I once observed that the DNA of MCC Newcastle was “fun, music and learning.” These are things that have always been part of who we are. Excellent music is the foundation for our inspiring worship, we socialise and laugh together a lot as a faith community, and we spend time going deeper in our relationship with God by learning more about our faith in different ways. These are some of the things that I know we will take forward as Northern Lights MCC. Many people remark upon how warm and welcoming it is when they first attend worship with us. This is another part of who we are which will not change as we continue to develop and grow.
For all that I hope will stay the same, I also hope for change. I hope that we will do even more to make a difference to those around us, without expectation that they will become part of our faith community. I hope that we will find even more ways of proclaiming God’s inclusive love for all people. I hope that we will be able to find ways of opening up our building to help even more LGBT and related groups to find a home. I also hope that we will find a way to support a project outside the UK and form real relationships with the people that we work with there. We can shine our Northern Lights of hope worldwide if we really want to. What are the aspects of MCC Newcastle that you value and want to see continuing as we become Northern Lights MCC?