Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Written address from our stand in Minister

September New Start

Our calendar year may start on 1st January but for me September always feels more like a new start as the academic year begins. I realise that for almost all of my life it has been the predominant cycle; starting with being at school myself, then university, then accountancy training. Even in the period where Ian and I were ‘dinkies’ (double income, no kids!), for most of that time I was working in further education colleges so although I worked through the school holidays most of the staff and students were away. And of course since becoming parents the school year has again been important and looks set to be so for several years yet.

Many of our church activities also take a break during August. Breaks are important, especially for those tasked with leadership but also for everyone. Times of rest and relaxation allow for refreshment, reflection and blessing. I hope you have all managed some rest over this period and it’s something we can give thanks for before we dive headlong into September.

The start of the new school year can mean many things. It is just that, the start of something new. For many people, particularly young people, there are new classes, new teachers, maybe a new school. For those moving on to university, it’s a time of big transition. There may be nerves and uncertainty, but also excitement. For other people, it’s maybe the impetus to start a new activity; an evening class, a club, an exercise regime.

The shops of course have been doing ‘back to school’ promotions since July, reminding me of how I would get our children to try on their uniform and see what they had grown out of. So September is about new things, transitions, and growing, all words which have meaning for us as Christian disciples individually and as a church.

Paul writes to the Ephesians,

“ … by speaking the truth in the spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head.” (Ephesians 4.15).

So whether your schooldays are now or a distant memory, I hope we will all find some way to grow up in faith and discipleship in the year ahead.

Every blessing,

Marion Moore

 

Friendship and comfort

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Encourage one another

Dear Friends, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:v11 It was so encouraging to attend your first Church Meeting since Bill’s retirement and to find you all in such good heart. The amazing send-off for Bill on 2nd June was still fresh in … Continue reading Encourage one another

Change

As I write this, we’re finalising preparations for the service on 2nd June when we celebrate Bill’s 13-year ministry with us.  It’s a time to look back, but also to look forward; to compare the routines of the past with the varied leadership of the future; to think of where Bill has led us, to … Continue reading Change

Welcome

I am delighted that you have agreed to my appointment as your interim moderator. As such I shall be supporting you in this time of vacancy and providing assistance in the process of seeking your next minister.  I am a member of Christ Church URC Petts Wood where I am currently church secretary having served … Continue reading Welcome

And Finally

“This will be my last pastoral letter as minister of Emmanuel URC and Elmers End Free Church. I thank every one of you most sincerely for all the love, help, support and encouragement you have given myself and Marion these past thirteen years. It has been a privilege and a joy to have ministered with … Continue reading And Finally

Easter

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all people.”   (1 Corinthians 15:19)  So wrote the apostle Paul from the town of Ephesus, (which some of our number visited on our 2015 pilgrimage to Turkey) to the young church at Corinth (where again a party … Continue reading Easter

Mending Fences

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Fairtrade Fortnight

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New Year 2019

By the time you read this Christmas will be over and the New Year with all its hopes and possibilities will have started. When I was a boy I associated the period between Christmas and New Year with writing “Thank You” letters to several kind elderly aunties who always sent me Christmas presents. I remember … Continue reading New Year 2019

Light in the World

This year the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah also known as the Festival of Lights begins the same day as the Christian church celebrates Advent Sunday (2nd December). Hanukkah is an eight day celebration and runs to the evening of Monday, 10th December. The origins of Hanukkah go back to second century BC when the Greek … Continue reading Light in the World