I’ve never written a review of the year before as a blog post, even though I enjoy reading other people’s. It’s really fascinating, looking over a calendar to see what I’ve been up to. So, here is my look back at 2015:
In January/February Mandy and I became Home Group leaders at Grace Church. This is the first set of responsibilities we’ve been given, and although we were really nervous to start with, the people in our group were great and a real joy to lead.
In March Grace Church held a roadshow for the Social Justice ministries that are supported. At this event, I had an idea for setting up a web design firm and employing people with no software development skills and teaching them to code.
On Saturday 11th April, Mandy and I attended the 300 Leaders conference organised by Jubilee Church Enfield. We really enjoyed the conference, where the topic was The Kingdom Agenda by Dr Tony Evans. I also started sharing my idea (from March) with a couple of people, who seemed to confirm it.
During the Spring, Mandy and I became the Ministry Leaders for the Ask Me team at church on Sunday mornings. (Ask Me is the team that welcomes people to church, serves refreshments and provide help to people during the morning). This involves organising rotas but also being the go-to people when team members have issues. The level of commitment was quite intense at first (two Sundays on, two Sundays off), which with the other commitments we have was hard at first, but we’ve been able to decrease it a bit (to the relief of everyone on the team!).
At the end of June, we went on holiday to Amsterdam and Berlin for my 40th birthday. A highlight was visiting Corrie Ten Boom’s house, and a number of memorials around Berlin connected to the Second World War and Cold War.
Also in June, a team was formed at Grace Church to look at how to reach people in the estates on the outer edges of Nottingham. We joined the team for North Nottingham, which meant our Home Group (which was going really well) would have to close. Although we were sad at ending our group, we were also excited about what God will do for our friends in Top Valley.
In August we stepped out in faith to try and get to know our neighbours by holding a street BBQ (we’re both quite shy around people we don’t know). This provided a launch pad for Mandy to start a ladies coffee morning in our home.
Also in August I decided to leave ChurchApp and started working at iSite. This was also a side-step move in terms of technology, as I would be using a different programming language at iSite.
The Autumn was really busy as we joined a Home Group concentrating on reaching the Top Valley estate in Nottingham. We studied how to reach people with a different background to my own and started organising events to invite people to.
During this time, I’ve been working on a side-project at home which I am hoping to use as a starting point for a web design business. I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in recent blog posts, and aim to share more in the new year.
Christmas has provided a welcome break for us, as we’re able to take a full week off work. I’m grateful for all what God has done during 2015 and am looking forward to 2016.
Happy New Year, and all the best for 2016.