I write on behalf of ‘All
Churches Together Serving’ (ACTS) in Holmer Green, which is a reformed
group of the churches that was formerly known as Churches Together in
Holmer Green. In my reflection
the various churches remind me of a tapestry.
Those familiar with making a tapestry will know that a tapestry
worker always works from the back to the front of the material; I’ve
seen one at work so I know that it is true.
And when we look at a tapestry from the back it looks a mess of
tangled threads and colours; quite disjointed and fragmented, an image
that is very much indefinable. It
is only when we turn the tapestry over and view from the front that
everything begins to make sense.
At this moment in time ACTS
might liken itself to a piece of tapestry which is under construction.
Because we are not (nor shall we ever be) “the finished
article” we may not clearly see how things might turn out; but it is
helpful for us all to try and view things from a different perspective
from time to time and see how the picture is developing.
Each of us as Ministers in the
Churches of Holmer Green are mindful that we are but one piece of thread
that is on the tapestry, which awaits other threads to be added.
ACTS delights in the rich variety of strands that make up part of
the picture. However, ACTS on
its own only forms part of the tapestry picture, the rest of the tapestry
is also about you. ACTS
believes that a larger overall picture, whether recognised or not, will
only come nearing completion when church folk and those in the wider
community become one of the threads that forms part of an even larger
tapestry which we believe God is weaving among the people of Holmer Green.
This isn’t a perfect analogy
because ACTS will in some ways always be ‘under construction’ –
grappling with new ideas and fresh ways of working by engaging with people
from within the various churches and people in the community around us,
therefore we will always have some areas which seem messy or fragmented.
the whole, ACTS sees a real potential for developing this tapestry that is
giving us a buzz of excitement because
God is in the process of creating something beautiful with and through all
the good people of Holmer Green.