Greetings in Jesus name! Today is Candlemas, the 40th day after Christmas and a chance to remember again that Jesus is the light of the world - and it's our mission to shine with his light!
I commend the 'Family Faith Journal' to you and your families. It's a home-grown resource that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers have faith conversations with their children. Most of us want to talk more about Jesus in our families - this is a brilliant resource to help us see the light of Christ grow in our children. More here.
You will have heard about the Prayer Pilgrimage by now which happens on the weekend of the 1st - 3rd of March. I urge you to come to a Waypoint and join others in prayer for personal renewal and the regeneration of our Diocese. The young people of our Diocese are leading the way! More here.
I'm extremely heartened by how seriously parishes are taking Mission Impact Reviews. MIRs are followed up by a visit from me to clergy and then to vestries to ask how things are going in the implementation of recommendations. Good things are happening as a result!
I had a longer than usual meeting with my Reference Group this morning - the group consists of Carolyn Robertson, Bruce Deam, Meg Harvey and Lucy Flatt. Together we discussed the implementation of the DMAP and how we need to both lean into God in prayer and take deliberate missional action. I'm so blessed to have a positive group who can help me stay on track and make improvements to my ministry practice.
I've re-read Glen Scriveners marvelous book 'The Air We Breathe' that helps us understand the debt the world owes to Christianity. It's helped me to be more knowledgeable and confident in my faith. We all need good resources so we can bear witness to our faith with assurance. I've included a quote here.
May God bless and keep you,