It was time! When we moved to Winnipeg from Hong Kong I wanted to get involved with a church congregation in the city.
My husband Dave thought we should shop around for a church. “Give it a year,” he said “and then we will decide.”
There are more than a dozen churches that belong to our particular Mennonite church conference in Winnipeg and I think we went to them all, some several times. But we also attended Lutheran churches, United churches, Anglican churches and non-denominational congregations. This was a great learning experience and really broadened our faith horizons. We were so enjoying our time as church tourists that soon ……. two years, not one had passed.
When our two year anniversary of being back in Canada was reached I told Dave we needed to settle down and get serious. “We have to decide on a church,” I said.
“OK,” Dave agreed. “Let’s each write the names of three churches on slips of paper, put them in a cereal bowl and then you start drawing. The last slip of paper that’s left is the church we’ll attend.”
It ended up that last slip contained the name of a church we’d both written down. Neither of us got our top pick, but we were both content with the choice.
I’m not saying the best way to choose a church is from a cereal bowl, but since our merry-go-round of visits and many discussions about the matter had produced no results, for us at least it was a practical solution.
In the years since then the faith community we chose has truly become our home. We have many friends there and have found enriching and meaningful ways to be involved in church life.
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