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Minister's Letter

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Dear Friends, 

It may have come to your attention that we have been undertaking several renovations to our building at Bricknell Avenue Methodist Church. They include new windows in the sanctuary and an audio-visual system which will greatly improve the worship experience. At this time of writing plans 
are also afoot to install a new heating system and redecorate the sanctuary to make it a more pleasant environment for everyone. All these improvements will hopefully have a positive impact on those who come through our doors and will play a part in helping to make our church a more welcoming 
and hospitable environment. Yet as these renovations happen it is vital that we do not lose sight of what "the Church' is. Not the bricks and mortar of our building, but rather the community of people who gather here who represent Christ's body, united through the Holy Spirit. 

Since starting as minister at Bricknell Avenue I have been impressed by the work of the Messy Church as an inclusive community seeking to make worship more accessible and relevant for families who have little or no experience of attending church. There are many lessons that we can learn 
from Messy Church as we seek to create a community where love, radical hospitality and sharing are core practices that reflect the centrality of Jesus and the Gospel message. 

In 1 Peter 2:4-5 we are reminded that we are the "living stones" that "are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood ..." This passage reminds us that the church is built up by building the body; that is through new disciples and who are growing in grace and holiness through their 
relationship with Christ. God invites us to take part in this building up of people as we ourselves grow in community. 
Let us therefore commit ourselves to the building, that is our spiritual building. May we open ourselves to God's Living Word and Holy Spirit as we are built up and in turn help in the building up of others. 

Yours Faithfully, 

Reverend David Speirs 

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