The importance of the Church family – the body of Christ
‘All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.’  We often talk about the individual gifts that God has given to each of us, to equip us in our many different roles here at Ascension. We value being together, most people stay and chat for ages over coffee; we welcome new people, visitors often comment on the warmth of our fellowship, the depth of our love for one another. All very good and positive things; indeed Jesus himself tells us, that ‘Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.’ 
I’ve just returned from a long holiday and I missed those things, but above all I realised that I missed things that are vital for my growth as a Christian. Paul writing to the Hebrews tells us to, ‘think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another.’  I know that I need motivating and encouraging week by week, indeed day by day if I am to be a 24/7 Christian in an increasingly secular world.
1 Corinthians 12.27,  John 13. 35,  Hebrews 10.24-26b