From Rev. Judith
Evangelism! I wonder what comes to mind when you hear that
word. For some it will be images of door
knocking, Billy Graham, or soap boxes. For
some it will bring feelings of embarrassment, apprehension, guilt, excitement,
fear – probably a range of emotions right across the board.
I write this letter I remember that yesterday’s Gospel was the story about
Philip. Now Philip was a brand new
disciple. He may not even have half
understood what he believed yet. But he knew Jesus was the best thing he had
ever heard of. Jesus was simply too good
to keep to himself. He couldn’t help
himself. He had to talk about him. He had to tell his friend Nathaniel.
This story makes me think about the people in my own life who have helped me to
grow in my faith; Sunday School teachers, friends and past Vicars. If I were to ask each one of you, you would
all have different story – we’ve all been in need of someone to lead us to
Jesus. And how blessed we are when
someone has cared enough to lead us gently on in our faith; how thankful we can
be that someone has cared enough about us to invite and guide us in our
all have a different story to tell, don’t we? Some of us may have had a very gradual
awakening to the knowledge of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. For some of you, it may have been a sudden
realisation of who Jesus is and what he means to you. You may have been young when you first met
Jesus or it may have been later in your life. It could have been a long time ago or a few
days. But I’m almost sure that someone
will have influenced or perhaps just helped you on your way to becoming a
Christian and a member of God’s Church.
Philip was very wise, because he didn’t try to win his friend round with
theological discussions, or long arguments.
He simply said, “Come and see.”
And that is what we are inviting our
communities to do at the beginning of February. We have planned a weekend of events across the
parishes, and the idea is for each one of us to invite someone – perhaps a
family member, a friend, a work-colleague or a neighbour – to any or all of
these events. You will have seen posters
advertising the weekend; and also, at church, there are invitation cards for
you to give out. Please pray for this
weekend, and prayerfully think about who you could invite.
Not all of us are called to be super evangelists – there is only one Billy
Graham, only one Paul the Apostle. These
people have their particular gifts to be used in certain ways and places. But as we have all been blessed by someone
helping us in our faith, so I encourage you to be a blessing in turn to someone
who needs to know the Good News of Jesus in their own lives.
God spreads his Good News about Jesus mostly
through ordinary people in ordinary circumstances – often one to one. All we are asked to do is to invite people to
“Come and See.”
Mission & Outreach
I just wanted to let you know
about three initiatives that we are looking a:
Support for people who are bereaved. We are working with Trinity Hospice to set up
something called Stepping Stones. We
don’t want counsellors or advice-givers, we want listeners who could spare just two hours every month or
Lyrics & Lunch. This will be aimed at those with Dementia and
their carers. Again, the commitment is
likely to be a couple of hours once every month or two.
Youth (People aged eleven and over). We are going to be working with the Diocesan
Youth Officer to look at the adequacy, quality, and frequency of what we
provide and consider what we could do to improve things. Before I bring him over to start work with
us, I need a team of people who can share the workload, again a couple of hours
If you would be willing to help
with any of these projects, please get in touch. 01253 799895 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.