LETTER FROM THE MINISTER – October 2017

A warm welcome to Rev Jun Su-Hee who is
acting as an intern to Michelle for 6 weeks. SuHee is staying at St John’s Theological College
with a group of seven newly ordained ministers from South Korea, Scotland, Zambia,
Zimbabwe,Samoa and Kiribati. They are on a Council of World Mission programme called ”A
New Face”, and are gaining experience working in a different country.

LETTER FROM THE MINISTER
We are about to embark on a very important time of exploration and visioning. This comes in any church’s life,
just as in the life of any person or organisation. Recently I have heard people talk about selling their family homes,
which became too big to manage, to move to a retirement
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A warm welcome to Rev Jun Su-Hee who is acting as an intern to Michelle for 6 weeks. SuHee is staying at St John’s Theological College
with a group of seven newly ordained ministers from South Korea, Scotland, Zambia, Zimbabwe,Samoa and Kiribati. They are on a
Council of World Mission programme called ”A New Face”, and are gaining experience working in a different country.

home or smaller place. I think that is a perfect example of changes that call for exploration, reflection and visioning.
That brings me to these questions:
*
How does one view change in the church?
* How do we feel about changes?
* How do we feel about talking about changes in the church?
* What if change is part of life, for the church… we face
changes everyday…
Think about time lines, firstly of your own life… then of St.
Aidan’s ministry.
* Did you have one opportunity for change that could have
made a huge difference? How about in the life fellowship of
St. Aidan’s?
We have resistance to change. Where does this come
from.
FIRSTLY the teaching of the unchanging and everlasting
nature of the Church.
But this teaching refers to its faithfulness to Christ, its
commitment to God’s work of salvation, not how the
church responds to the needs of the community: different
times and places call for different mission.
Compare your life when you were afraid to change… to
your life when you felt change was inevitable and you
decided to change before it changed you… what was it like?
The scriptures have many stories of times when change felt
too overwhelming for good people of God.
Look at Acts 10, 11. Peter struggled to accept the fact that
God had called the gospel to be preached also to the
gentiles. This meant there would
be sharing of salvation …
the going got tough when it had to be put into practice,
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you are not just staying within your social groupings now,
you have to look further and wider… This changed
everything for the Jews, for people like Peter, whose world
was looked at with the eyes of the chosen race.
Change is necessary, it is in fact the sign of life.
SECONDLY we know we can’t make one change and have
things perfect.We must change again, and continue to
change… not our commitment or our love,but how we
might express that.
However, there will be no guarantees.Our faith is all about
this… as Kierkegaard said, reason and common sense can
only take us to a certain point, where we have to use our
trust and faith, and leap without knowing if we will end up
in a safe place. This is no irrational irresponsible risky type
of life, but requires careful prayer and thought, complete
trust and faith in God who we know has our best interests
at heart.
There will be many legitimate concerns:
you might think nothing will come out of visioning and
dreaming retreats we might feel that we are to give the
current situation a go… it has not proven itself… or the
time is not yet… we have to wait for everyone to be ready…
Whatever concerns might be behind our worries and
reluctance, let us spell them out before God today… lay
them bare .Even if it might bring some conflicts,
expressing differences of opinions needs courage and
humility, understanding and compassion. Listen with the
mind of Christ- self giving love.
At our retreat on the 30
th of September, we will be talking,
sharing and listening to one another about our stories, our
visions and dreams that God had given us about the
community of faith that we have been part of, that we love
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and appreciate. St. Aidan’s as any other healthy
congregation, will have open discussion, honest reflection
and humble and prayerful planning of our future…This will
be the beginning of many of these, for we want to include
all of you to take part in this… and lastly, I ask that all of
you will join me and others on the day, if you cannot be
present, continue to be with us in the prayers for the
community of St. Aidan’s, and its people, its future and its
direction…
Have a great day!
Michelle

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