The start of a new year is always a time for making plans and maybe a few resolutions. At Christ Church we will be spending some time thinking about the future direction of our church as we follow a course called Leading your Church into Growth. This will help us to look at what we do as a church and whether it is what God wants us to be doing.

It was good to see a packed church on Christmas Eve for our Family Carol Service. It was particularly pleasing to see so many children there. It would be great to see a full church every week, so I found myself wondering what was so attractive about that particular service (as against the other Christmas services). Perhaps some factors are that it was short, it was relaxed, it mixed the familiar with the modern and it was at a convenient time. Maybe those are some things that we can think of as a church.

If you don’t usually come to church, but came over Christmas, I’d love to know what you thought – and what might encourage you to come again. Why not drop me an email to ?

Of course, you might be making plans of your own for 2017 – plans for a change, plans for a holiday, plans to make things better or plans to cope. When we make our plans it is good to remember that God cares, and if we seek him he will guide us. In the Bible, the letter of James reminds us that our plans are, at best, provisional:

“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” (James 4:13-14)

This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t make any plans. If we don’t plan, then we may not get very far at all.


Revd Andy Wilson
Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown / Joint Area Dean, Havant / Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC / New Wine Network Leader, Portsmouth