Musings from The Manse – August
Our minister, Alan has just begun a three-month sabbatical during which he will visit ‘growing churches’ but more specifically churches that have grown with new Christians. Alan will be back with us mid-November and we look forward to hearing all about what he has discovered.
While Alan is away if anyone needs anything please get in touch with me or your elder.
September will see all our groups beginning again and if you have thought of joining any group maybe this is a good time when things begin again after the summer break. Please remember all our groups always love to welcome new people joining them. Do keep your eyes open for the weekly notices for information about times and dates of each group.
Our next church meeting will be after Sunday service on September 15th at this meeting we will be asking for nominations for charities we may want to support next year. We will then vote on those nominations at our November church meeting. Everyone is welcome at church meeting as church meeting is where we discuss the life of our church and try to discern together where God is leading us. Members are encouraged to make church meeting a priority.
As you know we are now exploring phase two of our refurbishment, phase two is to expand our parking area, to repair the pathways and to make a fully accessible ramp into the church end of our buildings. All this will be done in fully porous materials. We need £55,000 to carry out this work and we do have some of that money as well as trying to fund raise more. Rev. Alan and I have submitted grant applications towards this money, and I am submitting more by the end of August, we hope to know if we are successful in obtaining grants in October. We will keep you informed as we hear.
I would like to acknowledge the amount of dedication that many people offer to our church, elders, both serving and non-serving, musicians, those operating the PA/Sound system each week, those on coffee rota, Door Duty rota, those who help without being named I want to say a huge thank you and to assure each of you we truly do appreciate how everyone just helps out as and when they can. Bilton Grange truly is a church family, how pleased God is when his people love one another.
Let’s go into September with renewed vision and expect God to show us His way and when He does let’s respond with joy.
May God bless you and your family,
Pauline Calderwood (Rev)