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Time to Talk

Wow what an amazing month January has been.

In the main my job is to support churches, individuals and areas. This month has seen me in England, Scotland and Wales for the Inductions of new ministers.

Special Celebrations
Michael Rolton in Moreton in the Marsh. Michael is on our training course and hosted an induction weekend for the community to “Come and meet the Minister” which was a great idea and they have just started Family Fridays as a way of meeting and supporting their community.
Interestingly they held “pray in the month of May” when every day the church intensified their prayers together to move them forward.

In Scotland Tom Bonnar became the new Minister at Sanquhar. We braved the snow (actually loved and played in the snow too) to be part of the afternoon celebrations. Sanquhar is a unique church in a community estate who every week host a coffee morning and every month a lunch. Tom has brought the church into the 21st Century with technology inside the building and to help share their news outside.

In Wales Peter Noble was inducted to Llanfair Uniting Church. They had invited children from the local primary school to sing which was such a treat and then several of them shared what the Church meant to them.

Something to try
When I visited South Chingford at the beginning of the month they filmed a live stream of the sermon on Facebook to reach those who weren’t able to attend, another great idea worth sharing.

What does your church mean to you?
Could children from your local primary School answer that question?

I then went to visit Zion Miners Chapel in Llanhilleth. Last year they won a Serving the Community Award for all the amazing mission work they do including craft club which involves the older generations teaching and working with the children. They also have a dementia group – where recently they had an Elvis singer and everyone was joining in. I heard too on the radio that the Salvation Army has just launched a singing initiative to support dementia patients so I will try and find out more.

Finally I spent three days with the Army, Navy and Air Force Chaplains. Belonging to the United Board is such a humbling experience and was a real time of refreshment and challenge for me. If you are interested in becoming a Military Chaplain please let me know.

A busy but inspiring month with churches.
February will see me planning Assembly, working at my desk more, preparing 2019 budgets, being in Nottingham with Church Support Team, planning the lent resources and generally catching up with phone calls and administration. I have also been invited through the Free Churches to visit the Work of Compassion in the Dominican Republic, so would appreciate your prayers.

Be blessed, Yvonne

Zion Miners Chapel