A personal message from Steve for the whole church family Sunday 21st April.
At the beginning of 2013, we looked at the story of Joshua and Caleb crossing over the river Jordan and entering the land of Canaan. God’s word of encouragement came to Joshua and it’s recorded for us in Joshua 1 verse 9.
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’
I got us thinking about what God might want us to commit ourselves to in 2013 and shared the A-B-C.
Maggie and I have known for a little while that God was preparing us for a new adventure. He sometimes does that! Without knowing where and when it might happen and without pursuing things, we’ve just been waiting on God.
He has indeed called us to a new adventure and it will need boldness and courage. Today, it is being announced in Northampton that I will be the next vicar of St Giles Church. God has called us there, the church has invited us to come and we’ve accepted.
The kids here will know the mixed feelings you have when you go to a new school. The excitement of a new beginning…but also the sadness of leaving friends behind. That’s just what we’re feeling right now.
We will be moving in July. Sunday 14th July will be our last service at River Community Church and Sunday 21st July (at 5pm) will be Steve’s institution at St Giles Church. You’re all invited!
This verse from Joshua is really important for us. But it is also really important for River Community Church. It will be a new adventure as the church seeks a new leader. There will be support for the church from the deanery. Our CORE TEAM will have support; they will need your support; and they are here to support you through the time of vacancy. The CORE TEAM have known about the move for about a week. We’re sorry it couldn’t be shared more widely before today. We’ve been following the CofE’s protocols.
So to the CORE TEAM, we want to say… BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS!
To all of us here, we want to say… BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS!
But it’s not just us saying it. In Joshua chapter 1, these are God’s words we have recorded. GOD HIMSELF IS SPEAKING!
And He says to all of us here today, “I will be with you… wherever you go.”
If you’d value speaking about Steve’s message above, please do get in touch either with Steve and Maggie or one of the CORE TEAM.
You can read the full text of the formal announcement below.
ANNOUNCEMENT Northampton St Giles