I must have been pretty irritating as a young Christian leader in my local church. I remember thinking that any attempt by the church to organise fetes or picnics or ‘fellowship events’ was a colossal waste of time (and I think I said so in public on several occasions …). After all, the Great Commission of Jesus is to go into all the world and make disciples of all the nations, not to go into the kitchen and warm up sausage rolls and quiche, right?
Well, it turns out that there is real value in gathering a crowd simply for the sake of spending time together. When our leaders met together last week to think about priorities for 2020 we noticed this theme coming up again and again:
- Numbers of people spoke about how much they appreciated the combined service we had last year (when we said goodbye to Kym) because they enjoyed seeing people from the other services.
- Others said that would love to see more opportunities to get people together from all generations to eat together or play together. The Market Day last year was a taste of this and we’d like to see more.
- At the same time, with so many new people connecting with the church, we’d love to see more of you getting involved in serving, joining home groups, but we recognise that this is very difficult when Sundays look to you like a sea of unfamiliar faces!
So, we’re planning to host some low-key fun days this year – some of the initial ideas include a curry evening (with a friendly cricket match on the grounds for the young and young-at-heart), another quiz evening, a rugby test screening. We know that not every event might be your cup of tea, but we hope that some of them are and you come along and meet some more of your church family. One of our new society stewards, Terry Ross-Kent is pulling together a team to get the ball rolling. Chat to Terry if you have ideas or would like to be involved. We may need some sausage rolls and quiche …