Dear Church Family
Some of us have been over in Manchester this week for the New Wine Northern Leadership Conference. It was held at Saint Philip's Chapel Street, which is a brand new resource church planted in the centre of Salford with a focus on young adults and the poor and aiming to be a church that plants more churches. It was inspiring to see this wonderful work of church revitalisation, which only began its new lease of life six months ago. It's a great reminder that the Spirit of God is alive at work in the Church of England!
This weekend I'm away with a team from The Belfrey leading a church weekend away for St James' in the City, Liverpool. They too are a relatively new church, developing a fresh model of being a city-centre resource church for their area. Please do pray for us, as we encourage them and teach on the theme of 'Encountering the Lord'.
This Sunday at St Michael le Belfrey we'll continue to explore the theme of worship as Greg Downes speaks on 'Thanksgiving' from Psalm 100. At all the congregations this Sunday there'll be an important opportunity to express our gratitude to the Lord for all he's done for us by giving to those in great need - to the East Africa Crisis Appeal - as 16 million people in South Sudan, Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia are facing desperate circumstances and the very real threat of starvation. Tearfund are one of the agencies working there, and have asked us to be praying for God to provide for the church in East Africa to minister to those in greatest need. They've also asked us to give what we can to help.
Thank you for your prayers and support of the work of God in the UK and abroad. The Lord is at work, even in difficult circumstances, and it's a privilege for us as a church to join in.