The early church spent their entire lives together. They didn’t only worship together, but they lived together, ate together, and worked together. Their lives were so closely intertwined that they formed a very tight knit family within each church community. While we don’t necessarily live with our church family, we are called to bring our lives together, to move toward a deeper fellowship with our church community.

If your church is like mine, we have been having virtual services for months now. While I am so thankful that our Board of Elders is striving to keep us all safe, I do desperately miss fellowship. Connecting over a computer is just not the same as being in the same room, offering hugs or a close connection. It has been a struggle, and it really has made me appreciate the value of true Christian fellowship even more. This particular day in the “Worthy of the Gospel” devotional was especially pertinent to me, and I enjoyed diving into what true fellowship looks like.

This particular entry was meant to give you the feeling of a bustling neighborhood, an ideal place for building Christian community. I have been loving the look of torn paper recently, so I could not resist incorporating it into this page as well. The coordinating paper pack with “Worthy” might just be one of my favorites that By the Well 4 God has released recently. I enjoyed fussy cutting the houses from one paper and layering many of the other to create the neighborhood feel.

I also utilized the “Love Thy Neighbor” stamp set to add a few welcoming banners to each cluster of houses. Stamping on a separate piece of paper and then fussy cutting the image out give you the freedom to stamp several times (just in case!) and then also to play with the placement of the stamped images. This is a great technique if you are not a confident stamper, or perhaps if you are feeling indecisive about placement like I was on this particular morning!

The last main feature of this page was a clear adhesive pocket that I picked up at the Target Dollar Spot. These are fabulous for Bible journaling, because it allows you to include a lot on your page, but still be able to read verses. I created a tag with a ton of journaling, but once you lift it out of the pocket, you can still read all of the text below. I always search these out in the fall and pick them up to use all year long!

I pray that you are finding true and deep Christian fellowship in a church community these days. I pray that if your church is meeting in person, that all are safe, and that if your church is meeting virtually, that you are still nurturing those deeper connections.

Keep it creative,

Scrappy Wife

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