From Your Worship Pastor//

It’s been a real joy reconnecting with our church family in recent weeks since I returned from leave. Taking any form of extended leave, whether it is long service, annual or sick leave in nature creates

time and space, which can be used to think about priorities and what truly matters in life.

For me, the time I had off wasn’t the usual travelling around the country or visiting various European cities. It was a time for rest and physical healing. During my time off and especially returning in the past couple of months has reminded me how precious a church community is. Likewise, how important it is to stay connected to the Body of Christ, as the Apostle Paul wrote about to the Corinthians in his first letter.

This experience reinforced my belief in the value of regularly connecting with other believers, gathering together in worship, learning from the Word collectively and doing life together in a meaningful way. It’s also shown me how wonderfully unique Northside is, with the diversity of people with a common love for Christ and each other.

Speaking with many of you over the past couple of months and hearing the stories of how the Lord has deepened your faith, often in very trying times, has been encouraging for me as I’m reminded that I’m not alone in my trials, in the same way you are not alone in yours.

I’m grateful to be a part of a healthy and genuine church – not one that claims to get it right all the time – but one that desires to make a lasting impact on this world. This is home to me.

Thank you for the kind words of encouragement you have given me and my wife Kirsty as well as the countless hours of prayer that went into my recovery. I’m looking forward to all that this next season brings us as a church community and appreciate your love and support as I settle back into the family.