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A Message from Our Vicar – April 2018

        ‘Working as Christ’s presence within the world’

Revd Lynn Boyle

Revd Lynn Boyle

There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given to believers by the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve. 1Corinthians 12:4,5

Thank God that we are all different! Thank God that we are all unique and that He has graciously granted us different gifts in the Holy Spirit. We are blessed with so many talents in our church and as with any family, we find some are good at one thing, others another. But one thing for certain is that we have all been given gifts to share and it is when we share them with one another and with God, in prayerful commitment that we grow and find fulfillment both individually and collectively.

St Francis of Assisi summed up for us ‘It is in giving that we receive’.

As we move towards our Annual Parochial Church Meeting on the 15th this month we do so grateful for all God has given us and for the resources to move forward with the restoration, repair and remodeling work needed on our church building.

But a church is about far more than a building – in fact it is not about a building at all. A church is a group of faithful disciples committed to working in the name of Jesus Christ. Without the willingness of individuals and groups who work together there would be no church.

As we move into this exciting time of change I am moved to ask again that each one of us just take a little time out in prayer, to ask and reflect upon what God wants us to do in our collective and individual discipleship.

I have included a short list you might reflect upon – ways in which God might be calling you to serve here at St Paul’s, but it is by no means definitive. Please just reflect prayerfully upon what God might be calling you to do. There are so many tasks and every member of our church community can play a part.

If you feel there is something significant that God is calling you other than this list, then please do come and talk to me.

Could you…….

Organise our confidential Prayer Circle?

Lead a Bible Reflection Course?

Write & lead prayers in church?

Read in church?

Join the choir?

Wash and Iron the altar linen?        

Become a member of the PCC?

Become a Sidesperson (giving books out etc.)?

Play in the music group?

Help with the Sunday Group?

Be on the church grounds working party?

Help with church cleaning?

Help on the coffee/tea rota?

Help with general repairs & maintenance?

Give a person/s a lift to and from church?

God Bless each and every one of you in the service you offer to Our Father, who offers us so much more than we ever give to Him.

Lynn

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