Jesus exuded hope. In his words and his actions he surprised, encouraged, challenged, comforted, even upset – but he always brought hope to those who felt that all was lost. ‘I have come so you may have life, life to the full,’ he said ‘I have come not to condemn but to save.’ ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

Read more: Bringers of Hope

Dear friends,

A few weeks ago in Worship Together we looked at the idea of the church as a family, as a community called together by God,  to meet together, to support, to love one another with the love God has for us and then to let that love overflow into the world around us.

Read more: The whole family of God

Think for a moment of a tiny seed, very small, very fragile, but inside it holds the hope of life, waiting to burst forth. As Christians, as followers of Jesus, we too can sometimes feel small or fragile, we too can feel vulnerable.

But we too, all of us, have the potential inside for a full, meaningful, even exciting life that can make a difference.

Read more: Nurturing Faith In Christ

Pastoral Care is part of the shepherding of the flock. (1 Peter 5.2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care…). It is all about supporting people through all the ups and downs of life.

Pastoral Care is the responsibility of all Church Members and not just the Church leaders. In the Church today we are challenged to move from a model of ministry in which Pastoral Care is the responsibility of ordained ministers to one in which Pastoral Care is the vocation of the whole people of God.

Read more: Continuing to Praise, Nurture and Serve

Next month the whole Anglican Team of churches are taking part in a Stewardship campaign. What does that mean? You may well ask. It’s not a word we use often is it?

Well, stewardship is all to do with how we use the resources God has given us. It starts with an understanding that all we are; ourselves, our gifts and talents and all we have; our time, our money and possessions all have their beginning in God himself. (Most Sundays we say in worship                    ‘Everything we have comes from you and of your own do we give you.’)

Read more: Responding to the Generosity of God