There is a lot to be done at Haywood Street. Food to be served, clothes to be hung, dishes to be washed. The sanctuary needs to be set up, we need to make sure we have enough coffee, and the trash needs to be taken out. It’s very easy to lose focus on what is most important at Haywood Street – relationship.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am guilty of this. My to-do list feels like it’s a mile long and I’ve got to make sure everything gets done. We’re busy with our heads down and we’re working and we forget that we are in a room full of people who are seeking community. Not just people seeking food, shelter, and clothing, but people seeking relationship and love.
I read recently that “ministry happens in the interruptions.” I hope that we can encourage each other to be interrupted. Stop what you’re doing and just be with someone. Share a cup of coffee, join someone for worship, or eat lunch together.
I love how our companion ministry is described on our website – “It’s a joyful and often chaotic ministry. One that requires openness, vulnerability, and flexibility. You’ll make new friends and experience a joy only authenticity can uncover.” You might realize that you were seeking community, too.
I’m thankful to our companions and friends who have chosen to be a part of this ministry, knowing that it’s not about helping and fixing but instead focuses on being with one another. If you want to become a part of our companion ministry and learn what it means to both do for and be with, join us for our next Companion Orientation on Monday, Jan. 8th at 5 PM in the sanctuary.
For more faces & stories from our Congregation, click here.