Letter from our LocumMarch 13, 2013
My Dear Friends in Maxwelltown West,
We move into a new year with our way forward towards a new Ministry still unknown. As the many of you who came to the last Presbytery meeting will know, we were given a 6 month period to come up with proposals of our own when the option by Presbytery of a 7 year reviewable tenure was rejected by the Church. Our Interim Moderator and a few ad hoc members are doing their very best to come up with acceptable alternatives, so we have to wait and continue praying for guidance in this matter.
However difficult this situation is, we must have no fears that Maxwelltown West is stagnating in limbo!!! We are not and the life and worship of the Church continues as we are commissioned by Christ to do….and as the Mission Statement of our Church declares, “We aim to be a place of welcome to all in our parish” and we are delighted to have added 11 new members to our roll in the past year.
We also aim to be a centre of Christian worship and fellowship and I have been warmed to hear that our worship together is enjoyed and that our support and help to one another is being experienced and appreciated and I thank our Parish Visitors team for all they do to keep our housebound members in touch with church life.
Our young people and families are well catered for in the provision of a crèche each week, a lively J Max and K Max Sunday School and Y Max for the older ones. Without the faithful service of all involved in that important work we would not be in the good position we are.
Some ten members and I attended a day long seminar with the charismatic Minister, Speaker, Hymn Writer and Inspirer, Rev John Bell in January and his great message to us was that Church must primarily be a place of fellowship and care – as you know, a message close to my heart.
If people do not feel loved and welcomed in our fellowship we may as well close the doors!!!
Each one of you is an Evangelist. People need to be brought into Church personally. If we each found and invited just one more, think of the effect on our congregation!
So we can go forward as I said in my New Year Sermon this year, reassured by God’s past faithfulness, renewed by the promise of His never failing presence with us and recommissioned by Christ’s faith in us. “As the Father sent me into the world, so I am sending you!” – John chapter 17 verse 18.
Our Church may have to change but our Mission does not, so in faith together let us step boldly into 2013 full of hope and joy.
With love in His Service