Prayer – Fellowship – People – Mission – Discipleship – Worship & Teaching – Buildings
‘Consider yourself … at home.
Consider yourself … one of the family.’
Before even the musical ‘Oliver!’ the Bible showed that fellowship is a godly quality and a godly activity; just one of our responses to the gift of eternal life with God, won by Jesus:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
Let’s be honest – some of our fellowship initiatives are hugely successful. We have regular comments on our warm welcome for visitors, many of whom have become regular, joining our church family. We are renowned for our Lunch Club – because we seek fellowship, not the renown. (And because we have a team who prepare, serve and host brilliantly). We have grown the monthly Church Family Lunch into a much anticipated, regular event – all about the fellowship. Lockdowns, physical distancing and meeting restrictions have paused events, but the bond continues because the fellowship has been established.
So how else, especially during restrictions, can we have fellowship?
This is where we get a bit Revelation-y … “Yet, I hold this against you …” Do we really look to connect with each other? Have we all tried a Home Group or a course … not just for the learning, but for the fellowship? How good are we at actually encouraging each other? One of the best ways to encourage someone is to listen to them. I am surprised, when I listen to my SSCB family, at how much we have in common. I can draw inspiration from their life story and can help them even with just a phone call. Sadly, I am also not surprised at how often I find an excuse not to engage in fellowship – I’m a busy person, you know; I don’t know X well, but they probably don’t need anything and certainly not 5 minutes chatting with me…
While we remain under restrictions, how about contacting someone in SSCB during the week – just a quick call or email to show that ‘we were asked to think of someone and contact them, and I am thinking of YOU.’
We are looking at refreshing our SSCB connections, highlighting Home Groups, where we can know each other better, understand each other more and stand closer with each other. Could you try to be connected into a Home Group; even just to say “I tried”? Could you lead a Home Group?
We do well in our Fellowship, but we can do well-er!
Fellowship is important. YOU are important. Without fellowship, we are more of a group of individuals than a family of people. Please ask (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
[from Timothy Pitt]