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THE SUPERINTENDENTS LETTER FROM THE LATEST CIRCUIT NEWSLETTER


One of the aims I have in being the Superintendent Minister here in the Banbury Circuit is to pull the Circuit together so that we are one.  Together we are a great resource and support for each other.  The ethos behind this for me comes from two directions: my father forever saying “united we stand divided we fall” and from 1 Cor 12: 12-31, "One body, many parts.”


So why am I saying this to you now?  Well, this morning I was at one of our chapels when the Methodist Insurance Consultant came for their five yearly visit.  He has appointments not only at this chapel but at various chapels in this circuit and so will be talking with the relevant property stewards.  In amongst the conversations today, we were asked about our Risk Assessment Policy, Fire Risk Assessment, Asbestos Assessment, the inventory of all of the chapel property – room by room and many more requirements.  As the look on the steward’s face registered a lot of work and a limited number of people who were able to look at this work, I realised that most of the chapels will be in this same boat.  You all need help and if someone in the Circuit was able to help with this it would be a burden lifted and worries allayed.


The team events in the Rio Olympics have taken place in several disciplines, sailing and cycling are just two so far.  In every team competition there needs to be a working together with one aim – winning, success and support; a togetherness.


Turn to that Bible reading and look at it in relation to what William Barclay says; that this reading points us “to realize that we need each other, that we ought to respect each other and that we ought to sympathise with each other.”  Nigel Watson in his commentary says “My sister’s pain is my pain too, my brother’s joy my joy” and he also says “the body which belongs to Christ”.


How do we look at each other in the Circuit, how do we think about the congregations in other chapels?  These are interesting questions when you put Barclay’s thoughts in mind. The one chapel I spoke of certainly needs other folk's help.  I am establishing help with these varying assessments, if you need help please ask me.


I was delighted to hear that volunteers from several chapels helped out at Cropredy with the Fairport weekend.  This is exactly the type of thing that Watson was talking about, we are all part of Christ and His work.My prayer for you all is that we can stand together, work together, pray together, encourage and support each other because we are the body of Christ.


With love and prayers

Lin



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