It is my privilege to let you know, that thanks to your generosity, prayers and commitment, the PCC of Christ Church, Ware, unanimously agreed to proceed with the redevelopment of our church. After 160 years of serving our community, ministering to the poor, proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed, sending missionaries and ministers around the world, and providing a space for people from all walks of life to encounter God in worship and prayer, we are revitalising our facilities to enable us to continue to do this for generations to come.
From the 13th of January 2019, our Sunday Services move to Christ Church Centre (9.15 and evening services) and Christ Church School (11.00 services), thanks to the generosity of the Head and Governors. All other activities remain the same. Full details can be found on our website.
It is an amazing privilege to be your Vicar. And so I can say, as Paul does to the Philippian church, ‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ Phil 1: 3-6
When Robert Hanbury (of the Truman, Hanbury and Buxton Brewery) provided for this church, I doubt that he could have imagined all that has happened here over the years and the blessing to countless generations the church would be. In our generation it is our opportunity to leave an ongoing Legacy for the work and ministry of the Lord for generations to come.
I do know that he, his fellow partners and friends were praying for us, as have the subsequent generations of parishioners and friends. These have gone on to shape and sustain this current generation and our prayers will shape the ministry for generations to come.
Next year is going to be an incredibly exciting journey as we leave the building in January and return in November. It is a year in which we can get to discover something new about God. It will be a time of learning and a year when we will need to continue to show grace to each other, as we are reminded of the grace that God shows us. We will continue to reach out beyond our walls as we serve the Town of Ware and beyond, and to lay the foundations for the next steps of our journey into 2020 and beyond.
Thank you to all those of you who have supported the project so far in any way. Your generosity both young and old is astounding.
If anyone would like further details of the project and how to support or donate to it please see: www.ccwdevelopment.info
Why don’t you come to a Christmas service this year, before the buildings are transformed in time for Christmas 2019? Details of services can be found at: www.christchurchware.co.uk
May I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.
God Bless. JohnTags: Magazine, Vicar