Sunday 12th October saw the beginning of a new chapter in the story of Bromsgrove Team Parish as I was licensed and installed as Team Rector by Bishop Graham and Archdeacon Nikki of Dudley and the Team was re commissioned. A huge ‘Thank You’ to all those from all our churches who helped to organise and support this service and who provided and shared in the wonderful refreshments afterwards.
With Bev looking after Christ Church and Dodford and me taking responsibility for St Godwald’s and All Saint’s we will be interviewing this month for a clergy colleague to look after St John’s and St Andrew’s churches. Our new colleague will be joining an enthusiastic and committed team of lay and ordained ministers and the Parish is certainly well blessed with many people who give so freely of their time and their talents to further the work and witness of the Kingdom of God in Bromsgrove in so many different ways. We are also so grateful to be a part of a thriving and fruitful ecumenical partnership through Churches Together in Bromsgrove. Through our work together we participate in the exceptionally valuable services offered through Street Pastors, Street Prayers and Open the Book. Many of you reading this will have taken part in Pray Bromsgrove last month, walking and praying around our town.
And it is in prayer, in our relationship with God, that we lay and build on the deepest foundations of our life together. Whatever our age or ability we can all pray, listening for God’s will for our personal lives, our churches and communities, for our nation and our world. We can all bring the needs of all of these into the love of God with a longing for God’s compassion, justice and freedom to transform and heal.
I remember, many years ago saying to someone, “I think your ‘answers to prayer’ are just coincidences”, and they said, “Yes, but I find that when I pray, coincidences happen”. And when faith found me, I also discovered that in prayer, in that living relationship with God, things change for the good, not always in ways I expect, but I can always see God at work.
So, as we embark on the next chapter of our adventure together with God as Team Parish, let’s all seek, individually and together to write these pages in prayer.