Makes room for all. Though they greatly value what they have, not least in their support of one another, these churches have found ways of making others not just welcome at services but part of the life of the church. Generosity permeates the life of these churches.Warren, R (2004) The Healthy Churches' Handbook. Church House Publishing
This reminds me of a recent lesson (I'm a Craig Twin) enforced today when Marcus helped me move stuff around in the Charity shop.
I wonder if church has to go one step further by aligning themselves so that not only do they 'make room for all', but also that they 'allow all to make room for them!' Placing ourselves in a position to receive from people who want to give but have no-one who wants their help. We need to put ourselves in positions to allow the likes of Patrick and Victor to be able to say ‘I’ll do it for you without expecting anything in return’.
A further thought brewing - "We need a church of the poor not for the poor" makes real sense - beyond that of being patronising - of 'making room for all' perhaps it points to the need of honesty about our vulnerability about allowing ourselves to be 'poor'. So often we concentrate on what we give as church but it is also important to find ways of receiving - even from the most unlikely.