It’s (finally) beginning to look a bit like Christmas

As I sit in my lounge writing this post it’s 9:00 pm on a pretty cold night. We have almost reached the end of what has been a pretty challenging year for us as a church and I have no doubt for many of you reading this.

But as we’ve been through these last few months and faced changes in the way we do things as a team we have asked ourselves where it is that we believe God might be leading us, as individuals and as a church.

As we look ahead to the imminent start of 2017 in just around 10 days time, it can do no harm to ask ourselves that question in preparation for all the opportunities and difficulties we may face in the new year.

 

Just as so many years ago, different groups of people set out on their own journeys, scholars from an unknown location travelled following a star, a group of males whose job was to tend sheep heading to the same destination, to find a young couple who had arrived earlier and found no place of comfort but instead faced cold nights in the same place that was used by animals for feeding and sheltering. On that cold night some 2000 years ago the young woman gave birth to her first born son, Jesus

All these years later every one of us has the same opportunity to take our own journey to meet Jesus, not the new-born babe, but rather the grown, crucified and risen saviour of all mankind.

Where will God lead you in the last days of 2016 and into 2017.

On behalf of the team, I pray that you will have a peaceful Christmas and blessed new year.

 

Andy Hudson

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A new season (pt2)

As Tim explained in the previous post, there have been changes over the last few weeks, and there will continue to be changes as we head towards the closing of this year and into early 2017.

Tim, Liz and the family have indeed now moved on to pastures new, and those of us who remain are grateful to God for everything that the whole family contributed over their time in Priorslee.

Now the time has come for the remaining team members to see where God is leading us and Priorslee Open Door Church in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing many of you, either in one of Sunday afternoon activities or somewhere in Priorslee over the coming weeks.

Until next time….

 

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A New Season

As the evenings shorten and the warmth of the sun starts to fade, so the season changes and we say farewell to summer and look towards the reds and golds of autumn.  There are other seasons changing as well.   Youngsters have new classes, new schools, college or university.  Those who married over the summer will be settling down in a new pattern of life.   For some there are house moves and new jobs on the horizon.

For PODChurch there will be a new season as Tim, Liz and the family move on, and a new pattern of leadership and meeting together emerges.

In all those changes of season, one thing remains the same: the trustworthiness of God.  One of my favourite songs includes the lyric, “All of my life, in every season, you are still God, and I have a reason to praise, I have  a reason to worship.”

Whatever changes in season you are facing over the coming months I pray that you will know God’s presence with you.

 

 

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New Things

After five years in Priorslee, Tim and Liz Carter and their family will be moving to Wellington this October.  PODChurch will be continuing with the team and a new church leader who will be recruited in the Autumn.  We are all looking forward to the new things that God is going to do in Priorslee, and across Telford, as these changes happen.

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Summer in Priorslee

Following the sunshine of half term, the weather has taken a bit of a turn for the worse, but we’ve still got lots of exciting things happening.  This past weekend a bit of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits at the Big Lunch, with dancing dragons, bouncy castles, loads of glitter and a small cake mountain.

We’re now looking forward to exploring Fatherhood, giving out Pimms and Ice Lollies, and our very first PODCafe.  We will also be announcing the winners of the Photography competition.  It’s all good.

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