2017 in sparkles

What wonderful blessings we’ve seen in 2017 at St Saviours as we’ve sought to realise our God honouring vision of radically transforming lives in the love and power of Jesus.  Thank you for playing your part so fully.

We’ve seen 27 people baptised or confirmed.  Heard testimony after testimony of God’s healing power at work.  Experienced Church services where the Holy Spirit has been in full flow, our worship joining with the angels in saying ‘Our God is an awesome God’.  Don’t forget to join us after our first Sunday of the month am service for a bring and share lunch.

Our Oasis service saw nearly 40 people go on holiday together to the Isle of Wight.  The service continues to grow with numbers hitting 65 for a mid-week service which is phenomenal.

Fridays has seen the launch of our youth congregation.  We’ve received the exciting news we’ve been selected by the Diocese to be a pioneering ‘youth minster’ for the area as we look to plant a youth church into local schools.  We’re expecting to see 100’s of young people worshipping Jesus as we welcome Guvna B later this month.  I do hope you’ve enjoyed our youth led services as much as I have.  Well done to all our young people.  You smashed it (or something more cool and relevant!)

Our community lunch is now seeing around 150 people eating together which alongside our foodbank is feeding hundreds of lonely, isolated people, many in the grip of poverty every week.  We’ve partnered with Tesco and Aldi and are taking their surplus food to stop it going to waste and redistributing it around our community.  We even took some of the surplus and turned it into a fine dining experience which raised £9,000 for our community work.

We’ve launched a new community recovery programme helping those in the grip of addiction to become free with God’s help, and we’re seeing freedom from the past.

Over 285 kids would have received presents from our toy fair during December.  Imagine the look on their faces on Christmas day.

330 people came to enjoy our Donkey Nativity service.  Breakout (our kids club) goes from strength to strength. Children have deepened their relationship with God on Sunday mornings which has quite frankly had us astonished at their wisdom and insight.  8 year olds are sharing their visions of God with us on Sunday mornings!  550 children and adults from Kenyngton Manor School joined us for their carol service during December.

A new chaplaincy has been started at BP’s headquarters, home to 4,000 staff.

We’ve relaunched our Men’s Ministry with ‘Heart and Soul’ nights gathering pace, the ever popular breakfast every Wednesday regularly seeing men going deeper together.  Look out for a special ‘What Women Want’ event later this month.

Our Women’s Ministry has overseen some awesome events; fireworks celebrations, a Lent and an Advent reflection, a Baptism garden party, a pub quiz plus 50 women attending the New Wine women’s day with chains being broken – because they showed up He showed up.

We’ve launched a new Website and an online communication tool called church suite.  You can now give online through our website. Look out for upcoming  sermon recordings online soon.

We’ve done parenting courses, alpha courses, a marriage course and an evening for those married to not yet Christians. All this and we’ve started our ambitious Big Build project, raising nearly £500,000 already.

But we can’t rest on past victories, we must press on for what lies ahead.   For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10).

During Lent this year we’ll be taking some time to slow down from the busy-ness of church life.  We’ll be praying and worshipping together every Thursday evening in church from 8-9pm beginning 15th February.  Please join us in this spiritual practise.

June will see this year’s ‘Love Sunbury’ event happening over the week end of 15th -17th finishing with a huge celebration at Kempton Park the likes of which Sunbury has never seen.  Put the date in your diary now.

We’d love to take 100 people with us to experience the New Wine Summer conference this year.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to dedicate some space and time to worship together with 1000’s of other Christians, to hear inspirational talks and to spend time with your church family.  We’ll be there from 26th July to 1stAugust.  When we show up He shows up.

We’ll be looking into creating a church for pre-school Mums, a church for those in our community and a complete review of Sunday church services.  I’ll be sending out a questionnaire for you to complete next week.

All this is being done to help us continue to grow and we do need you…in fact we need everyone, everyone praying, everyone serving, everyone giving and everyone inviting.

As we start this New Year I ask you…are you ALL IN for what God has in store for you and for your church?  Will you help us to reach our vision of being a church where we are seeing lives radically transformed in the love and power of Jesus?  A transformation that starts with us.  We pray the answer is YES and we trust God will do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine (Eph 3:20).

Yours in Christ,

Ron and Ro