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Ian Biscoe writes

This week we had our first midweek church meal of 2015. These are important events in the life of Emmanuel Church, often being a time to share and pray about the vision for the Church. There are two more booked for 2015, 22nd April and 9th September do please put these dates in your diary now.

At the meal Erika and I shared a summary of the words, pictures and prophecies received after 4th January Sunday morning service. We will send these around in a notice chain email. If you do not receive these emails but would like to, please contact the church office.

As Roger mentioned in his newsletter article before Christmas, Bicester has now been identified as a ‘Garden City’ whatever that means! 

One thing we do know is that it will involve major development to Bicester over the next 20 to 30
years.

One of the words given after 4th January service was that we should “Allow the Lord to empty our minds of clutter so we can listen to His instruction.” With such huge changes ahead for our Town it is imperative that we do indeed ‘listen
to His instruction’.

I recently read a result from a survey carried out last Autumn in the Highlands of Scotland. The research discovered that approximately 44% of the population of the Highlands who identified themselves as Christian are not engaged with a
Church congregation.

It is the challenge for every Christian to share the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ with others. The developments to Bicester over the coming years will give us plenty of opportunities to do exactly that. But reflecting on the Highlands
situation we will also need to become very good at welcoming Christians to our town and Churches.

There is a great deal for us to be praying about and doing as Disciples of Christ here in Bicester during these both exciting but challenging times.

Psalm 127 reminds us ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain’.