Rev. Rob’s 66th Epistle (June 2019)

Dear Friends,

How good it is to have time to rest and pray. Jesus certainly modelled and taught the need to take time out, seeking God’s will and presence, keeping in step with His Spirit in daily life.

The challenge of a full diary is that we find it difficult to step back and to reflect deeply upon anything other than the immediate task in hand. As a Circuit we have been praying and planning, so that we can understand what it means to be ‘Christ-centred and Spirit-led’. It is certainly a time of discernment for all of us. And as a church at KMC, our Church Council continue to review our ‘2020’s Vision’ and how God calls us to ‘passionately share His love’ in our ongoing journey ‘From good to great’.

Having encouraged people, in my last epistle, to consider attending a Christian festival next year as a family, I am now seeking financial support from the Circuit to sponsor young families, in particular, to attend next year’s ECG in Scarborough. I would like to invite young families to make attending ECG on 14th -19th April 2020 a priority in their calendars. I believe that the Circuit and KMC needs to make investing in young families a priority for the future as part of a ‘Living Legacy’.

Having said that, we had a lovely Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship tea at the Manse recently, when we had a wonderful afternoon of laughter and amazing cakes for the 34 people present. In preparing for the funeral of Maureen Vant, her family told me how much she had been looking forward to the afternoon, even wanting to purchase a new outfit for the occasion, but sadly, she died a few days beforehand. Her son commented to me “I don’t think you realise what a difference the church makes in people’s lives and how special that is”.

Also, I finally did my birthday Charity Zip-wire Challenge (postponed due to a weather forecast of snow and high winds) and I hope to share some photographic evidence in due course. Thank you to everyone who helped me to raise money for Grow UK, a Sheffield based charity set up by our son Steven, which mentors young unemployed people aged 16-24. The latest mentoring course is currently going well.

The next birthday celebration is when we invite you all to our home for a ‘Manse Garden Party’ from 12 -5pm on Saturday 15th June (further details to follow). We will obviously be getting some weeding done before we allow you access! There will be a wet weather provision, but we will be praying for a lovely day!

It is also good to report that a third ‘Hope through Action’ Centre has been established 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. We continue to pray for our church members (Phil, Pete, Stu and Steve) who share in this work.

Our ‘All together’ Church Anniversary saw the launching of our Anniversary Appeal to increase our regular giving and to help finance both our new church doors and community toilets, after we shared in the Christian Aid Big Breakfast. Thank you to everyone who has made their personal response to this appeal. There is so much to give thanks for as a church, but we long to build His kingdom work here in Knutsford and beyond.

Our next ‘All together’ 10am worship is on Sunday 9th June, at Pentecost when we receive new members into the family of our church. Please do pray for all who are preparing for this special occasion in their lives and in the life of KMC. This weekend also marks the Orientation for the Uganda mission in August, so do also pray for all those who are participating.

Please see our church notices and calendar for events to support this mission.

On June 23rd at our 10.45am service, we will be Celebrating the preaching of Bob Boler, who has had a long and distinguished preaching ministry in our Circuit for more than 60 years. We are greatly indebted to Bob and to all of our preachers and worship leaders who serve the church in this way. We are all called to serve Christ in different ways, but we are ALL called. Perhaps this will be an opportunity to reflect upon your own call from God and to think prayerfully about your vocation. Certainly we appreciate the work of all who serve the church at KMC and in particular, we acknowledge the contribution of Brian Stamper, Alan Simpson and Heather Lawrence as they complete their term of office as Church Stewards.

When the resurrected Jesus met Peter and the disciples on the shoreline, he asked Peter “Do you love me” three times, reminiscent of his three denials of Christ. But, he also commissioned him to share in His work, commanding him to “feed my lambs, look after my sheep. Feed my sheep.” When we say that we love Jesus, as He calls us to, he also commissions us into sharing His work.

May each one of us prayerfully reflect upon the call and commission of Christ for our lives.

Your friend and minister,

ROB

Rev. Rob Cotton

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