Thank you. It has been such a privilege to have experienced the wonders of God working within the circuit over the last month. From the generous hospitality seen at Bilsthorpe and Ompton, to the extravagant worship experienced at Farnsfield, Bilsthorpe, Blidworth, Ollerton, Ompton as well as experiencing Messy Church at both Forest Town and Clipstone: it has been a very busy period but with so many blessings! Where have I seen these blessings? In you. I have seen the way that you listen to others, respecting all and wishing to help people to move forward with God. I have seen your desire to pray for others, both corporately as well as individually. I encourage you to continue to do this. You make those opportunities to minister in love at the coffee mornings, and the Freedom cafe in Shirebrook and hopefully soon in Ollerton: I invite you to take the next step of offering that prayer to people whom we meet. Speak of your faith, pray for others. When invited to pray for people as we walked around Warsop initially we felt reticent but noting that Christ walks with us on our journey we can be encouraged and strengthened. Thank you again for this privilege to walk with you for a short time. I have received so much from all of you and am so appreciative. Student Deacon Bob.
“Happy New Year” from Rev John Yarrien
It’s the start of another Connexional year, my first as a Presbyter (Minister) in Full Connexion, following ordination back on 25th June. I still wonder how it is possible that God has brought me to this point. Then I reflect on the ordination service and ringing in my ears is the congregation’s cry “they are worthy!”.
It is an awesome privilege to serve God and the Church amongst you here in the Sherwood Forest Circuit,. May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind wishes, support and prayers during my first two years of ministry. I pray that God working among us all, through his Holy Spirit, may see us bear much fruit for the Kingdom in this place.
A copy of the Methodist Magazine, The Connexion, is available here
Paper copies will be available in the churches to read and pass on