We suggested last week that if we were to list the questions asked by church going folks over the ages, one of the oldest might well be: “Where do we ‘do’ Church?” Where should people meet together as a community of believers?
So we’re asking: “Should Church meet in a church or a shed?”
Now, I just want to be clear. I don’t really mean a shed. I mean any building that isn’t a “church building”, so therefore schools, homes, pubs, sheds etc…
Last week, we looked at why Church should meet in a shed? This week – we look at why an actual church building can be useful…
- Need to host an event for more then a handful of people? Thats fine, we’ll have it at the church…
- Climbing over chairs / pews is something that every church going youngster has to do at least once. If they do that over someones posh furniture – they’ll get in trouble.
- Its a Church! Its Gods house! (Apparently… )
- Having a church building provides a spiritual focus for the community.
- Who says a church building has to have a spire and stuff? Some church buildings double up as a community center…
- Meet in someones home… that “someone” normally has to clean… wash up… serve tea… coffee… any other random drink order… If you meet in a building theres at least a greater chance that a rota can be set up to share the work load.
- Houses are getting smaller. This doesn’t make it easy to have a large group of people over.
- Life is hectic. Work then. Blog on your phone between there and there. Play with the kids when you get home. Going to a church building gives busy people the chance to stop. Be still. And listen.
- No double bookings! Need an extra meeting? No need to struggle to find a location, or cancel other meetings. Have it a church!
- You’re organised enough to have your own building! This act alone makes you better then that lot meeting in the house down the road…
(With thanks to our sample group who offered a lot of opinions on the subject)
- Do you meet in a Church building? Is it a pleasure or a pain to have your own building?
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