When visitors come to All Saints’ they almost always say: “What a beautiful church!” And of course, what they’re probably talking about is the building. But when I look at our church gathering together, I don’t see the building but I see the people who make up our church and I want to say: “What a beautiful church!”
Our role as Christians is to nurture and support each other in the faith and to offer practical care where possible to people of all ages. It is exciting to see the way that this happens for each age group at church and when we join together for worship on a Sunday.
And when we meet together we celebrate God’s goodness and God’s love, as well as supporting one another through the difficult times. I see this at Praise and Play with all the young mums; at Thursday morning communion with catch-up chats; in our Home Groups; and through the ministry of initiatives like the Food Bank, to mention just a few.
As a result of our concern to do this better, I would like to highlight some midweek opportunities for fellowship and encouragement. For example, a group of us get together to share Holy Communion on the first Monday of every month at 2pm at Lea Court (next to the Madeley Centre). Every Thursday (and now moving to 10am) is our weekly gathering for Holy Communion soon to be followed by a cuppa. And, now meeting at the Methodists’ on the third Friday of each month,is the wonderful Madeley Christian Fellowship at 2.30pm – a short service and lots of chat. Please consider yourselves invited to any and all of these – they are open to all.
Getting together and supporting each other is what I believe makes us truly beautiful – how good and how pleasant it is that people should live together in unity, in solidarity and within the love of God. Let us not give up meeting together but let us encourage one another as we seek to know, love and serve our God.