“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.
New Vicar for St John’s
Rev Sharon Crossman left St John’s at the end of August 2019 after 9 years with us. It is our responsibility to choose the next vicar for Highbridge. We are making good progress with this and expect to have the new vicar in place in September 2020. This vacancy of around a year is normal, giving us a chance to pray and reflect on the needs of the parish.
The recently completed Parish Survey was part of the way in which we look to get the right person for Highbridge, so we thank all who contributed to it. You can have a look at the results of the survey in the document below.