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A new year begins. So much to look forward to, so much to anticipate, so much to worry about! Last year we took our theme as a church to be "A Place of Welcome and a House of Prayer", based on some words from Isaiah 56. Looking back over 2017 it's interesting to see just how that has been worked out in the regular programme of the church.

In many ways we have been able to see the "Place of Welcome" thread become embedded in our thinking and in our actions. Of course, we have had the opportunity to welcome all kinds of people to our Sunday services and quite a few people have joined our regular worshipping community in the last 12 months. But we have also been able to welcome people into the church during the week through the Monday Lunch, Toddler Groups, Messy Church and various special events. And there have been two new initiatives which have had a powerful beneficial effect on those who have come in.

Firstly, the new open Youth Club on Fridays has grown considerably during the year, thanks to Anthony, Adele and their team. The church is a lively and noisy place early on a Friday evening (especially on the weeks when Messy Church takes place as well, as Ann Richardson and her team do their stuff) and a large number of unchurched youngsters have come to see their Friday visit to Wade Street Church as a highlight of their week.

Secondly, the Tuesday evening Casserole Night has enabled a number of people who would otherwise eat alone or not at all to get a good meal in the company of others. Thanks to a small group of committed volunteers several rough sleepers and other disadvantaged folk have found a real welcome and a square meal each week. Some of the rough sleepers also come to the church during the week for showers, hot drinks and (if they time it right) another meal.

The "House of Prayer" thread has not yet been so obviously successful, but this year gives us an opportunity to consolidate that aspect of our life together. There will be the monthly Prayer Focus weeks, with the Prayer Focus meetings each month. Much prayer goes on in small groups and house groups, with people increasingly making use of the excellent monthly prayer diaries, produced for us by Meg Courtman, and it has been good to see the Prayer Ministry Team responding to people's needs after the morning services.

This month, however, there are two great opportunities to get involved in the prayer life of the church and the community. Our "Plugged In" awayday at Whitemoor Lakes towards the beginning of January will enable us to unpack the whole idea of prayer together as God's people, so please prepare for that expectantly, asking God to speak to us as a whole church and on a personal level.

Later in the month, as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, there will be an event at St Chad's Church which will bring together Christians from all the local churches for concerted prayer for our community here in Lichfield. It would be great to see that church full of people wanting to see God make a powerful difference in the lives of those amongst whom we live and work. There are details about both these events elsewhere in the current issue of our church magazine, Vision (available through this website - just click on the "Monthly Vision" tab), so please make a date to join us for either or (preferably) both of them. God wants to do great things among his people in this city, so let's get involved and pray earnestly and with faith for him to work his wonders here.

Rev Ian Hayter

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