The Leaving-Lockdown Church Utility Kit
Equip your congregation for their new worlds How did you feel when you first started planning a return to the church building? Relieved? Excited? Nervous? Chanc...
For many, online church has been a real help amid the isolation of lockdown. But there’s also a danger that, somewhere in the lockdown months, some of us may have lost the habit of physically meeting together. Picking that habit back up – or developing it for the first time if you came to faith during the pandemic – isn’t necessarily easy.
But if you’re able – it is worth it.
In partnership with Fuelcast, Ken Benjamin, our Director of Church Relationships, explores why meeting together is so important – and why the question isn’t so much ‘what’s in it for me?’ as ‘who else might need me?’
If you’re getting used to gathering physically again after the pandemic, why not spend an hour or so walking through these questions with your small group? They’re designed to help you explore the biblical vision of gathered church – and reflect on your own feelings, whether you’re overjoyed or anxious.
The questions largely presume you belong to a church community that has begun to start meeting physically again or is planning to do so in the very near future, but we do recognise this won’t be the case for all. If some of these questions don’t quite fit your situation, try to take the heart of the question and apply it to yourself and your church community in a way that does fit.
In the 1st century AD, the author of Hebrews felt the need to exhort people to ‘not give up meeting together’. In the 18th century, John Wesley felt the need to write that ‘the Bible knows nothing of solitary religion’.
Look at Hebrews 10:24-25. The author gives us some reasons why Christians should meet regularly with one another.
Towards the end of the video, Ken draws our attention to the encouragement to ‘spur one another on towards love and good deeds’. The love and good deeds envisaged here are not just about what we do when we are together in church services, but what we do in our everyday lives as well.
As you wrap up your discussions, take some time to pray into the things you’ve shared. Give thanks to God for the gift of one another. And pray for your church community in this transitional moment, that God will bring growth, strength, and wisdom.