In this Easter season let us continue to reflect upon and celebrate the fact that Jesus, who died on a cross for our sins, was also raised from the dead. Jesus is Alive! The resurrection, this turning point in history, not only demonstrates the power of God and the identity of Jesus but also shows us that God passionately cares about this world of his. God has not abandoned us or his creation but the risen Jesus, whose body was transformed, rules over this beautiful but broken world offering real hope, tangible joy, transformation and redemption for all of creation. Our response to this, as our recent sermons have pointed out, is to move out in mission inspired with hope and joy as followers of the risen King. As a church we share in his risen life through our networks and through his resurrection we move out in mission to love the city of Leeds.
One of the joys of my past year has been through being involved in our bi-weekly ‘Bridge Cafe'. Through the simple acts of serving tea and coffee, chatting, listening and praying for people we have seen many become exposed to the hopeful and joyful message of Jesus. It was amazing to observe that a number of people who came to this year's Alpha Course were those who were first introduced to the church and the message of Jesus through the offer of a hot cup of coffee and a smile from the ‘Bridge Cafe'. If you feel that you would like to become part of the team and serve in this way then do email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another aspect of mission which we, as a church, are involved in is our children's and schools' work. We have so far been into several schools around Leeds, taught dozens of lessons and have ran youth group. We are privileged to have been given the opportunity to host a 6th form conference later this year. Our 2012 Easter week Holiday Bible Club, entitled "Champions", saw approximately 60 children between the ages of 2-11 join us for three days of fun with a sporty-olympic theme. The children learned that Jesus is the champion over nature, over sin and over death. Not only was it great fun (we even had a bouncy castle in church), but several children attended whose families do not currently attend church. Many thanks again to all those involved in the preparation and delivery of this popular event.
God is on the move and he is on a mission to redeem and restore his creation. Let us continue to pray that by God’s spirit we will be a community who join him, with hope and joy, in his mission in ‘sharing life and loving leeds’.