After a very challenging few weeks for KMC people and families, I write to commend you all for the way in which the support and love for your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, has been so evident. In Philippians chapter one Paul writes: ‘I thank my God every time I remember you. I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’.
There have been a number of our members and friends who have been receiving treatment, having surgery, recovering and other families experiencing bereavement. All of those concerned have been upheld in our corporate and personal prayer life as a church, alongside which we offer practical and pastoral support too. We have all been particularly touched by the death of Rachael Bland, as we share in some way in the grief of Steve, Freddie, Phil, Judy, Claire, Mark and all of Rachael’s family and close friends. What an inspirational young woman Rachael was touching so many people’s lives and opening up the whole conversation on Cancer and treatment nationally through her podcasts ‘You, Me and the Big C’. How good it was, that St John’s were able to host the funeral thanksgiving for the family and that we were able to work together in ministering to Rachael’s family, colleagues and to a community in grief.
The importance of prayer can never be underestimated alongside our pastoral care, so I urge you to be ‘faithful in prayer’ as the coming weeks and months will obviously continue to be challenging.
In fact, on October 9th at 10.30am, there will be a meeting at KMC to discuss the future of prayer and prayer ministry within the church, as we explore how to encourage each other in our prayer lives, as well as supporting those in need at this time. There will be an ‘Open Coffee and Creative Prayer morning’ in the coming weeks to explore this further together. Look out for details.
A close minister friend of mine, Peter Knight, is currently receiving Cancer Treatment and has had to recently finish his ministry as a Circuit Minister. Please remember Peter, his wife Felicity and children Simon, Aimee and Josh as we have a Celebration of his ministry on 27th October in the Midlands.
On a much more positive note, we welcome Neal Stanton to our team and his wife Sarah, along with their three sons. Neal will be serving as the Pioneer Pastor of ‘Zac’s House’ and we look forward to his welcome service on Sunday 14th October 6.30pm at KMC. This is an exciting time in the mission and ministry of KMC and the beginning of a whole new season for us. We pray for all of them as they come to terms with their new surroundings, work environment, school and as they get to know our church and circuit too.
This new season begins with Harvest Festival as we all share together in our joint 10am worship service followed by a faith lunch, supporting the work of ‘All We Can’, our Methodist Relief Agency. But we are longing for an ongoing spiritual harvest in our lives and also in our community. It will be good to share in the Civic dedication of the Centennial War Memorial on Saturday 6th October at 11am and for us then to process to this Memorial at the conclusion of our Remembrance Sunday Service. This does seem like a very appropriate way of marking the 100th Anniversary of the end of the 1st World War and we will also be reading the names of those who died in the war as part of our worship this year.
Please do continue to pray for each other and for all those in leadership within the church at this time, so that we might be guided and inspired to keep in step with the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your prayers and for your ‘partnership in the Gospel’. I do need your support and partnership.
Your friend and minister, ROB, Rev. Rob Cotton