Rev Robs 73rd Epistle (March)

Dear friends,

‘Tempus fugit’ is the Latin phrase meaning “time flies” and as we begin preparing for Easter during the season of Lent, I am wondering where time is going? No doubt, the next six months with you all will just fly by, but we want it to be a significant time, when we finish this particular season well together.

Christmas was special and therefore I would also like this Lent and Easter to be a spiritually significant time. We may all be feeling ‘Stop the world I want to get off’, with all the pressures of our personal and professional lives, which is why I felt it would be helpful to challenge us all to ‘Slow Down Save The Planet’. It is both a response to Climate Change and all the flooding which has happened recently, as well as an opportunity to do a daily challenge to reflect upon our reaction to and stewardship of God’s creation.

As part of our next few weeks together, we will be hosting ‘Firefest’ (March 13th -15th) which will include key note speakers, seminars, celebrations and story-telling which will inspire you; with worship which enables us to encounter God’s presence and experience the very best of teaching available in the church today. My confidence is based upon knowing that we have the nation’s leading authority on the book of Ruth, Dr Iona Hine, the very best of storytellers, Bob Hartman, with the return of our good friends Ashley Cooper (Cliff College Principal) and Worship Leader Phil Nankivell, alongside our own worship team.

What a privilege it has been for us all to know and to share fellowship with Marjorie Freeman in recent years. The Funeral Celebration was certainly a high point of worshipping as a church family together and I am sure that Marjorie would be pleased with the hymn singing! Reflecting upon her life and faith together was so encouraging and faith affirming for everyone present. I can only thank Marjorie for her faithful service of her Lord at KMC and assure Peter, Dawn and all of her family and friends of our prayerful support. It was also a privilege to lead the Funeral Thanksgiving for Kath Whitby and to hear from her family, how much they have valued our support of Kath and, in particular, our provision of Lunch Bunch (Tuesday Senior Citizens Lunches). A number of our church members have also been recently bereaved, so we continue to support them pastorally and in prayer.

Carol and I have appreciated your prayerful support, as we have been through the Stationing process and been matched with the ‘Aire and Calder Circuit’ in Wakefield, Yorkshire, where I am due to be in pastoral charge of Sandal (where we will also be living), Crigglestone, Walton and Newmillardam, which will also be the focus of planting a new Fresh Expression of church.

On Sunday 29th March at 10am we will be having our Annual General Meeting, when we will be sharing together about the mission and ministry of our church, whilst also appointing our church stewards and congregational reps to the Church Council. We will be celebrating our life together as a church family, reviewing our ‘2020’s Vision’ and considering where God is leading us.

How good to see the transformation of our refurbished toilet facilities completed and also to see our Youth Room (6) being reconfigured. Whilst we prioritise how we serve God in the local community (and our facilities are an important statement about this), how we provide a credibility nurturing environment for our Youth is also a key priority.

It is great that our mission activities can now be relaunched. In particular it will be wonderful to welcome everyone back to ‘Lunch Bunch’; this is such an important ministry. There are so many important times that we share with each other, which have recently included welcoming in Baptism Arthur Cureton (son of Laura and Jack, Grandson of Peter and Dawn Freeman) to our church family. How good that Trustees of ‘Hope Through Action’ could discuss with us, at our recent Café Church, about the latest developments in how they are bringing hope into young people’s lives in South Africa, whilst challenging us to think about how we bring Hope to the people of Knutsford.

We do bring the Hope of the Gospel of Christ to the people of Knutsford but, this Easter, we will be proclaiming that hope through all of our shared worship and therefore we need to prayerfully prepare personally and corporately for all that we share on our journey together. So do please prayerfully consider how you will prepare spiritually for this Easter.

Your friend and minister,

Rev. Rob Cotton

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