What’s the definition of an adventure? – an unusual and exciting experience!
What would an adventure mean for you? For some an adventure may be walking in remote areas of the countryside. For others an adventure could be participating in a new social group, going on a short-term mission overseas, or researching some event in history.
With many adventures the route or course is not known at the start and you have to be prepared for the unexpected.
As a church we have now been in Interregnum for some 7+ months, and it has felt a bit like an adventure with God.
So how is St Mary’s coping with this adventure? We had a very clear beginning, when Mike left to go to Highfield Church, Southampton. The end point will be the appointment of a new Rector. We have to trust God for the route in between those two points, and we have no idea how long the journey will take.
Sounds a bit like Moses trusting God as he led the Israelites on the Exodus journey from Egypt to the promised land. It was not always easy , but God never left them.
As we look back over the past 7+ months, we can see how God has been so gracious to us as a church, with flourishing services, groups and ministries.
An interregnum is a good time to seek God as to what He might be asking of each of us? A time when God calls and equips individuals to step up in some way, which could be to go deeper in prayer, to be more involved in a particular group, to give more of ourselves, our money or our time.
Currently as a church we are focussing on Stewardship and Ministry, and giving ourselves the opportunity to ask God if there is something further, or something different He would like us to do, or give. There is an excellent Stewardship pack available from church with information and resources including a response form . It would be a great encouragement to us all if as many people as possible felt able to complete this response form.
Currently we have a variety of vacancies – PCC Secretary, Deputy Warden, church cleaners, helpers for children’s work and youth work to name a few.
During this interregnum adventure, is there anything God wants to teach us? At the various prayer meetings throughout the interregnum we have been encouraged by various words and pictures we believe the LORD has given to us a church, reminding us that we are not alone, and that He is with us on this adventure, and that He will fulfil His plan in and through St Mary’s during this time and onwards. How might He want to involve you in the fulfilment of His plans?
On a personal level we hugely appreciate the support shown to us during the past few months. We have been greatly encouraged by the (11) applications that we have received for the position of Rector. Do please pray for the panel (Bishop Alan, Tim Norwood (Area Dean), James Adam (Diocesan Patron), Gill Bradley and Oliver Hermes) as we meet to shortlist on March 4th and for the interviews on March 21st.
This is an exciting time as we could be approaching the end of this particular adventure; if this round of recruitment is successful. Of course when a new Rector joins us, that will be just the beginning of another exciting adventure!
We will be continuing the Interregnum Prayer meetings on Sundays March 2nd, 16th and 30th from 6pm to 6.45pm in the Upper Room. You would be most welcome to join us as we seek God’s direction during this Interregnum.
Gill and Oliver, Churchwardens