There is a lot of talk about vision at the
start of 2020, helped by this a familiar term from the ophthalmic world
which is used to express normal visual clarity or sharpness of vision
measured at a distance of 20 feet. How is our vision after 20 years of
the 21st Century?
As we get stuck into this New Year and Decade
itís a good time to reassess our priorities and try to see clearly how
God is leading us. We are using the URC resource - Local Ministry and
Mission Review (LMMR for short) to help us explore together several
areas of our life as a congregation. A number of colleagues have shared
how fruitful this exercise has been in their local context helping
congregations stop and reflect on what they do and why and to assess
where the Lord is at work and calling them.
As we pray about this process, what we are
seeking is some clarity and sharpness so that we donít just stumble on
through 2020 without really engaging with what is on Godís heart for us.
Do please join us for the day on Saturday 15 February at the church for
a time of seeking God together. We will be helped by Rev Mary Thomas who
serves Wessex Synod as Development and Training Officer for the Southern
half of the Synod. She was minister at Hayling Island, and before that
worked as a training officer with the church in Jamaica.
Many of you will recall that in 2014 we joined
in a day looking at Growing Healthy Churches and Mary joined Rev Paul
Snell in facilitating that process. Six years have now passed and itís
time to look again at our church life and witness and to draw new people
into the process so as to bring some fresh insights and perspective. The
folks at Ryde are also engaging in this process over the spring period
and I will be taking time to do some self-appraisal about my work as
minister in the Isle of Wight Group and the wider responsibilities I
have. We hope that it will all add up to more effective use of our time
and resources as we serve the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ..
Do please take some time to reflect on church
life and witness and pray about it. Come and share in the prayer times
on a Tuesday over the next few weeks as we seek the Lord together. Ask
the Lord what he wants us to be focussing on in the coming weeks and
months; where should we put the greatest emphasis and the most effort
and resources? Come and share your thoughts with us all as we seek to be
faithful in our service in this small part of Godís world.
Many thanks to so many of you who work so hard
and faithfully in various aspects of our life. It is a big team effort.
Thanks also for the generous giving over the years that has enabled us
to continue worshipping God in this place and serving our local
community in Christís name.
With love and best wishes for the coming