“Community with one another consists solely in what Christ has done to both of us.” – Bonhoeffer.
Occasionally I stand on the stairs adjacent to the church reception to get a view of the activities in the Street (our foyer). It is fascinating to watch as many of you line up to get something from the Street Café, some in deep and some in light conversations; I see some of you laughing, hugging and kissing! I have also seen, on occasion, some huddling and praying for each other. The buzz and the atmosphere that is created makes me thankful for being part of the RUC family. It is “good and pleasant” to behold.
One of the greatest joys of being part of the church is experiencing community. I am amazed by the number of people visiting our church Sunday after Sunday, many in search of community life and a home for fellowship. It is always heart-warming to see those who then decide to stay on and be part of our community.
No doubt, if you have been attending RUC regularly, you will have noticed that we are more intentional and deliberate in seeking to be a welcoming church especially to our visitors and newcomers. We want to thank each and every one of you for your role in inviting your family and friends to church and helping in making them feel welcomed. You will be interested to know that since the beginning of 2012 we have recorded over 175 visitors through the Welcome Centre alone. We are encouraged by newcomers who, after getting to know the church better, decide to be part of small groups and further deepen their commitment by joining as members. What I have noticed in most membership applications is that the main reason why people want to join our church is that they “want to belong, to be part of a community and serve.”
May God help us to be a community of faith, a community of love and deliberate in pursuing unity in community.