I hope you had a great summer and enjoyed the wonderful weather either holidaying abroad or here in Wales. I'm not sure there was much difference to be honest. The months are quickly passing by, and the nights are drawing in far too quickly. Here's an update on what I (Arawn) am up to this term with the Welsh churches and schools in Flintshire.
I'll begin with the older youth - our Tuesday evening studies have relocated to Costa, Mold from 6-7 pm. We've been using the Alpha 'Big Questions of Life' resource, but have now moved on to the excellent resource 'Prodigal God' by Timothy Keller. It looks at the parable of the Prodigal Son over six short sessions, which raise a number of worthy questions from the Gospel of Luke.
The churches are busy preparing for Harvest services, and even planning for Christmas. As a result I'm 'on call' to help out, and I've already received invitations to lead 4 Harvest Services.
The Children's and Youth Clubs are running regularly in Mold and the villages again this year.
If you're looking for a stimulus for worship as part of your own daily devotions, may I suggest you read through Leviticus 19, especially verses 17-18! Here God reveals his character to us, and shows how we should treat our neighbours. We should follow these instructions as obedience to God, but also because they emphasize God's character - he loves 'love' and he loves to forgive his people.
I am grateful for the opportunity over the last week to visit all the Year 7 classes in Maes Garmon, to share why the Bible is so important to me and to respond to questions the pupils had prepared in advance. This was our first opportunity to support the RE department in this way and the lessons were very well received all around.
Blessings to you all in this season of Good Will.
Yours in Christ,
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