Rob’s 65th Epistle [May 2019]

Dear Friends,

After another inspirational celebration of Easter as a church family with wonderful worship at KMC, ‘The Good News Singers’ and many visitors, it has also been good to hear of church members returning from Spring Harvest in Minehead and Harrogate, plus ECG in Scarborough, feeling renewed by the experience of worship and teaching. Perhaps more of us could consider one of these opportunities next year, alongside our own Firefest event.

The recent visit of ‘The Watoto Choir’ from Uganda, was such a wonderful evening of worship and testimony, with the young people challenging us with their very honest and open sharing of their stories. How good it has been that Neal Stanton our Pioneer Pastor, Mandy and Vicky have been able to visit Watoto during their recce tour in Uganda, prior to our mission visit in August, leading a Conference and leading many people there in worship. The clips on Facebook have been really encouraging. Please do pray for the team who will be partnering with the church and agencies there, launching Firefest Uganda as part of the visit.

At long last, my birthday Charity Zip-wire Challenge (postponed due to a weather forecast of snow and high winds) will be happening on Saturday 18th May, when I hope to have some photographic evidence of fulfilling the feat. Raising money for Grow UK, a Sheffield based charity set up by our son Steven, which mentors young people aged 16-24, will enable the unlocking of their potential to access employment.

This weekend will also mark the launch of a third ‘Hope through Action’ Centre in Malmesbury, South Africa. It will be known as Swartland Community Sport Centre and will have a sports hall, counselling and training rooms, a resource centre, seating for public events, a full size grass surfaced football pitch and a multi-purpose outdoor court. Please pray for our church members (Phil, Pete, Stu and Steve) who will be sharing in the opening of the centre.

On Sunday 12th May at 10am we will be celebrating our Church Anniversary and launching our Anniversary Appeal to finance both our new church doors and community toilets, after sharing in the Christian Aid Big Breakfast from 8.30am. We look forward to the whole church celebrating together, all one in Christ. There is so much to give thanks for.

For those who have joined our church in recent months, we will also be having a New Members Course leading up to our Pentecost Sunday worship on Sunday 9th June 10am. The classes will be held on Wednesday evenings on 15th, 22nd and 29th May. Please do let me know at the church office if you are interested.

Alongside all that is happening at KMC, we are also developing a new Vision for the Alderley Edge and Knutsford Circuit, which will include an opportunity for everyone to engage with all of the ideas which have been shared so far. We are looking to secure the future mission and ministry around the whole Circuit, but how good to know that there is growth in four of our eight different contexts. This is certainly not typical of Methodist Circuits at this time.

All of this seems to emphasize the importance of prayer at KMC and in our Circuit. Please do consider forming a prayer pod of three or four people to meet on a regular basis to encourage each other in your prayer life and spiritual growth. We will also be participating in the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative from Ascension to Pentecost with many mainstream churches.

In John 15 verses 7 and 8 we read ‘If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.’

May we all demonstrate our discipleship in our prayerful obedience to Him.

Your friend and minister, Rev. Rob Cotton


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