It has been just six weeks since the baton was passed on to me and so much has happened – and we are truly moving forward. Physical changes to the fabric and looks of the building have been actioned, and the church has been upgraded electronically. There is a newness and excitement in the atmosphere amongst the membership; a sense of excitement and an eagerness to experience what God has in store for us as a church. God is certainly doing something new in and with us!

I spoke on May 12th 2019 stating that God is not finished with us yet, qualifying that statement with

“‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19),

pointing out that God is not stationary, but is constantly moving forward and therefore we must move with Him. It is certainly evident that this is happening. One of the observations of God by the Psalmist (36:9) is that He is the very Fountain of Life. The Fountain of Life is a living, moving entity and is ever-flowing, ever progressing towards His goal, reunion with His creation, mankind. I made the point that that which is static is stagnant. God is ever moving onward and expects the same from us. We, as a church, are moving forward!

The church leadership is so excited about what God is doing with us…but there is more to come! As a fellowship we must realize that what God is doing with the church comes at a price…there will be opposition, and of that I am certain! Edwin Louis Cole said that

“Whatever God creates, the devil counterfeits…”

so we must be very attentive to God’s voice and be very much aware of the Father of all Lies!

I believe that, as a church, we should be grateful for the good things of the past, the teaching ministry and the foundations laid by previous ministers in this church. It is therefore imperative that we need to be ready to move forward with God using our past as the jumping off point for the future God has for us.

We are moving into fresh pastures with good and hard times ahead of us, but as Joy said (5th May 2019) about Passing the Baton”, she quoted Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’”

Let us be strong and be courageous as we head into that which God has in store for us!

May God bless you all

Pastor Alan