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Over these past months we have journeyed together through the prayers and self-denial of Lent, into the intensity of Jesus’ suffering and witness during Holy Week and Good Friday, and finally into that great Resurrection Hope of Easter Sunday itself.
That pattern of death and resurrection is one that has echoes in many other aspects of life.
It is perhaps particularly easy to see signs of hope and new life during spring as plants blossom and flowers bloom.
And it has also been encouraging over the past few months to see signs of new life here at Histon Methodist. The completion of two phases of our development project has made a real difference to the way the church connects with the wider community, with one lovely coffee shop regular commenting that it had now made us “the hub of village life”. Please pray for the Development Team as they tirelessly seek to bring the project to completion. We are so grateful to them, and to so many others in the Church and beyond who have so generously supported the vision over the years, and who continue to do so.
It has also been great to see new people of all ages get involved in the worship life here, and we have great hopes about how we might continue to develop our All Age worship to include more new people in the church community in the coming year. Again, I am grateful for people’s generosity of spirit (and patience) as we have experimented with slightly different styles of worship.
As most people know, I have been involved in developing new styles of worship at Cottenham too, particularly with our monthly event ‘The Roost’. A number of Histon-ites have braved the wilds of the Fen Edge and come along to this fun, inclusive community to which we usually have around 50—70 attendees, many of whom don’t have any other involvement in church.
Our next meeting is on Sunday 19th May at 3pm, and it includes the baptism of Wren. We would love it if as many people as possible from Histon were able to share with us in this special occasion. As well as being an opportunity to share in the prayers and promises of the baptism (and eat some great cake!), it could give more of us the chance to see how we might develop the worship here at Histon too.
And in this season of new life and hope it might give us a glimpse of what the future could hold…