Previous letters  5th June 2020

Dear Friends,
I hope you are well and in good heart. Once again, thank you for the correspondence since last week. We've had some good discussions by email and phone. 
As you know, one of the churches of which I have pastoral charge is Wesley Hall. Their church anniversary is coming up on 14th June and we are going to have a virtual get together to celebrate. We haven't finished planning it yet, but it will include some worship, fellowship and I hope some cake eating via Zoom for as many people as can take part. It occurs to me that quite a few of our churches have anniversaries in the spring/ summer and I wonder whether others have thought about doing something similar. Anniversary is a fund raising opportunity and an ideas raising opportunity. It's a chance to reflect on what the church has meant to people and to make plans for the future. What does your own church mean to you? How do you see it developing over the next few years? What would you like to see happening there and in the wider circuit? How can you enable new ideas to get going?  Of course there are so many uncertainties at the moment and so many things on hold. But maybe we can use the current strange times as a chance to reflect, re-evaluate and think about what is most important to us. No doubt the same goes for other areas of our lives too: family, friendships, work, interests. What is it that lies at the core of these things, that essence which we can't do without when everything else is stripped away? I'm reminded of a song which our band used to sing in my previous circuit. It's ' The heart of Worship' by Matt Redman. You might like to look it up on YouTube if you are able to. Forgive the long quote coming now, but I need the whole of the first verse and chorus to get the point across.

When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come.
Longing just to bring
Something that's of worth
That will bless your heart.

I'll bring you more than a song,
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required.

You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart.

I'm coming back to the heart of worship,
And it's all about you, all about you, Jesus.
I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it,
When it's all about you, all about you, Jesus. 

Stay safe and stay in touch.
Yours in Christ,