An important announcement: Moving on
We are pleased for Nathan to announce that he has accepted a new role and so he and the family will be moving to the UK at the end of the Autumn term where he will be an Associate Minister at St Mary’s Ashton-on-Mersey, specifically appointed with a view to planting a new church in the next five years in partnership with St Mary’s and the Diocese of Chester. We are really sorry to see Nathan, Jen and the children leave us and we know we will miss all that they have brought to us as they have ministered amongst us, but know that they will be a real blessing to their new church and the ministry there.
This is a new venture for the Diocese of Chester; individual churches have planted new churches before but not as part of a wider Diocese strategy. They are showing great trust in me as they start this new venture and I am excited to be part of it and potentially lead the way for others to follow.
I am also very grateful to St Paul’s for your trust in me over the last 6 years and I want to make clear that I am not moving on because I’ve been asked to or for any negative reasons- I am enjoying being part of this community and working alongside Dominic this last year. Jen and I have sensed for a little while now that God was preparing to move us on.
We have not gone yet and won’t for some months, right now we are here and intend to do what we can to continue to build the kingdom of God here. As we do look forward we would very much appreciate you praying for us. It will be tough saying goodbye, our children really only know life in Belgium, and we have many great friends we have made here. In particular we’d value prayer for the right school places for the kids.
There is never really a good time to say goodbye, especially over the last couple of years but this feels like as good a time as any to prepare to move on. As a church we are currently spending time praying and fasting as we seek God’s guidance for the future mission and ministry of St Paul’s Tervuren, so this also enables us/you as a church to pray into what resources will be needed moving forward. This week, as I have been preparing for VBS, I have been reminded of this verse from 1 John 5.14, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.’
So let us boldly and confidently approach God in prayer as we seek his guidance and leading as we look forward.