September is often seen as a month of new beginnings. During our morning service on the 3rd September, we celebrated and prayed for all of our children as they return to school after their long summer break. Children may be starting in Nursery or primary school for the first time; some children are starting the new school year at a new school as they move on to secondary school. Some wil be starting sixth form or college, whilst others still will be preparing to return, or go for the first time, to University.
It is both humbling and encouraing to know that God our Father has maintained a constant presence in our children's lives as they continue to grow. And we know that as they walk to school this week, He will be walking alongside them.
At St Mary's, we also have a new beginning, as we move into a time of Interregnum. Rev Julie Fleming, who was Vicar of St Mary's for ten years, has moved to a new parish, and already we have started work on prepareing for a new Vicar to come and join us.
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
As God is walking with our children in their new beginning, He will be walking with us as we go through the process of seeking a new Vicar. God is walking with you as well and He longs for the time when you will recognise Him and walk alongside Him.
Is this your time for a new beginning? Come and join us on a Sunday morning and find out more about the One who loves you.