This picture is of a Starburst. It’s been sitting in the pocket of a jacket I wear to church every once in a while. (Please don’t judge me on how often I wash it.) It’s been hanging out in that pocket for at least two years. I know this, because I know where this Starburst comes from. The church I interned at before coming to Vermont. (I know. I know. I should really wash the jacket.)
Every time I’ve put on that jacket and stuck my hand in my pocket, I am reminded of my friends back at that church. They are the ones who supported and encouraged me to become a pastor. Before being there, I didn’t know what I was going to do after finishing school. (Before then, I only felt God calling me to go to school. He gave me no indication of what would happen after the diploma.) I sometimes talk about them, not because I really want to go back to Portsmouth, NH. (I know that God wants me to be exactly where I am, and I hope to be here for a very long time.) I sometimes talk about them, because they were so crucial in me coming to South Londonderry.
So this Starburst isn’t just a Starburst. It represents a memory of some friends in the faith who have supported me in this journey that God has placed before me in my life. Since coming to South Londonderry, I have felt
nothing but support. It’s quite a wonderful thing to be with a group of people
who are always cheering you on!
That’s what it’s like to be a part of a church. Sharing. Encouraging. Praying. Loving. Helping. So if you haven’t checked us out before and any of that seems appealing, jump on in. Come see for yourself what we’re all about. Because we’re here for you. (By the way, Easter is on April 8th, and lots of people usually come that Sunday to the service, which can be a bit less intimidating.) If you’re already a part of our church, invite and welcome your friends into our community. We’re always excited to have more!
Oh, and if you’re curious on how I remember that that Starburst came from my previous church, I’ll tell you. The pastor usually had candy on his office door on Sundays. There was never chocolate because of potential messes. I would never buy Starbursts, because I prefer chocolate. Funny, huh?
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.