All Bodes Well.
This weekend, I am going away taking some annual leave. I go away in a positive frame of mind as I look across my churches and the Deanery as a whole. That positivity has manifested itself, firstly in the licensing of our new Reader, Kathy, at a wonderful service in Lincoln Cathedral. Secondly at our Deanery Confirmation service, when 5 adults and 1 child were made full confirmed members of the church.
In times when we often feel under fire or marginalise, it is a great joy to see people taking new steps in their personal journeys of faith.
Across the wider Deanery, there has been a very positive response to the church catagorisation process, with many PCC's setting realistic yet aspirational targets. This is all hopeful and bodes well for our need to make the church fit for our purpose but more importantly God's purpose in the years to come.
Keep praying and trusting in God.
A PrayerGrant, Lord,
The Walesby Group, set into the north western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, consists of 10 parishes, 10 worshipping communities and 11 church buildings. With a population of around 2100 we are a benefice of very small communities, living in the vast open spaces of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As worshipping communities we aim to grow ourselves in our faith and discipleship, support and engage with our local communities and bring new people to Christ.
We are blessed with beautiful buildings and faithful commitment from our congregations. As the group continues to integrate together, we are being enabled to offer a variety of worship and outreach styles. Lay ministry and leadership is key to all we offer, and encouraged as we endeavour to open the Kingdom and its values to all.
The Christian faith is focused on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We also believe his death achieved something very special: the opportunity to reconnect with the God that we might believe in but might sometimes feel remote from.
We believe that Jesus was not just a human being but, in some way that we cannot fully understand, God as well. We believe in God the Father, the creator of the entire universe, and the Holy Spirit, who is the way we can experience Jesus today. Not three gods but one, who together are described as the ‘Trinity’ – a description not so much of philosophy but of the relationship at the heart of God.
In the most famous Christian prayer we pray ‘Our Father…’ This creator God wants a relationship with us, for us to be his children and to give us, as Jesus says, ‘life in all its fulness’ (John 10.10).