Volunteer Commissioning Service

Sunday 4 August

New Horizon can only take place each year because of the hard work and dedication of over 400 volunteers serving behind the scenes in a wide range of roles: stewarding, running the children’s and youth programmes, providing hospitality and first aid, leading worship, taking photos, running sound and video, offering prayer ministry and a myriad other roles.  On Sunday afternoon, the volunteers gathered for a commissioning service.  Here’s what board member Stephen Cave had to say to those gathered:

When you are handling something fragile, you go carefully.

It is amazing to see what has happened and what God has done over the last 30 years at New Horizon.

I have been reading the story the people of God, though the books of Judges, Kings and Chronicles and I’ve found it a real challenge as I’ve tried to apply the lessons to different parts of life.

How do we make sure that we hand on our ministry to those who come after us?

The Old Testament catalogues how the people of God would serve Him, abandon Him, cry out for help and then after a while deserting Him again. What kept going wrong?

There is a little snapshot of two groups of people at the end of 1 Chronicles 5:  18 -26 that is important. The first is a fantastic example. The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh were successful because they trusted in God.

“…. because they cried out to Him during the battle.  He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.”

But the people of the other half-tribe of Manasseh were very different and eventually they ended up in exile

They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families. But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.

These two lots of people stand in stark contrast to each other.

This year is 30 years since that first New Horizon in 1989.  Those who started it had no idea what it would grow to be.  They started on a journey that has led us to today.  This ministry has been handed on from one generation of volunteers to the next.

All of us are trusting that God will use this event to challenge, inspire and bring people to faith. In 2019, this precious and yet fragile NH has been handed to us. We have been entrusted with this ministry and we will keep passing it on to those who come after us.

Will we be among those who will see God answer our prayers because we are approaching this week trusting Him, knowing it is His battle not ours?

Or will we be the group who go it alone because we reckon we are talented enough in ourselves?  Are we living a life that is unfaithful to God?  The greatest sin in the Old Testament was to fail to trust in the Lord!

The ministry we have been given this week is a more fragile challenge than passing eggs from one to another. Let us commit ourselves to godliness, taking an attitude of trust and faith in God because the work and the battle is His.