Coming up on Saturday 22nd February is a celebration of family, as we look at one of the letters written by Paul, one of the early Christians, who turned from hating Christians when Jesus was alive, to, after an encounter with the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus, was converted and became a missionary, travelling throughout Europe telling of our wonderful God.
Paul wrote many letters recorded in the Bible, two to a fellow Christian man called Timothy (1 Timothy and 2 Timothy). In 2 Timothy Chapter 1 Verse 5 he writes, “I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion. That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith – and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Louis to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed – keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.”*
What an amazing legacy left by the women in Timothy’s life on the child who became a man of such Christian “worthiness” and standing that he is forever referenced in God’s word, the Bible.
At February’s Messy Church we will be looking at our own earthly families, who is in them and how we feel about them. We’ll look at our own name and see what it means, and what our parents were conveying when they gave us that name. But we will also be looking at how we are all members of God’s Family, which can bring us into the deep love and relationship as clearly existed between Paul and Timothy in that letter of 2000 years ago.
And in keeping with family mealtimes, I believe that sausage, mash and beans might be on the menu…
If you would like to come, please text Wendy on 07738 428634 or email email@example.com so we make sure we’ve peeled enough spuds for you all.
*The Message Bible