“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
As we focus on community life this month; I searched the dictionary for a definition of the word ‘community’ and found the following elements instructive:
- noun:- a group of people living together, having a particular character in common; unified by common interests, and practicing common ownership.
The church community is an amazing initiative in God’s providence. In his wisdom He has assembled us as one, yet coming from diverse social backgrounds and cultures. Come to think of it, this is just a rehearsal for the day when we will stand before the Lamb – from every nation, tribe, people and language worshipping God.
We are a community because we share something in common and we have a vision and a mission to accomplish for God’s glory and kingdom. RUC seeks to build a visible and vibrant community. Our aim is to attract many whose desire is to participate in this lofty objective and help us realise the goodness and the enjoyment of living in community.
Over the years of facilitating classes for new members, I have been fascinated by the reasons why people want to join our church.
These are some of the things applicants say:
What these aspirations tell us is that meeting the need for connection and nurturing the development of genuine spiritual relationships are crucial to living out purposeful community life.
Join us in creating a healthy community – be on the alert and recognise our guests in all our services. Welcome them and make them feel at home.
Pastor Ndaba Mazabane
Pastor of Community