Dear Church Family,
I hope you’re all enjoying the summer and that those of you who are going, or have gone, on holiday have a rest-filled and relaxing time!
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Emma and I and we wanted to take this chance to say a massive thank you for the welcome we’ve received so far! We have been totally overwhelmed by all the people that have been praying for us and welcomed us to the church family, and were especially grateful to those who contributed to our wonderful welcome hamper! We are slowly but surely remembering our way around York, reacquainting ourselves with all the roads named ‘something-or-other-gate’ and even got round to buying lamp shades for our house this week - no more exposed bulbs for us!
Moving back to York, and even more so coming back to serve at The Belfrey, has been a very unexpected blessing for both Emma and I. As I’m sure many of you are aware, coming back to your ‘sending’ church is very unusual and so when we were asked to talk with Matthew almost a year ago about the possibility of serving curacy here, we were very surprised to say the least, but it turns out God was very much at work in the process and we really feel we have “come home”.
It’s been wonderful to get stuck in with so much straight away, particularly with the Retail Chaplaincy team, seeking to serve and pray for those who work in our parish, and also at Never Give Up, serving some of the most needy in our city. This work is so valuable and so I would encourage you that if you don’t know what these ministries are, or would like to get involved but don’t know how, then do get in touch! I’d love to have a chat, preferably over a nice coffee!
There is so much going on at the Belfrey which is incredibly exciting, and so if you’re not serving on a team already, why not look into some of the ministries we are involved in? We are called to be a light in the world, and getting involved in the House of Prayer, or feeding the homeless, or evangelising in the city, to name but a few, are all ways in which we can shine the light of Christ into our local communities and beyond. I encourage you to look into it, think about it and pray on it - as Emma and I have learned, sometimes God’s plans are greater than we can imagine!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!