North East & Yorkshire
I can’t believe how quick this year has gone and it's been a very full year. New Wine has had some excellent events and I know lots of you have shared stories of God giving new direction. These are exciting times for the Church in this nation and it does seem to be a Kairos moment as we are forced to re-evaluate the future. It’s great to have Paul Harcourt as our new leader. Mark Tanner who has been part of New Wine in the north for many years has been made Bishop of Berwick. Congratulations to him as he continues to serve the Church. Well deserved!
'Inspire' was a great success. Everyone did an outstanding job and the presence of God was evident the whole time. There was a real mix of established, developing and future leaders. The teaching, worship, team leaders and teams were outstanding. I can’t thank everyone enough. Paul Harcourt enjoyed his day visit and he and Becky will be joining us in 2017. Please think about coming next year, bringing your church and being on team. It is a real place of equipping. The bookings will be open very soon and the dates are Friday 18 - Tuesday 22 August 2017 so get them in the diary. The place will be Hollybush in Thirsk and I suspect it will book up very quickly again.
Over the last months the message that I have preached and taught on the most has been about identity. This is why I think this is a Kairos moment for the church as we readdress our purpose. We have to know our identity before we can know our purpose. God has challenged me here personally and prophetically as a message to the church today. We have always been called to have our identity formed by our relationship with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We, I hope, know Jesus is where we find our identity and this relationship is a priority. To be authentic the church has to be a place we encounter the living God and our purpose is to bring others into this encounter so they can have a real relationship with God. It seems we have at times moved away from our identity and purpose. I believe Jesus is bringing us back to this simple truth. New Wine is and has always been a place we encounter Jesus and a place of transformed lives. Let’s make sure we keep this central.
So be encouraged as we meet over this coming year. Let’s expect to encounter God, change and be able to lead others into his presence. Let’s be authentic and make a difference every day.
New Wine Regional Director, North East & Yorkshire
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