Three weeks ago we finished cocooning with our newest daughter and have now been out in the “real” world with great regularity. The intent of cocooning was to establish consistency and attachment for Mica in our family. The family becomes a referent point for her engagement with the world.
So here’s the real world for our church experience at Origin: for the last three weeks we’ve gathered in a different location every Sunday. Different address. Different set up. Different washrooms. Different children’s space. Different lighting. Different feel. So much for consistency!
Its made me think a lot about her experience of the church. Who reaches out? Who prays for her? Who creates safe space for her to be her, to explore, and to hear again that God loves her? Who celebrates what God is doing in her life? Who affirms her growth? Who challenges her to explore again Jesus’ grace?
See its all about the people & the Gospel, not the furniture.
But its not just about her. My hope is that our gathering and life together is a referent point for many students and the UBC community in their walk with Jesus. Origin, church, wherever, and whenever we gather, is a community that acts as a reference point for people to encourage them to keep going with Jesus and His Gospel.