Revd Sharon Lord writes………..
What is community?
The word Community has positive and negative vibes attached to it.
Community can help us to think of a safe place, of welcome, shared fellowship together, joyful celebrations. It can also conjure up images of exclusivity, ‘club’ mentality, in-jokes and isolation.
However, I think that community is also about the quality of our hearts. It grows from our Spiritual awareness that we are the body of Christ and therefore each and everyone one of us needs to be nurtured, and everyone needs to do the nurturing…not just a few!
‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others’.
(Philippians 2: 3-4, NIV)
It is in the spirit of community that we flourish and grow, so I think the question is not ‘How can we make community?’ but rather ‘How can we nurture and develop growing hearts?’ so that we really can transform lives through the Love of Jesus
Community is something that has been at the forefront of our minds during the Covid-19 pandemic. I am sure that some you will have either benefited or volunteered in Pakefield Community Group. John Ward I am sure you will all agree has done an amazing job and he was recognised with an award from Adnams brewery. But my pray is that this idea of community spirit, does not disappear as we, start to return to some sort of normal (whatever normal is!)
So please continue to look out for your neighbours and most of all stay safe