Learning to Receive at Church Beyond the Walls
The Affirm class went to Providence on Saturday, April 30th to worship with Church Beyond the Walls—a specialized mission of the Episcopal Dioceses of RI in partnership with the New England Synod. It’s a street-church that looks to build a community from all walks of life, including people without a home. The students made sandwiches, put cream cheese on bagels, and prepared the meal that would be enjoyed after worship.
Pastor Linda, the missioner at Church Beyond the Walls, spoke to the class about walls that put barriers between people. She told them that they may meet people who have a different story than they do, but in Christ, there are no differences between us. Before worship, a few of the students were in charge of handing out bulletins. Almost every person in that park was welcomed to church and handed a bulletin.
The students went to Providence with the idea that they would be serving others, but they learned an important lesson. It’s just as important to allow someone else to give to you as it is to give to others. They didn’t serve the sandwiches they made. Instead, they were served by those who worshipped. They stood in line, received a sandwich, and ate. It’s uncomfortable to receive sometimes. By seeing that every person has something really important to give, it allows us to see Christ in one another.