Church around Tables – A testimony

Our vision of the ‘Church Around the Table’ — by a church family

“We arrived in this area of France 15 years ago, and settled down in a village between Limoges and Brive-La-Gaillarde. We looked for a church we felt comfortable with for about 10 years, but didn’t find one we felt we could call home.

In november 2016, after a phone call with one of the leaders, we were invited to come and try out the Church Around a Table at one of the members’ house. We met believers and non-believers, gathered together in one place, and sharing God’s word.

The children were fully involved, and this gave a real meaning to the word ‘church family‘. A strong bond has been forged between the families that want to invest in it, and a real solidarity and support network has grown.

We have at last found a church model that we feel comfortable with, where we can share openly without pretence or hypocrisy, where we experience kindness, and especially with God at the centre. A church that is open to others and empowers us to meet new people and to witness, to share our faith.”

This was a letter recently written by S. and D. who had taken stock of their Christian journey, and wanted to share something of their experience of what God is doing here in Brive-La-Gaillarde. S. was of Christian background, but she hadn’t attended church for a long time. D. described himself previously as a ‘hopeful’, believing in a god, and was baptized among us in July 2017. We give thanks to God for the work in their lives, and how they are shining Jesus around them!