From the National Lay Director
Hello and good wishes to all of you.
This will be the final time that I write to you as National Lay Director. I step down in the summer having served for 6 years. I think that it is therefore a time for reflecting.
To begin with I would like to thank all of you in the Emmaus community for your prayers and support over the last 6 years. It has not been the easiest of times, (more of that later), but without you, there would be no Emmaus community.
I would particularly like to thank all of you who have served with me on the National Board during those years. We have had our disagreements but we have also laughed and we have all been working towards the common goal of helping to empower, through Walk to Emmaus, people to work in God’s service and lead others in that service.
It has sometimes felt that we are under spiritual attack as we have tried to take Walk to Emmaus forward. Sometimes that has shown itself in the same obstacles that appear to be confronting our church communities such as an ageing community, an increasing unwillingness to volunteer and a lack of realisation about how we can best serve. The fact that there were 18 pilgrims on the recent East Midlands Ladies Walk and that they all gave wonderful testimony at closing, shows that we are managing to repel those attacks
However, we must reflect upon the great things that God has done, and is continuing to do, through Walk to Emmaus as a programme and a community. If you look around the people that you know that are members of the community. How many have moved on to roles in the church that they may not have done if they hadn’t walked as pilgrims? Local preaching, (myself included), ministry and other pastoral roles are amongst the many things that community members are now involved in. This is something that cannot be allowed to end.
One of our greatest struggles appears to be maintaining ourselves as a 4th Day movement. That is where the benefit of our shared experiences as a pilgrim or a team member can really be used to inspire each other. That is an area where we need to improve if all this good work is to continue and grow. It is my hope that Kate Dickinson, our special guest at the 21st Birthday celebrations, will be able to guide us and inspire us to better 4th days.
As I write this, there doesn’t appear to be anyone prepared to take up the role of National Lay Director. I don’t feel that I have achieved as much as I would have liked to but please don’t let that prevent you from stepping forward.
This is also Christa’s final outing as she has decided not to stand for re-election as Communications Officer. I hope that you will join me in thanking her for reviving the national newsletter in such a great way. Now we need someone to carry on that good work. Any volunteers?
Please come to Grimsby on 18th June for the 21st Birthday celebration if you possibly can. I look forward to seeing you there. All the best for the future.