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Greetings <<First Name>>, welcome to this week's newsletter!

Wow, at the risk of sounding like an archetypal English man, what about this weather! Rain of monsoon proportions, high winds and a bit of a chill in the air. Seems only yesterday we were slavering on sun lotion and complaining about being sweaty.

However, the weather has reminded me of something that happened years ago, something that truly transformed me, i cannot promise the same will happen to you, but you never know.

I, like many people, used to think that storms were something to be avoided if at all possible, to be shielded against. That they were angry things full of destructive energy. Which is how we often describe them and to be sure they can cause damage. But some years ago in Worthing, that all changed for me. I was in the middle of a depressive episode when i decided to walk down to the splashpoint in Worthing. Back then it was just a curve in the promenade and a pile of rocks stopping erosion. A storm was brewing, a biggie. As i arrived at the rocks it began to hammer it down. Lightning was blasting across the sky and even striking the sea just off the coast. A storm of almost Biblical proportions, or thats how it seemed to me at the time.

In my mind i was thinking"That is just great, as if things werent crappy enough, now this". I was about to leg it to my friends place, just inland from where i was stood, but something stopped me. Instead, even though i only had a light jacket on, i sat on a rock and watched the lightning. 

Seems daft now but looking back i can still remember feeling a change come over me. My mood lifted, i stood up, stretched out my arms as if to hug the storm and screamed at the top of my lungs. Then i laughed. Then i just tilted my head back, closed my eyes and welcomed the storm in. 

What a feeling. Just giving myself over, fully, to that raw power. I realised there was no anger in that storm, no harmful intent, it was pure nature, just being as it was created to be. In accepting it, embracing it, welcoming it fully, all the preconcieved notions i had faded. It became exhilarating and transformative. Stood there in the middle of that storm, rain stinging my face, winds buffeting me, thunder booming and lightning making my eyelids glow red, i changed for ever.

Sometimes, all we need to do is fully embrace a storm, open ourselves to the feeling within it, to take away the fear of it and reduce its power over us. 

Just a thought.

Have a truly blessed, transformative and safe week

Andrew

TUESDAYS, from 7pm-8.30pm
Our online discussion group,
Bible Cafe - Take away,
click bit.ly/MCCBOnlineBibleCafe
from 6.50pm onward
if you wish to take part.

THURSDAYS FORTNIGHTLY
Worship planning
at bit.ly/MCCBrightonPlanning,
from 2.30pm, all are welcome.
The next scheduled meetings are on the
29th of October and 12th of November.
Check our diary HERE to look further ahead.

SUNDAYS, from 5pm-6pm
Our friendly and welcoming worship service happens in the Level, between the play-area and the Level Cafe, every week. It will continue to be broadcast live at bit.ly/MCCBOnlineWorship
from 4.50pm. A recording of this service will then be posted on Youtube by Tuesday evening, watch out for the link on our Facebook page.

Pastoral care and Spiritual Counselling is still available. Please call, text or Whatsapp our Pastor Andrew Ramage on 07905 537618.

You can also email any prayer requests to prayers@mccbrighton.org.uk

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