Ministers Letter


The month of September marks the beginning of a new academic year. Whatever happened in the last academic year is past and here is the opportunity to start afresh, to learn from past experience. Many young people will be starting afresh in new schools, some with friends they have known since nursery school, others alone, having to establish new friendships. It can be daunting! Many young people will begin tertiary education life and discover just how difficult it is to juggle finances, keep a room clean, do laundry, cook and attend classes! Some will also have a part time job! September marks a fresh start and will bring challenges and joys. The beginning also of good things to come, not only the starting of the New Year. I hope and trust the church year will be of blessing and joy, as we begin our life here in the Wey Valley Circuit, that much in Merrow during this busy time. Kindly read the article below with deep thought and laughter.

You are not alone! You have been created in the image of a God of love who desires to be in relationship with you. You are unique, created with gifts and talents that God wants to use to his glory and to help human kind. On the days that you waver and we all have them, have a conversation with God, tell him what is on your mind, ask for guidance, and then look for possibilities. Praise God for that.

On a second note. You know the time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems like yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like aeons ago, and I wonder where all those years went. I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But here it is... the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise... How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those "older people" were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But here it is, my friends are retired and getting grey, they move slower and I see an older person in myself now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me... but, I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat anymore, it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so... now I enter this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last... this I know, that when it's over on this earth, it's over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn't done things I should have done, but indeed, there are also many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not in your winter yet let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly!  Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can TODAY, as you can never be sure whether this is your autumn/winter or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

"Life" is a GIFT to you by God.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after you.  Make it a fantastic and memorable one.

Remember: "It is Health that is Real Wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver."

Your children are becoming you, but your grandchildren are perfect! 

Going out is good. Coming home is even better!

You forget names, but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

You realize you're never going to be really good at anything especially golf  bingo, Memory, Crossword or Solitare.

The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep."

You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch...

You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what? “, ”when?

Now that you can afford expensive jewellery, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless?!"

What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

Everybody whispers.

You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet... 2 of which you will never wear.

But "Old" is good in many ways:

Old Songs, Old movies, Old times and best of all, our dear , OLD FRIENDS!!

There is no medicine against old age” - African Proverb

Please do read Psalm 103 if you could for this month. God bless you. Enjoy the mixed wet and dry days.