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Chads News - 17th April 2024

Dear Church family,

What a couple of weeks it has been!
Easter Sunday was just so powerful and beautiful and then Katie’s licensing 10 days later was a very special moment in the life of St Chads.  The Sunday in between was very special too, including some very moving testimonies at the 11am service.  So many people I am speaking to are sharing their joy at what God is doing in St Chads at the moment and Nells and I share that excitement.

It is an absolute joy to have Katie and Mike with us.  Katie has dived straight into both her roles and we’ve both noticed how much God has been doing here in the past 3 years since they left to go to Gee Cross.  I’m aware of how many people have joined St Chads in the past few years and so encourage you that if you have, please do reach out and get to know Katie and Mike, they are really looking forward to building new friendships.  Over the coming weeks we’ll share more with you about the different areas of leadership and responsibility Katie will be taking on in both St Chads and the LifeCentre. Having Katie here (& Dave joining us in the summer), gives opportunity for us to encourage and empower more of our church family in your calling.  One of the pictures God gave us of Katie’s licensing was a huge jigsaw being laid out on the church floor and each member of our church family, of all ages, each bringing the piece God had given you to make one big picture, to bring the whole together.  When the PCC and Ministry Leadership Team chose to appoint an Associate vicar, the goal was not for more clergy to do the work, but for us to be able to release you, the church family into what God is calling you to.  After worship and prayer, that’s our primary goal in our roles. 

I’ve already lost count of how many times I’ve wanted to use the word ‘beautiful’ in this letter!  This does feel like a beautiful season in the life of St Chads and I believe that this is the fruit of us making prayer a top priority in the past few years.  For that reason, can I encourage you to join us on Thursday evening (18th April) for our monthly prayer event.  The past few have been so powerful and it is amazing what happens when God’s family prays together.  So come and join us in the LifeCentre at 7.30pm tomorrow night to pray and we’ve included the dates of future prayer gatherings below for you to put in your diaries.

This Sunday at 11am we’re going to share more about NewWine in the summer, there are very limited camping tickets left, so if you’re considering joining us, then get on it fast!

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With love,

Richard