Electronic Pastor’s Printout

We are sending out the monthly Pastor’s Printout electronically. If you would like to get a copy please add your name and email address on the form in this link. You can also select to receive the Weekly Bulletins this way.

This months Pastor’s Printout looks at:

  • The grace of giving
  • Are resources your ministry?
  • A diamond in the rough
  • Missions matters: Where did your money go?

Hope 08 – Partnership Action Week

90681 One of the exciting new developments for 2008 has been an approach from Preston Police to explore and develop ways in which better relationships between the police and the church in the city can be developed. As a result I have begun to be involved in a new working group with the Police and representatives from other “faith” communities whose aim is to build better relationships between people in the city and in the process begin to tackle some of the social issues that exist, which the Police hope will lead to a reduction in crime and a safer Preston.

One of the objectives of Hope 08 is for better collaboration between the church and the Police and local authorities, and as a result of being part of this new group, the church in Preston was invited to be part of a Police led multi-agency (MAP) Partnership Action Week in Ribbleton last week.Hope 08 - Trees Estate This involved the Police, Probation Service, Fire Brigade, Environment Agency, Housing Associations etc. We went along mainly to observe as it was the first time we’d been involved, but a team of people from FFMC, St Stephen’s and Longton Community Church worked together under the Hope 08 banner to give away free teas and coffees to the workforce, to clean up litter and some real grot spots and even helped get the community having a go at cleaning up graffiti etc. for themselves.

An article on this was featured in the Reporter – (alright they got some details wrong calling it Hope Awake which sort of sounds like Hope 08!) – but for more info see Hope 08 – Trees Estate. (Photo above courtesy of the LEP/Reporter!)

I think things like this are really exciting – and present the church with an opportunity to show relevance in the world, and input into communities with the Hope of the gospel in ways which professional agencies can’t. The potential for the church, if we truly believe in the transforming power of Jesus Christ, are immense for the future – parenting courses, community pastoring etc etc – I look forward to watching the church in action in the future and seeing God through His people reaching a hand out to offer a hurting world real, lasting, life changing hope.

“When there’s pain in the offering…”

While I was off on compassionate leave in October, I sat down and wrote an article for our church magazine “Heart” on coping with Linda’s death; the emotions and things that we went through and how our faith had been foundational to being able to cope. I found it incredibly therapeutic to write it!

Well last Monday (10th Dec)  this was picked up by the Lancashire Evening Post who ran the article from Heart almost word for word, cutting out one or two paragraphs but all the same, a fantastic privilege to be able to share something of my story with a wider audience.

See First Christmas without Linda for a copy of the article.

Linda and I always said that if we had to go through this, we wanted it to be something that might bring hope and help to others and that God might use it to bring others to a place of faith in Jesus, and already I have had contact from people as a result of it being published!

Please pray for us though; as a result there is wider growing interest in our story and I need real wisdom to know the best way to allow our story to be communicated!

Linda Drury

Lindra Drury went to be with her God and Father on Tuesday 2nd October 2007 at 1:35pm.

A funeral will be held on Monday 8th October for family only.

A family celebration service will be held at 5.30pm on Monday 8th October at Fulwood Free Methodist Church. This will be a 45 min service followed by tea, please bring children and food.

There will be no sermon, Pastor Andrew will be doing a children story about resurrections.

It would be great to have as many children there as possible so that Ben, Olivia, Esther and Tim are not there on their own.