1st January 2016
When I sat down to review 2015 I was quickly struck by how much God has done.
It has been a remarkable year in many ways and we want to join the Psalmist who says ‘one generation will commend your works to another, they will tell of your mighty acts’ and so remember some of the things God has done this year:
Firstly, we’ve baptized 29 believers, many of whom have made a first time commitment this year.
We’ve had lots of new friends join us as 29 have become members and another 40 have arrived, stayed and are on their journey into membership.
Among the new members are Gareth and Nicola McCormick who returned from China with Ben and Jaiya – how good it is to have them all back and Gareth back in the eldership team.
In July we were all-sad to say goodbye to the Colville family but inspired by their devotion to Ian’s ageing parents.
We’ve seen Children from Supergang prophesying, praying and seeing people of all ages healed. God has healed many people of many conditions including long term thyroid problems, Muscular Myopathy, glaucoma, intraocular pressure, severe gall bladder pain, 6 months of deafness and left ear pain, debilitating weakness in left arm, long term severe pain in both knees.
Some have had financial breakthroughs and others have spoken of breakthroughs into personal freedom.
Treasure Chest has had dozens of new Mums join.
Thirst has been well established and God called Jake Tucker to join as Manager.
Alpha has run each term and seen most people either saved or still continuing their journey to faith Equipped to Grow, Ignite, KYLO and the Prophecy Group have all started.
We've supported the church in Enakievo, Ukraine including sending money for them to buy food and essentials during a time of war.
God’s Presence has been almost overwhelming some Sundays and Prayer Groups continue to underpin everything we do.
All of this is of course only possible because of your continued faithful financial giving – thank you.
Wow! What a year when you stop and think!
I believe that God has staffed us for growth and prepared us to ‘break the mould’ and go to the next level and at Vision Sunday on January 10th I’ll speak more about this and how we are on journey to becoming ‘The Family of God, in the Presence of God, Displaying the Glory of God’.
With very best wishes for Christmas – extra special for our family this year as we celebrate with our first grandchild, Judah!