Dear Church Family,
I hope that many of you are enjoying a good half term. If you are a teacher I hope and pray that you have had some chance to get some well earned rest, spend time with friends and family and have had some good time with the Lord over the past few days. Thank you so much for all you do in Serving God's Transformation of the North through teaching children and young people - you are an inspiration!
This past week (31st October) marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, something that would change not just the church, but the world. At the heart of the Reformation was a recovery of the gospel. Martin Luther wrote "I must listen to the gospel. It tells me not what I must do, but what Jesus Christ the Son of God has done for me". We must continue to share this message today. This weekend we have an opportunity to do exactly that through Invitation Sunday. As we invite our friends, family and colleagues to hear the message of the gospel, let's be praying that God would save many people as they hear the truth of the good news of Jesus.
The good news of Jesus is also being shared in very practical ways across the city. I am always so impressed with the work of Bundles of Joy is doing in blessing families across the city who are in need of extra support after the birth of a baby. The team, led by Rachel Kirkby, deliver practical gifts of baby essentials after receiving referrals from professional agencies. Bundles of Joy is doing a great job and I know many of you support the work through donations of baby essentials. Thank you!
Finally, on Sunday 12th November we have our next New Wine Celebration. Krish Kandiah is founder and director of Home for Good, a charity with a vision to "find a home for every child that needs one". Many of us will remember Krish from when he spoke at our carol service two years ago. He is an excellent speaker and it will be a great evening at The Belfrey as we invite the wider region and New Wine network to celebrate together - I am looking forward to seeing you there at 6pm.
Have a great weekend.
Revd Ben Doolan