Sunday, June 08, 2008
Each Sunday we get spiffed up, hustle the kids into the car, and we head to church for 9 AM mass.
Some mornings the kids are well behaved, other days, like today, not so much. At one point I had both little girls in my arms crying as I carried them to the cry room.
Over the past three years, we've interacted with some supportive parishioners that make a point to stop and say good morning to us and the kids after mass. Apparently we're a visible family now, in part because we added two little girls to our family within three months and since we sit about 4 rows back from the front people noticed and asked questions.
I must admit that beyond going to mass each week, we're not as involved in the church community as I'd like to be. I used to be quite involved with teaching CCD, attending bible studies, and singing in the church choir. Now, it's all I can do to keep three small children 3 and under somewhat quiet during mass. I miss my involvement in the church but I just don't have the time to do something about it yet. I tell myself that fostering is my ministry at the moment. The rest will come later.
This morning, something beautiful happened.
One of the families that we've talked to in passing in the past came to chat with us after mass. This family (Carl, Patricia, and their three children that I think are about 8-12 years old) knows that we're fostering and have mentioned that they've considered fostering as well but haven't quite made the commitment yet. They've asked us a few questions in past conversations.
This morning Carl, Patricia, and their children came with a purpose. After exchanging casual conversation and holding and cooing over Baby Bug, they invited us to have a meal with them at their house next weekend! They want to get to know us better.
I wasn't expecting this invitation and I was really touched that they extended it. I would like to get to know more of my fellow parishioners but I didn't even think to invite anyone over for lunch or dinner! It's such a simple concept but in the hustle of keeping tabs on three active children each Sunday morning, my brain is a little fried.
We happily accepted the invitation and made plans to meet at their house for lunch next Saturday. I can't wait to get better aquatinted with this kind family!
I'm curious, how well connected are you with your church family? Do you interact much outside of service? If so, how?