Membership of the gym dwindles, as does apparently membership of political parties, unless of course it is the SNP at this moment. People sign up to memberships of clubs, societies, and even on-line dating services but over time some will lose enthusiasm, some will find the pressure on their time too much and have to give up and some will become infrequent members when something (a topic) of particular interest comes along to entice them. Church membership is similar. Some sign up with great enthusiasm and really get stuck in, some pitch up when something of interest (to them) comes along and some just join but don’t expect much and certainly don’t contribute much because they’re not really sure what it is about. That is sad.
Church membership is about a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and his invitation to live a better, healthier life. That in itself is exciting to me. Church membership is about affirming the Christian faith which tells people they are important (they are a child of God) that they can live with hope, love and peace in society where people don’t always care for others. Church membership is about belonging to a community of people of different ages, interests, careers, lifestyles but a community that engages, not only with like-minded people who happen to share the same postcode, but because they care about each other and about the health of the world. Church membership is about enhancing life and making it better: giving it added value as suggested in some economic and business circles. Who wouldn’t want to join that kind of club? Tell your friends and neighbours they may be waiting to discover such a good club is on their doorstep and we would be delighted to welcome them in.
A happy new year to you all.