Thursday, December 11, 2008
Was it always this busy at Christmas?
We were talking at church last night about Christmas parties and the like, and it was very tough to even come up with a date that we could be sure we'd have the majority of people there.
This year's different for Bunny and me because of our every other week trips to Macon, which will cause us to miss the church's caroling and the party afterward. Sunday nights are usually when we hold the church-wide get together, but our older members have great difficulty with getting out at night.
Then there's the conflicts with family trips this time of year, company parties, shopping etc. The last thing we want to do as a church is to add to the frustration of people trying to squeeze 29 hours into a 24 hour day.
I think we're beginning to catch on to the idea that depending on people's leisure time (think left overs) as opposed to their prioritized time (think work and family), is a poor model. Maybe we need to decentralize more and fellowship in smaller groups across the congregation with varied times and dates, so that we don't fall victim to the "one strike - you're out!" problem we have in coordinating now. Spread it out over the month prior to Christmas with a fellowship every week but in different homes. That way we'd provide many more connections.
I wrote this today to file the thought away for later. The more connections we make and maintain, the more we share the love of Christ with our friends.