From the Elder’s Study, August 2014

In their farewell song “Non, Je ne regrette rien” Steve and Angela listed all the things Steve did. Now, after 300 or so “From the Pastor’s Study” columns Steve lays down his pen as the elders take it in turns to write this piece for the magazine. We all had a great time recently, celebrating Steve and Angela’s 30 years of ministry in Bramhall, and praying for them as they look forward to new opportunities of ministry in the wider church. Lucy also leaves us this month, after six months of great work with the young people on Sundays and in the mid-week clubs. As people move on we realise just how much they have done, and we discover opportunities for others in church to serve in new ways. Everything tends to wind down a little in August so enjoy the rest because, come September, when all the regular activities and young people’s groups resume, everyone will be busier than ever. I am sure that most of the jobs will get done and various groups will be run as people rise to the challenge of taking on new responsibilities. But I pray that in the midst of the busyness we never lose sight of what we are about. We are a little branch of God’s family seeking to love God and make him known to others – not just a club running lots of activities. Yes, we need some good organisation, but without love for God and for one another it is all in vain. As Paul said “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” I once overheard a lady (in another church) say, after she had spoken to a few individuals before the service: “I’ve seen everyone I needed to see; I could go home now”. Church had gradually become for her a list of jobs to be done and problems to be sorted; somehow meeting with the living God in worship had become
an optional extra. Let’s each pray that doesn’t happen to us.

Phil Winn