Stepping into the future
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). Or to put it less poetically, “if you can’t see where you are going, how will you know if you’ve got there?”
Vision is something that is so basic to so much of what we do that we can forget how important it is. Worship, prayer, mission, ministry, well being, healing, pastoral care… they all rely on a clear vision and at St John’s some have been focusing (pun intended) on the vision of the church for some time.
“Stepping into the future” is the phrase that seems to summarise the present situation most appropriately. We each of us step out daily into an unknown future. As a church, St John’s is no different. And it is not always obvious where we are being led.One thing is for sure, however. The more who journey together in fellowship, the more valuable it will be, and the closer will be our encounter with God.
Metaphors and symbols can be helpful: perhaps the stepping out is into a fog, or from a stable rock to a wobbly one. Perhaps we are driving along a busy road, or joining a fast moving motorway. There are many such ways to think of journey. But the most well worn saying perhaps, is that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. They need not be great big steps either. They need to be made in faith, however.
And so, we are beginning with small steps. Gentle ones that encourage everyone.
Here are two of them…
Being a welcoming church: An afternoon of discussion and discovery: Saturday 17th October, 2pm to 4pm
It might seem very obvious, but it is worth reflecting on how we welcome people into the church. People are seeking God, and coming to church is a good place to start. But how do we make sure it is a fruitful experience? “Being a welcoming church” is the first of two sessions designed to encourage us to think about the biblical principals behind a good welcome, and to give us a bit more confidence when we spot someone new. At the risk of sounding ironic, all are welcome to this session! We hope as many people as possible will be able to come along. If you are already a sidesperson or a Baptism Friend you are especially encouraged to come and find out more.
Dementia Friends: 27th October, 7pm, church hall
Pastoral care is perhaps a grand phrase for ‘looking after each other’. As we are all probably aware, dementia continues to become a major issue for our raging society. How we respond as a community of caring and concerned Christians is central to how we ‘step into the future’. To help with this, one small step is to welcome a speaker from Dementia Friends to explore with us the difficult subject and experiences of Dementia. As a church, and as individuals, this session will help us discover how we can support those living with dementia and their carers. The evening is open to all.