A Methodist / United Reformed Church Local Ecumenical Project
Loving God Loving People
Pastoral Letter - September 2018
Greetings friends and family of Trinity!
September already – a month ahead of us with new beginnings, harvest celebrations and even, dare I say it…, Christmas on the horizon again! Life with all its ups and downs can seem quite relentless. However, as Christians we can welcome each new day as an opportunity to hear God speaking to us afresh; an opportunity to thank and praise God for all the good gifts available to us. In August we enjoyed our second 24/7 Prayer Week. From 9 am on Sunday 5th August until after morning service on Sunday August 12th, day and night, there were people in our church building engaged with God in some way or another.
Many of you came along and either sat in the Prayer Room (the small lounge), or used the Prayer Stations spread around the church sanctuary and the foyer, or took part in one of the extra activities included in the week. Many of you doubtless added your prayers from home. There was a real buzz around the place and it is important that we do not lose the momentum we have begun.
At our September Elders’ Meeting (6th Sept) and Church Meeting (20th Sept) we will discuss some of the ways we believe God may have been speaking to us during the Prayer Week.
Should we be setting up a ‘Prayer Team’ to offer ‘prayer ministry’ to people after our morning worship on Sundays?
Could we consider taking prayer outside the church and offering to pray with people ‘on the street’?
Might we open our church once a month or once a week for people to come in to sit quietly, to pray, to light a candle, to ask for prayer…?
Is there a course of study/worship themes that we could choose to follow as a church to better equip us to reflect Jesus in our everyday lives?
There is a big sign up on the outside of our church building: ‘Sharing God’s Love’. Let’s make sure that we do that, so that we play our part in following Jesus and building the Kingdom of God in Totton and beyond.