“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…” – Hebrews 10:25

Had the opportunity to lead Junior Church at Christian Life Centre recently. After my last attempt left kids screaming “worst activity ever!” before bursting into tears, I was hoping round two might go a little smoother.

This time, instead of playing distracting (and in hindsight scary) sounds from speakers while attempting to read a memory verse (illustrating the importance of spending quiet times with God), I gave everyone a word from Hebrews 10:25.

With pieces of paper in hand, each one took turns to come to the front and tell the group what their word was and what it meant. We discussed that while each of the words was important on its own, when combined with the rest of them they made something even more special. What followed was a ruckus of “No! This goes there!” and “Give me that!” as kids scattered around the room.

I didn’t actually realise the depth of what we were doing at the time until I noticed two of the younger girls sitting to one side. “What words do you girls have?”, a quiet “people” and “do” were the response. “Well let’s find out where they fit, you’ve got two of the most important ones”.

And that’s really what fellowship is about. Sure you can have a relationship with God without going to church, but without you – important words are missing.