Time and Space

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Perhaps it is a result of too much Sci-Fi, but the expression ‘time and space’ tried to capture the unlimited size and scope of the universe. However, in our real world, both are limited. Both sought after. Both somewhat fundamental for life.

As we head towards Spinnaker’s 30th anniversary, I reflect upon the time and the space that Spinnaker occupies. For example, the ‘time’ is 9am and the ‘space’ is in front of an entire school and for 20 minutes we all focus on a Bible story, an analogy and perhaps finish with a ‘time of reflection’. After all these years, when some might suggest I should be doing something ‘far more significant’, I am still gratefully amazed that we have the opportunity and privilege to do this.

As I reach my last few years working with Spinnaker, somehow the ‘time’ bit has acquired a bit more ‘gravitas’ since I have fewer opportunities ahead than behind me. But what exercises my heart more than ever is that we live in a time and space when the church must face two searing questions. Firstly, do we occupy the space God has given? And secondly, as you will have guessed, are we making best use of the time?

The space we are offered is incredible. We currently have a government that is supportive and encourages active church engagement in many areas of society, including education. Yes, there are some who will continue to object to our presence in the school, but at this particular time, Spinnaker and many other agencies confirm that the door stays open. I am still convinced that the only agency that will cause this space to close will be church itself, either by not moving into this space, or by assuming we have the right to be here. Let me spell it out, we have no right to stand in front of a school, we have something far better. We have the opportunity. Through invitation, we have been offered the time.

Entering and occupying what was promised was Moses’ passion. His sole focus was that, because that was what God called him to do. Which begs a final question. What is God asking the church to do at this time? Surely our task should fill the time and occupy the spaces we have been given. So we need to pray that in our time, doors will stay open and the warm invitation we receive will still be there in the days to come. My only big concern (I also have a few small ones) is to look back and wonder if Spinnaker has made the best use of the time and spaces we have been given. My only resolve, therefore, is to seek employment within the task that God has put on our hearts.

by Martin Sweet