Last month the field beyond the old Riverside school was a mass of scarlet poppies. A few linger on, but they have been replaced with various grasses dancing in the breeze, swathes of nettles, bright yellow ragwort and thistles of different kinds. All providing a rich source of food for wildlife- numerous insects, bees, butterflies and birds which in turn help to pollinate, or spread their seeds and chances of survival. The wonderful way in which nature is integrated, supports and provides never ceases to amaze me. God has made such beauty and intricate detail which all work together to create life.
This working together could describe the church too. Jesus talks about us being branches of the vine; a vine which exists and works to bear fruit. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John Chapter 15, from verses 5, 16 N.I.V.)
Paul talks about us being one body in which each part is important and vital. Jesus is the head and “from him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work”. (Ephesisans Chapter 4, verse 16, N.I.V.)
A body is only going to work well as each part of it is healthy and functioning. It’s great that many of you give of your time and energy, thank you. Yet, it is also important that we spread the workload further and make sure that there is an increased shared participation. To this end please look at the ”Job opportunity” noticeboard- where there are more than 15 possibilities. New roles will be added to the board as things develop.
There are all sorts of roles, both smaller and larger for which someone is needed. Some of these roles are practical, some pastoral, some concerned with worship. Some roles could be taken on by anyone who is willing, other roles will need particular skills, or gifts or suitability. There are roles for all-ages. In every case any necessary training and guidance will be given and a trial period to let you try it out without making a commitment.
Together, may every one of us endeavour to enable this church to bring spiritual life to this community as we work, pray and live in faith as the Body of Christ,Sue