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St Columba's Crosspool

Open to God, Welcoming All

Our church family, being still, sowing seeds, growing and healing!

Being still and calm was the message shared by Tara recently, and I have had some time to do that when there were no vaccinations happening!   There is a general feeling of a need to increase numbers in church each Sunday (although I know that is not physically possible during Covid restrictions).  However, I think it is good for us all to be aware of what is happening in the wider church community.

As we help with the vaccination programme, patients contact us and we, as a church, are able to show kindness and help, and this is being appreciated by our community, and many give feedback and thanks in various ways, most recently in the planting of Nye Bevan, David Austin roses under one of our church notice boards. Seeds are being sown, in more ways than one!

Wednesday night’s ‘Open Room’ events are attended each week by an average of 6 or 7 people, but there are around 20 in total who attend 4 different sessions about half of whom are not regular members of what we see as our ‘church’.  Some of those have had experiences which have caused them to leave their established place of worship, and are in need of space to think, to heal, to reflect on what faith is all about.  Healing and spiritual growth are happening.

The first ‘Outdoor Church’ event in May was oversubscribed and the 24 who attended included families who come to Messy Church, are involved in Family Fun Friday, and 3 families new to church altogether.

Tara’s enthusiasm and persistence to keep in touch with Messy Church and Family Fun Friday folk has kept around 50+ adults and children who we do not see on Sunday in touch with the church and faith community.

The Young people’s group has sustained its members, due to Dora, Nev, Tara and others’ leadership, and in June had a great time paddle boarding on the Chesterfield canal.

It was wonderful to be able to be involved in a baptism recently and host 30 of us welcoming a new member into our faith family.

It has been a privilege to work with the team to organise services, oversee events happening, and realise that we are working together as a combined church community, serving our local community and sowing seeds which will grow, because, as in the parable we looked at recently, we cannot control that growing.  It is not for us but for God, and we trust him as we move into a new future to take us where he leads.

Great to stop, be calm, and reflect, because it gives us time to see what is happening, and that should give us new hope and encourage our faith in him.

Steve Ellis