Midweek Thought. Listen to Malcolm.
"it's not magic - really"
"it's not magic - really"
At this strange and unprecedented time, Sheila Gardner has felt the prompting to advise us that she feels now is the right time to lay down the leadership of our Sunday Children’s ministry, Kidzone. She has done this with a heavy heart, but also with the recognition that a new generation is emerging, in a very new kind of technological age, into a new kind of world.
Sheila has served in children’s ministries at Bethel for more years than she may care to remember. She is frequently recognised in the street by grown-ups who tell her that she was their Sunday School teacher when they were little children. And it comes as no surprise when Sheila finds herself teaching the children (and sometimes grandchildren!) of her former pupils.
Sheila is not entering her dotage. She will still be involved in Good News Hour, and catering, and…………….all the other things the Lord has in store for her (she has been warned!) But for now, we would just like to give a huge thank you to Sheila for her extraordinary ministry into the lives of so many children – the record will be in Heaven.
Daniel Cherian became Pastor at Bethel in May 2019. He heads up a leadership team consisting of Pastor Nigel Atkins and his wife Michelina, and Elders Peter Kay and Haydn Sharman. They are ably supported by a team of Deacons.
As we look to grow the work at Bethel, and see God’s Kingdom built up in our community, we have invited Pastor Dan’s wife, Anna, to join the leadership team. We have been greatly blessed by her preaching ministry and her caring character. Pastor Dan freely admits that Anna is not only his wife, but also his spiritual support, and a true co-worker in his ministry. It is, therefore, a natural step for Anna to join him more formally in progressing the exciting plans for Bethel’s future.
Anna will initially take on the leadership of our children’s teaching ministry on Sundays whilst also participating in the church leadership meetings. Her role will become more defined as we go forward, but Anna may also look to provide some assistance to the Church Administrator as time allows.
We are excited to announce this new development and look forward to what God is going to do at Bethel in the coming days. If you would like to pass on any feedback or comment on this appointment, please telephone or e-mail Peter Kay at the church address. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Having served as a Deacon for five years Julie now feels that the time is right for her step down from this ministry. The Leadership team and Church Council thank Julie for her service and fellowship and pray for God's guidance in this next season of her life and ministry.