Minty’s September Letter

September’s here! It’s a new term, all those things that paused over the summer are starting up again and there’s a busy month ahead at St Matt’s: a month of change, celebration and challenge!

Sadly, we’ll be saying ‘goodbye’ to two valued members of the staff team, Cath Hubbuck (Children’s Minister) and Jackie Burnell (Administrator) and we’ll be thanking them officially for all they’ve done and given to us on Sunday 28th. Happily Jackie will continue to be a member of our church community but Cath, Dom, Tara, Jonathan, Pete and Hattie are moving on as Dom begins his ordination training. Consequently, we’ll be welcoming a temporary Children’s Minister, Katie Hartzog, and a new administrator. We’ll also be saying ‘hello’ to Rachel Greaves later this month, who’ll be joining the other Trinity students and their families based with us.

Twenty-five years ago St Matt’s responded to God’s call to expand our building and took a step of faith in installing a floor at gallery level in the church. At that time we were particularly challenged by two verses; Isaiah 54:2Open Link in New Window & Isaiah 43:19Open Link in New Window, which spoke expansion and of new things that God would do. On Sunday 21st we’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of that installation and giving thanks for all the new things that have followed from this call and step of faith.

Steps of faith are usually risky and require us to metaphorically leave the safety of our boat and get out onto the water as Peter did in response to Jesus call (Matthew 14:22-33Open Link in New Window). As I read the Bible, I’m struck and encouraged by the way, time and time again, God both calls people to step out of their comfort zone and then enables them as they do so, and I recognise this resonates with my own experience.

At Mat’s recent Licensing and Installation at St Mary’s, Bishop Mike spoke of the need to step out of the boat, to truly live out and to share our faith. Archbishop Justin’s visit to our Diocese gives us opportunities to do this in talking with friends about life’s big questions, in inviting them to ‘Standing Room Only’ or an Alpha course and in sharing our stories. If this sounds daunting, why not visit the ‘10,000 Voices’ page on the Diocesan web site and be encouraged by others stories.


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