Over the past few weeks much has been written regarding many churches cancelling services on Boxing Day and closing their doors due to inclement weather – check out some of the differing view points;
I have to admit I didn’t really give it much thought until we experienced a beautiful snow storm this past weekend. Centre Street Church chose to run regular programming – but I – Grade 5/6 pastor chose to cancel our regular gathering times. At this point I have yet to receive much fall out (had a few emails re: clarification) but I am wrestling with the decision if it were to dump snow again this weekend.
Here was my thought process this past weekend:
“Hmmmm…complete whiteouts, police closing Southbound traffic on the highway, numerous cars in the ditch, people stranded in the middle of nowhere – maybe just maybe we should cancel 5/6 this weekend?
I managed to communicate the bad news via our church database, email, FB and Twitter (I even used the telephone to contact my staff directly!)
As I sat watching the snow come down sideways and people trying to extricate their vehicles and small children from the huge snow banks, I pondered and wondered what will the fallout be of this reckless decision? What about all those families who will bundle up and head out to church risking their very lives to ATTEND church? (even though they have been strongly encouraged to stay off the roads)
I was stressing so much regarding my decision that I simply couldn’t get to sleep Saturday night – all I could picture in my mind was all the disappointed parents and kids showing up for an hour and a half…life changing experience and being told to GO HOME YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE!!
At 3AM I finally decided to turn it over to God – and when I did He showed up! Turns out I should have spent less time anguishing over the decision to cancel the 56 gatherings and more time remembering the definition of “church”.
Church isn’t a building…it’s not a worship service on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Church is the people of God, gathered in whatever way they can, to love and support and pray for each other and to bring in the Kingdom of God right here on Earth.
Maybe I’m way off? Either way I’m not losing sleep over the decision and this might provide a great opportunity for further discussion – what do you think? Should church ever been cancelled?