The children had a hugely entertaining time last Sunday – drum circles and making all sorts of music. We have a fantastic team of people who not only give the children brilliant memories
but teach them all about following Jesus and doing the ministry of the kingdom. In fact, it’s a secret, but I know of several adults who far prefer spending time ministering to and with the children and who assure me that God is as much at work with them as He is with the adults and young people!
Sometimes, when people are vulnerable and tell their story
, especially in public, it can be cleansing, like clear cool rain washing the dirt away from a dusty path. When Ben told us about how he had learnt about obeying God in taking a risk in sacrificing career and money and when Sarah told us yesterday about learning to repent when it would have been easier to play the victim in a broken family – many of us were able to see more clearly what God is wanting to do in our lives too.
Our series on Genesis - In the beginning, God
– is giving us huge opportunities to grow in faith and understanding. I have been dwelling on Genesis 1:26-28 as part of my studies. I am learning about who we are and about our true identity. We tend to find our identity in all sorts of interesting ways, “I am a Yorkshireman, I am a mother, I am a plumber, I am gay, I am shy-and-retiring, I am guilty, I’m the boss” and so on. But I don't think that is the way we were meant to see ourselves and interestingly, as I have studied these verses, I have found that it comments strongly on marriage too and I look forward to sharing some radical thoughts
with you on Sunday.
I have just checked, and the web links to the Vineyard Churches
’ site seems to be fixed, so you can go and download the NLC talks and an audio of the interview with the (now) Archbishop Welby.
On Sunday we were also proud and honoured to be able to hear from Alex and Karen Griffin about the progress they are making at Sheffield Vineyard
. If you wish to pray for them then please focus, for now, on their house sale. It is due to go through this month. Financially, it is crucial they sell the property in order to repay their mortgage – it is very costly paying rent and
On Sunday I omitted to give you the opportunity to make a financial gift to the Griffins as they make this huge step of risk and faith. I know many of you would love to help them get the Sheffield Vineyard started so if you would like to make a gift you can find out more here