At our Church Together evening on Wednesday 1st July our Senior Leadership Team shared four areas of focus for the next 12-18 months. Here's the second:
As leaders we have been asking the question, “how do we help people meet and experience God at our Sunday gatherings?”
We believe that through Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, that God’s arms are wide open to whoever would respond to him. We want our Sundays to represent this message as well as we can.
Over the last few years I have observed how different Christians relate to and sense God’s presence in different ways. The Holy Spirit dwells in all Christians, but He gives different gifts and enables people to enjoy Him is different ways.
Gary Thomas, in his book Sacred Pathways, identifies those who sense God in nature, senses, traditions, silence, action, caregiving, adoration, and the intellect. We respect and honour all of these preferences.
On Sundays particularly we want to create an environment whereby whatever background, denomination, gift or talent, anyone can find a place of deep spiritual nourishment. With that in mind we have decided to explore the area of Communion (or The Lord's Supper).
“He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” Luke 24v35
“They devoted themselves... to the breaking of bread.” Acts 2v42
As a leadership we will be spending time in study, discussion and theological reflection. We’ll present papers, invite open discussion, walk through a teaching series and finally consider how to make ‘Communion’ with Christ more central to Church life.