Monthly letter from Carol Cotton (Church and Community Pastoral Worker) [ April]
When you read this, Lent will be over and Easter upon us, so Happy Easter to you.
If you remember from my March letter, one of the things I was doing throughout Lent was to re-visit the book ‘Celebration of Discipline’ by Richard Foster. I am still making my way through this. It will continue long after Lent has ended, I think. It is a book of not just reading but putting into practice which takes a little longer. There is a well used phrase ‘stripping it back’, which often means getting back to the basics, getting rid of all the ‘extras’ in our lives that we do not really need and refocussing on what our relationship with God is all about.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel like buying a field and a caravan and making life simple. Then it starts to rain and snow and I have a re-think!
I am sure you will all know, by now, that I will be having some time off in April/May after a procedure on my hand, I have a stock-pile of books to read and some good walks in mind. That bit I am really looking forward to.
An Easter quote for you: ‘Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection’ Watchman Nee.
Rob and I are also off to ECG (Equipping, Calling, Going), which is a Christian conference from Tuesday after Easter Sunday until the following Sunday and takes place in Scarborough. It’s a lovely combination of good teaching and worship and a break by the seaside. It is so good to receive and ECG (or Easter People as it once was named) has been, over many years a really important part of our family life. It is where our children first became Christians; you can’t put a price on that. I would really encourage all of you to consider going to a Christian Conference, there are
many around for you to choose from.
The Quiet Day at Foxhill on April 14th is almost upon us but there is still time to reserve a place. Please speak to Chris or Christine Templar if you would like to go. Transport is available.
Tuesday lunches (or lunch bunch as Rob calls it), is going really well with almost 40 people each week. It is such a good time of fun, fellowship and pastoral care with a wonderful meal to enjoy. We do really need more help, especially with washing up and offers of transport, please get in touch if you can help out.
Cameo is averaging 60—70 people each month, which is great. The worship is full of variety and user-friendly for people who may otherwise find sitting through a morning service more difficult and, of course, the afternoon tea is a real bonus. My thanks to the team of volunteers who lead and help in this.
You will find a report on Friendship Café later in the magazine and, in future editions, updates and more information about Hampers of Hope and the Hope Centre plus the Furniture Store. I am so grateful for the teams of people who are running with these Ministries and doing a great job. My role is as a support to them in the background, helping whenever needed.
I am busy working my way around visiting each home group, mainly to thank people for all of the love, care and informal pastoral support the members give to each other, but as a bonus I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to share fellowship and receive teaching in the groups.
Church and Community Pastoral Worker