Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | April 1, 2018

The Strong Word – April 2018

 

The Annual General Meeting of the church took place as usual in early March. We did the annual AGM things! We voted for those willing to take on duties for the new church year, we put our Safeguarding and Health & Safety policies in place for another year, we reviewed the past and took a peak into the future!

We began the meeting with a reading from Ecclesiastes 3 where the writer observes times in the life of a person and an organisation when we either start or stop something. There is, he says, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to tear down and a time to build. It was a fitting start to a meeting where we considered the changes in the life of the church at Carey.

The past year has seen “Messy Church” begin as well as the Carey Tots become established. We have been pleased that the sadness of closure of Girls’ Brigade has brought a positive change to the Friday Boys’ Brigade evening where boys and girls now enjoy their evening together.

We also said thank you to the many who made things happen this last year. To Joy (Sergison) and Keith (Mitchell) who have spent over 20 years each as deacons and not least to Derek (Neal) who passed on his role as Church Secretary, after 27 years. Derek represents the old school for his commitment to the church and for the faithfulness with which he has done the job he felt called to for all those years.

He has presided over many changes, I realise my comment at the church meeting, as well as in this article is quite inadequate to express the gratitude of the Church for his work and commitment over that time.

We begin a new church year by celebrating Easter over the next few days, when death turned to life, when our future became guaranteed by the sacrifice of the Son of God. After our Lentern season of consideration and mourning over our spiritual state, we embrace the new life and hope we receive in Jesus.

May we open ourselves up to all that God’s spirit can do in our lives over the next year in the life of Carey church. I end with a direct quote from John 11.25 “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”. Do you believe this?

Well do we? Do we believe so that others know we believe, then seeing our confidence and faith in him and the gospel, they can observe how we live and what we do and also come to know and Praise God for themselves, and find the gift of God, eternal life. May the message of Easter live through us.

 

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