A Letter to the Editor
There are many things we take for granted, and sometimes I feel we must be reminded about the basics. It may be that many people who receive your monthly e-newsletter are already attending St Mary’s, but there may be many who do not and receive the newsletter to find out what St Mary’s or being a Christian is all about.
Would it be at all possible for your newsletter to start off with an invitation to come to St Mary’s for worship? When speaking to family, friends, colleagues they are always able to say they have never been invited to church, and today it lead me to wondering if this should be the opening to all church communication to welcome and invite to attend a service, just in case it reaches that person who is not already part of the congregation and was waiting for that invitation to being the journey.
Just an idea I thought I’d share.
The Vicar replies…
What an excellent piece of feedback from Sophia. It’s always good to be reminded
that our newsletter is not only a way of communicating, but also a way of inviting people as well. So, yes, we will regularly remember to invite people to come along to St Mary’s and this Season of Lent is a great time to reconnect with the worshipping community. Everyone reading this is warmly welcome to come back to church.
These words of Thought for the Day’s John Bell express it well:
This is the table not of the Church but of the Lord.
It is to be made ready for those who love him,
and who want to love him more.
you who have much faith
and you who have little,
you who have been here often
and you who have not been for a very long time,
you who have tried to follow
and you who have failed.
Come, not because it is I who invite you:
it is our Lord.
It is his will that those who want him
should meet him here.