You shall be known by your Trees!
Posted on December 16th, 2014 at 6:11PM
The church is a place where the community can gather and strengthen their ties with one another. Some churches are better than others at welcoming this complex mix of peoples because the church is not perfect but it is at heart a place for everyone to come.
A Christmas Tree Festival has a lovely way of showing off the different flavours within a local community as different groups decorate a tree. I had never been to Wilberfoss in the East Riding of Yorkshire before but from this short visit I could capture what the people of the village were like by their trees.
With their sewing group, gardening group, flower ladies and brownies I could sense the rhythm of the village but their Acts 435 tree also indicated their care for those in need. There was also a blue tree for people to write prayer requests on beautifully crafted baubles and hang on the tree - this was introduced to this year's festival following the tragic death of a child in the village. It was poignant and touching.
I would love to see what a Christmas Tree festival in an urban, multi-cultural setting would look like - a fusion of colour and vibrancy to reflect the particular community. A lovely celebration of community - such a powerful asset especially for those who suffer and are not sure where to turn. Acts 435 sees many stories of how such people are brought into the church community and helped in so many ways, and able to belong.
You shall be known by your trees. May we also be known for our loving care to our neighbours.