Dear Minster and Friends,
Please allow me to introduce myself! I’m Chris Lion, and I’ve recently been appointed Associate Vicar here. I have a wonderful wife, Charlotte, and four amazing children: Judah, Liberty, Miriam and Nathan.
This week I had the privilege of going on a ‘supercar driving day’; it was a leaving present from my previous church. I had an absolutely brilliant time, as you can see from the picture!
But I’ve also been reflecting: when you’re driving around a race track, you always have to be looking ahead for the next thing: the next braking point; the next apex; and so on. The danger with that is that you get so caught up in what’s ahead, that you forget the present moment.
Life can be like that. We rush through, always looking ahead for what’s next. Proverbs tells us “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”; and James reminds us that “[we] do not even know what will happen tomorrow.”
It’s good at times to dream, and to plan for the future. But also God has purposes for us right now, in the present moment; and He calls us to live life with Him, focused on how we can honour, love and obey Him now, in this moment that we’re in.
One way to focus on the present moment is to set aside time to step back from the daily tasks that surround us. Alpha is an opportunity to invite our not-yet-Christian friends, family and neighbours to do just that; and our morning course, Alpha:Foundations, starts on 9th October. Please do consider who you might invite, and bring them along with you.
Also, this coming Sunday, we are beginning our new early morning communion: from 8:30am – 9:15am, in the Big Barn, this will be a time when we look to create space to meet with God. All are very welcome!
Finally, if you love Jesus but haven’t yet had the chance to publicly declare it in this way, we’d love you to consider getting baptised! Adult baptisms will be held soon – if you’re interested, please do talk to me, or another member of the team.
It’s a joy to have become part of the Minster community, and my family and I are so grateful to you all for the way that you’ve welcomed us.
With lots of love,