Under the heading “Crisis, Challenge and Commitment….responding to Covid 19” our Assembly this week explored how we strengthen our discipleship together by looking at some very simple questions which arise from the letter to the Colossians. The building of communities of character and the associated values, virtues and practices which go with that, are key for us all at this point in our life together. This is not least because the Covid crisis causes us to look afresh at how we nurture our faith.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Assembly on Wednesday. We were delighted to have 53 people join us via zoom.

As further development, we now offer some Advent Reflections for you to follow up individually. Advent Reflections 2020: ‘Hidden in Christ’ are devotional reflections based on Colossians 3:1-17.  Each takes a single word for our daily inspiration and enables us to drink deep of these great truths: that you are one in whom Christ dwells, and that you live in the strong and unshakeable kingdom of God.  In this unique season, never have we needed more to root ourselves in our identity in Christ.

The reflections are excerpts taken from James Bryan Smith’s book ‘Hidden in Christ’, and are reproduced with his permission – our grateful thanks to Prof. Smith, one of the world’s best devotional writers, for generously allowing us to share these free of charge.   To buy a copy of ‘the real thing’, the book is sold online in multiple places: currently on offer at hive.co.uk, also at eden.co.uk and amazon.co.uk.  Prof. Smith also publishes a regular podcast ‘Things Above’ which you can access here.

We do hope you enjoy the Advent Reflections – Days 1 and 2 are already online – and we are also looking to offer further occasions, starting in January next year, when we meet to support each other and work together at developing our individual and community life of discipleship. Watch this space!