Last night we had a church member's meeting. It went well and was encouraging. We covered a lot of ground really. One of the usual chestnuts came up 'Some of the older people can't hear when they sit in the one place in the church where the preaching doesn't reach!' Suggestion: Move. And don't get me wrong I love the older people in my church but sometimes I think the need to sit in the only place you can't hear the sermon comes with being old and in church. Oh and the music is too loud - turn the volume down then. (Note to self: Remember this in 30 years time when ears don't work!)
Anyway, swiftly moving on. We were able to Praise God for the 3 meetings we have held at church for adults with learning disabilities. We have another service in December and next year we hope to hold them every 6 weeks on Sunday afternoons. It is great but it didn't start in a vacumn. For years members of our church have been working with and alongside a local charity which supports adults with learning disabilities. The ground had been well ploughed.. It is also a joint venture between us and another church in town.
In the past our churches weren't particularly known for working together. And this is just one of the ways we are, hurray. Another way, is the course for young people interested in the Bible, Jesus etc. Our 2 churches plus another one from a different town are working together to do this. We have had 2 Sunday nights when the church has had a lot of young people come along. Tea is provided by one of the churches. The young people have been known by one or other of the churches for a long time. Some have been coming from their early years (eg, being brought up in Church families) and some come along to the various youth clubs.
We don't know the outcome of any of these meetings BUT it is wonderful to be a part of it. In my case, that means making a cake and just being there to help as and when. Lots of Christians are involved and each with a job to do. If only we could get this all the time: it isn't exclusively our work. Not one of us can do it without other Christians helping. I 100% believe that God has a work for each believer to do but it doesn't depend on individuals. None of us are indispensable as Christians. It is God that makes what we do grow.
So let us get out there, look around and see what God has for us to do, work together and leave the results to Him.