On the Road to Emmaus, the disciples recognised Jesus in the breaking of bread. Jesus spent so much time at dinner parties, and in other people’s homes. Hospitality was a necessary way to meet with Christ.
The gospel is social in nature, and hospitality is different from welcome as it requires more of us. It's about listening to, and understanding, the needs of others. It includes providing a suitable environment for welcome and growth; as well as opportunities for others to get involved and to shape and develop us. Everyone who joins the community changes it by their presence, this is a sign that they have been truly brought into relationship with us.
We enjoy ourselves as a community by sharing lunches; having time after our worship to gather, chat, dance and just be silly! We are committed to being a church for the whole parish of Raymond Terrace, not just our worshipping community. We open our doors to all through our alms giving, social media and hosting town events.
Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.