Pastor Nick Harris says "At Aston Clinton there is a growing harvest field. Once the church stood in isolation, but now approaching it’s 200th anniversary year the surrounding area is vastly swelled by housing developments. Hence we have our phones alarms set for 9.38 to remind us to pray to the Lord of the harvest for workers to enter the harvest fields. [Matthew 9.38].
As well as an ‘Ebenezer’ moment of thanksgiving for the Lord’s leading, this time represents a time of exploring new doorways the Lord is opening for us. There is a desire for the church community to look to new ways of reaching into the local community and beyond.
Community engagement so far involves holding an Alpha course in the local pub, running an after-school club, two toddler groups and a holiday club for youngsters. The youth work has had to be reshaped following the early death of our Youth worker and now has a mid-week drop in Youth Café as well as a Friday youth club, next year a group will be going to Mexico to build housing for locals. A weekly lunchtime meal is planned for the September with a focus on the elderly and lonely.
Rejoice with us as we begin to see an increase in workers committing to the church and Sunday services morning and evening increase in numbers attending.
We would value your prayers as we reach out to families, building closer ties with the primary school commencing messy church and employing a children and family worker.
Please pray that we would know God better [Eph 1.17]. We are seeking more of the Spirit as we try and walk in step with him, not lagging behind or running ahead of him.
Link for PowerPoint download Prayer-Focus-7 Aston Clinton