Warmth and love of God

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS - Claire Knight, Church & Com­mu­nity Outreach Team Leader, Wok­ing­ham Methodist Church

I spend most of my work­ing week based in the Cof­fee House at Wok­ing­ham Methodist Church.

Over the last 18 months I have seen the former Rose Street Car Park grad­u­ally be trans­formed into what is to be­come a thriv­ing hub in the cen­tre of Wok­ing­ham.

I as much as any­one ap­pre­ci­ate how an­noy­ing all of the work tak­ing place in the town can be. You don’t have to go very far to hear some­one say ‘I’ll be glad when it’s done’ or ‘What a mess!’

The heart of Wok­ing­ham is the peo­ple who live in and visit the town, the com­mu­nity that shows love and sup­port to one an­other. The peo­ple who greet each other with a smile in shops as they walk by.

God has put our church and our com­mu­nity in this place. Wok­ing­ham will be a thriv­ing mar­ket town once again but only if we, its peo­ple con­tinue to make visi­tors, new­com­ers and each other feel wel­come.

It is all too easy for us to get frus­trated and fed up about the changes tak­ing place and to voice how we feel but wouldn’t we all feel bet­ter if we tried to think of how for­tu­nate we are to live in a town where there is a vi­sion and in­vest­ment in the fu­ture? Our lo­cal busi­nesses need us to show the warmth and love of God to all who come to Wok­ing­ham so that they can sur­vive the challenges fac­ing them ready to em­brace our ‘new’ town and en­joy all that it will bring.

Last week over 5,000 peo­ple came to the Street Con­cert in Broad Street, so­cial me­dia was full of the roads be­ing closed and how aw­ful it was go­ing to be but still 5,000 peo­ple came to en­joy what our town had to of­fer!

I am quite sure that the hordes of peo­ple fol­low­ing Je­sus caused some frus­tra­tions from time to time, I bet there was con­ges­tion, and re­sources were stretched but Je­sus was a gift from God. Maybe we should look at our town’s re­gen­er­a­tion through God’s eyes too and show he peo­ple what a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity of warm peo­ple we are!

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