Pastoral Letter (September 2019)

From Revd Catherine Bowstead

Dear Friends,

I hope that you’ve had the opportunity to view the film about our Fish Mosaic on our church website. It’s a wonderful record of a very significant day in the life of our church and a reminder of what we can achieve when we work together. One of the remarkable things was the number of friends – old and new – who we’d invited along and who wanted to share with us on that day.

September marks the beginning of a new academic year but also for a new Methodist Year. The calm and relaxation of the summer makes way for the activity and busyness of the autumn term. Our regular activities resume after the summer break and at the end of this busy month we shall celebrate our Harvest Festival. There are some particular things to note:

MORS and Contact are joining together to form MorsContact, meeting on the first Tuesday evening of each month and some Wednesday afternoons with an interesting range of speakers booked for the coming year. This is a very positive and active group in the life of our church and a really good one to invite your friends to try.

Creative Spirit is our exciting new worship opportunity meeting on Wednesday mornings – you can read more about this elsewhere in “Greetings”, but do come along and try it out and maybe think about someone who might appreciate an opportunity to discover faith and worship in a creative way who you could bring with you.

Little Fishes is our play café initiative which will open on a couple of mornings each week alongside Café Mosaic. It provides an opportunity for small children to play in a safe and stimulating environment while their carers enjoy some of the goodies from our café.

All these (and so much more of what we do) are opportunities to “fish for people” as we welcome people into our church community and look out for opportunities to introduce them to Jesus and help them to find faith.

The beginning of September marks a big change for me personally as I take on the responsibilities of Superintendent for our Circuit. This is in addition to the work I have already including, for this next year at least, my responsibilities at Woosehill and Church @ The Pines. This will inevitably mean that I have a little less time for my work at Wokingham; I shall probably be here a little less frequently on Sundays as I take preaching appointments around the rest of the Circuit and I shall have less time for pastoral visiting. Fortunately, we have a very good team of stewards, pastoral visitors, volunteers and employees and we shall work together to be the best that we can be. But I will be very appreciative of your continuing prayers as I take on this new role and would value your support at my “Welcome Service” on Sunday 8th September at 6pm which will be led by Revd Deborah Cornish who is one of our Assistant Chairs of District.

I look forward to a busy and stimulating time as we serve God together and seek to encourage people to become part of his kingdom.

With every blessing

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