I struggle sometimes with the question of who church is for, and what church is for. What is the point of church?
Last weekend we visited friends. After a reasonable lunch in a pub converted from a railway station we walked around the village where they live and decided to have a look in the parish church. We were charged £3 each for the pleasure of entering the church as it was running a Christmas tree festival in which the trees on display had been decorated by various local commercial and non-commercial organisations. Refreshments were on offer including mulled wine. When my friend queried the entrance fee with the man on the door he was told: “That’s what it is all about.” The ‘all about’ bit being about raising funds for the church. Funny, I thought Christmas was all about God and Jesus, not about fundraising.