Park Church, Aldershot

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  • Aldershot,
  • Hants,
  • GU11 3ST

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Leadership Focus 

This devotional thought appears on the front page of the January 2020 edition of Park Life magazine.

  To Live Again

That’s it then ...2019 is over and a new year begins. Did 2019 live up to its promises or did it fail to deliver? For some it has been an encouraging time of happy memories and growth, while for others there have been sad and challenging times.

Our Advent course, To Live Again was based on It’s a Wonderful Life which focuses on George Bailey who went through some tough times when his dreams never came to pass. George was forced to review his life from a different perspective and began to ‘live again’. He was made to recognise how many lives his own had touched and that the blessings he had were more than he could imagine. At Christmas it’s easy to focus on the material world, what we have and what we want. As the material ‘stuff’ was taken from him, George realised, in the end, it’s who you know, not what you’ve got that matters.

 “These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” 2 Cor 4v17,18 The Message

As a new year dawns, and this Christmas is relegated to the past, along with discarded trees and wrapping paper, and relatives have all gone home, Jesus remains. He continues to show us what God is like and his promises of His Kingdom Come are secure. Jesus came to live with us in our ordinary lives, and make them extraordinary so we begin 2020 living again and sharing the joy of our relationship with God in our community.

Some suggestions for New Year resolutions from To Live Again :

·         Thank God for the love of friends and family

·         Plan to contact someone in the New Year who has influenced you for Christ to thank and encourage them

·         What (and who ) are you most grateful for as we begin 2020

·         Count your blessings; they may number more than you imagine.

      Geoff Evans


 Past Focus Items

 December 2018 - Shine Bright


 November 2019 - Remembering, Lest We Forget


 October 2019 - Autumn


 September 2019 -Happy Anniversary!


 July-August - Prayer


 June 2019 - Look, Enjoy and Give Thanks


 May 2019 - A Change of Ways


 April 2019 - Community


 February 2019 - I Wanna Be Like You


 January 2019 - In God We Trust


 December 2018 - The Supporting cast


 November 2018 -Collaboration


 October 2018 - Do We Trust Him?


 September 2018 - Community Outreach


 July/Aug 20118 -Mission Impossible


 June 2018 - Barnabas


 May 2018 - Living Bricks


 April 2018 - Togetherness


 March 2018 - The Beauty is in the Present Moment and in the Seeing


 February 2018
 Love, What Are We Going To Do With It?


 January 2018 - Moving On


 December 2018 - Christmas Lights


 November 2017 - Autumn


 October 2017 - The Red Box


 September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2


 July/August 2017 - Summertime


 June 2017 - Steering the Boat


 April 2017 - Change Ahead


 March 2017 - One Way - Jesus


 January 2017 - Beyond the Fog


 December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God


 November 2016 - Autumn


 October 2016 - Questions


 September 2016 - Olympic Values


 July/August - Follow the Leader?


 June 2016 - Passports and Priorities


 April 2016 - The Power of Love


 March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent


 February 2016 - What's At The Core?


 January 2016 - The New Year


 November 2015 - Back to the Future


 October 2015 - Autumn


 September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes


 July/August 2015 - Summertime


 June 2015 - Free Gifts


 March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall


 February 2015 - Distance Management


 January 2015 - Changing Perspectives