Tuesday, 8 May 2012
We're enjoying our new church. We love the teaching, we love the provisions made for all different age groups and the way they intentionally plan to keep people engaged across all the generations. We love the way our children are encouraged to be involved. But I've missed close friendships and shared history that you develop over years of worshipping and minstering together with a group of people. We came to this church knowing it was the right place and knowing that developing meaningful friendships would be difficult - it's a logistical challenge of bigger congregations!
Just as I was missing 'community' within my new church family in a meaningful way we were invited back to a friends' home for a cuppa...which turned into a casual lunch. These aren't new friends, we've known this family for years and have come to know them better over the last 12 months. But their spontaneous gift of hospitality was something precious right when I needed it. It was like a little shot of garden fertliser to help me flourish in this new garden.
How do you flourish in the place you've been planted?