Summer Reflections

The book of Ecclesiastes in the bible tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (3:1).

As we enter the summer season we have much to celebrate and thank God for. So far this year, we have been adopted into the Vineyard movement, we have launched Growbaby and we are currently running another well attended Alpha Course.

Followers of Jesus are usually highly motivated, active people who spend a lot of their lives giving out and serving others.

Jesus visited a house of two sisters, Mary & Martha. The story tells us that Martha was “distracted by all her serving” while her sister Mary chose to sit listening at the feet of Jesus.

We love serving people, but if we serve continually without seasons of rest in God, then we run the risk of letting our “doing” overtake our “being”. When this happens, we can become resentful and serving is no longer an overflow of the love we receive from God.

Summer is a good season to create space to just be in God’s presence. It is a season to reflect and re-centre around our first love, Jesus. It is a time to be refreshed and re-envisioned for all that God has for us and for Riverside.

To help us achieve this during the summer season we will be doing slightly shorter Sunday services during the month of August. We will also use this time to rest our worship and children’s teams.

Keely and I will be looking to rest towards the end of August, after our son, Jake’s wedding, and then travelling to Poland to marry Sophie & Lukasz. So, if you don’t see us around much in August, don’t worry.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” Try to find time this summer to be in step with the season and give God the space to fill you again with his love.

Have a great summer,


Simon & Keely