Category Archive: Update from David


New Adventures?

I recently attended a very enjoyable quiz, in which one of the rounds was about the first words in books. Do you recognise this one? "Mr & Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”* I introduced a sermon with this passage, because we don’t often make space for the strange and mysterious in our lives and as a result we often miss what is exciting and adventurous. At the end of May we celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church at Pentecost. He brought dynamism and power to the early Christians and the Church grew amazingly. In June, July and August I’m marking ten years as a minister by having a sabbatical. I’ll be going on retreat some of the time, returning to college for a week and we’re having an adventurous holiday together as a family. I’m excited at the prospect, both for time off and also time for new experiences. As we get older, I guess we all use our knowledge of the world to find a way of working that fits us, but there’s a danger of getting stuck in a rut, becoming closed to new ideas. I’ve certainly noticed this in myself and I’m pleased to have the opportunity of the sabbatical to be refreshed. During my sabbatical I’ll be out of my comfort zone at times, I’m sure, and I hope to grow in my reliance on God in those times. Of course, as I’m away, many people will be taking on the things I usually do, and I hope they enjoy those moments and are enriched by them. Please pray for those people and support them practically. There may be new things that you could take on and grow into too. Let us all keep our eyes open for opportunities and look out for ways God is calling us to expand our horizons and discover more that he wants to give us, maybe even the strange and mysterious! *‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by JK Rowling. Please go to the Church News page (link below) to download the latest Church News.