As I write this article the rules around Co-vid are beginning to change, which has been a constant feature of so much of our lives since March 2020. A colleague shared some words she had discovered in the public domain, which I in turn share with you now.
Obviously these changes have meant that some of you have been able to return to church, but others for good reason have been unable to do so. If you are able, we would love to see you back in church, if not, please join us online.
“CHURCH ON THE SOFA IS NICE BUT …As church attendance numbers fade across the nation and online services become very convenient (who doesn’t love not getting ready in the morning or leaving the home?!), it’s important to remember why church attendance for you and your family matters so much.
You can’t serve from your sofa. You can’t have community of faith on your sofa. You can’t experience the power of a room full of believers worshipping together on your sofa.
Christians aren’t consumers either. We are contributors. We don’t watch. We engage. We give. We sacrifice. We encourage. We do life together.
The church needs you. And you need the church.
Wherever you are, find a local church where you and your family can be part of community and use your talents to advance the kingdom and reach others. To come alongside one another physically, not just through a screen. While I’m grateful for technology to keep people connected that can’t physically come to a facility or need to be away, it’s not like being in the building. Never will be.
Yes, church on the sofa is nice.
But it’ll never be the same as church in the sanctuary.