The Bradleys have arrived safe and well, and on behalf of us all I want to say a big thank you to KMC and the Circuit Stewards for making us feel so
Carol and myself signed up to the itinerant ministry 23 years ago when we moved to Wesley College, Bristol and then to Epsom for my first
appointment. However, our last appointment in the North East was 15 years and so we have got out of the habit of moving and forgot just how stressful it can be.
As I write this, we are surrounded by boxes, wondering just where the kitchen utensils may be — but we are also surrounded by the hospitality and
welcome of the church and that makes the stresses fade away. So thank you for the cards, the messages of welcome, the flowers, the gelato, cakes, meals,
more cakes, local produce, wine and balloons; we really appreciate the warmth of kindness they represent.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and to work with you all at KMC. With Covid-19 that will undoubtedly be in a different way than we had expected, but my hope is that as we are able safely to open the church we can look creatively to new ways of worshipping and serving one another.
Although social distancing measures are going to be around for sometime yet it doesn’t prevent us from our calling to love God and to love one another. As Paul writes in Romans 12. 9-13: “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers”.
So thank you for your hospitality and your prayers, these are truly signs of God’s love among us.
With every blessing,
Rev Alan Bradley