“Thank you so much for the privilege of opening God’s Word at the VCF Weekend. It was an encouragement to see such good numbers on Zoom, and a special joy to connect with some former students who had attended the church I served in Glasgow.
I want to encourage you all to keep digging into God’s Word for that is where we meet Jesus. I mentioned a method of studying God’s Word ‘inductively’, which has helped me greatly over the years. Remember Paul wrote to Timothy (and us) “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth”. Maybe you will have heard a sermon at some time and wondered, ‘How did the preacher get all that from the text?’ or ‘Is that what it really says?’. When facing a difficult passage, we can so easily become discouraged and can be tempted to settle for a spiritual mediocrity. (This was my experience.) It does not have to be like that. I would encourage you to check out the Precept Bible School websites: in Scotland preceptscotland.org, for the UK site precept.org.uk, and Ireland preceptireland.org. There are some free resources called Lightning Studies which are a good way of introducing the method. May the Lord help you as you journey with Him and may others catch a glimpse of Christ in you.”
As Lockdown continued, this year’s Veterinary Christian Fellowship Annual Weekend moved online.
With more than 160 delegates registered for the event, at the beginning of March, it provided a unique opportunity for many people to join. The usual barriers of work, duties, calving, lambing, family ties, travelling and church commitments all disappeared! Those attending were able to dip in and out depending on their schedule. In addition, folk who had not attended before, were able to come along and find out what it was all about without having to travel, pay for accommodation, or wonder if they would enjoy it!
Revd. Michael Healy was the guest speaker for the weekend. He gave an excellent series of talks entitled “God, what are you like?” looking at the various characteristics of God. He took his text for the weekend from Colossians 1:15 which says of Jesus “He is the image of the invisible God.”
As so many people were able to attend this year, it was decided that the running of the weekend would be organised by groups representing the constituent parts of the UK and Ireland.