One of the unexpected joys of Holy Habits is the way in which this gift of Luke’s has been carried by the breath of the Spirit all round the world. From New York City to the city of Melbourne, from Columbia to Sweden, a great array of followers of Jesus have been blessed to be renewed by the way of life Luke describes in Acts 2:42–47.
One of those who has caught this breath of the Spirit is Sandy Brodine. On Pinterest Sandy describes herself as a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia with a passion for creative worship in all its forms! Given that profile, it is perhaps not surprising that I first met Sandy at the 2019 Messy Church International Conference, where creativity was off the scale and worship varied, vibrant and wonderfully alive. I was honoured to speak about Holy Habits at that conference. Sandy and her fellow Aussies were really taken with the vision and have been busy exploring how this way of life can be renewed in the Australian context.
Generous plans were put in place for me and my family to visit Melbourne this year – and then along came Covid-19. Undeterred, Sandy and others have pressed on with exploring Holy Habits and have been particularly blessed by exploring the habit of fellowship. They are not alone in this. I’ve heard a lot of people saying how the challenges of the pandemic have made them realise how precious this particular habit or gift is, and how enforced physical separation has made them appreciate all the more the importance of togetherness and shared life – however that can be experienced.
In this short video, you can see Sandy and some of her friends talking about some of the things they have rediscovered about the place of fellowship (in association with some of the other habits – notably prayer and eating together) and the value of small groups.
I hope you enjoy it and I hope that one day there will be a safe vaccine and we can be with Sandy and her people face to face. In the meantime, if you would like to look at the resources that are available to explore the habit of fellowship, please visit holyhabits.org.uk/fellowship.
P.S. The references in the video are from the original Holy Habits book published by Malcolm Down Publishing.