‘Summer in the city and the air is still’
‘Hot town, summer in the city, Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty’
‘Summer summer summertime time to sit back and unwind’
‘When I look back now that summer seemed to last forever’…..
I love my summer songs because I love summer, and I hope that this summer, you all have a chance to slow down a little, simplify your routine and enjoy the lovely long balmy evenings.
It’s been a great year for me here at RBC, but I’m glad that over the next few weeks we can have a change of pace as we put our usual weekly programmes on hold so that our hardworking ministry leaders, group coordinators and volunteers are able to take a break. I’d like to express a huge heartfelt thank you to you all for all that you do to serve God through the church community here.
I say we’re taking a break but there’s still a few things going on during the summer: Room 4 will be transformed into a new youth friendly space and a much needed, long overdue clear out of cupboards and crannies is happening on site. The maintenance of the garden still requires a lot of input so If you are available to lend a hand keeping the garden in order or just watering the plants, please let the office know and your help will be greatly appreciated.
Normal service will be resumed in September and we have a great Autumn to look forward to. Our Sunday morning theme will be called ‘Rewired’ as we think about how the book of 1 Peter has much to teach us about living lives of Christian integrity in today’s world. The challenge I want to bring next term is to Think Big, because we serve a big God, who can do big things through us.
We will also be putting plans in place for a new ‘Alpha’ course – thank you to everyone who signed up or showed an interest in our service a few weeks back. More details will follow.
Our Harvest theme for 2018 is ‘light’ based on the tremendously inspiring work of Tearfund.
Kairos will return as a regular feature in our evening worship along with the occasional testimony service to celebrate the great things God is doing in our lives.
Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) will be visiting us later in the year to help us explore how we can continue to develop our heart for community transformation.
So many good things are already planned!
Miranda will start her new role as RBC Community Worker; Mairi will start her training as RBC’s Baptist Minister in Training and Angela will begin her year placement volunteering with the church.
The new Church Leadership Team (CLT) will start meeting in September comprising of Pastors, Elders, Trustees and Staff. Elders elections will happen in November when we are looking forward to new leaders joining the team. Our first Action Teams will get going as we release and commission people into the areas of ministry they are passionate about.
Oh and Christmas is coming…..but more of that later, it is only July after all!
I’m going to take a break from my blog for the next few weeks and look forward to sharing my musings and thoughts with you from September. Thank you, it’s been a wonderful first year in Redhill and I’m looking forward to the next year with you all.
If you are around Redhill please come to our ‘Beaches & BBQs’ and ‘Songs of Summer’ Sunday services.
I’ll sign off now with this delightful Celtic blessing:
‘What will we make of these long days
Before the height of summer fades?
To Jesus we bring our grateful praise
and honour him each summer’s day