May 6th – David Hall

Dear Friends,

“Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness; let us exalt his name together…” (Psalm 34 v3)

I pleased to announce that the PCC has voted in favour of the proposal to appoint a Worship & Youth Minister (70%  worship, 30% youth 14-18yrs) on a two-year contract from September 2018.  We will be interviewing candidates later this month and will keep you posted on how things progress.  My thanks for all your pledges and prayers as we have given careful consideration to this new development for our church family.

While the 6.30pm service will be the primary beneficiary, the appointment will assist the resourcing of the 8.30am and 10.30am service, with no changes to those service formats planned.  It will also enable us to give thought to additional worship activity within our church family and possibly an additional Sunday service.

footsteps_in_the_sand6We are entering into a season of planning, prayer and invitation.  The planning and prayer will bear rich fruit in September when we bring our future strategic plans to the church family, but the season of invitation is bearing fruit right now!

Today, we kick-off with the first of our “Bring and Share” lunches at 12.15pm.  If you didn’t plan to come, but would like to stay on after the 10.30am service, wonderful, do join us!

This Thursday the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative “Thy Kingdom Come” begins, encouraging us to pray for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. At Christ Church this initiative, which runs from Ascension Day to Pentecost (May 10th – 20th), will be supported by the Input Prayer meeting 7.45pm this Tuesday. We begin with a Deanery Ascension Day Service at 8pm on Thursday, then the church will be open for prayer during the day, and there will be a special creative prayer event on Wednesday 16th May.  Please join us at these important times of prayer & celebration.  (Details on pp4-5)

Next Sunday (13th May) J. John will be preaching a powerful challenge to pray at both our morning services, and the following week (20th May), Dr Sasa, from the charity Health and Hope will be with us as our morning speaker, telling us about exciting answers to prayer in Burma.

On Sunday 24th June, we will hold another of our hugely popular tea concerts with a short message of hope and special guest Noel Tredinnick leading a small professional band from of All Souls Orchestra players.

Do invite others to come along for these exciting times of encouragement.

Wishing you every blessing in Christ, David Hall

Note from Wardens: following HR advice it has been strongly recommended that any appointment should be for an initial two years rather than the three originally anticipated.  As requested in the pledge form, please do not provide any of the money pledged until advised to do so.