February 12th – Emma Hulme

Dear Friends

When I tell people that I am a Church Administrator, I get two reactions: ‘That’s nice’, coupled with a look as if to say, ‘How can I change the subject really quickly’ or, ‘That sounds interesting, what does that involve?’  So here it is, a brief synopsis.

Life in the office is very varied.  No two days are the same. One moment, we are answering very important queries about baptisms, marriages, funerals and contacting newcomers who would like to join our congregation, and the next we are phoning for a plumber to fix a blocked loo.  Never a dull moment!  In between these extremes, I organise the 10:30 Sunday service. Once that is sorted, I am Mrs Rota and I liaise with ministry leaders to compile every type of rota you can think of: preaching and leading, music, laptop, PA desk, reading, intercessions, deputy warden and sidesmen rotas . . . and the list goes on. It’s amazing and something to be thankful for, that at Christ Church there are well over 300 people involved in some aspect or another of making our services run smoothly.

At times, there can be gaps, or TBCs on the rota.  On occasions, these gaps don’t get filled until the last minute – which can be nail-bitingBut what I have noticed again and again, is that our God provides.  When someone who has been committed to one of the above rotas for many years, understandably stands down, I have mixed feelings:  huge gratitude for all they have done, but also a stomach-sinking feeling – how on earth am I going to find someone to fill that role? Who will be as a loyal and dedicated as their predecessor? And before you know it, God has heard that prayer, and an amazing person steps forward with oodles of enthusiasm, and I say ‘Thank you God!!’ He really does know our needs, frequently even before we have registered them ourselves.

spiritual giftsI have worked at Christ Church for five years and it is an honour to do so.  I see all you amazing volunteers filling up my rotas, and I rejoice at the volunteers’ party every January – there are so many of you!!  If you haven’t had a chance to get involved yet, may I encourage you to do so? The sooner you begin to serve God as a volunteer, doing anything that appeals, the sooner you will start to feel involved, meet people and more importantly see our Father God at work in what you do.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4.10

God bless,

Emma (Hulme)