Today was a special day for Pathways.
Dave and Carol Cape were with us again. They came to pray for and commission Johnny, Estelle, Dave and Jenny as elders, with Johnny and Estelle as the lead couple. Pathways was also formally . welcomed into the Acts Life Cluster which is a group of churches within Church of the Nations.
We were joined by leaders from Jubilee Church Maidstone and Seven Pillars Church Croydon, John Huggins the new Vicar from the Len Valley Benefice and his wife Lorraine, plus other friends. The morning was precious as both the two couples and the congregation made promises towards each other before God.
Dave Cape then spoke about alignment, although he could have entitled his message 'positioned for blessing'. He spoke to us about how aligning ourselves in a godly way releases blessing into our lives. Spiritual blessing, financial blessing and favour will all follow us if we do what God says and align ourselves correctly with those in authority over us, just as Peter did with Jesus (Matthew 16:14-19).
Louise, Rani and Keith had prepared a wonderful buffet for afterwards and we enjoyed time together, sharing the things that God is doing in our lives and encouraging one another on to new things.
It was the culmination of a very special weekend. Pathways had teamed up with Jubilee to host around 50 church leaders from the Acts Life Cluster at various venues around Lenham on the Friday and Saturday, based mainly at the Dog and Bear Hotel. The time included some teaching and input from Tony and Marilyn Fitzgerald, lots of catching up with each other, and a walk to the chalk cross on the hill where we prayed over the Len Valley area.
Tired, but content we went home and back to our daily lives, knowing something had changed in the heavenly realm that could usher in a new chapter for the Len Valley.