|Minister's Letter - October 2016|
|Rev Peter Cornick|
|The ‘New Circuit’ began in September with a wonderful Service of praise, prayer, commitment and challenge. A series of slides provided a glimpse of the variety of churches and chapels, people and mission going on – from Messy Church to lunches for the elderly. The former Circuits of Winchester, Eastleigh and Romsey are now combined into one. Why?
Each of the previous Circuits have faced challenges to provide effective staffing, in times of illness or vacancy. A larger staff team provides flexibility for the crisis, but on a day to day basis, an abundance of gifts to share: lay employees specialising in pastoral or youth work and administration, ordained and probationer ministers with varied interests in evangelism, writing, supervision, preaching, Diaconal Ministry, music and much more. Add to this, retired ministers offering gifts of pastoral care or ministers working on special projects for the Circuit, and the abundance of mission is striking.
Now add in your own offerings – gifts shared across the Circuit; support or experience, prayer or preaching, finance or property know-how to name a few. We are a stronger body of Christ together to face the current challenges. We have re-shaped so that we can better be equipped for mission.
There are challenges of course. It is harder to know one another at distance; relationships and communication take more work. Introducing ourselves at the recent staff meeting took about an hour! We need to double our effort and make it our business to attend circuit events or simply call in on one of the other church’s activities. They would love to see you! Helpful ideas including the ‘twinning’ of churches are being considered.
Christ is like a single body, which has many parts;
it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. (1 Corinthians 12:12)