Did you know? God is good. I just need to learn to trust him. This has been a busy week with me torn in many directions so I didn’t get any publicity out for the Compassion service until a few days before. We didn’t have any alternative services at St A’s over the summer so this one was the first since June. I really wasn’t sure that folks would remember, so I wasn’t surpised at 3.55pm that we just had the people who had agreed to do the food and those who came to help with the technical stuff. On top of that we clashed with another event in the benefice (cream teas with the attraction of a steam engine, topped by a glorious sunny afternoon). However, at 4pm loads of people rolled in and we ended up with 18 children and 22 adults. If we have any more it will be too much of a squash to get everyone sat around tables. I don’t want us to go back to sitting in rows. Too churchy! The majority of these people are on the fringe of church life. Actually, this IS church for them and the cafe style encourages them to talk to each other.
In the past we have spent a lot of time and effort on leaflets through doors and bright coloured posters. I am wondering if it is worth the effort. Perhaps it is time to stop advertising and let God bring in the people he wants there. Our new people are doing a good job of inviting others and telling them that this is a good place to be. ‘Come and see’ they say. I seem to remember someone else said that first! Wonder who that was?