Welcome to 2020.
The transition from one year to the next is always marked with reflections on the past and predictions for the future, perhaps even more so when we move from one decade to another.
Yes, I know that some will tell you that the new decade doesn’t start until 2021, but I’m going with the popular view that the twenties start in 2020!
Whenever the new decade begins, I know that it will be a time of great change, because every decade that I have lived in has been. And having been born in 1960, the decades of my life coincide with the decades of history, so every year ending in a zero is significant for me.
At the beginning of 2010 I was still relatively new into my ministry at Christ Church, and I don’t think I’d ever been into St John’s! By the time this decade ends I expect to be retired (although not for a good few years yet!).
I’m sure that our churches will look very different by the end of the decade. The Church of England is going through a time of great change, and we cannot (and should not) hide from it. By 2030, things that we have taken for granted in our churches for all of our lives may no longer be happening, whilst new things will.
As you look ahead to this new decade, or even just this new year, you may do so with excitement or with fear, with anticipation or with uncertainty. Some of us will have definite plans in place already – maybe a holiday, or a family wedding, or a hospital appointment. There will be those who have some tentative plans whilst others will just be waiting to see what happens.
None of us can really be sure what the future will bring, but however we feel about the future, let us remember that we travel towards it accompanied by a God who created time itself, who is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13). Whatever the decade has in store for us, we can put our trust in Him.
Happy New Year!
Revd Andy Wilson
Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown
Priest-in-Charge, St John the Baptist Purbrook
Curate, Church of the Good Shepherd Crookhorn
Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC