I am very conscious that my blogging has not been as regular over the last few months. I am still reflecting daily as my normal practice but the results of those reflections have not really been bloggable. Is that even a word?
There has been a lot of head stuff going on. The gathering has moved to the crypt and we need to decide how we let people know where we are and, more importantly, what we are about. It seems good to repeat myself and so below you can read the underlying ethos of the gathering – so if you know this already no need for you to go any further.
Below is what we, as the gathering, are about. This is what we are trying to achieve. We are not there, we aspire to be there and maybe one day we will come close. We are a group of people on a journey and invite others to join us on this exciting journey called faith. We are a young emerging community that continues to evolve and learn from each other.
we are people that long, maybe even too scared to dream, of church being a place which really connects with people outside, but also with us.We dream of a church where differences are celebrated and add to the communities flavour.
We are not worried so much about what people believe, but more concerned about how we believe: how we live out faith, how we are Christ-like.
We don’t care so much about worship style, but interested in something that’s authentic and enables all of us to connect with God where we are both emotionally and spiritually.
We really do believe and accept that faith is a journey, and that we can all exist at different points on the road, or even off it, with no fear of condemnation.
We are a growing community that does not judge a person by how they look, how they sound or by what they believe.
We want to see a community that loves and has people at its heart rather than being focused on a program that must be delivered.
We believe a community should be one that get together in a variety of ways regularly throughout the week to enjoy relationship with each other and with God, and is not restricted to any one day or meeting.
We are willing to pay the cost of time that comes with developing relationships.
We want to see ‘the gathering’ as a place where people belong because they are connected and on the journey, not a place where they can only belong if they turn up at a particular time, day and place.
We want to see a community that really believes in mission that makes a difference, that not only welcomes in strangers, but expects and allows the community to change due to what that new person brings with them.
We believe church is about participation and engagement of the majority, rather than being consumerist and led by a few specialists.
We are tired of being told the same stuff and want to discover together how to live Christian spirituality meaningfully in our world!
We long for their experience of church to inform their experience of the world and vice versa.
This journey will be tough.
Not many will want to share it.
But a few will.
If that grabs you then get in touch.