Holy Habits

Holy Habits what and why!       

 

Holy Habits has grown out of a study of Acts 2:42-47

by Methodist minister Andrew Roberts.

 

This passage from Acts describes how the apostles lived out their discipleship in ten Holy Habits through: Biblical teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer,

giving, service, eating together, gladness and generosity, worship and making more disciples.

 

Early last year the Sheffield Methodist Circuit invited churches to explore the 10 habits over a two-year period. At Dore we felt it unfair to make a decision to commit to this until our new Minister, Gail, had joined us in September. Last Autumn it was agreed that we would join the programme in early 2019 and on Sunday 3rd February we launched the programme with the Holy Habit of BREAKING BREAD.

Breaking Bread is about community being built around a table. It began in homes; at the last supper and in the Church that Luke describes in Acts chapter 2. Sometimes this may have been as part of a meal, sometimes as part of an early form of Holy Communion service. Sometimes both. On all occasions, the breaking of bread would remind people of Jesus and help them to recognise his presence with them.

Some of our Sunday worship during Lent picked up this theme, in particular on Sunday March 3rd when we celebrated Holy Communion and on Easter Sunday April 21st when we broke bread together to celebrate the risen Christ.

In the middle of May we moved on to the next focus  FELLOWSHIP.

Fellowship invokes images of close, supportive, personal relationships. Our Christian faith is not just a private, personal affair; it unites us to one another through Christ and is at its most enriching and life-giving when experienced in fellowship. Our key services for this habit were on May 12th when Gail talked about "The Vine and the Branches" and on 2nd June when our topic was "United in Christ and serving together".

On 21st July we moved on to a new habit - BIBLICAL TEACHING which we  also combined with BIBLE MONTH and we explored the book of Colossians.

On 1st September we  started exploring a new habit - MAKING MORE DISCIPLES.During our service that morning we will had a Baptism and also welcome two new Church members.At other services on 29th September and 27th October Gail  continued to lead our thinking on this topic.

Jesus said "Go and make disciples" and we know that the most effective way to hear the good news of Jesus is to share personally in conversation, but that can seem a scary thing to do! To help us there were two practical sessions arranged for members of both Dore and Totley Rise Methodist Churches.

On 5th January 2020 we launched our new habit  - PRAYER. Key services, all led by Rev Gail Hunt, were on 5th January, 2nd February and 23rd February.

Prayer is a conversation with God; it is waiting on God - both listening and serving. Prayer is sustaining, encouraging, nurturing, exciting and engaging. It is the life blood of the church.

Our new habit for Lent is SERVING and each Sunday our worship will be themed around an aspect of serving.

 

Prayer:

 

Gracious God, support us as we

seek more about this habit of

serving so it will form in us

the character of Jesus.

 

Amen.