Year of Strengthening
The parish vestry have decided that 2017 is our Year of Strengthening. To explain what we mean by this, here is the introduction from the Bulletin of 26th February, written by the Vicar.
Thank you to those who held the Vestry Quiet Afternoon in your prayers. It began with lunch and then we had mid-day prayer.
Then we reviewed the year of growth (last year). It’s one thing to have a year of growth, it’s another to grow. In the areas we can tangibly measure, money and attendance, we have grown over 10%.
We brainstormed all the extra-ordinary things we did last year and came up with an enormous list. After praying we felt led to make this the year of Strengthening. We will approach Parish groups to see how best we can strengthen our faith and witness.
In the meantime I offer you this passage from Isaiah 40: 29
“God gives power to be faint, and strengthens the powerless, even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”.
May this be true of us this year. ….Nick