“Under One Roof” is the new title for our fund raising efforts for the regeneration of All Hallows building, community work, and most urgently the ROOF needed, for all our actions to take place in the safe and warm!
We are asking everyone for a very special effort, from April 2017 to April 2018, in fundraising, prayer, and work. It’ll take longer than that to complete, but to prove to outside funders that we are a vibrant, sustainable community, able to put in the effort ourselves first, we want to show an exciting programme of fundraising and community building in this year in particular.
Dates for your Diary, some wonderful Sundays coming up:
April 15th: Easter Sunday
Sunday 23rd April: Church Annual General Meeting during morning service. This is a great time for catching up with all that has gone on in the past year, as we listen to stories from the various groups and activities connected with the church, and pray for the future.
Sunday 30th April: Service of inspiration and commitment to our building, to launch “Under One Roof”
Sunday 7th May: our new PCC takes a special time out for lunch together after church, to get to know one another and envision the future.
So before we jump in, a time for some thought, reflection and prayer, during Lent.
WHAT DOES THE PHRASE ‘UNDER ONE ROOF’ CONJURE UP FOR YOU? For some answers from PCC, see at the end of this email, but think of your own before you peep!!
Can you think of any stories from the Bible in which roofs feature? A few below to start us off, but I’m sure there are more!
How could you use these for your own prayer? how could you share them with others in discussion? How can these scriptures ‘get wings’ and help recreate not just our building, but our community and relationships?
Two stories really speak to me:
Abraham and the angels Genesis 18
Read what happened when Abraham was willing to take in three complete strangers under the roof of his tent. Many centuries later the icon painter Rublev painted this scene, in a way which depicted the strangers as the three persons of the trinity. How does this change our thoughts on the story? See the icon in All Hallows, to the right of our altar, under the stained glass window.
As the writer of the book of Hebrews said, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, some have entertained angels unawares” Hebrews 13:2
Peter and Cornelius: Acts 10
Two men praying separately, at least one of them on a roof top; one a very Jewish Christian, one a pious Roman gentile. It’s an extraordinary story of cherished world view and prejudice being turned inside out, and the whole Christian enterprise being transformed forever in an inclusive direction: truly a parable for All Hallows as we pioneer hospitality, diversity and inter faith community. But the household of Cornelius needed a large building, with a good roof, to give hospitality to this shocking new revival, and totally unexpected outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the excluded gentile population.
You might also like to have a look at these:
Genesis 19:8 Lot, in Sodom, had his guests “under the protection of my roof”
Joshua 2:6 Rahab uses the roof as a hiding place for the spies
2 Kings 4:8-10 the Schunamite woman builds a spare room on her roof, so as to be able to give hospitality and understanding to the travelling prophet
1 Kings: 5 onwards, and elsewhere – the building of Solomon’s temple: all the craftspeople, benefactors and above all workpeople, who enabled it to happen.
Nehemiah: the renovation of the walls of Jerusalem, achieved by joint communal effort, against much opposition
Ezra: the renovation of the temple itself, again with great opposition
Isaiah 54: 2-3 and here’s a promise:
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back;
lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.”
What does “Under One Roof” conjure for YOU? Here’s some starter words from PCC:
shelter united together safe
buckets family community
inclusion building safety
lengthen the stays; brace the tent pegs; prepare for the storm
sanctuary opportunity conflict
different kinds of people a variety of activity
a safe place conflict getting along in a crowd
people NOT like us people LIKE us