Change ahead

change-architect-sign11This week our worship service changes a little. There’s a new order of worship. We begin with prayer and the lighting of a candle. There’s more music and less sermon. The changes have come from the suggestions that were brought to the retreat, (Thank you everyone who contributed) and from a few folks that have made comments over the year. Of course we can’t include everyone’s ideas or traditions in every service, but I hope that over the year we should be able to touch on them all.

In a couple of weeks time will be our AGM. We currently have 5 board members. Ann, Nigel, Keith, Wendy, and Simon. Mary is our health and safety officer. They all do a great Job. Alas, we are currently without a lay delegate.

Terms end for Ann, Keith, and Nigel at this AGM. Keith has offered to stand for a further two year term. Thank you to all of them for their hard work over the last two years. Wendy and Simon are mid way through their terms, thank you to them both for their time and energy too.

Are you being called to stand? The Lay delegate is responsible for communication. Making sure that the voice of the congregation is heard by the pastor and the board, and that the voice of MCC is equally available to every congregation member. It’s a critical post as it’s often the lay delegate who first spots when something is amiss. They’re kind of the whistleblower, making sure that everyone is heard from and cared for. Board members contribute in many ways, keith is our treasurer, Simon is our secretary, and Nigel our vice chair. The vice chair leads the group whenever the pastor is not available so his post will become vacant.

If you feel that God is calling you to any of these posts then please let me know. And if you are being called into membership then let me know!

This is a time of change for The Village MCC. It’s almost two years since we started and in my experience two year points are often turning points. It usually takes two years for a ministry or team to really become grounded. It usually takes two years before a church begins to find its feet in the community.

I pray that God be with you as you prayerfully consider where God is calling you. If you’d like to chat then please give me a call.

Be blessed.
Rev. Michael

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