Community by Rebecca Seaton
by Rebecca Seaton
Community Events: Last year's Steam and Cider Fair
We all need community - recent times have demonstrated this powerfully.
God makes it clear in His word that community is important. For a start, He is Himself three unique parts which unite together. Who He is: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, demonstrates the importance of different roles operating in unity. He expects no less from us. When His word speaks of bringing His kingdom, it is as a community of believers acting together. What does this actually mean though? We know it doesn’t mean everyone being the same – there are many different types of Christian and even within one church, wildly different roles. At its simplest, a community is merely a group of people with something in common – a neighbourhood, a club, the X community. But when a group’s members operate together for a common good, then community is at its most powerful. Suddenly people don’t just live or work together, as if by accident, but have decided to act together.
What does this mean for you? Where do you find community? Where do you contribute towards community? What do your books say about community?
Where we find community is often practical: we all have to live somewhere, most of us have to work. We automatically fall in to a community. But even here, seeing this as God’s will is transformative. As a newly qualified teacher, I applied for everywhere except the south east for work, yet ended up in London. The people on my street come from very varied backgrounds and I’d guess many didn’t choose Dagenham as their dream location. However, despite many differences, we have formed a community. Even before Covid-19 struck, we knew each other’s names and had a lot of positive contact. Now we have shared food, done shopping, helped with gardening. Conversation has gone far beyond a polite ‘hello’. This is community.
Can you remember why you joined ACW? There is something unique about being both a community of Christians and a community of writers. Sometimes it’s easier to look at the experienced authors and focus on how much we can learn from them, and I’ve certainly benefited from others’ wisdom. But it’s also important to see where we can contribute. Perhaps someone would benefit from that poem you wrote or that thought you had. Maybe your observation on someone’s work could be just what they need to hear right now.
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Rebecca Seaton came second place in the 2017-18 Pen to Print Book Challenge with her first novel, A Silent Song. She is currently working on her next novel, also a YA fantasy.
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