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Rev Rob Cotton's 55th Epistle to Knutsford (May 2018)

Dear Friends,

What wonderful times of worship and fellowship we shared over the Easter season, including the new Kingdom Community ‘zacs house’ Celebration on Palm Sunday at Weaverham High School, with Godfrey Birtill leading us in worship and The Good News Singers on Good Friday, once again sharing a most poignant and inspirational evening with us.

Easter Sunday is always very special, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus together and the sense of expectancy in our worship was particularly evident this year. Personally, it was quite a landmark to also share with the congregation the pre-publication copies of my book ‘Hope in the Main Street’. This is a real opportunity to share my story and journey in print, but to also be sharing our story and journey in ministry and mission together.

What a privilege it was to welcome Canon Andrew White (The Vicar of Baghdad) on Tuesday 24th April. Scott Manning was certainly right to describe him as ‘The most inspirational person I have ever heard’. I certainly found him both inspirational and challenging.

Preparations for Firefest at KMC 11th - 13th May, with Calvin Samuel and Shane Rootes, are now well under way, with special films being made, lighting being acquired and a brand new set being built!. Please do invite your friends.

We are also hosting membership classes, ready for our ‘New Members Service’ on Sunday 20th May, when we celebrate the coming in power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This service will be at 10am and I am pleased that we all meet as one church in unity at this time. This was recommended at our recent AGM and agreed upon at our Church Council.

 

Whilst writing, I wanted to let everyone know that Dan Harris, our lay worker for youth and young adults has resigned. Dan has been with us for almost three years and has brought a vibrancy and energy to his work which we have greatly enjoyed, appreciated and benefitted from. I know that you all will be really sad to lose him and will want to wish him God’s richest blessing as he moves on. We are sure many at KMC will want to wish Dan ‘goodbye’ properly and we will do that as part of our Sunday morning services on 29th April at both 9.15am and 10.45am..

I know that our Staff Team will miss sharing with Dan in our weekly times of prayer and also all of the fun that we have had together. It has certainly been an adventure we have shared together and we will continue to pray for Dan as he seeks God’s will for his future.

Please also pray for our Youth, Young Adults and the Core Team for ‘zacs house’ as they meet together and come to terms with Dan’s leaving.

May you know the presence and power of God’s Holy Spirit as we prepare to celebrate Pentecost together and share in all that we experience together in the month ahead.

Your friend and minister,

ROB

Rev. Rob Cotton