At the moment I have such a strong sense that following God is a communal activity. I don't know if any of us are strong enough to do it alone. Jesus was upset, he needed his friends to watch and pray when he was facing the difficult stuff.

I have a Meeting relatively close (1.5h walk, 35min bus) but I want to have Meeting with the people in my street and the surrounding streets.

I hear a lot on this site about isolated Friends who are struggling feeling alone on your path and my heart goes out to you. I want you to have fellowship, to be part of people, to be experiencing a feeling of being in the body of Christ. I am praying for you to have the fellowship and shared communion you need to grow your faith and live in God's grace. I know that the Divine loving power is with you and weeping for your suffering, wanting you to have what you need and ready to help you.

I wonder if we can help and encourage each other here to find the spiritual friendship and support that we need to be the body of Christ together.

What can you do to have Meeting for worship at your house or in your neighbourhood? Do you invite friends and family to experience worship, prayer, scripture study with you when they visit? How would you or do you advertise that kind of thing locally?

I was inspired by Ashley W.'s blog post the other day and put it in a poster outline in Microsoft Powerpoint, I am thinking of putting it up on the street by our house, if I get clear to do that.

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Comment by Alice M Yaxley on 5th mo. 23, 2009 at 10:39am
Comment by Nathan Swift on 5th mo. 23, 2009 at 11:00am
How many people do you know in your neighborhood? There is an interesting book, Getting Started about home churches, and it makes the very cogent point that local worship community starts with relationships. I wish I were good at that.
In His Love,
Comment by Alice M Yaxley on 5th mo. 24, 2009 at 12:11pm
Thanks for joining in the thread already.

Thanks for the book suggestion Nathan I will see if I can find a copy.

Ah yes, thanks Tom. Church of the saviour and MNS, I have come across people from both groups.

Funny to hear what you say Hystery, I had an idea today for Quakers running a religion recovery group! I think my Meeting is pretty much one. It was an important part of my study at Woodbrooke, detoxing from bad religious ideas and cutting back to the living vine. Funny this poetic language from the Bible saves me writing paragraphs about "what I mean when I say that". ;)


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