On Tuesday evening we had our quarterly leaders meeting. And Michael and I left that meeting feeling so encouraged by all that we see happening in the life of this church through ordinary members, simply getting on and living out their lives of faith. Our youth and children's ministries (under the care of Marcia, Clifton and their teams) are going so well. And I am constantly amazed at the passion and enthusiasm that our youth and Sunday School teams have for investing in young people.
Bill gave a really encouraging report on our current financial situation, and Peter and his maintenance team are hard at work on the property. You will notice some developments happening around the church – the wendy house outside the office block is being prepared to be an extra Sunday School classroom, and the store room is being converted into a parents room for use during services and a small group venue available to groups that meet during the week. Our community project is also going full steam ahead, with teacher training workshops, and small business development programmes on the go. I met with someone from the North Coast Courier this week to chat about The Upper Room and Khanyisa (our community project) so watch out for UMC making headlines :)
And don't forget to join us at UMC for 67 minutes for our Mandela Day event on Friday 18th July. At the meeting we also spoke about our family day, and about the way members of our community are connecting through home groups, the WA, our prayer group, the sewing group, to mention just a few. And in the coming quarter, Michael and I will be connecting with our wider circuit and district through opportunities to lead services in other Methodist churches in our circuit and district. We would love for people from UMC to join us as we visit these other congregations. What a privilege it is to be part of this community, and to see the way God is at work in us, forming us as His disciples and sending us out to change our world.