Gene is 90 and can’t always make it to church any more. And when he does, he can’t sit in the folding chairs we set up in the main room. So, while the rest of us go into the sanctuary to sit, stand, sing, clap and raise our hands in worship and learn from scripture, Gene sits quietly in an armchair in the lobby and listens.
When the service is over, the main part of Gene’s church experience begins. As people talk, laugh and hang out in the lobby, he stays in his chair. But he’s seldom sitting alone. People of all ages stop and chat with him constantly.
They bring him coffee. They enjoy his quiet friendliness and wisdom. They learn about his life. They listen as he shares his passion for painting. They pray for him and he prays for them.
A healthy church should always look something like this.
No matter how big or small the church is, these moments matter.