Matthew 18:20 says, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them.”
I find it interesting how misled the general population is on the importance of having an active church body in the community. There are truly a thousand things going on at church that exist beyond the Sunday sermon and all of them are benefiting the mental & physical well-being of members in our community.
This Christmas season while many of us were doing our last minute shopping, church volunteers were delivering hampers of food and toys across our province.
Last year we handed out more than 500 beautiful #lovepeople boxes to people across Delta to provide food and comfort items to those in need and those who simply needed to know they are loved.
Also think about the hundreds of homeless people in our province who have walked into a church to stay dry for an hour, get a warm coffee, and maybe have someone share some time with them and help them find shelter or connect to services. Where do they go now?
Think of the married couples who come for counseling to help save a marriage. Think of the hundreds of individuals that come for prayer because they feel so broken they don’t know what to do. Medical science cannot help them. Where do they go now?
What about the youth who come together to learn about love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness? Children who are learning about the importance of self-control and how to love thy neighbour. Whose teaching them these important life lessons now?
Church is ‘not’ a live theatre, nor is it an excuse for people to break public safety orders. Church is what is quietly operating in the background of the noise which is life. Church has been keeping communities, which would otherwise be broken, together. To all the church leaders and volunteers we want to express our gratitude and love for the work you are doing. We love the church.
Thank you Shannon McLay for writing this message.