A Church is for Life:
not just for Christmas!
Do you remember the RSPCA
commercial that used to air in October / November discouraging people from giving
dogs as Christmas presents?
Now that I'm a pet owner myself I realise what a
big commitment having an animal in the home is, and can appreciate that it
wouldn't be a good idea to spring a 'surprise' dog on someone without knowing
that they are willing and able to be responsible for it, for the long haul.
So, why am I thinking about pets
as I write? And what do animals have to do with church?
Well, now that a black Tomcat
called Smudge has joined our family, he likes to sit on top of the papers on my
desk as I write my sermons, sometimes walking across the keyboard and creating
gobbledegook on the screen... So, if this article is nonsense, blame the cat! But
animals and church life do come together at other times, for example at the
Bovingdon Baptist/St Lawrence Live
Nativity, which brings local actors, real animals (including Dandy the
Donkey, ducks, sheep, goats and a baby alpaca) and even 'angels' into Bovingdon
High Street to retell the story of the first Christmas. Last December, this vibrant
community event was attended by the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Dacorum and
attracted an audience of around 250, despite the damp and gloomy weather - and
many came back to BBC for refreshments and to hear more Christmas songs from
the excellent Bovingdon Primary Academy choir. A whole gallery of photos
appeared on the Watford Observer website and we are pleased to announce that we
have already booked the petting zoo animals - and the school choir - for Saturday
10th December 2016. Watch this space!
We were very busy at Christmas. As
well as presenting the Live Nativity,
we took church out into our community on a wet Tuesday night, singing carols
with St Lawrence folk in the Halfway House and at the Bell and enjoying the
landlords' hospitality at both. We also held our annual Christmas Eve Christingle with a full chapel and were glad to
receive many visitors through our doors over the whole Christmas period. But
here's the thing... We Christians don't believe that church is a place to 'go'
to - once a year or even once a week! We understand the church of Christ to be
a community of believers; the
followers of Jesus gathered to worship their Lord and to encourage one another
to continue walking in faith, loving God and demonstrating his love to others. So, you see, a church is for life - the whole of life,
abundant life - not just for Christmas.
At BBC we are informal
and friendly, a 'one table' church where people of every age and stage of faith
worship together and share with one another like a big extended family. Our
Sunday services begin with 25 minutes of whole church worship and then different
ages continue their learning in various groups: crèche for pre-schoolers; Sunday
Club for children of primary school age; Upper Room for young people aged 11-16 years. We also have all
sorts of things happening on weekdays: an open youth group on Fridays; a coffee
morning on 1st and 3rd Mondays each month; Home
Group bible studies; film nights; games nights for the whole family in the
If you have questions about church and life, you're
welcome to join our Alpha Course -
meeting on Monday lunchtimes at 12.30 pm from 18th April - 18th July. Please contact Mary to find out more.
Check our diary page for up-to-date information about
what's on at BBC.