Last week I had the pleasure of meeting folk from the congregation at Hambleton United Reformed Church to the north of the Fylde. It was exciting to chat with them about their fellowship and the mission God has called them to in their community. We were able to spend time sharing insights from the lectionary readings for later this month in preparation for their harvest festival (image shows us reflecting on the word “generosity” emerging from the texts).
As always it feels that our congregations spring into life after the summer lull. In addition to all that needs doing locally we have the opportunity to talk together this month about the wider partnership that binds us together in Christ, and in supporting each other to fulfil the mission God gives us in 135 different communities. During September every minister and elder will be able to contribute to our thinking together about how missional partnerships can support each congregation. This will be formative for all that we seek to do together and the ways in which we can strengthen our walk with Christ.
Please pray for:
- each of our congregations as the autumn brings fresh opportunities, and for our celebrations of God’s goodness in all ways as we gather people to rejoice in harvest festival services
- the gatherings of ministers and the roadshows for elders/ministers to explore missional partnerships, and our continuing support of one another
- each church member you know, that each one may be helped to discern the gifts God has given so that they may share in the whole ministry within their congregation for the building up of God’s people (Ephesians chapter 4).