West Region Update
Our Regional Leaders Away Day in May 2012 was a significant time for us both as leaders and as a Region. Looking back it was the launch pad which has propelled us forward.
It was there during a time of devotions & sharing, our relationships went significantly deeper, our Equipping Team & Core Teams were established as well as our four regional ministry teams i.e. Training, Evangelism, Youth and Education (Stepping Stones Management Team & Governors which was already up and running).
This new structure has helped us ensure “business” is taken care of e.g. Regional Celebration planning, oversight of finances, accountability for ministry teams etc, has taken our commitment to training, evangelism and youth development to a new level and has given us the space as a region to see where and how we can support each other. All on a foundation of strong relationships.
Various changes in recent months have only highlighted the importance of this support especially in Cote & Witney.
Richard & Rachael Bloomfield are doing a great job leading Cote. They’ve launched the new vision for the church, Cote’s family services have started to attract families from the village and the church has a growing youth group drawing in young people from the village(s). There is still work to be done but with the church fully behind the vision and the various initiatives and specific targeted support, there is everywhere to go. Watch this space!
And changes are afoot in Witney. Back in the autumn 2011 Jason & I had an encounter with God, in Hackett’s (where else). It was there we felt God speak to us about the two churches working much closer together, establishing a “hub” where people would come together to worship, hear God’s word preached, be discipled, equipped etc in order to be sent out to reach the lost. Already the two churches meet together on the first Sunday of each month, have joint eldership team meetings, are running a joint Journeys course etc.
Another significant change has been the release of Tony & Charlotte Osborn from leading the work in the Wychwoods. As a region we recognise their giftings as a prophet and evangelist respectively and are looking for them to be received and have input into the churches right across the region.
But our hearts are not only focused on local mission, we have also been casting our nets further afield. A mission trip to in .................. Sweden last summer was a great success. So much so the Swedes are looking to come here later in the year. And we have a mission trip planned for the end of April to Brussels. These trips not only build relationships with our continental family but also amongst our own churches as we send time together.
It has been a good year in the West. But we also know there is more on God’s heart which is why we are excited about our adventure with Him in year ahead.