The Bonds of Fellowship
Our table topic in October was ‘what motivates us to attend Church services’. Time not permitting to report our responses it was left to me to gather the paste-up notes and summarise the answers. It became obvious from the outset that the replies could be summarised under four headings with Fellowship and Friendship leading the pack by a substantial margin. Faith and Worship came out second best, followed by Support and Guidance. Last, but not least featured Customary Habit of Sunday observance. It was appropriate to relate these findings to several interesting snippets of information that previous editor Malcolm entrusted to me that summarise our sense of belonging.
It is that sense of comfort and joy that comes from being near loved ones and knowing that someone cares. Part of God’s purpose in creating this Church is to provide this kind of warmth for you. The Bible calls it fellowship, a supernatural closeness that exists between believers, because God is in their midst. God has put us here so we can enjoy and benefit from this fellowship, and each Church member supplies part of that warmth.
You are part of that fellowship of this Church. Each time you attend, encourage someone or join in the singing, you are building the warmth that makes our Church special. Enjoy the warmth that God has provided. Warm your hearts with the love of God’s people. And in a lighter vein
Why do they go to Church?
The following verse was found stuck in a grandfather clock in 1885 and written by Rev JS Bouchier of Caernarvon Training College, who won a 10 guineas prize in a competition
Some go to church for just a walk
Some go to stare and laugh and talk
Some go there to meet a friend
Some their idle time to spend
Some for general observation
Some seek to find a lover
Some a courtship to discover
Some go there to use their eyes and newest fashion to criticise
Some to show their own smart dress
Some their neighbours to assess
Some to scan a robe or bonnet
Some to price the trimmings on it
Some to learn the latest news that friends at home they may amuse
Some to gossip false and true safe hid within the sheltering pew
Some go to please the squire
Some his daughters to admire
Some the parson to fawn
Some to lounge and some to yawn
Some to claim the parish doles
Some for bread and some for coals
Some because it is thought genteel
Some to vaunt their pious zeal
Some to show how sweet they sing
Some how loud their voices ring
Some the preacher go to hear, his style or voice to praise or cheer
Some forgiveness to implore
Some their sins to vanish o’er
Some to sit and doze and nod
And some to kneel and worship God
Happy are those who don’t go to church
Why not have a sleep in anyway?
Why not go sailing, play a game of golf or clean up around the house?
Why should you go to church and the roof fall on your head?
Why listen to a whole lot of religious talk?
Why should you go and feel that you just don’t measure up?
Only more guilt and pressure to add to your overloaded condition.
If you have felt this way
YOU ARE THE PERSON I CARE ABOUT, BECAUSE YOU ARE IMPORTANT
Thank you to Pat and Grace for picking up the challenge from my October editorial and translating it into our ‘Hymn’ Service on 30 October. If you were not there – you missed a treat. In this Informer we have reproduced the offering from some of the service participants and plan to bring you some others in the next issues.