- Church Lane East,
- GU11 3ST
This devotional thought appears on the front page of the November 2018 edition of Park Life magazine.
The focus article. It is surprising how often it’s suddenly your turn to write the article. When it is, there is suddenly a moment when you rack your brains seeking, looking for that profound comment or insight to share in less than 500 words. I don’t feel profound at the best of times and even less profound with a deadline. The written word isn’t really my favourite communication style either, which can make the whole thing doubly daunting.
And yet, these aren’t the real pressures!
You can find yourself pondering the time of year, interesting things that have happened, and world events etc. searching for the thing that is relevant to the life of the church in the moment.
Then the idea. It's been sparked as a thought from a conversation on something completely different. So for a while you mull it over. Is it good enough, long enough, relevant enough?
Collaborations in the Bible. Perhaps that sounds more like a thesis topic but collaborations can bring such blessings.
Moses and Aaron
Deborah and Barak
Naomi and Ruth
Paul and Silas
Just a few examples, and they aren‘t perfect collaborations but we are dealing with flawed people. But they did bring about rescue, wisdom, love, kindness, knowledge and gave voice for God’s message.
I often don’t step forward to do something even though I think it’s on my heart because it involves something I don’t want to do or don’t think I can do. I might take the whole burden of a project on myself and think if I don’t have all the resources then I shouldn’t start. In a church community we have ready made collaborations and for the most part we work really well together. When an event happens people start helping, if they know what is needed they will get on with it, from washing up to making contact and we have a huge variety of talents that work together as a great collaboration. This whole article is effectively collaboration as someone gave me that first nugget of an idea. We collaborate instinctively and yet perhaps we have at times been limited by an unwillingness to seek collaborations.
In the last few years we have begun collaborating with other churches on Alpha or Alpha-like groups, social activities, ACT and beyond. It’s exciting and like the collaborations in the bible we can do more to achieve our vision bringing rescue, wisdom, love, kindness, knowledge and gave voice for God’s message.
Past Focus Items
October 2018 - Do We Trust Him?
September 2018 - Community Outreach
July/Aug 20118 -Mission Impossible
June 2018 - Barnabas
May 2018 - Living Bricks
April 2018 - Togetherness
March 2018 - The Beauty is in the Present Moment and in the Seeing
January 2018 - Moving On
December 2018 - Christmas Lights
November 2017 - Autumn
October 2017 - The Red Box
September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2
July/August 2017 - Summertime
June 2017 - Steering the Boat
April 2017 - Change Ahead
March 2017 - One Way - Jesus
January 2017 - Beyond the Fog
December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God
November 2016 - Autumn
October 2016 - Questions
September 2016 - Olympic Values
July/August - Follow the Leader?
June 2016 - Passports and Priorities
April 2016 - The Power of Love
March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent
February 2016 - What's At The Core?
January 2016 - The New Year
November 2015 - Back to the Future
October 2015 - Autumn
September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes
July/August 2015 - Summertime
June 2015 - Free Gifts
March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall
February 2015 - Distance Management
January 2015 - Changing Perspectives