A Living Church in an Ancient Building

living church in an ancient buildingAs I walked in, I noticed the sign which said,

‘Welcome to St Mary’s. A Living Church in an ancient building’.

This happened yesterday when we were out geocaching. We had just found the cache at the Great Bardfield Parish Church and we decided to go in and have a look around before moving on.

After reading the welcome sign  in the porch area, we tried the door and entered.

St Marys Great Bardfield

The church wasn’t just open, there were people there serving tea and cake (BONUS!). We were made to feel welcome, invited to use the toilet and they even refilled our water bottles.

We were expecting to have a look around a historic building but instead we met people.

Our experience was of so much more than an ancient building.

What are your hopes for the church you are a part of? Is your church obsessed with its building or is there primarily a focus on being a living church?

Do we think that we just go to church on Sundays or do we accept that we are the church?

Jesus said that he would build his church, but  don’t think that he really meant buildings!

Will we become part of the living church that Jesus is longing to build up?

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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