Rev Rob Cotton's 54th Epistle to Knutsford (April 2018)
I write this letter after the amazing time we shared together at our ‘2020’s Vision Review’ and AGM day. Whilst some might not have been too sure about the ‘Blues Brothers’ theme and the invitation to come to church wearing their sunglasses and black suit, I am sure that all who attended were encouraged by our time together.
The worship was truly an inspirational blend of traditional and contemporary, with the moving testimonies on DVD which had been filmed, especially, by Steve Benson, making a significant impact upon people. I trust that all those who were able to attend (despite the weather) had a real sense of being ‘On a Mission from God’ (to quote the Blues Brothers) and of moving forward together. So much so, that there was an unanimous desire to repeat, not only this experience of being together for the AGM, but of also being together in a whole church gathering on a more regular basis! This was an unexpected outcome, but one that will be explored more deeply as soon as possible.
The new Kingdom Community ‘A New Thing in Northwich’ Pilot Project now begins in earnest. Please do continue to pray for Dan Harris and the Core Team as the vision develops, particularly as they host their next event on Monday 16th April.
As I shared last month, we plan to make Easter Sunday an extra special experience for our young people who are making Easter bonnets and top hats during our 10.45am worship. Alongside sharing in Communion together, our worship will climax in an open air witness to the shoppers at Makers Market, singing our final resurrection hymn with the children and the young at heart wearing their colourful headwear on the steps of the church. We will also be giving away Hot Cross buns with a gospel napkin explaining the meaning of Easter to passers-by. This will be our attempt to share with others the joy of a risen Saviour on Easter Sunday. Will there be some church members, I wonder, who will be sharing in this activity dressed as Blues Brothers, believing ‘we’re on a Mission from God’? They would certainly make a visible impact!
I was pleased to be able to share, at the AGM, that pre-publication copies of my book ‘Hope in the Main Street’ are due to be available this Easter and, certainly, it feels good to have finally got to this point. This is an opportunity to share my story and journey in print, but to also be sharing our story and journey in ministry and mission together. Not everyone can get a name-check in the book, otherwise that becomes boring for the wider audience (as my publisher advises me), but I trust that this will present opportunities for us all to share our stories and to engage with a much wider audience together as a church. KMC has much to celebrate and to share with others, we are ‘passionate about sharing God’s love’ and this is evident in the book and also as we hear the testimonies of others.
There are a number of special events happening in the coming month such as the visit of Canon Andrew White (The Vicar of Bagdad) 2pm on Tuesday 24th April. Scott Manning describes him as ‘The most inspirational person I have ever heard’, which is an incredible commendation. He is someone to invite your friends to hear and I trust that you will make this a priority in your own diary.
Whilst mentioning dates, I would ask you all to make Firefest at KMC 11th - 13th May with Calvin Samuel and Shane Rootes another priority in your diaries. There will be resources made available, alongside inspirational worship and teaching. This is part of our ‘2020’s vision’ to ‘Nurture’ our whole church family in their discipleship.
At the present time, we are also encouraging people to become members of our church, making it their
spiritual home. There will be a special ‘New Members Service’ on Sunday 20th May, which we trust will be a significant day of Celebrating God’s presence with us, coming in the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
My aim was to make my last letter a revelation to you as I shared more fully about ‘A New Thing’ in Northwich, whereas this letter comes with the hope that we will all know the resurrection power of Jesus, this Easter, as individuals and as a church.
Carol and I wish you a very Happy Easter
Your friend and Minister,
Rev. Rob Cotton