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Everyone Has A Place Here

Just the other week after church, when we were having our soup luncheon, one of the questions I asked everyone to think about was what their fears were for the church. The answers weren’t all that varied.

  • We won’t be here

  • There’s not enough money to survive

  • Lack of evangelism

  • Lack of young people

There were more than just those four, but these four specifically were mentioned at every single table. But then I asked what the hopes were for the future.

The most poignant one for me came from Parker. Parker is 8 years old now, and he’s kind of always struggled with church and feeling like he had a place in the church. Especially since we moved here right at the beginning of COVID, so he wasn’t able to make those connections he should have.

Parker’s answer, to what does he hope for the church, was…

That everyone can have fun here.

Because he’s having fun. For the first time in years, he’s enjoying his church family, he feels connected to the family, and he wants to come to worship on Sunday mornings, and best yet, he wants other people to feel the exact same.

Out of the mouths of babes, right?

We’re focusing on having fun this year. We’re focusing on reconnecting as a community in Christ that lives this faithful life and journey together. What that means is we have fun. It means we share meals. It means we’re with each other through the good times and the bad. And it means that we welcome new members into our community.

Everyone has a place here.

And that is exactly how we’ll grow.


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