Well the Community Hub is now pretty much up and running! Whilst it arrived at the back end of November and, as I said in my last blog, we sang Carols and enjoyed mulled wine in it in December, last week it was finally commissioned and now I can pretty much guarantee the heat and light will be on when I arrive! It’s took much longer than I thought however it’s beginning to feel like home. Phew.
Really loving the fact people are popping in already. Our signage has yet to go up so it all looks a bit non descript but someone always pops in to see what is going on. It’s good to feel comfortable here but being out welcoming new residents is still high on the agenda. I’m not wanting to hang around here all day waiting for people to come to me, that feels a little old school. Besides I really need to get my steps in, or so the Fit Bit tells me 🙂
Talking of Fit Bits an area I’m interested in is Wellbeing and how well we take care of ourselves. In churches there is a tendency to concentrate on the ‘spiritual’ however I reckon God is interested in the whole of us. There is certainly a lot of interest from new residents for exercise and running groups and I’m beginning to wonder how we might connect people together through exercise. I’ve chatted to a few residents and am going to put a punt out on facebook to see what interest it generates. Another potential growth area is young families. There are plenty around with babies on the way! We have a first get together today so we will see what happens!
A couple of residents are wanting to do coffee and cakes on a Saturday morning so we are sourcing a decent coffee machine and in the early days of seeing if that might happen. Currently it feels like there is plenty to be going at, who knows what will work out but it feels a little like we are sowing seeds at the moment. Some will take root and grow but others will either die early or get overtaken by other things. At the Lubbesthorpe Prayer Group (which has met for years and been the bedrock of the work here) we prayed for all these potential groups and then threw some poppy seeds in the garden space we have at the back. It was a kind of symbolic ritual of where we were at. Looking forward to seeing what flowers!