As your newest Elder, ordinated to serve last month, I want to thank you all for your prayers, love and encouragement as I take up my new role. I had not considered myself for the role of Elder, until Stuart telephoned me to advise that the Elders were being led to invite me to think about this. I had however been praying for some time for God to guide me in His work; so the call to consider being an Elder was a timely answer to my prayers! The words of support, prayer and love, I have since received from so many of the church, have been a great encouragement to me – Thank you It is so important that as a church we continually encourage and support each other in our faith, ministry and work for God. There are so many other distractions, critics and barriers to the work and lives we try and live for God – that our church family should be there to guide, support and encourage each one of us. We all need to be encouraged – to step out in faith, to continue on God’s path and to stay strong in His love.
We have a great mission of work to do here at Derri- ford. We all have an important part to play in God’s work. So I would urge us all to keep praying for each other, showing God’s love to each other each other and encourage each other in all we do. As St Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonia “…therefore en- courage one another and build each other up, just as I fact you are doing”. (1 Thess 5:11)
– Karren Grimshaw