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Rector’s Sabbatical

Update - 17 February 2020


Thank you for your continuing prayers whilst I’m on sabbatical.  Since my last update, I greatly enjoyed visiting Christ Church, Rio.  It was a privilege to spend time with members of their team and to share in ministry in a small way.  I also visited the project initiated by Mark Simpson in Mage, a very poor area outside Rio, which our church helps to support and which shows practical love in action. 
 
I then travelled to San Francisco, where Jo joined me.  I met with ministry leaders and enjoyed worshipping at Menlo Church, a large multi-site church south of the city, in the heart of ‘Silicon Valley’ (Facebook HQ and Stanford Uni are very close by!). Our discussions focussed on the challenge of nurturing disciples and church ministry in an area where many people feel they ‘have everything’.
 
I’m now back in the UK and about to travel to Launde Abbey in Leicestershire for a residential retreat entitled ‘The Contemplative Heart’.  Following that, I will visit Edinburgh and York, meeting with leaders of large churches, as well as attending the New Wine Leadership Conference.
 
Looking forward to seeing you on my return in mid March.
 
In His Love
 
Richard

 

 

 

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