Plan 310 September, October, November 2017
From the Superintendent’s study
“Day by day…they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts…the Lord added to their number…” Acts 2:46-47 (NRSV)
Welcome to the New Connexional year! This marks my 4th year as Superintendent, and my 7th year in the Circuit.
This time last year I was writing about the anxiety of filling preaching appointments. Sadly, at the start of this year the anxiety is still there, with maybe a bit more intensity. I said last year that; “As a Circuit we are going to have to be creative if we want preachers at our services every Sunday.” The severity of the situation was mentioned at the last Circuit Meeting, with the request that each church look creatively at worship to accommodate the reduction of preachers.
This is not something unique to our Circuit. We share this situation Connexionally. At the Conference in June, there was a deep sense of the challenge facing the Methodist Church. And yet there was and is optimism, expressed by the President and Vice-President of Conference. Together they have produced a booklet based on the above reading (Day by Day). A joint letter with the Secretary of Conference has also been written, in which each Circuit (and by extension, each local Church) is encouraged to pray and fast. Herewith is a quote from the letter: “we warmly invite you,.. for prayerful reflection and review. What are the challenges and changes facing your community? What is each church and circuit’s plan for responding to the urgent call on the Methodist people to share the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and action? How might we listen more carefully to the promptings of the Spirit, day by day?”
The early community of believers met together over meals, praised God and gained the goodwill of the people. This is possibly the key. Let us return to basics and develop strong faith communities.
Give thanks and keep praying,