A third space

And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.
(ESV Mark3:4)

Starbucks is…
A third place between work and home
(Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer)

How do these two ideas come together in Takeley Chapel? Our vision is to be a space where people encounter God in a real and a way pertinent to who we are and the circumstances we find ourselves in. A space that says, hello, come in, sit down. A space that is not home and not work but we feel comfortable in and feel able to do business with God.

Someone said, so you are providing a place for people who don’t go to church, to go to church! Maybe? When I heard that, I was taken back by its honesty because in my ears the idea of church is as sacred as the Sabbath. Actually it is peace and communion with God, a fulfilling of the promises and purpose of God on this Earth.

So on a Sunday evening our intention is to do good and save life (Greek: σῶσαι
pronounced, sōsai  which means save, deliver, restore to health, rescue and Greek:ψυχὴν
pronounced psychēn which means soul, life, person); to do good, restore health and rescue the whole person!

Sunday evening at the chapel is there for you. Jesus says

28 Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
(ESV Matthew 11:28-30)

And this is what we will try to be a third space where we experience this together for each other.

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