Under full sail
The good ship Vineyard is under full sail once again after a more leisurely few months cruising over the summer. There’s lots happening in addition to weekly worship, the small group programme, the young people’s activities and our reach out ministries - so I’d love you to scan the rest of this newsmail to make sure you’re in the know about some newish things. If you are the news gatherer for your small group you may wish to take this info to your group this week.
I’m teaching through a series on relationships. Last Sunday I looked at Proverbs 6:16-19 and focussed on how we go about finding friends and the need to look for character first of all. You can listen or download the words here. Next week I’m examining the false beliefs we sometimes have which impede us from building healthy friendships.
One of the painful aspects of relationships is saying goodbye. And the time has come to say goodbye to our very good friends Duncan & Gillian Meredith. I have no doubt we’ll see them around as they live nearby and our friendship goes back decades. Nevertheless they have decided that the Lord has called them on.
Duncan writes, “At our visit to New Wine Ireland this summer we felt God calling us to resume the prayer and pastoral ministry that we were involved with some years ago. Having listened to God's leading, we have decided to answer his call to join in with the things that are happening at St Georges.
We have been in the Vineyard family for 20 years and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Starting with Wimber conferences in Harrogate and Manchester, leading the North Leeds Vineyard ministry team and being part of the house group leadership, we have also enjoyed kids' work, refreshments, welcome and resources and Alpha too. Lately, we have seen God do great things as part of the Healing on the Streets team and our eyes have been opened to the amazing love he has for all people.
We will not disappear! We hope to see you all from time to time. We bless you and look forward to hearing how the Headingley ministry grows in the years to come.”
Sorry as we are to see Duncan & Gilly go, we thank God for their time with us and for all the many ways they served faithfully at Leeds Vineyard. Thank you Duncan & Gilly, we bless you on your way!
Some of the most important relationships within the church are those between the children and between the children and the Vineyard Kids’ workers. We invest a lot in this area and one of the new ways of doing so is through “Vineyard Kids Team Go Small” – led by Kate Newman. This is an evening when we think of the children in our community. If you're a parent of under 11's or if you help on the Vineyard Kids’ team, you are very much invited. There’ll be dinner and then training - this time it's on how to tell stories in many fun and creative ways!
Saturday 10th October, Ben and Kate's house. 30 East Causeway Vale, Adel. LS16 8LG. Food from 7:30pm. RSVP to Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I’ve been reading through the rather enigmatic history book of Chronicles in the Old Testament. I’ve been struck by one of the consistent themes running through the history which is about the role of the priests as leaders of worship. Their duty was, at least partly, to tend to man’s relationship with God through worship. Worship leaders, particularly musicians, serve vicariously in bringing us into God’s presence.
On Monday 5 October (7.45pm) there is a Worship Jam at the Vineyard Centre and I would encourage you to spread the word amongst any musicians you know who love to worship to come along – instrument in hand.
And on Saturday 24 October (am) and Tuesday 24 November (pm) Michele Goulding will be hosting “Art, theology & worship in dialogue”.
More information on both of these on the website (Join in/Worship) and Facebook.
Bridge Street Church are hosting “Embrace”, an event for women of faith on 23 October. You can book tickets at www.worldvision.org.uk/embrace.
Dance & drama
Friends of ours at KPM are offering workshops on the 17 & 24 October for anyone interested in developing or refreshing their dance and drama skills. Expect to explore ways that communicate the word of God and your faith. www.thekpmwebsite.com.