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Faith and Society Update - February 2022

MonthlyUpdate Feb2022Dear Friends

As we enter chilly February perhaps with a long list of tasks facing us, it can be easy to rush around to achieve ‘stuff’ and get things done. In the busyness of life in February, we offer the resources below and we invite you to step aside for a moment.  Maybe grab a cup of tea, and come with us for a moment to stop and listen; listen to God and to the work of the Kingdom in many spaces across our country.
 
Listening is so important to us as a Team and this year we want to make sure we take time to listen and be attentive to some of your challenges and joys as you serve God in so many different contexts. We very much enjoy hearing the stories of God’s restoration and love in surprising ways. We are also listening carefully to the pain and sadness of people, nation and creation. We are learning to listen.
 
So often we read in the Gospel accounts of Jesus stepping aside to listen to God and teaching us to do the same. We have been thinking about one story in particular as Jesus hurried along the road to Jairus’ house whose daughter was so seriously ill. There seemed to be no time to wait. However, Jesus stopped, turned his attention to a woman whose bleeding had been unremitting for 12 years; a woman who had been rejected by society, a woman to whom no one was listening. And yet, Jesus stopped, and in the midst of the crowd and the rush he listened to the cry of her heart, she was heard and Jesus restored her.
 
Listening is such a privilege.  Walking and listening to God in our communities is rich and rewarding and so we offer you these resources to help as you seek to listen.

One of the resources focuses on the Queen’s 70th Jubilee.  Many of our communities will take time this summer to join a wider conversation and listen. This provides many opportunities and HOPE have produced some resources and ideas you may find useful. Please do let us know if there are other thoughts, reflections and ideas you and your church might have as you engage with this moment.
 
We would also like to draw to your attention the opening of the booking for this year’s Baptist Assembly.  We are hoping and praying that this is a time of blessing for many across our Baptist movement. We are encouraging us all to talk and connect together and to listen well to each other.  It would be lovely to see you in Bournemouth or perhaps online if you are able to join with some of the sessions.
 
Our prayer this February is that God would bless us richly as we listen to each other and as we hold each other in the love of God that knows no bounds.


Diane, Hilary, Jane, Mary, Mat, Mike, Paul, Sharon, Steve and Wale
Faith and Society Team

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