Faced with the serious business of becoming the new Archbishop of Canterbury, many successors would tremble at the idea of being the spiritual leader for 77million Anglicans across the globe.
But not Justin Welby named the 105th successor to the Anglican Church’s most senior post.
The down-to-earth former oil executive has already shown how approachable he is by swapping hats with a policeman in Sedgefield, County Durham, where he preached blessed a new market cross.
We too at St Augustine’s are experiencing new beginnings. We have been together now for just over a month and, like Archbishop Justin, we are trying on a new hat. The congregations of the former St Aidan’s and St Barnabas’ have come together in an exciting new ‘re-missioning’ project in which we want to share the good news about Jesus Christ to the people of East Windsor. Our mission is to guide people of all backgrounds into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Rick Warren in his book Purpose Driven Church said, “Christians need relationships to grow. We don’t grow in isolation; we develop in the context of fellowship”. So together we journey, learning more about God’s Grace and picking each other up when we fall. For us to continue our journey in the places where God wants us to be we must have a close relationship with our Living God.
Over 200 years ago Napoleon spoke about China being a sleeping giant and said if it ever wakes up it will be unstoppable. Rick Warren likens the church to a sleeping giant. “Every Sunday our pews are filled with people who are doing nothing with their faith except ‘keeping it’.” At St Augustine’s we are committed to an all-member ministry and the building up of the Body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12 says this: “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”.
We don’t want to keep our faith a secret – we want to share it.
New Beginnings here we come!