Warmth and love of God
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!