by Melissa Majorins
What is community? How can you find community through doing hard work? Is it possible to grow closer to someone when you are working hard to accomplish a task?
One definition of community is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. I’ve been thinking a lot about community in our church lately. I’m so encouraged by seeing it played out in various ways the past few months.
I see community played out every weekend in Stonebridge Kids when the numerous volunteers come alongside our families and children to spur them on to keep walking with the Lord.
I see community played out through the volunteers gearing up for another great summer at Backyard Bible Club. This is the third summer that Stonebridge has offered Backyard Bible Clubs in our community. God always surprises me that so many are willing to step up and commit to bringing the gospel and God’s love to our neighborhoods around us. It is a privilege to see God work through His people as they gather items for the clubs and plan on how they are best going to share God’s love through songs, stories, games, and crafts with the children that come.
I see community played out in the construction of our new playground at church. The group of men who have lead this effort have put countless hours into the superb construction of the playground that God has provided for our church. Many mornings I would drive into the church parking lot and the guys would already be hard at work on the playground and planning on how best to construct the massive structure. Those who have worked on the playground have told me that it was a lot of hard work, but that they grew in their relationship with each other and the Lord. How cool is that?
I have gotten so much out of our Hebrews sermons the past months in our weekend services and I’m reminded of Hebrews 10:24-25
“And let us consider how to stir one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
What can we do to grow in authentic community in our own lives? What is God asking you to do to grow in serving and finding community while we work hard at something? You will find blessing and community as you join with others to serve and make God’s name known to the world.