Minister’s message

Are you with me?

Back in the late 70s and early 80s there were a number of adverts on TV for the Woolwich Building Society. In one of them a mathematician had written an extensive equation across a number of chalk boards and asks his students, ‘are you with me?’ to which they replied, ‘No, we’re with the Woolwich’.

The big truth I want us, as a church, to take with us into 2018 is ‘God with us: God for us.’

When we ask the question of someone ‘are you with me?’ it’s not necessarily a geographical question; though there are those times when just knowing someone else is there is, in itself, a comfort and encouragement.

More often than not though the question is about solidarity, understanding, empathy, support, identification, unity, commonality, harmony, shared ideals and aims, team spirit, rapport, relationship, help, and I could go on.

To know someone is ‘with us’ can be all we need when facing difficult and challenging times and experiences.

God promises to be the answer to that question, ‘are you with me?’ because as our Creator He knows how we work. We are told that he put us together in our mother’s womb and knows us through and through. And in Jesus he becomes our Saviour, understanding our needs and wants and the pressures we experience in life – he too has experienced what it means to be human – what it means to be with us.

When we ask God the question, ‘are you with me?’ there is no danger that he will ever answer ‘No, I’m with…’ rather He confidently answers, ‘I am with you always’.

Every blessing for 2018

Jeff

Christian Aid and Commitment For Life

“I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2 v18)

 Here at Prenton URC we show our faith by what we do in various ways including our support for Christian Aid, Commitment for Life, the Foodbank, Macmillan and Operation Christmas Child to name but a few.

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE

In addition to the annual Christian Aid week held in May, another way of supporting Christian Aid is through Commitment for Life which offers regular contributions rather than a yearly contribution. Some of our church members already do and remain faithful in their giving.

Giving this way helps Christian Aid plan ahead knowing they will receive regular donations. But whatever way you choose to give can I ask you to consider reviewing your giving.

This programme was adopted by General Assembly to encourage all United Reformed Churches and Local Ecumenical Partnership churches to take action, pray and give for people across the world. Commitment for Life churches are linked through Christian Aid and Global Justice Now (previously the World Development Movement) to campaigns, partners and projects in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Israel & the Palestinian Territory and Central America.

It’s an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Thank you!

Heather