Ministry: One Step Leads To Another!
“For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13)
What did God want me to do ?
During my Authorised Lay Ministry training, I became involved with the preparation of families coming for a baptism and am now responsible for that. Through working with baptism families, contacts were made leading to the creation our Little Angels baby and toddler group.
Little Angels isn’t just about meeting on every other Wednesday, it is the support of families with children outside these times, and my role has evolved from our Wednesday group into being there for visiting and helping families.
We have occasional activities at weekends which the whole family are invited to This has been a true blessing and I feel privileged to be a representative of God and our churches to people who would normally have no contact with anyone from a church.
To be a support and contact for families, people need to know you are there, so the latter part of last term I also started going into the school, and have been involved with a couple of assemblies. This again is a new experience for me but with smiling faces and waves from the children the nerves soon went. My job as part of a nursing team in local general practice makes my face familiar to some of the children and easy to recognise, so turning up at the Leavers Service in Cheveley Church in my uniform generated more smiles and waves.
In times when our churches are struggling to attract people, I believe we cannot sit back and expect people to come to us, and do things that we want to do. We need to listen to people and their needs and as churches try and answer those needs. Jesus went out to the people, I hope and pray that serving our communities in this way we can be true disciples of God and people will see the love of God for all his people through us.
Please pray for this ministry and for me as I discern the next STEP in my journey with God, which way it will go ..............