An Easter Message from Ian

Dear Friends

‘The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said’…… ‘Go quickly and tell his disciples’.

Matthew 27.5-7Open Link in New Window

I am writing this on the morning following session 5 of our Lent course this year, ‘Talking Jesus’. During this session we heard accounts from five people, who told of how God had changed their lives, giving them hope where there was despair, purpose and meaning when they were lost, love when previously they had known no love. They were deeply moving personal accounts of how God’s story of creation, fall, redemption and hope connected with people’s own life stories, transforming their lives.

Each one of us has a life story, and when it connects with God’s story, we too discover the comfort and joy of knowing we are precious to and loved by the creator of heaven and earth.

As a Christian church family at St Matthew’s, we long for those around us, our families, friends, colleagues and communities, to know and experience this saving love too, to know ‘strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow’ that comes with knowing Jesus Christ, our risen Saviour.

During this year, as a church we are particularly focusing on encouraging a culture of invitation. As the ‘Talking Jesus’ evenings have reminded us, you and I are the right people, in the right place, at the right time to invite others along to church to experience God’s love for themselves. We all have a unique and special faith story that we can share which will connect us with our family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues.

People want to be invited to share our lives and our faith. This year, alongside much that already happens week by week we will have two special opportunities to invite others to our church:

  • Party in the Garden on Saturday June 15th
  • A special Invitation Service on Sunday June 23rd.

I ask us all to be thinking about who we can invite and then to pray for them.

Please also pray that with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can be a church family with roots down in Holy Scripture and our faith in Christ, and walls down to our friends, neighbours and communities.

‘Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus…he has been raised…Go and tell…’

As we celebrate the Good News of the risen Christ this Easter, may you and many others who you love and pray for, know the hope and love of the risen Lord Jesus.

Deborah and I and our family wish you a very Happy Easter.

Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel.


Revd Ian Tomkins, Vicar.

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