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A Sense of Community

A Sense of Community

By on Apr 12, 2014 in Blog |

What does this mean and what does this look like? There is something deep within us that yearns for community beyond our natural family. A place where we belong and have a sense of connection with others, a place where we can do life together, a place where we can be ourselves. Sounds great! Yet why is this so hard to achieve? Do we like the idea of it only before the reality of people’s live encroaches on our time and becomes and an interruption on our agendas? In recent decades new technology has had a big impact on how we do life. Our means of communicating has changed; we have ‘virtual friends’ and social networks which provide an online community for many people in one shape or form. Yet this should not stop us from trying to reach out to those within our immediate community. Is there a risk of being too engrossed with our online friends and groups that we neglect the people that are in front of us? Don’t get me wrong: the internet and social media is great in keeping us updated with current events and it is a great resource. I guess the challenge is that we shouldn’t rely on this and forget the personal touch – which means that we have to get to know people as individuals. Maybe that is where the difficulty lies. The art of building relationship is commonly based on a mutual interest that that draws both parties together: both are willing to invest time getting beyond the polite small talk to get to know the individual underneath. Our church life can provide that. We meet together because we want to ‘do fellowship together’ and we want to encourage and support each other (usually on a Sunday). Midweek meetings and small groups where friendships can deepen are integral to church life, as well as the necessary planning meetings relating to church. With all these midweek meetings there is the potential risk that the week is sucked up by church meetings that there is no spare time (or very little) to connect with those outside the church circle.  Also church itself could be at risk of taking a functional rather...

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