Cleckheaton Methodist Church
January has been a busy month. Having spent the last 6 years working in an environment where January is seen as a time of recuperation, it has come as a bit of a shock. And I don’t think it is just me. Several people have told me that they don’t feel as if they have had a break at all. I think it’s safe to say that there are lots of people out there who are feeling exhausted and in need of a rest. I find myself clinging to the words of Jesus who said “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30). They are also verses I have shared with a few people who have found themselves at the end of their tether.
This year we are exploring what it means to be Methodists
. So many people see Methodism as a denomination of rules, no doubt in part due to our love of books, meetings and committees (Really, say it’s not so?). But the root of Methodism is freedom in Christ. It was that freedom that fed the Wesley revivals as people came to know the love and Grace of God.
John Wesley encouraged those people called Methodists to:
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
This is a statement that keeps cropping up everywhere I go. I have always felt that if something becomes recurring, maybe God is trying to tell me something. A South American Priest called Boff, once said that God’s gift of freedom is not simply spiritual. God’s freedom extends to all areas of our lives. God frees us from sin, but He also frees us from the things that stop us from living our lives to the fullest: Poverty, disease, discord. And I think God’s message is this: We have a responsibility as people who call ourselves Christians and Methodist to share the Grace and love of God with everyone we meet.
My prayer for us as a church is that as we look to the communities outside our walls, we look to bring the freedom we have been given to all those God calls us to minister to.
Some important information
This month we have the following important meeting coming up. I would appreciate your prayers for those involved.
6th February – Stewards meeting. Please pray as we look to recruit new Stewards
27th February – Church Council meeting. Please pray as we look to the future and make important decisions about the life of our Church.
1st March – Ray meets with the Probationers Committee. Please pray for Ray and those on the committee.