January 2022

Central Church Newsletter January 2022

2022 already! We hope you were all able to enjoy a family Christmas celebration and also stay safe and virus free.

Who would have thought that we would still be in the same situation we were almost two years ago! As we embark on a new year which will no doubt bring with it joy and sorrow let us give thanks for the good that is all around us and make the most of what life has to offer.

Wishing all our Central Church family the very best for 2022.

Linda and Malcolm Johnson

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FINDING GOD’S WAY IN 2022

Dear Friends,

As we step into a New Year we are inevitably and rightly looking ahead and wondering what will happen in the coming months. Life always has many uncertainties, but there is no doubt that Covid has added new layers of complexity which we have never experienced before. Amidst all of this, nothing could possibly be more important than seeking God’s way for our lives. God made us and knows us more intimately than we will ever know ourselves, and so there is no question that we are wise to seek his way. And if that is true for us as individuals it is also crucially important for us as a church. I very much look forward to sharing this journey with you as we seek to find God’s will for Central Church.

At times we will all wonder why God doesn’t make it easier for us to find his will. Why doesn’t he send us an email or a poster with all the relevant details? Or why doesn’t he send someone to us who will inform us of what his will is, without us having to struggle so much? The short answer is that if he were to make guidance easy, then we would never need to trust him. If our directions came in a simple, straightforward way then we wouldn’t need a relationship with God – we could simply follow the instructions.

God wants a relationship of trust with us, within which we are constantly seeking his will. That is why prayer is at the heart of seeking guidance. However, the problem with prayer is that it is often deeply misunderstood. Prayer is far, far more than merely saying a few words addressed to God. Prayer is a way of life. Prayer is a way of sharing our deepest desires, fears and hopes with the God who loves us completely and who wants to share every part of our lives with us. 

We all need a lot of guidance! We face questions with our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues as well as in the church. Through sharing our questions and dilemmas with God in prayer we learn to think in a more godly way, and to discover more fully his perfect way. As we step into this New Year we can do so with confidence not because we know the future, but because we know the one who holds the future.

Central Church has a wonderful history and it is good for us to drink deeply from the wells of our journey of faith.  But be sure of this.  At no point in that history has God’s guidance been straightforward and obvious.  The story of this church is one of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, successes and failures but, through it all, God’s people have hung on to their faith and rededicated themselves to his service.  As we step into 2022 let’s not expect the journey to be simple and easy, but let’s be confident that our great God will guide us in his perfect way.

I pray that this New Year will be full of blessing for you, and that we will all be led more deeply into the exciting adventure of prayer.

With warmest greetings,

Yours ever, in Christ,

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Jonathan

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Carol Service

Jonathan conducted our Carols by Candlelight with Christingles service on 19th December. There were a good number of people attending and Jonathan preached about the important role Joseph played in the nativity but how little he is actually mentioned. The worship area looked beautiful with all the candles alight and there were sufficient Christingles for each household to take one home. Thanks to June, Mavis, Jo and Chris for giving up their Saturday morning to make them.) We were pleased to welcome four visitors to the service, one of whom returned to worship on Christmas Day.

The service was followed by a ‘bring and share’ meal. There was a lovely variety of food and the meal was enjoyed by all.

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Preachers for January

2nd January: Revd Jonathan Edwards (Communion)

9th January: Revd Robert Jordan

16th January: Revd Stephen Henderson

23rd January: Revd Jonathan Edwards (Communion)

30th January: Revd Tony Barnes

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Church Meeting Dates 2022

Sunday 6th February (12 noon)

Wednesday 30th March (7 p.m.) AGM

Wednesday 25th May (7 p.m.)

Thursday 21st July (7 p.m.)

Sunday 25th September (12 noon)

Sunday 27th November (12 noon)

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A date for your diary: Thursday 13th January at 2 p.m. – Bible Study followed by Prayer Group.

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Thought of the day

Shine with all you have. When someone tries to blow you out, just take their oxygen and burn brighter!

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Religious Humour

Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?

A. Pharaoh’s daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet!

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Deadline for February Newsletter: Friday 28th January 2022.