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I spent this morning with the wonderful folk at St Anne’s, West Heath, an estate parish a few miles from here. I’ve been accompanying St Anne’s as they have engaged with Jesus Shaped People (see my previous posts about JSP here). Today we gathered to reflect on how it has gone and to do some discernment together on where God might be leading them next.
This sort of day is one of the best parts of my ministry, a wonderful way to spend time. To see a group of people growing together in confidence, love, fellowship and commitment. There is a real sense of creativity and faithfulness at the heart of West Heath – imaginative children’s work; committed service to those in most need in the local community; an ongoing journey to make the culture of the Church fit the local culture.
Often it is easy for those of us in small, poor churches to be depressed. The work can be hard and unremitting. We can’t do all the things we want. We unconsciously compare ourselves with large suburban churches.
Let’s remember to celebrate who we are and what we are. To release our creative energy. To follow Jesus. To be led by the Spirit.
So often there is beautiful and ground-breaking work that is unnoticed.
As someone said, “Blessed are the poor for their’s is the kingdom of heaven”
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