29th January 2018

January Theme: One Church - One Body

 

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-8

 

Living Life Together

Congregational life can be tiring, too many meetings and rotas, not enough volunteers.

However, we long for real community, we want to live life together – sharing meals, chatting, being present for each other in the times of celebration and the tough times of life. This is what good families do together and God has always called us into family living – a family where all are welcomed. Is this one of the reasons the early church grew so rapidly?

It was counter cultural as people discovered God as they worshipped, prayed, shared, explored the apostles’ teaching, and lived life together.

Messy Church has taken me to a new place in my church experience, it has shown me how creating a relaxed, welcoming, worshipping, creative environment enables us to be church for all ages. This doesn’t have to happen in a Messy Church (although I think that it is a great way to do it!) there are many ways we can make our churches places where we can live life together, focussing our energies on creating life changing attractive communities.

Faith was never meant to be kept in a little compartment but to part of our whole lives, “Talk about it when you sit at home and when walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deut 6:7

Source: Jen Robertson, previous Schools/Churches Development Worker for Hamilton presbytery, written July 2017


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