As a teacher (even if only part-time now!) half-term always helps me to slow down, and I take at least a day somewhere just to laze around, pursue interests as they come upon me. But I can’t tell you how many different projects and thoughts are whirling around at the moment relating to church! I’m very excited about them as well.
First, we have the Jubilee weekend coming up. Things are shaping up for that. I’m trying to get into a groove editing Roger’s transcripts of the FLS (Fellowship Life) talks, and having an endpoint where I want to report or bring something is quite helpful. I have swiftly realised I am not going to have much together for March 20th, but it at least is starting a conversation. Watch out for some more blogposts on what I am learning as I transcribe all about Fellowship Life!
What’s a real blessing about this Conference is we have started getting in touch with lots of ex-members of the Fellowship and quite a few have signed up to come along on Zoom, so make sure you don’t miss out! It also means that I am spending some time having face to face conversations with people as we plan it. I’m grateful for all those who have already come forward with stories of ‘the early days’ and great testimonies. What will make the weekend extra special is that Chris Cartwright will be joining us on the Sunday to celebrate with us. We will be putting out a programme in early March for the Saturday.
Second, we are going to come in on the Really Good News campaign that Elim is running. As I write, Elim are running an exciting digital conference (some of which I will catch up with afterwards otherwise I won’t get this blog or church email written!) on how to reach out online. Personally I’ve been dipping a toe in the water with short Facebook live messages, and using Facebook Ads to give them a wider reach. I feel very challenged that I need to be outward-facing, and bold. Through March there will be real life testimonies shared from Elim, and we will share them on our Facebook page (anyone fancy setting up an Instagram account?). Then after an Easter service, and with a sign-up available on our website, we will run an online Alpha Course on Wednesday evenings. This is going to be a challenge but also really exciting. Please pray about how you might be involved in this.
And I could go on – I am on a learning curve at the moment. I am really enjoying following through Nicky Gumbel’s Bible in a Year on YouVersion – his and Pippa’s insights are excellent – but I feel that perhaps we might find a reading course that is a bit shorter, and not so demanding, for us all to join in with. This is a great opportunity not just to read the Word daily, but also to share daily our thoughts with others we know and pray for. I am also personally excited that we are doing live worship on the Zooms now, and grateful to those who are committing to that – not to mention the Kids Zoom and the popularity of that. I am inviting guests week by week to the older group, so watch out for an invite to come and say Hi and share something of your testimony!