Blog by Joel Maylor-Pridmore
This weekend we are in the midst of our first time away as a blended family of 7… We have ventured together to Rivercamp, (although we have cheated a bit – instead of camping we are staying offsite with proper beds and a proper shower)! As I write this, we have not yet set off and I am wondering how we will all be doing by this point. Will we be enjoying heavenly family bliss? Or will we be enduring difficult twists?
The schedule at Rivercamp for us means early starts and late nights and that could mean that we get a little frayed around the edges and possibly needing a little extra dose of grace and patience with one another!
So why would we go to the expense and challenging logistics of making this happen? Well this time can really help shape us as a family… We will create memories, we will encounter God powerfully, we will enjoy each other’s company and we will grow in love and patience for each other… all things that are all part of being the family that we hope to be.
As a church, we often describe ourselves a family and it is certainly true to say that we are an interesting and changing ‘blend’ of people. We will go through some of these similar stages and experiences in our adventure together as a fellowship.
May we be a church family that continues to learn to adventure together, to make memories, to grow and learn, to encounter God powerfully and grow in love, grace and patience together.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another …14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Col 3 13-14)