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Welcome to St James Church Brownhills with Ogley Hay

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20 v 24


From the moment that Paul encountered Jesus on the Road to Damascus he was a changed man. Meeting Jesus was the most radical and life-changing thing to happen to Paul, and such that making Jesus known was the only thing that mattered to him.


Paul was prepared to travel to the ends of the Roman Empire in order to reach as many people as he possibly could. Yet, he was also practical and knew that as one man he was always limited in his capacity to reach everyone. And so he was strategic in his thinking and in his planning for mission, by establishing mission centres, otherwise known as churches, wherever he went. He preached the Gospel, identified leaders, taught and mentored them and left them to run these mission centres so that they reach their own community. At this point he left and travelled to a new area to do the same all over again. Brilliant, and which is why the church grew from a small group of people in Jerusalem to a world wide movement that it is now.


While not in the same category as St Paul, I had been called to Brownhills to fulfil God’s plans and purposes. But this time has now come to an end and I am being called to another group of churches in Gloucester Diocese.


It has not always been easy, ministry never is, but it has been an honour and privilege to have lived and worked alongside you all over the last 12 years. So much has been achieved, way beyond what I could ever have imagined. But it has all been possible because of God working in and through each and every one of us.


And though I will be moving on, the work in Brownhills and Clayhanger continues with you! You are the church, the witnesses to Jesus in this place. It is through you and your ministries that the people of the Parish will know about Jesus.


In time a new Vicar will be appointed and I’m sure that you will make them as welcome as you did Sharon & I.  Our prayer is that together you will discern the next stage of the work that God has planned for you here and that God will provide the person He has appointed to carry out the work.


Please hold Sharon & I, and the people of the Stroudwater Benefice in your prayers, as we will certainly hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.


In the name of Jesus Christ who calls and leads us in His service,                Dave & Sharon Bishop