Following vision Sunday.

Dear Friends,

Vision Day

If you were unable to be present at Joe’s Vision Day then please click on the link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HCdZ9Hfc58 and look at the attached slides, VISION DAY 2014, to get the gist of Joe’s presentation.

At the Vision Day Joe set us 4 Objectives:
• COMMIT TO A LIFE OF DISCIPLESHIP
• REVITALISING OUR DEAD ZONES
• CREATING A CULTURE OF DISCIPLESHIP
• EQUIPPING PARENTS TO DISCIPLE CHILDREN

The follow-up to these objectives is set out below. Please pray, reflect and respond.

1. COMMIT TO A LIFE OF DISCIPLESHIP
Joe asked us to read one of two books and to follow a Daily Bible Reading Plan.

The Books
If you are already a Christian, Joe suggested that you read:
How People Change by Paul David Tripp and Timothy Lane

If you are not yet sure whether you are a Christian and are seeking to know more about Christ and the Christian Way he suggested that you read:
The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Of course some of you may wish to read both books. Please let me know which books you would like either by using the sign-up sheet which will be in the foyer or simply email your requests to [email protected] I will source the books at the cheapest price available and let you know the likely price before finalising the order.

The Reading Plan(s)
(a) The Heavy Option. Reading the whole Bible in a Year. Attached is the Plan already being followed by a number of the congregation. This plan takes you through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice in one year.
A copy of the plan is attached
OR
(b) The Light Option (5×5) for reading through the New Testament in a Year by allocating 5 minutes each day for 5 days a week to reading the New Testament.
A copy of the plan is attached
2. REVITALISING OUR DEAD ZONES
Joe has asked us to think about two parts of the week.
(a) the mid-week fellowship;
(b) the vacant Sunday evening slots.

Please let us know what you think we might do at the Mid-week Fellowship to make it lively and attractive and something that you would want to attend. We are also considering what would represent the best use of Sunday evening other than simply doing exactly what we do not Sunday morning. We are interested in your ideas in terms of a more interactive and flexible worship service.

Please use the month of September to think about these things; discuss them with your friends and place your suggestions in the Suggestion Box in the foyer or by email to [email protected]

3. CREATING A CULTURE OF DISCIPLESHIP.
Joe talked about planned improvements to our technology, developing Women’s Ministry and the importance of Challenge Friends. He asked specifically for some suggestions as to how we might improve the foyer to make it more welcoming and more reflective of what we are and aspire to be. Again these can be put into the Suggestion Box or emailed to [email protected]

4. EQUIPPING PARENTS TO DISCIPLE CHILDREN
Joe spoke about the task of helping parents to equip their children for the world in which we live. He intends to visit each family to talk them through using The Jesus Story Book Bible. Each family whose children attend Sunday school will now have a copy of this book. If you receive this letter and have not got a copy for using with your children please let us know. When Joe visits families he will bring with him his Survival Kit and include within it two books: Leading Little Ones to God by Marian M Schoolland and Toxic Childhood by Sue Palmer. Joe will explain the purpose of these books and talk about their content. There will be no charge for the Family Survival Kit or for these books.

Outreach
Finally Joe talked about Discipleship and Outreach and suggested that we should focus over the next few months on Discipleship. This does not mean, of course, that we stop doing outreach – spreading the good news of the gospel is something that we are all expected to do all the time. Focusing on discipleship is not focusing away from outreach for as we commit to a life of discipleship and disciple one another we seek increasingly to become a vibrant New Testament Christian Community. This is something we hope others will see and want to be part of. We need to be equipped and ready to welcome into our fellowship people who have been and are being reached by the gospel.

Vision Sunday –the Sequel!
As you all know Joe is spending a month in Cumbernauld where he will complete a placement in preparation for ordination. When he returns we will have another Vision Sunday to allow discussion on the feedback, which you are invited to give us, and to enable you to ask questions and make comments on the Vision. By the end of September you will have had time to reflect on and discuss the vision. This should lead to lots of feedback and discussion on the second Vision Day.