Dear Church Family
In the post-Easter season, it's good to see many signs of resurrection life around us! I know of two students who've recently decided to follow Jesus and who want to mark that by being baptised. Last Sunday it was great to see people being touched by the Lord's healing power. I know of someone who had all signs of their sore eye and headache disappear as we prayed, as well as someone with anxiety have a significant encounter with Jesus, experiencing waves of love and hearing his prophetic voice affirming their identity and speaking of their worth. The Lord is real, present, and so kind.
As most of us know, it's time for our church building (St Michael le Belfrey Church) to be re-newed, and we're excited that the 5 architects will, from this weekend, be exhibiting their proposed designs in church, for us to look at. So please do just that - make sure you have time to prayerfully consider the five designs. We'd love to hear your feedback, and information on how you can do that will be available in church.
With Pentecost coming up soon, we've again been invited by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to take part in praying over 11 days for 'Thy Kingdom Come.' This will take place between Ascension Day (Thurs 30th May) until Pentecost Sunday (9th June). Across the country, and many other nations too, churches will be praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. For us in York, there are two important dates:
- the first is Friday 31st May. From 7pm-8.30pm in Central Methodist Church, the churches in York will be gathering to pray for our city. It's not often that we get together simply to pray, so this is significant, so if you're in York, please do come;
- the second is Sunday 9th June. On this special day in the life of the church, our usual pattern will change and we'll have just two services - one in the morning at 10.30am, which will be a family Pentecost celebration, with baptisms. And in the evening we'll join with the other churches in the city at 7pm in York Minster for a special service, which will include testimony and will be suitable for inviting friends and family who aren't yet followers of Jesus.
So please mark these two dates in your diary, and let's be praying for God's Kingdom to come, here in York and the North, as it is in heaven.