On Saturday 7th December we celebrated our 25th birthday! It was great to join together with so many past community members, supporters, representatives of other parts of the Lee Abbey Movement, and others whose lives have been touched by the Community to give thanks for all that God has done here over the years, and to look forward to what is to come.
The service at St James Church was led by Andy Jolley, Chair of our Local Support Group and Vicar of Aston and Nechells. We heard from Audrey Martin-Doyle about the foundation and early days of Lee Abbey Aston and Annie Naish, the Lee Abbey Movement Missioner, encouraged us to think about what it means to build our house upon the rock, rather than on sand. This gave us reason to be thankful that we are building our community life upon the firm foundations of prayer laid since the idea of Lee Abbey Aston was first conceived of, and challenged us to remain rooted in God. We also thought about the future and what it might look like for us to walk out our vision over the coming months and years, seeking to deepen our dependency on God through prayer, partnering with others locally, and ‘getting out more’ in our wider community.
After the service we enjoyed a delicious meal together, and it was lovely to see people having the chance to catch up with old friends and getting to know new ones: conversations ran long into the afternoon. Perhaps the most encouraging thing was the sense of unity and excitement across the different generations of Lee Abbey Aston and across the Lee Abbey Movement, and seeing God’s faithfulness and joy written through so many lives in different ways.