Hayes Free Church United Reformed

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Dear Friends,

 

As I write this, I am reminded of how much there is to celebrate, in our lives and in the church.  There is so much to be thankful for in the garden – green shoots poking through the soil; blousy red poppies and pink roses; fruit starting to swell; vegetable seedlings almost ready to go in.  For the first time, I’ve got flowers on my blackberry bush and blackcurrants starting to form.  Not everything has worked, and some things have suffered with the weather, but the hard work of weeding and mulching seems to be paying off.

 

In the church too, there is much to celebrate and to be thankful for.  Please keep the weekend of the 8th and 9th of June free in your diaries, as we mark the end (or almost the end) of the renovation work and celebrate our church anniversary.  A weekend of giving thanks for what has been done, for all those who have been part of our journey, and of looking forward to what comes next – to the road ahead.  

 

We don’t know quite where that journey will take us, or what it will look like, but we do, I hope, know where we are going, as we follow Jesus and build the kingdom of God.  

 

As Alistair reminded us on Sunday, the work we have done on the church is not only for us, but for the future.  By securing the building, we have planted a sequoia tree – a giant redwood - that will stand on Pickhurst Lane for generations to come.  Our hopes and dreams need to echo that longevity – we need to dream big dreams – dreams not only for us, but for those who will come next.  We hope that the LMMR process (see below) will help us to do that.

 

 

This year, Greenbelt Festival are asking us to “Dream On”.  As their Creative Director, Paul Northup writes:

“No matter how bad things seem right now (and they are bad, no question), change is still possible.  And, more often than not, change is driven by the dreams that people hold onto – in the face of everything – of a better world.  Dreams, that when acted on, make a real difference in the real world.”

 

That is not to say that everything is bad, and that everything needs to change - it doesn’t.  But just as in the garden it is sometimes necessary to prune, or to reshape, or to remove plants to allow others to grow and to flourish, so it is with the church.  

 

What are your dreams for Hayes Free Church?  How can we make them a reality?

 

With love and blessings,

Alison