This weekend at church things will look and feel different.
Our well worn pews will be replaced by long anticipated and carefully chosen new chairs.
On one hand this is not a big deal, as we care about people not furniture. But on the other hand, it is a moment worth celebrating – especially if we look beyond the chairs themselves to why we’ve bought them.
Here are three reasons to celebrate the arrival of the new chairs….
- We’ve been waiting a long time for the decision and the order!
- The new chairs will support our mission. We want to make disciples, seeing people connect, grow and serve Jesus. The new chairs will enable us to relate to each other and to God without the distraction of worn and stained pews. They will also provide far more flexibility for rearranging into small groups, or around tables, or to clear the space completely.
- This is the first tangible step in the Building for Ministry project. Although we don’t expect the new building work to be completed until late 2020, we can begin to reap some of the benefits through using our new chairs.
Many people have asked what will happen to the old pews. The answer is that we are giving them to a Tongan church group in Western Sydney (Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga) who will store them for use in a future church building.
Over the next few weeks we will experiment with the best way to set out and manage the new chairs.
Meanwhile – come along and give them a test drive!
If you would like to read more about the background and process in choosing the new chairs, click here.