Church exists to serve all of the people

The Rev Arthur Christie
The Rev Arthur Christie

Location, Location, Location.

I just love that programme, watching people decide what they want, laying down their ‘must haves’ and most times watching their response when they realise what they want isn’t what they can afford.

I think we all recognise that dilemma. Often, though, as they look around, they realise what they thought they wanted wasn’t really what they needed or suited them best.

What we think about people or groups or locations we haven’t been in is the same. They are not in reality what we thought they were.

I think most people think the same about the church – initially it’s a location that’s not for them but, most often when people come, they find the opposite; it’s a place they want to be.

The church isn’t about a building or a place of rules and regulations and it doesn’t exist just for church people but for all people; that’s why most are called Parish churches. ‘Parish’ is an old-fashioned word for ‘community’.

Where we are, we are exploring more ways of providing services for children and teens, younger families and supporting community through foodbank and benefits advice, and lots of other initiatives.

All churches exist to serve the whole community.

Don’t wait for Kirstie Allsopp to show you around, accept my invitation on behalf of the church near you.

But at heart what a church offers is just that – a heart. A heart that is open to God.

If what you’re pursuing in life doesn’t come from the depths of who you are at heart and from what you believe, you won’t be able to accomplish it.

A truly valuable vision must have God in it. Only he knows what you are capable of.

Can I share with you something that has changed my life and I know to be true? “Every promise of God proves true, he protects everyone who runs to him for help.” (Proverbs 30: 5 The Message).

Thanks for reading this article and I’ll leave you with the words of a poster outside a church which mad me smile and think!

“When you were born, your parents brought you here.

When you were married, you brought your partner here.

When you die, your friends will bring you here.

Don’t wait for the big events, come this Sunday.”