This is a joy

It’s been a while since I properly blogged, apologies!

 

There has been BIG NEW NEWS since my last post and that is that I am now the official Youth Worker at Haywards Heath Baptist Church – of which I am employed 14 hours per week.ย This is incredibly exciting, a massive answer to prayer and a new journey I am beginning.

 

I begun my new role on October 1st, and it’s been a great start. Many of you know that HHBC has always been my ‘home’ church. I came to faith through the youth work there, and so it’s always been close to my heart. To be able to give something back to the church by working with the children and young people at the Church, is just a massive privilege and blessing to me, I am so grateful to God for this opportunity.

My prayer for this new season is simply that I will give my all to God, and that through this there will be breakthrough with the children and young people I work with. For them, things may change as I seek His will, and I hope that keeping it God-centered will be an example for them all.

 

Sometimes I just want to jump up and down with joy because of what Jesus has called me to do, firstly working with young people and where He currently has called me to at HHBC. This is a joy.

 

Just wanted to keep you updated on what I’m doing, and I will hopefully be blogging more regularly as I get settled into my new routine.

If you are a prayer please pray for me, the young people and children, HHBC and as I look for another part time job to go along side this one.

 

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“For when 2 or 3 gather in my name, there I am with them.”

A month or 2 ago I was in Spain for a short break with my good friend Ally, it was an amazing time of relaxation and sunshine for the both of us, amongst our busy lives. We were there over a Sunday and both Christians, and regular church attenders we sought to find an opportunity to “be church” whilst we were there. A search for an English speaking church nearby was unsuccessful so we decided to “do church” ourselves. With access to worship music and both of us engaging in that style of music, we listened to the powerful lyrics of worship music, we then read the Bible together and had meaningful conversation that shared testimony, story and struggle of our recent walk with God, and the conversation was real and honest. I thought; this can be, this is church too.

The Bible says in Matthew 18 verse 20 that “where 2 or 3 gather in Jesus name, he is among us, and that’s exactly true, Ally and I were gathered, and God was there, among us, with us. It was beautiful.

Sometimes I feel we can get caught up in what church is, and what it looks like, there are many expressions of church and none are exactly right, and none are exactly wrong, just different. For example the 24/7 prayer model of church, which can be found on http://www.24-7prayer.com/communities or there is small local church models, or large church models such as Bethel or Hillsong.

Often, however I feel we can get caught up in the rituals and routines of church, and the little things. We get caught up in things like what worship looks like, order of services, things that we need to consider how does this influence our view of church. Our nation is a nation who is scared of different, scared of thinking outside the box. We need to think of how we see church, what church is, what church looks life, what we would like it to look like… And why it doesn’t look like that!!

I challenge you to think outside the box and have a think today about church and the expressions of church you have seen, are part of, and would like to see!

Trying a bit of poetry

So a bit different this time I have tried my hand at a piece of poetry, please let me know your thoughts, I am a major beginner poet!

He is God

God leads me from this place, and He will take me through it.
He will take me to a new place, and He will rescue me from this pit.

I didn’t ask to be in this place, and He did not put me here.
But I know He is a God who keeps promises, and He can take away all fear.

As I sit and tell Him my struggles, and pour out my worries, He never leaves me.
As I sit in complete silence, not able to talk at all, He lets me just be.

He is a God who restores me when I am weak, He picks me up when I am down.
He is a God who’s constant when I am down, He never gives up or let’s me drown.

When I stare at God’s beautiful creation, the ocean, the mountains and the nights bright shining star.
When I take in God’s goodness, the Father, the Spirit and the Son, who are not far.

I cannot deny His love, I cannot explain His love.
It is far beyond any mind could know.

I cannot deny His call, I cannot explain His call.
It is a call for more, for me to say, “Yes God, I’ll go.”