Pastoral assistant Lolo Jansen reports on post-pandemic challenges in Pontivy
As well as looking after the church plant in Auray, Nicolas Engel also pastors the Perspectives church in Pontivy. He asked pastoral assistant Lolo Jansen to provide the following update.
Our vision focuses on two main areas. Firstly, we want the church to be a place of restoration where everyone can receive the spiritual care that will enable them to live fully in Christ. Secondly, we want as many as possible to contribute to the life of the church through their gifts and service.
Our Sunday morning services are a special time of joyful celebration for God’s glory. However, we also want our church building to provide a more welcoming space for visitors, so we’re hoping to do some renovation work including improvements to the electrics and accessibility to meet current standards. The assessments have taken place and we’re now awaiting quotes from contractors.
Midweek home groups provide opportunities to share our joys and challenges, pray for one another, and learn together from the Bible. We’d like to start more small groups and are hoping to launch a rambling group in April. We’re hoping this will provide an opportunity for church members whose spouses are not yet believers to invite their “other half” to build relationships with Christians in a neutral environment
Organisationally, we’re looking to strengthen our pastoral team by adding new members and providing each with a specific remit so that we can work effectively together in fulfilling the vision the Lord has given us. Jesus said: “I have other sheep that are not of this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd” (John 10.16). Please pray that the Lord will equip us to play our part in this here in central Brittany.