Matthew 18:20 tell us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
September brings a change in the season and a change in our focus as well. For this month, the challenge is to fellowship together more. Fellowship is an important aspect of any good church. It is very important to get those that attend our church together as often as possible. Of course, we gather for our worship services, and for our Bible studies, but it is as equally important for us to gather outside of our church services as well.
Things like this past week’s Ice Cream Social, having dinners together, taking part in youth activities, and other recreational activities are just a few ideas of getting people together. When we do these things, not only can the church bond with people that they normally don’t get to talk to that much at church, but we have the opportunity to invite guests to an event outside of church to see that we are really normal people. They are able to make friends in a neutral setting and develop relationships with people and therefore they feel more comfortable coming to church now because they know someone there. Soon after, they start telling their friends to come hang out at our different fellowship activities, and all of a sudden we have several new faces in our church!
This month, we have our zoo trip, and our church picnic. Come to the zoo with us, enjoy the animals, and spend some time with us just enjoying each other’s company as well. Don’t forget to plan on attending the picnic. This year we are going to add some fun and games to keep people there interacting with one another. Let’s not just make it a 40 minute meal and then head home. Let’s actually spend time getting to know the people we worship with. Make it a priority to stick around at this year’s picnic, and bring a friend along with you.
Fellowship is not only good for our church, but it’s good for each and every one of us too. It builds relationships, it gives us encouragement from one another, and when tough times come, we know that there are people here who care about us, and that we can go to.
So take this month, and really focus on having some real fellowship with each other. And it doesn’t have to be a big event. Get with another family or two, and plan your own little time of fellowship. But defiantly be looking at the calendar, as we will be trying to incorporate a lot more opportunities for our church to fellowship together!
Here’s to “2013: The Year Of Resolutions!”