visiting,preparing services and being there for folk.
Tea making is not beneath the minister,it is just not effective building the family of God.
All the fellowship have gifts and talents which must be used to enrich the life of others,all must play their part in the organisation of events,services and pastoral tasks.
I pray that the Spirit will lead our fellowship and bring others forward to take on tasks for the good of all,and to further our work in the villages we serve.With God's help all is possible.
awful grammar but there we are.
Why is it at this time ofyear the news from friends and family and it seems on the local and national news is doom and gloom.
people ill,or dying,or sad,murder everywhere it seems,fires,floods and tempest.
you could say it's the time of the year,it's the weather,and no doubt many blame poor old God.
I am reminded of ecclesiastes and the famous a time for this and a time for that....................a beautiful reading.
it reminds us that for all of us there is a time for good and bad,for sad and happy,for life and death,for caring and for being cared for.............carers take note .you matter too!you need caring for too.
after the wind comes the calm ,after the rain the sun,after death is eternal life.............can't get much better than that,no pain,no gain.
ok i'll stop.................just remember if life sucks at the moment it will get better..............if it's great at the moment enjoy every minute because there will be hard times ahead but then light at the end of that particular tunnel soon comes.............ok i really will stop now
hang in there!