Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Circuit.
Minister’s Message – August 2020
We are beginning to get used to new ways of doing things as we adjust to living with the risks caused by Covid 19. Keeping social distance, queuing to enter shops, wearing face coverings are all part of our daily life now. There have also been changes to our routines with many of the activities we share or the groups and clubs we are part of not able to meet at the moment. Preparations are in hand for reopening our churches but we will find that Sunday worship is not quite the same as we have been used to – not being able to sing will be quite a challenge for us.
In times of change it is not surprising that we long for the comfortable and familiar ways. But wouldn’t life be dull if it went on in the same way day after day? Perhaps we might long for something new or different to break the monotony. But if we are truly open to God and what he is calling us to be and to do, then do we not need to be ready to respond and embrace new challenges?
This is a time of change for ministers in the Methodist Church. Many ministers will be moving on to new appointments, new forms of ministry or into retirement. The current restrictions on meeting together for worship have meant that many of them will not have been able to have a farewell service to say goodbye to the friends they have made and the people who have supported them in their ministry in the usual way.
We think particularly of Revd Philip Wagstaff who will be leaving his appointment in Crewkerne and moving to Hastings this month ready to become our new Circuit Superintendent from September. His wife Catherine is also a minister and she will be moving to her new appointment in Dover. Please remember them both in your prayers at this time.
Around the Circuit our churches are taking tentative steps towards reopening for worship. Some feel ready to resume services this month whilst others are planning for September.
Amidst all the changes that are taking place around us let us remember that God is faithful to us and his love is unchanging. As the Psalmist declares:
O Lord I will always sing of your constant love; I will proclaim your faithfulness for ever. I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky.” (Psalm 89:1-2)
May the love of God fill your hearts and inspire you day by day.