The Inside Column 1/7

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jul 02, 2018 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

You may have noticed a couple of changes in the Church this week. The new carpet is all done! This is all a part of the Made New project that we have been working through over the last year (the church roof).

There is much to give thanks for with this work we are doing, we have been blessed with the finances to keep moving ahead and have not need to take a loan from the Diocese. There are some more things we are praying to be able to get done but so far things have gone very smoothly. A big thank you to everyone for making this this happen, and of course our prayer is that it is not just the Church that is been made new but that we are been made new in Christ.

Sometimes we need to stop and give thanks, for all that God is doing. We have at the moment:

  • Three new home groups
  • Alpha, Christianity Explored – outreach groups
  • Stillpoint Meditation Group
  • Helping breakfast club Birchwood School
  • Melody Makers growing
  • New chaplaincy at Summerset
  • New church roof and carpet
  • Partnering with 24/7 youth
  • Wicked Tooth Fairy support
  • Youth Band
  • Ukulele Band
  • Youth group growing
  • Out to Lunch
  • Weekly Wednesday morning tea
  • The Ambient worship nights

I don’t often stop and think about the good things that are happening, but these things are the things I have been praying for, they are the things we have been working for, and it is good to celebrate them. God has been doing stuff in peoples lives and this is what Church should be all about. Of course there is always more that God wants to do, there are issues that we have to deal with, but we need to celebrate the good things as well.

So we do give thanks that we worship the living God, a God that is touching people’s lives, a God that loves us, that longs to see all come to know him. We give thanks for all that God is doing through us. We are his people, his Church and we are called to shine our light in the dark places. And we ask for more, that God will continue to draw close, that his hand may draw near and we might see his kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.
Yours in Christ

Phil

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