The joy of this event is that it allows us yet another opportunity to engage our community. We, like many churches, have lots going on throughout the year, but events such as this one are so important for us as a church. While preaching series, teachings and so much that the church is about is vital, it is equally vital that we are present, active, and connected with those among whom we live and do work in the midst of daily life.
Historically, the church was the hub community. Often, the churches were in the center of town and the community would gather there for everything from eduction, to Bible teaching, the Eucharist, entertainment, fellowship and meals. In the current landscape of our nation and local communities, people are perhaps more in need of having such a safe place to gather. As a culture we are starved for community as we try to balance long hours at work and commutes among many other obligations. If we are fortunate enough to live in an active neighborhood, a home owners’ association may provide some sense of belonging, but ultimately we still come up short. The world needs the Church, not just as a compass to God, but a place to belong, have fellowship, and connect with others. In so doing, by God’s grace at work in us, people connect with Him as well through events like these that have no purpose but to connect with them.
So come on out this Saturday, dig out a leather jacket or your Minnie Mouse helmet and throw a frisbee with someone you don’t know. Strike up a conversation, meet your neighbors and share what you love about your church. Let the love of Christ Jesus be present among us as we are present with those who live in the community around us this Saturday!