Dear St Stephen’s congregation and community,

I write this article having just made the classic mistake of not realising the clocks have changed! My morning has been somewhat tainted by the sadness and disappointment of missing what I thought was going to be my last Sunday meeting with you all on Zoom. Nevertheless, I choose to rejoice in the blessings of today and remember that God uses people who make mistakes! This morning (28 March) marks an end and a beginning for Mary and myself. My sheep flock at St Boswells had its first two lambs today, which marks the start of a busy season on the farm. Whilst, this afternoon will be my last bible study with the young people.

Although this is the end of my ministry to our young people, it is by no means the end of Rock Solid and Inspire as God has answered prayer and provided a team of nine amazing volunteers to keep the youth groups going. As such, the coming weeks are a time of change for the young people, as well as an opportunity for them to learn and grow through the wisdom and service of the volunteers. Join me in praying for the young people during this time; that their faith would grow as they experience the deep revelation of Jesus and that they would be supported in this season of change.

Mary and I have begun to get involved at Hope Church Borders, who are planning to start a new gathering in the area where we just bought a house. We sense God’s hand in this and are asking him how he wants us to serve Him in this area, with this home and through the Church. Please pray that in this new and busy season we would have strong connections – to God, to each other and to our new community.

I have learned a huge amount through serving the SSCB young people. I have given my best and have enjoyed it a lot. I firmly believe that the young people of SSCB are part of a generation that can turn the tide on ‘church decline.’ I believe this because Jesus promised “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” I find comfort and challenge in this promise. It was hard for me to step down as the SSCB Youth Worker because I believe this promise to be true, and I felt this role was helping me stake my life on this promise and allowing me to see this fulfilled. Thank you so much for all your prayers, support and advice during this time.

The Lord bless you and keep you,
    The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you
    The Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace. Amen

[from Philip Anderson]

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