Week 1

Discovering a new town and community is exhilarating and exhausting, but in a good way. I’ve loved cycling around Redhill and learning how the roads connect and where they lead. You may see me out and about on my vicar’s bike wearing my tweed bike helmet. This bike was a present from my old church and I love riding it. Its a classic 7 speed ‘sit up and beg’ bike and I can’t help but smile whenever I get on it.  It was made for Redhill as despite the name there’s no real hills here (or hills by Devon standards at least). I’m quite evangelistic about cycling; its environmental, its good for your health and it creates pauses, thinking time and incorporates prayer time into busy days. As HG Wells said, ‘Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race’.

One of my many highlights this week was cycling to Reigate to meet a church member for coffee and to hear his story, and then later cycling across to the Worship Leaders’ Forum, this team is so gifted and talented it was a joy to be with them. We started the evening of with a few songs and prayers which so moved me. At times I just shut my eyes and let their natural melodies and harmonies wash over me and minister to me as I kept my tuneless croak to a quiet minimum. I’m really looking forward to working with the worship team as we look at developing an inclusive worship that will help feed, build and encourage our wonderfully diverse church family.

I am excited to have planned our my sermon series ‘Simplicity’. It’s a call for us as a church to really take seriously the counter cultural nature of Christianity against the demands on our time, energy, emotions and resources. We live in a very busy culture but our faith offers an antidote to a different way to live. So we are going to be exploring these areas over the autumn term.  I expect it will be challenging, especially to those of us who are prone to workaholism and wear their busyness like a badge with pride. I’ve been down that road and it doesn’t lead anywhere good or healthy. Jesus invites the weary to walk with him, with all their burdens and busyness, and he promises to brings rest (Matthew 11:28)

It’s been a good first week at RBC, I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better over the coming weeks and months

See you on Sunday