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Letter from the Minister - September 2009
Following on from our holiday bible club Groundbreakers, during which the whole church was filled with children and helpers, we are looking forward to the autumn with renewed confidence.
Why? Well on the 6th of August 209 the Independent newspaper said:
As the leaders of Britain's more mainstream denominations scratch their heads and debate how to revitalize their congregations, evangelical Christianity in Britain is going from strength to strength. The number of evangelical churches in Britain has risen from 2,047 to 2,719 since 1998 and their followers now make up 34 per cent of Anglicans, figures show. Nowhere is the strength of British evangelism more apparent than at the numerous summer festivals that have sprung up and attract tens of thousands of people every year. Britain's first atheist summer camp, attended by 24 children last week, made headlines around the world. But just down the road an estimated 60,000 Christians of many different but predominantly evangelical hues will pass through the gates of the Royal Bath and West Showground over the next five weeks for a succession of festivals that offers a heady mix of Glastonbury and God.
Many of our church members went and were blessed, and our teenage group "delta" also attended, 14 teenagers have come back having committed their lives to Jesus.
Clearly something is beginning to happen in our nation and here at Christ Church we are going to be part of it. That is why I would like to invite you to our "Back to church" event on Sunday the 27th of September called "come as you are"
I am the Reverend Canon Jonathan Ford and I have been Minister here since 1990. I am ordained in the Church of England Ministry, married to Jane, and have two daughters Elizabeth who is married to Richard; and Rebeccawho is married to Andrew.