Recently, in our COGS meetings, we have been discussing the need for unity and the ways in which it can be achieved, through the Church and other walks of life. With recent events, it is a topic which holds more significance than any other.
In previous blog posts I have mentioned the need to stand together as a Church, particularly after the atrocities at the Manchester Arena and in London, but this message is one not so widely aimed, per say.
Instead, it is an invitation for those within the Church, in particular the PCC, to consider, take on board and pray about. It involves our Church uniting with other churches in the Southampton area, not just those in SO16, something I brought up in one of our discussion sessions at COGS.
I am aware of how united our Church is as a whole, being completely together on every issue that arises and, most importantly, the appointment of new ministers and vicars. We discussed how some Churches can break apart in these times and it was pleasing to come to the conclusion that Lordshill is not one of those Churches at all. What I am proposing now – as I mentioned then – is that Lordshill becomes more involved with other Churches in the Denary.
Perhaps this isn’t possible. Perhaps the PCC feels that the work we do with the S016 network is more than enough and takes up enough resources to make any other outreach impossible. However, I implore that the idea of working with Churches of all denominations of Christianity is considered. Because, I personally believe, that if we reach out and unite with other Churches of different denominations, we can show how united we are as a Church and become a beacon for others to potentially follow and embrace the idea of working with other Churches they may not have, so spreading the message of God’s all-encompassing love stronger and further than ever.
On a more personal note, I am settling into college well and thoroughly enjoying the environment I am working in; Barton is most definitely the nicest college I visited and I am very glad I decided – with God’s guidance – to attend there.
As well as this, I am also enjoying where I am working, at Costa, Chandler’s Ford, despite it meaning I have to forgo the morning worship at 10:30. Perhaps I might start attending the 8:30 is God calls me to do so. I am, however, glad I still have the opportunity to attend COGS in the evening as it helps top up my faith despite not being able to attend every Sunday morning.
As a sign off then, I hope some of you reading this will also pray and consider the idea of a wider Church network united together for the sole, shared purpose of spreading God’s love and message.
Edit: At this point, I should point out that S016 and the Denary are two separate things. S016 is a group within the postcode area S016 that includes predominantly Church of England (C of E) Churches, with a few from other denominations. The Denary is specifically for C of E Churches and covers the whole of the city. (In case there was any confusion)