It feels a bit like ‘while the cat’s away the mice will play’ with Nick having asked us to write a few words while he is away. It is an opportunity for me to welcome John Entwistle to the role of Warden and thank him for his careful, considered and encouraging contributions so far. I personally thank him for coming alongside me as warden when my Reader training was entering its second year as it gives me more space to concentrate on that important part of my ministry to Holy Trinity.
While writing this on a blustery Saturday at our house on Anglesey, the rain pattering on the conservatory, the waves soon to be enjoyed, pounding on the local beach at Rhosneigr, it reminded me of some profound words from the late Selwyn Hughes when he said “God wants us to be wave makers not wave riders and that every person is creative in God’s kingdom by that divine creative nature placed within every one of us.” We have all been blessed by wisdom, knowledge and understanding and how we exercise that truly creative gifting is one we cannot ignore. God has given it to us and now we must use it to his service.
So as we enjoy this harvest time and remind ourselves again of his bountiful gifts to us, we explore what we can do to use our God given gifts to further his Kingdom. A current example of this is our opportunity to fill the Harvest boxes and give them to someone we know as a blessing to them from our Creator God. It is one we should take prayerfully and seriously.
The presentation of the Bishop’s Badges at Derby Cathedral at the end of September was a wonderful occasion to celebrate. The work of the Matlock Bath Community Action Group was recognised as one of only four ‘Best Projects’ across the diocese and John Phillips, Bernice Smith and Richard Ash were personally awarded a Bishop’s Badge.
Our initiatives are all designed to help introduce people to Christ so this is just a beginning. We must remember that these awards are for work in progress. With the Bishop’s endorsement to spur us on, let’s enjoy the harvest season remembering Jesus’ words,
“Do not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest. I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for the harvest’.” John 4 v35
Reminder from the Wardens
Would all users of Holy Trinity church, especially out of normal Sunday use, please be careful that the church is left locked when you have finished and any other equipment used, turned off.
Mike and John