Editors Notes

Editors Notes

This last month, we had the privilege of witnessing the confirmation of six people from our congregation. It is always moving to be part of someone’s public profession of faith.
In additional to the miracle of God’s work in human beings, something else struck me during the service. I was impressed that it was not only the vicar who had prepared candidates. Two other members of the congregation, under the overall supervision of the vicar, had been involved as well.
I think that it is wonderful that at St. Mary’s we do not just leave it all to the clergy to be the only ones involved in the spiritual growth of the congregation. Under the guidance of the clergy we can be directly involved in helping one another grow spiritually.
I see that also in the various groups that are available during the week. Various nonclergy members lead some of the groups. That seems like a healthy church where we  are encouraged to develop our own spiritual gifts.
Perhaps we all should be working on developing our spiritual gifts as we look at another new year.
Praise God!
Emrys Lloyd-Roberts