Locum’s LetterMay 28, 2014
My Dear friends in Maxwelltown West,
As I write, we are once more on the threshold of Easter – the great culmination of God’s plan of love and rebirth for His Creation and we walk again in wonder beside Jesus as he faced the Cross at Calvary. It is with joy that we are convinced that Good Friday was not the end of everything but the life-changing new beginning for all who will follow Him.
We look forward to the triumphal greeting on Easter Sunday “The Lord IS Risen. Hallelujah!!!” To add to the joy we hope to have two new communicants professing their faith that day before God and the congregation, fulfilling the hopes and promises made on their behalf at Baptism. Then we share brunch after the service as the family of God in Max West.
It occurs to me that next Sunday will mark the third Palm Sunday of my coming here and I continually thank God for the fulfillment and blessing I have experienced being with you.
A couple of weeks ago Stephen said, “If you were 10, correction, 20 years younger, I would be happy to keep you as our Minister!! How nice was that – if only it were possible!
But it did make me think what does Max West offer to a prospective Minister and as I started making a list I was impressed and proud!
We are a welcoming, faithful, hardworking and generous congregation with a great support team. We have a brand new organ with an enthusiastic and talented organist, a crèche each week and a small but flourishing Sunday School staffed by Christian teachers. Over one hundred young people come into our premises every week through Scouting and Guiding, whose leaders, in the main, are members of the Church. What a contact there. We also have an After Eights group, a branch of the Guild and, for older members, a Good Companions group, a Social Team and Badminton Clubs to enhance fellowship, and a dedicated Parish Visitors Team to keep the housebound in the care of, and in contact with, the Church family. Our World Church team works hard to ensure that our two partner communities in Kenya are prospering. There is a study group during Lent and a bi-monthly Prayer group. We have good buildings, are well sited and are a financially solvent congregation.
And, we are a congregation not sitting back resting on our laurels but always looking for new ways of outreach in the parish. Reading this and knowing the Church as I do – IF only I could apply, you would top my list!!!!!
We have so much to thank God for here as we are richly blessed and whoever comes to carry on the work will share in and add to that blessing.
We look forward in faith, in love and prayer,