Paul reminds us in Colossians 3:15 to always be thankful and this is indeed true for us here at Derriford.
We have had a busy Christmas period with many exciting and vibrant services of all kinds to reflect on. Lunch Club catered for 60 elderly people who enjoyed a three course meal interspersed with carols and readings led by Stuart, followed by Snow White in all “her” glory. Messy Church on Christmas Eve was busy with 50 young people engaged in various different types of craft followed by a Christingle service and a party. The more traditional services with carols at Tamar House, Carols by Candlelight, Midnight Communion and a family service on Christmas Day itself were well supported. Through all of these, we were able to share the love, joy and peace that God brings through the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. Christmas Day also involved a meal together when 19 people came; this demonstrated our desire to care for each other. Overall this was a wonderful time to share the Good News of Christmas with everyone.
Furthermore, last week, over 130 people supported Stuart when he led worship for the last time before the whole family moves up to Salford. This emphasised the depth of work that he and Helen have brought to this community. A prepared lunch for 92 followed and everyone had an opportunity to express their thanks for 8 years of spiritual growth.
All of this would not have been possible without the work of the Holy Spirit and to those people dedicated to sharing their time and energy for all of these events to take place. A very big THANK YOU! I pray that this continues with God at the centre of all that we do. As He continues to guide us, may remain attentive and obedient to His will.
It is right for us to celebrate and all of these activities are testament to the commitment of God’s people in this church. We should celebrate and be thankful for the vision of bringing such people to Christ.
– Phil Brewer