So a new Methodist year begins. We welcome Mark to the circuit and look forward to exploring the gifts that he brings to the circuit team.
Change is never easy, and I am sure that both the congregations and Mark are both nervous and excited about how things are going to work out. I am sure that some things will change, whilst others will remain the same. But that is what life, and faith, is all about. It has been likened to a journey, but I prefer the image of plant like growth. Sometimes in order to keep a plant healthy some of its branches need pruning to encourage new growth, but its roots remain firm.
The most important thing in all of this is that we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and seek His will and His way as we look to proclaim the Gospel.