September always feels like a “new start” after the summer holidays, as our various groups and meetings get started again and we begin planning such special events as Harvest Festival, Remembrance Day, Advent and Christmas.
This year September offers a very special “new start” as Charlie Powell joins us to begin his ministry as Youth Pastor. As you will know, a great deal of thought, time and prayer have gone into his appointment and it is now up to us all to welcome him and to support him in every possible way.
It has been encouraging to have church members engaging in serious discussion at church meetings over the last two years as to why we need this ministry and what we hope and pray it will achieve.
It was encouraging to have a church meeting vote firmly in favour of going ahead with this project.
It was encouraging to be part of a Steering Group who gave so very generously of their time, prayer and expertise in setting up the job description, advertisements, interviewing panel and appointment process. And it is encouraging to see the already generous response by church members to the appeal to increase their giving for this particular project ….. (see page 5)
Charlie has had experience in working with all age groups of children and young people and so is happy to take on the full-time role of Youth Pastor. He has a degree in youth and children’s ministry, for which he worked at Cliff College, the Methodist College. He has held posts in youth and children’s ministry at Crofton Baptist Church and at St John and St James’ Church, West Ealing (Church of England). You might call him something of an “ecumenical ….” He is excited at the prospect of working with us and during his “induction period” (about six weeks) we shall be introducing him to all of our children’s and youth work groups, plus everything else going on at St John’s so that he can gain an understanding of our faith community. So you are likely to run into him on more than one occasion during September and October.
Please pray, not only for Charlie but for us all, that this new ministry may be guided and inspired by God and become part of a “new start” for the life and work of our whole church.
With love and good wishes