Blog by Joel Pridmore

Last Friday I found myself a frustrated man as I drove home from football. I was pleased with how I had played and for the third week in a row I had scored five goals – infact this particular evening I had scored all five of my team’s goals… so what’s the problem I hear you cry?!! Well… the other team scored six. Furthermore, I was on the losing team the previous two weeks too – despite my own personal goal tally!

We are created to thrive in community – not as lone rangers! Individual achievement is nothing compared to shared success – as I have learnt more about over the past three weeks where I would have preferred to have scored no goals and seen my team succeed.

I love being part of a church family where we are ‘in it for each other’ and not just for ourselves – where we go through life’s ups and downs together.

We need each other – even the introverted among us who like our own space (yep that’s me believe it or not) – are made to live as part of family… This has been the case since the beginning. This was one of the first things God said when He created us: “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Gen 2:18).

May we continue to be a church family where we celebrate each other’s successes, share each other’s sorrows and remain united through the journey.

“ that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together.” (1 Cor 12:25-26).