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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Church (12/06/07)

TITLE: forsake not the fellowship of the saints
By funmi afolabi
12/11/07


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Forsake not the fellowship of the saints
I was a young student in search of an Anglican church in the beautiful town of Cambridge shire in England .One Sunday morning I set out to find a place of worship being new in town with little or no friends and definitely no family. I was in search of a church family that I can call my own. And being brought up as an Anglican, (Episcopal), I was looking to join an Anglican church.
I found a gigantic building that looks like it used to be a cathedral judging from the size. It looked deserted but I went in and found that it was partitioned, so I went from one room to the other and eventually found a room where about 5or 6 people were having prayer meeting. I stayed with them enjoyed the fellowship and had a cup of coffee after the meeting.
However as I was leaving a gentleman that led the meeting said we hope to see you again if ever I do not know why he said this and I pray that if I judged him wrongly may God forgive me. I wish he did not say that, because I really did want to fellowship with them, but I was discouraged by
what he said because I felt that if he really wanted me to come back he would not have said see you again if ever .
The following Sunday I went to another church, a different denomination near my hostel and I felt welcomed and the Reverend of the church came to visit me in my little room at the YMCA.
As I continue to grow in my Christian walk I have found that our approach to new converts or Newcomers to our church matters a lot as to whether or not they come again ever or they stay and, make the church their home church.


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Joanne Sher 12/15/07
Interesting experience. You definitely made me think about how we respond to newcomers.

I bit of work on grammar and punctuation would make this piece even stronger. Feel free to PM me if you'd like more specific guidance..

I enjoyed this - keep writing!
Dee Yoder 12/16/07
You're so right. We want to be "seeker sensitive" with the services, atmosphere, and music but forget that it's the people contact and the love and interest we show to new converts and visitors that truly matter. And, truly matter to God!