Vicar's Letter September 2010

To the Family of m2o                                                                                              September 2010


Dear Friends,


The weather hasn’t been great this summer but I do hope you have had a chance to enjoy a break or at least slow down for a bit. As you will be aware my father-in-law died at the beginning of August and that has taken up much of our time and thinking, especially as we care for Jackie’s mother through her grieving. Jackie and I are deeply grateful for your support, cards, prayers and kind thoughts during this time. It’s great to be part of a family like m2o!


One of the things I appreciate about time away is the opportunity to visit other churches and to worship with the wider church – but I always feel on my return that I know of nowhere else I would rather be. As we get back into our routines this September I look forward to seeing you at worship as we renew our commitment to Jesus and to one another as part of m2o. As the writer of Hebrews reminds us Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  (Heb 10:25 NIV)


I will be giving an important message for every member of m2o on Sunday 19 September at 10.30am at St. Matthew’s and then at 4.30pm at St. Oswald’s. I will be giving it again on Sunday 26 September at Overslade at 10.30am. There are plenty of opportunities to hear it so please make sure you do. If you can’t make your normal service, do come to one of the other services.  And if you can’t make it or are in the children’s work, it will also be available on CD and the web site. Please don’t miss this!


It’s great that we now have Mel James as our part-time Children & Youth Worker working across m2o and in particular helping us build on the success of Messy Church on Overslade, where we have been getting up to 80 people at this monthly event. This is a really good news story.


We are also re-starting React on Sunday 12 September, the Sunday morning group at St. Matthew’s for those in Years 7 & 8. I am grateful to the new team who have volunteered to run this.


This coming Sunday at St. Matthew’s we say farewell to James Gould as he leaves us for Leicester and we are grateful for all he has done with our children and youth work. We are also commissioning my daughter Victoria, as we send her out for a year’s voluntary work at our mission project, Casa Re’Om. This is obviously a big step for her and we do appreciate your prayers and support for her – hopefully you can be with us this Sunday at 10.30am.


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Someone said to me the other day that we need to do more together socially as m2o – I hope you can join us at the Harvest Barn Dance on Friday 24 September at the Indian Community Centre – full details are in the weekly newsletter.


As we begin this new season together please continue to pray for m2o – for each other and all God is going to be doing in and through us.


Thank you for being part of m2o, may God bless you as together we seek after Him.


Martin Saxby, 01/09/2010