2024-04-25 The joy of a growing family cover image

2024-04-25 The joy of a growing family

It’s an absolute delight that our church family here at St Francis has grown over the past few years, both in numbers and depth of encounter with God (judging by conversations I have now, willingness to share what God is doing and to give and receive prayer, as well as growing home groups) . We’re also able to offer more ministries to the community thanks to our brilliant staff and volunteers - think GP Chaplaincy, Footprints, Café. Whilst we can celebrate, it isn’t to be smug or complacent - not at all! Rather, we need to recognise the changing needs we have in order to respond to them. In Acts chapter 6, we read that the disciples were increasing in number (v1) and therefore more help was needed with the practical aspects of running the new church (v2-4). Stephen was appointed to essentially be the operations manager (v5)! Stephen was no less spiritual - he was ‘full of grace and power and did great wonders and signs among the people (v8).’ And of course he was the first martyr in the church. Last time I wrote about why I took 3 weeks off in March (you can find it on p2 of the Easter newsletter of 28th March here.) I’m so glad it gave me a chance to reflect on the changing needs we have (as well as resting!), in order that we might respond to them .

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