The new Wentwood Ministry Area was commissioned this week in a special service, in the spirit of Advent. The service was themed throughout with the imagery of Christ’s arrival: first, to Bethlehem, 2000 years ago, as the light of the world; and now, to build his kingdom in his people. In this, the service spoke directly to the hope and mission of the seven churches as they move forward into a new phase of their lives together.
Ministry Area Leader, Revd Dr William Ingle-Gillis described the service: “The service spoke, in turn, of expectation, echoing all our preparations as seven unique churches have drawn closer and learnt to work together in the past few years; of celebration, as we marked a fresh beginning and a new hope for God’s blessing on our worship and outreach; and of sending out, as we received Christ’s light and respond to his call to be that light in our communities. All of these themes shone through in the carols we sang, the prayers we prayed, and the physical symbolism of candles sent out to the congregation.
“Now begins the real work of listening in our communities, praying for inspiration, and stepping out in faith to seek out the people’s needs unmet and to meet them in God’s love, without expectation, as Christ himself did.”
In a symbolic gesture marking the beginning of the new Ministry Area, Bishop Richard blessed service books which will be used across the Wentwood Ministry Area.