Theme for 2018: Rooted

This year we will be exploring through our life together what it means to be ‘Rooted’ in God – in his story, his love and his community.
We will seek to be ‘Rooted’ in God’s story with his people through our study of the book of Exodus; which I hope will help us to know God better, to trust him more and to extend his community with more passion and effectiveness. As a firm anchor through this journey, we will also be exploring what it means to be ‘Rooted’ in Christ using the ‘Freedom in Christ’ Course as the basis for our preaching series for the first Sunday of the month when we have the All Together services at 10.30. That’s our teaching on Sundays...
Around this, I want to encourage you to think and pray about what it means for you to be ‘Rooted’ in this Community of faith. Can this grow through engagement in Life Groups, Ladies Breakfast or Prayer Groups? Might you feel more ‘Rooted’ as you serve alongside others, share your faith more intentionally or engage in social events? Can I encourage you, throughout this year, to pray about your rootedness – in God’s story, in his love and in this community of faith?
As I hope you know, our mission at St John’s is to build a loving and growing community centred on Christ. The growing process takes time and nurturing. As a tree remains in sunlight and receives rain (connected to God and to each other in our case) it grows taller and stronger. Below ground, its roots become firmly set in the ground and it becomes an unshakable force. Above ground it produces beautiful foliage and fruit. It, because of its root system, is able to withstand storms, winds, and continue to provide shade to all who come near to it. My prayer is that you would be rooted:

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ
2018 Verse: Ephesians 3.17-18