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25 February 2016

What does it mean to love the city of Southampton?

Paul Webber 2019 Paul Webber Minister
Serving Sunday in the Lounge

If you could do anything in the world with unlimited resources and you knew you wouldn’t fail, what would you do?

When this question was asked at a Network Course I attended, some of the groups answers included ending human trafficking, eradicating homelessness and stopping domestic violence. Needless to say, when I answered by saying I would play rugby for Wales and score the winning try against England, I felt a little shallow! It may seem like a large question with plenty of potential but your answer will no doubt help you to identify your passion. For example, education, injustice or a particular age group.

1 Corinthians 12 describes the church as a body. Every member is important. Each has gifts and a role to play. A gift is an ability that comes from God to meet a need, and is to be used for the common good. When one part of the body is not functioning effectively, it affects the whole. Spiritual gifts in scripture are predominantly shown in Romans 12:6–8, 1 Corinthians 12:8–10; 28–30, and Ephesians 4:11.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ … God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. (1 Corinthians 12:12–13, 18–20)

Serving in Above Bar Church

On Sunday 21 February, we took the opportunity to highlight the many and varied opportunities for serving our city as a church. From Street Pastors to Poppin, Basics Bank to the A/V team there was a wide spectrum of opportunities on offer!

In the 2015 Above Bar Church survey, we discovered that 69% of regulars to the Church serve in at least one area, with more than 17% serving in three or more areas. This is very encouraging!

However, there are still many needs and opportunities to contribute to in the church family. We acknowledge that building the body is not only done in church activities, but also every day on our frontlines. Similarly, some may not physically be able to serve in an area, but can underpin many ministries of the church through prayer, encouragement, and financial giving.

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Matthew 9:37–38)

Serving Sunday was a great opportunity to focus on all that we can do as the body of the church. Over the next few days or weeks, why not reflect on:

  • Which church groups fit you best? Prayerfully consider; where you could serve?
  • What are your top three gifts at this time in your life?
  • Ask others who know you well for their insights on your spiritual gifts
  • Pray that God would continue to bless the various groups and organisations within the church, as well as those who serve with them.
  • If you would like to know more about a certain group or to sign up, email the Church Office.





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