What a wonderful celebration service we had on Sunday 26th March. Not only were we celebrating 25 years of Springfield as a church but also Mothering Sunday. It was great to have the Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark with us.
It was a full and very enjoyable service, with our curate Jane interviewing the Bishop. He spoke about his very varied role as an area Bishop and the work he is doing to help and support refugees.
There was uplifting time of worship and a time to reflect back over the years to give thanks for what God has done in the life of the Church and in the lives of individuals. Testimonies were shared from a number of people; some have been part of the Springfield church since it was planted 25 years ago and others since they were very young. The theme that connected everyone’s testimonies, however long they had been part of Springfield, was that we are a worshipping community which encourages people to step out in faith. By stepping out of their comfort zone, people shared that they had discovered so much of God’s heart and had grown in faith as they took part in mission and serving others.
The Bishop preached on the parable of the workers in the vineyard and involved our wonderful young people in taking part to illustrate the passage. The Bishop’s message spoke to us all of God’s grace and compassion.
We celebrated communion together and ended our time with the children and young people giving beautiful posies of flowers to all the ladies in the congregation to thank them for all they do.
After the service there was a time to catch up with old and new friends, enjoy a glass of prosecco and celebration cake.
We look forward to God’s leading of us as a church in the next season of our life and worship together.