It’s all about Jesus!

I know this can be a busy time of year, with an endless round of events, preparation and activity. Many people are trying to get things done before going on holiday, so there’s a flurry of last minute activity. Others are travelling – or trying to travel.  For many of us there are sad or happy memories to deal with…

In the midst of all this, I know that you’ll be singing carols or telling the Christmas story again.  I’m reflecting on how important it is to keep Jesus at the centre of what we do, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year – whatever is going on around us…

It is Jesus who proclaims that the Kingdom of Heaven is near – a message of transforming hope in a broken world…

It is Jesus who shows us how to live with integrity and love – and challenges us to follow his lead…

It is Jesus who sends the Holy Spirit so we can be what God want us to be – a gift of grace not a job list…

It is Jesus who points the way to reconciliation and a new beginning…

It is Jesus who walks with the refugee, the homeless person, the hungry and the lost…

 It is Jesus who call us forward into a new year…

Whatever you are doing this Christmas, I pray that you will be drawn deeper into the life of Jesus – both in the Church and in the World.

Many blessings to you!

Tim

Looking ahead to 2019, there are a few things coming up…

Celebrate and Bless MK: The Diocesan strategy for Milton Keynes will be taking shape. There will be significant discussions at Deanery Chapter and Deanery Synod, so make sure you engage…

Deanery Lunches:  There is another round of Deanery Lunches (and an evening meal) coming up. Book now for January 15thJanuary 24thJanuary 31stFebruary 11th, or February 28th

Affordable Housing: I’m currently looking for people who will be willing to help with the Community Land Trust. There’s a new article about this on the web site

Understanding Mental Health: You may also want to check out the latest update from the UMH Team

Organising for Growth: You are probably aware that I’m fairly keen on Community Organising and see it as a useful tool for churches as they seek to grow in depth, impact and numbers.  There’s a brief article about Organising for Growth on the web site, and we have a training day for Church leaders on March 25th.

That’s only the tip of the iceberg of course. There is so much going on in Milton Keynes, so I hope you have a quiet-ish New Year and a very blessed 2019.

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