Dear sisters and brothers in Christ
Isaiah spoke these words of God to God’s people 2500+ years ago as they suffered the might of Babylon and grieved the loss of their homeland. “I am about to do a new thing,” he declared in God’s voice, “now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19). These were words of hope for Israel and for us. God loves to do new things. There is no end to His creativity. We need to be reminded of this just as much as Israel did in Isaiah’s time.
As we look to return into our church buildings, much thought and discussion has been given to how we can build on all the positives we have experienced in our worship over the past year and half – and the renewal of worship which was taking place before the pandemic.
The vision for Harbour Churches to ‘Be good news’ as we grow in growing God’s Kingdom was made available to the church family last week. The following link will take you to it again:
Yesterday, there was a joint meeting of the PCCs of West Wittering and Birdham with Itchenor, at which a revised pattern of worship – recommended by me as Rector, the Leadership and Ministry Team – was considered for approval. I am delighted that, with the exception of one member, the proposal was unanimously accepted.
Harbour Churches will be offering a range of services to meet the broadest needs of a diverse worshipping community. More importantly, our main service will build on the hugely positive and well received worship we have shared outside at Birdham, through our Zoom and Sofa Services. Above all it will build on those services which have shown real growth – both in number and in Spirit.
Below is the pattern we will be adopting from Sunday 3rd October for a period of three years. It will be regularly reviewed by the PCCs and Leadership Team and consulted on.
The first opportunity to find out more about Harbour Churches Vision and our worship will be at open sessions on Friday 1st October @ 10am in the Church Room, West Wittering and @ 6pm in the St James Centre.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.