Welcome To Mark's Message Page
Six months from moving to Tenbury Wells is a good time to think about what has happened. As a representative of the Church I have been welcomed by some, been invited to share food, been bought a few drinks and been invited into several conversations. I am grateful for all the invitations. Invitations lead to time spent with others, the chance to build up relations, the opportunity to swap stories of hope and of fear and to learn about our common trials and sadness, and then on the opportunity to do what Jesus instructed his friends
As you go, proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven has come near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
As expected, other people and organisations have not been welcoming at all, being rather wary of the church and its representatives. Not everyone wants to hear the good news, to engage with the church and don’t want to be bothered by all our religion. I am content to leave the Holy Spirit to do His work amongst all this and trust that all will be well. My job is to invite people to consider that the Kingdom has indeed come near and ask them to join in.
I think that is one of the biggest challenges facing church members in this time – having the confidence to invite people to consider the truth that God is real and present and powerful. If you want to increase in faith then you should start by giving it away, go on, what’s the worst that can happen?
Anyone who wants to know how to do that? Well you know where I am, and I invite you to join in.
Revd Mark Ingls.