News from the Team


Revd Jerry Newson
Regional Minister


Revd Jerry Newson - Regional Minister


When my turn came to write the SEBA news I panicked a little in knowing where to start!!! There are so many good things going on and exciting possibilities emerging I could write about at length but space does not allow so I will try to be succinct which if you know me, you will know that’s not something I do easily!!!

Personally, things are going very well. I stood down from local Church ministry at Zion Tenterden last December having completed 20 years ministry in total (26 yrs police service prior to the call!)
Continuing with my half time Regional Minster role for SEBA is a real privilege and of course there is more opportunity for Maureen and I to spend time together.

As far as the Association goes, we have much to plan and press on with. The Association’s new vision document is now nearly settled and is something we are very all excited about. We will be sharing this with you all as soon as we can!!!  I am also reminded that October sees our annual Network SEBA Celebration services coming along so please look out for the posters with details of the service in your Network! Our large joint SEBA Celebration will be in September 2020. One of the areas of support my role provides is to Small Churches of which there are 53 out of our 150 SEBA Churches! I and the Team have already held a pioneer meeting for small churches in North Kent where church stories, challenges and blessings were shared. We also gently explored how resources might be shared and what change might look like if small churches felt able to explore complementary partnerships or working. We expect to develop this idea further and roll out similar meetings for small churches across the SE. Can I please ask you all to pray for your SEBA Team and Executive as some transition takes place for us and as we seek to serve you all,

As our weather season changes from summer to autumn I am reminded of the Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace
.

May the kingdom season you are experiencing where ever you are in your setting at this time, be a time of expectations, anticipation and GREAT blessing!