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Dear Friends,

There is a TV programme which, without fail, moves me to tears - have you seen it - it's called DIY SOS? People in the community have their home transformed in just 9 days by a small team of experts and a huge number of people from the community. The work is done so that someone, usually with some form of disability or who has had a life changing accident, can live more fully, in their own home and with their family. The part that makes me weep tears of joy is when the camera crew pans out across the crowd of people who have given their time, energy and skills as a gift to help a member of their community.

I feel incredibly proud to be part of the human race, made in the image of God!

 In Acts, Dr Luke describes how the fledgling church, determined and devoted to carry out Christ's commission to them, try to work out how they can be the Community of the risen Christ. We see how they develop habits which help to form them into the Community of Christ. Within Acts 2: 42-47 ten habits are identified as marking out how the Christian can live abundant Spirit filled lives. Go on, read through these verses and see if you can pick out the ten Luke is referring to - do you recognise them as part of your life in Christ?

What of the Community of Christ today?

 By the time you read this MEMO all the churches in the Circuit should have the hymn book, 'Singing the Faith.'

Next time you're in church, or if you have a book of your own at home, turn to Hymn 681 - to Shirley Murray's hymn, 'Community of Christ,' and there you will find an up to date recipe for the church today. Here's what Jenifer Lane says in her book, Faith Adventures: Stories of Learning with an Unseen God.

"As the church, we are in community together trying to fulfill this Great Commission that Jesus left us with. As we gently press into each other, we form one united thing, his church. As we work together, sharing the space God gives us to do his work, we all become shaped a little different. We all become a little more like him."

It's wonderful to see what can happen if we worship, learn, serve, pray and play together. You only need to look across our Circuit to find the Holy Spirit working through individual lives, and when those individuals come together in unity -

Community - we can and do continue to build the Kingdom Jesus commissioned us to build.

I'm inspired by DIY SOS, and the way their building schemes help change people's lives for the better - I'm even more inspired by the building of God's Kingdom and that we don't have to 'DIY' - we have the plans, the building materials, the support, the guidance and the presence of God's Holy Spirit as we, the Community of Christ, build his Kingdom.

Go on pass me the hammer!

With sincere Love,

Sue

The Superintendent’s Letter

Rev. Sue Greenwood

Revd Sue Greenwood