Where Yiewsley goes next is largely up to you.
Where this site goes next is likewise largely up to you: we're all in this together.
If you've read the About This Website
page then you know where the site has come from (if you haven't read it, maybe now's as good a time as any to do so). Some people think the church has no business doing stuff like this: stepping outside of its sacrosanct old buildings and interacting with culture and society. They're wrong: this is precisely where church belongs because church is community, God's community, God's people, following Jesus.
Here in the UK church used to be at the centre of every community. But churches have allowed themselves to be sidelined, marginalized... talking about outreach but totally out of reach. Yiewsley.org.uk
reclaims the centre: you want to know what's where in Yiewsley? Or who? When? Yiewsley.org.uk
: church without boundaries, where there's no division between sacred and secular because everything's sacred.
One important difference, however: in days gone by, the church dominated society, abusing it's position, bringing Christ's name into disrepute: "I do not reject your Christ,' said Ghandi, "I love your Christ. It's just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ." Yiewsley.org.uk exists to serve, seeking the way of Jesus.
There's a prayer we use in our worship at St Matthew's. Most Anglican churches use it: All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own do we give you.
To me, that sums it up: we're all in God's hands, all part of God's community — and whether we choose to believe in him or not, he still believes in us.
Call it church by the back door if you prefer: it's wide open, 24/7. Maybe you don't recognise it as church. But to me church is where people are connected in the name of Christ and that's what this project is all about: connecting church and community, building bridges, spanning the gaps, crossing the road to meet the stranger rather than to avoid her or him. If that doesn't fit your concept of church, maybe it's time for a new one: fluid, online, unquantifiable. And you're in it!
It's in its infancy so all I can say further is: don't just watch this space — join in!
Where next? Where you want to take it: explore and enjoy.
Thursday, February 2, 2006