The Inside Column 12/3

Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 14, 2017 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to you. We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

As Phil said in last week’s column, what a busy couple of weeks it has been. The next couple are looking that way too. There’s a saying, “Ask a busy person and they will make it happen!” We all have been given skills and talents from God. I guess I’m putting my organisational gift to good use!

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he writes:

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work – Ephesians 4:16.

We all have the opportunity to be part of that body, being different parts doing his work. One important part we can play in our church life which reaches beyond the church doors and Sunday morning is our outreach to others. There are so many things happening in our church beyond the Sunday services which we can invite others too.

The Banquet in the Garden was an example of a church activity where perhaps 50% or more of those who came were non St Barnabas members. Alpha is coming in May, a great chance to invite people we know to enjoy friendship and fellowship with a chance to learn about Christ along the way.

Next Sunday afternoon we have Eric Sears performing folk and gospel music with an afternoon tea interlude. This is a great chance to invite people into our church.

Our monthly Wednesday, Out To Lunch is attracting a regular group of St Barnabas members which is fantastic. Who do you know in your local area who may like to join you for a lovely lunch on Wednesday 5 April? We have coffee, cake and chat on Wednesday mornings before the 11.00am service, another friendly and non-threatening way to outreach to others in our community. The Ticking The Boxes seminars are being held monthly too. Pamphlets are in the foyer for you to hand on to anyone who maybe keen to attend.

As St Barnabas members we are comfortable with the church environment and are familiar with the ways of church; when to sit, when to stand and what’s enixpected of us as we walk through the door. Things we take for granted. For many people church is the great scary unknown. Let’s help break down those barriers by using our skills in hospitality by making our place a comfortable and safe environment to be in so it soon becomes ‘their place’ too.

Yours in Christ


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