Pastoral Letter and Vision Statement

A PASTORAL LETTER FROM ONE OF OUR ELDERS

Change

 

So many times I hear people say they don’t like change. But can you name something that stays the same for ever?

Babies grow up into children , children start school, change schools, start work, grow into adults, get married etc so we are used to facing change every day of our lives. Just as in nature everything grows, thrives, withers and dies. Change is real and necessary. We learn and discover new things which help us to develop and grow. Without change life could become very dull and monotonous. So why does it frighten us so much?

There seems to be a guarantee in life that change will happen. Often the only easy way to deal with change is when you are the one implementing it but sometimes we are not in charge and then we can find it difficult to adjust. We fear it and become anxious because we do not feel in control of life.

In Philippians it says: “Do not be anxious about anything , but in every situation, by prayer with thanks giving, present your requests to God.” And in Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

It is worth us reflecting on this when we vote in March on whether to become an LEP.

So the answer to what stays the same for ever is God’s love for us. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever. 

Christine Browne February 2019

 

 

 

Our vision at Hoole United Reformed Church is:

That we should worship God with the whole of our lives, always keeping in mind the Five Marks of Mission

1. Proclaim the good news of the kingdom.

2. Teach, baptise and nurture new believers.

3. Respond to human need by loving service.

4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society.

5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth.

We seek to achieve this by:

Our worship of God, whom we know in Jesus Christ, through what happens each Sunday and throughout the week.

Service and witness and our involvement in the local and wider community.

Our growth in faith.

Our quality of life as a Christian family.

Declaration of Intent

Hoole URC & Hamilton Street Methodist Churches

have signed a Declaration that they will:

Work together with visible unity, sharing the good news of God in our community, seeking to nurture others in the faith.

Pray for our churches and community separately and together.

Worship together at least four times a year.

Seek spiritual and social opportunities to enjoy fellowship and fun.

Share resources as opportunity and need arise.

Seek God’s will as we move forward in faith both separately and together.

Signed by the secretaries and minsters of Hoole URC  & Hamilton Street Methodist Church