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Birthed and Bathed in Prayer

19th January 2023

Dear friends,

Today would have been my Mum’s 82nd birthday. As many of you know she died from Alzheimer’s Disease over 11 years ago. I’ve been keen to support dementia related projects ever since, so am particularly delighted that God has led Jennifer and others to set up a new monthly Memory Café here in Pembury. It starts tomorrow.

I have just come back from leading devotions at Milward House and seen one of our senior members, Evelyn Shakeshaft, who entered whole heartedly into our dramatized retelling of the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. She made a very convincing Pharisee!

Before that I briefly popped into Kingdom Café where young mums and babies were congregating for Bubbles, the lovely new sensory group led by Nichola.

Tonight Tanya and I look forward to being with 7 other couples for the first instalment of ‘The Marriage Sessions’ – the marriage enrichment course from Care for the Family.

These are just a few of the many ventures taking place here at PBC. I’m grateful to be part of such an active church that is so willing to serve community. There is a real buzz about the place and people often do remark on it.

As Joth Hunt, SEBA’s new regional minister, reminded us on Sunday though, all this amazing activity must be birthed and bathed in prayer . I know I myself can fall into the trap of being ‘more busy than fruitful’ at times.

If Jesus needed to regularly withdraw from his demanding ministry to pray (see Mark 1:35 for example) then how much more do we!

Keep on coming back. Come back to Father and know you are welcome in his presence. He is calling. Sometimes his voice can get drowned out but in the midst of it all, let’s stop and just take time to be with him – even for a few minutes.

God bless