Ministry Fair

By Sandra Seaborn, Associate Priest

Posted on January 6, 2018

The Bible often refers to the church as a body. A body made of many parts – all different, all with unique functions and significant roles. 1 Corinthians 12 says: “If the foot says, ‘I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,’ that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,’ would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:15-20)
In other words, for the one body to function effectively, all the parts have to be and do what they were created for.  
This comparison applies not only to the church universal, but also to the St. Paul’s parish community. We are, as a community, one body with many parts. Ministry Fair, on Sunday, January 14, is an occasion to explore where you fit in and discover how your gifts, talents and passions can serve to strengthen the community as we seek to follow Jesus.   
This year, the opportunities are grouped into four categories: Worshipping Together, Learning Together, Serving Each Other, and Serving the Community. Each area has multiple places and spaces for active participation. On Sunday, take the time to talk to other parishioners with brightly coloured stickers who are sitting around you in the pews or standing by the information tables. Ask how and why they got involved. Ask what they have learned and when they serve. Perhaps you will find a new way to connect or a new place to belong.  
Short or tall, young or old, male or female - each is uniquely gifted by God. May your gifts shine in the service of His glory.