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Editorial

Another year is drawing to a close and it has been a busy year for many people. This issue really gives a flavour of the different services being conducted up and down the country. And I don’t just mean conventional services. Fresh expressions of church are popping up all around with fellowships having a Café Church or a Messy Harvest Church. Talking of harvest, I sometimes wonder at the value of this service when we live in a world where we can obtain any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year! Perhaps that is a discussion for another time.

I have been asked to point out that our President keeps a blog. It can be accessed at federationpresident.blogspot.co.uk and people can sign up to receive the occasional bulletins via their email (in top right column).

I found the ‘lendwithcare’ article really interesting. This organisation is a branch of Care International. Perhaps your church fellowship can investigate giving some of your Church Tithe by way of these loans, which can be re-invested over and over and really help people in poorer countries – Malawi to name just one.

The TRAINING team have always had an article (or two) in each issue of the magazine. Now the CHURCH SUPPORT team are going to do the same. So look out for both articles and make a point of catching up on all the training and support opportunities the Federation offers to every church.

I would like to thank our loyal advertisers. Every issue is supported by Edwards Insurance and also Green Barnes Church Signs. Other advertisers also appear from time to time. This income supports the continuing of The Congregationalist.

Enjoy this issue of the magazine, and we will meet again early in the New Year. The editorial office wishes everyone a very happy Christmas.

David Kinchin
Editor