What a wonderful few weeks of worship we have enjoyed at KMC recently. I have certainly loved preaching a short series on Jeremiah and greatly appreciated the positive feedback, particularly about the Testimony Services, when the Uganda Mission Team shared of their experiences. It was lovely to see folks joyfully engaging in the worship, particularly in the singing of ‘We’re marching in the light of God’ complete with African drumming and the dancing of a conga by young families (and some more mature) around our church during the second service!
We are looking to hold a Café Church, in the near future, where the Uganda team will be able to talk more about the whole experience, to ask questions and to explore further one of our church’s priorities. ‘Encouraging as part of our ‘2020’s Vision’ the exploration of how we build on the work we already do to encourage a world view of mission, is now clearly something that we are taking very seriously. Certainly the impact of the Uganda Mission on a range of projects has been transformational, but clearly that transformation has also happened in the lives of each member of the team, which has also greatly impacted our church. Let’s capture what that means for us now and for the future, whilst the impetus is still clearly evident.
Our next Café Church, on Sunday 6th October at 7pm, will be an opportunity to hear about the Embassy homeless bus which provides emergency shelter and support to vulnerable adults in Manchester . Please do come along to hear more about this organisation.
We are now in the season of Harvest, as we partner with ‘All We Can’ the Methodist Relief agency to bring much needed aid to Ethiopia and in the process there is the opportunity to ‘Deepen Your Roots’ spiritually too. Super spuds will be used to help farms in Ethiopia to become more self-sustainable. We will be ’All together’ as a church at 10am on Sunday 6th October and our worship will be followed by a shared lunch for those able to stay. It promises to be a wonderful time of fellowship together.
We are also pleased that the evening meal at Giovanni’s with Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley sharing their story and music with us is a complete sell out! Thank you everyone for your support and particularly to Heather Lawrence and Carol for all of their hard work in making this event possible.
It will also be good to welcome Rev Ashley Cooper (Principal of Cliff College) as our guest preacher on Sunday 20th October, as part of our preparations for next year’s Firefest (please save the dates in your diary of March 13th-15th ). This also enables us to have a developing relationship with the College and students, which now includes Natalie Manning (Scott and Jen’s daughter).
In this coming month, I have been invited to participate in Consultations on Evangelism, Church Growth and the future of Church Planting in Methodism. I will of course be taking Rev Neal Stanton with me to share our experience with Zac’s House in Northwich, which continues to grow from strength to strength. It is great to see the newly refurbished ‘Hope 52’ offices for ‘Zac’s House’ now ready to be used as a ‘Well-being centre’ right in the heart of the main shopping area. Please do pray for Neal, Jo Wallwork and all of the team as this work continues to thrive.
I am also looking forward to welcoming Sam and Kelly’s son Benjamin Jack Walton into the family of our church in Baptism on Sunday 27th October at 10.45am. Please do continue to welcome the children, young families and new attenders to our church. Our hospitality and
welcome should always communicate love to everyone and be one expression of how we ‘passionately share God’s love with others’.
In this season of Harvest, I trust that we can reflect upon the harvest of our own personal lives and the harvest of our church. I recently commented upon people from Stoke-On-Trent turning saucers over when they drink in a coffee shop or tea-room, to see if they have been ‘made in Stoke-On-Trent’, to check where they are from. And then I asked the question, if people know us, our life-style and what we are like as individuals, do they have a sense of who our heavenly Father is and that there is divine purpose about how
we live out our priorities? Our love of God and others must always be evident; this should be the harvest of our lives.
And as a church, I am asking that we observe Monday 4th November as a day of prayer and fasting, to support the Stationing Process as it begins on that date. This is such a key time for the future of our church and Circuit, but also for all of us who are preparing to move into a new season of ministry in the summer of next year. We greatly appreciate everyone’s prayerful support during this time.
Your friend and minister,
Rev. Rob Cotton