One of the joys of Presidency is receiving invites to various seminars, invitations from our churches, and other interesting events.
I was invited on the 24th October to Lambeth Palace London, to share with other denominational leaders within the banner of Churches Together England, an evening meal with The Archbishop of Canterbury the most reverend and right honourable Justin Welby.
After the meal, the group held a general discussion regarding "Missions” which lasted about an hour, it was good to be part of this discussion group, and there were varying thoughts regarding how we bring the lost into the Kingdom of God. Some said that by feeding people first and showing kindness and love using the Scripture from Matthew’s Gospel 25 v35 For I was hungry and you fed me. Others preferred to invite them in and then feed them. We all seemed to agree that feeding was essential, I must admit that I smiled to myself and thought who better than the I.M’s with their catering skills.
Which ever way round we approach it we must never forget that Jesus said and continues to say "feed my sheep.” Whether we feed them with earthly food first or later, we must never forget the spiritual food that Jesus is referring to.
I felt it was an honour to represent you at this gathering, and a joy to have a conversation with the Archbishop.
I have also held the first Connexional Committee meeting since becoming President, again it was a joy to visit our Grindon Church in the North East Circuit, we were warmly welcomed by Kevan & Pat Hodgson, along with other members of Grindon Church during the lunch and afternoon tea breaks.
The feedback from that meeting has been reassuring as I wanted no time restraints, and I wanted to give all members the opportunity to discuss the items on the agenda. This I believe was achieved, and that we had made some progress in achieving our aims and objectives.