This Sunday I'm going to be interviewing Ben Davies at all four of our meetings. Many of you will know that after 43 years of leading Kerith, then almost 7 years of being an elder and trustee supporting me in my leadership, Ben is stepping down as an elder and trustee, although continuing to be very much involved in the life of the church.
I suspect that you'd struggle to find another church in our nation which has had the privilege of being served by one senior leader for 50 years in the same way Ben has. It was in the summer of 1964 that Ben, and his wonderful wife Mo, moved to Bracknell to become the first full time leader of what back then was Bracknell Baptist Church. The church we are today is unrecognisable from the church they came to all those years ago, for which we owe a huge debt of gratitude to both Ben and Mo for all the hard work, sacrifices, love vision, patience and many other things they have sown in to make that change possible.
On Sunday we'll spend a bit of time looking back and honouring Ben for all he has done, but I also want us to look forward to what the next 50 years might hold too. I'm also going to ask Ben to talk about our history in the Holy Spirit, and give him an opportunity to say anything he'd like to say to everyone.
We'll also be having communion together on Sunday. We've struggled over the years to find the best context for us to enjoy communion together - I'm really looking forward to us sharing it on Sunday.
Please come if you possibly can - God is going to be powerfully with us :)
Ps - hope you don't mind the "selfie" of Ben and me on the way to Willow GLS last year!