Hi! In the next post you will see pictures of how we are the church-outside of the church walls. This past week I had the opportunity to help Pastor Betsy King carry on a tradition of FUMC Hillsville with the folks of Bethany United Methodist Church in Austinville. Making banners. Back in the Spring Pastor Betsy had her first baptism in the sanctuary at FUMC Hillsville. The person being baptized was from the Bethany Church. Since they don’t have a baptismal- Pastor Betsy used the one at Hillsville. So, the folks at Bethany came to the sanctuary at FUMC Hillsville and held the baptism there. While there, they were admiring the banners and the communion table “dress.” They were told that the banners were made by our own Virginia Pratt and they were then inspired to create some of thier own.
This photo was taken during a recent banner session with the folks at Bethany. This is a beautiful representation of how we are all one in Christ. The folks at Hillsville along with the folks at Bethany. Pastor Betsy is the link and Jesus Christ is the key. I love the way the hands come together at the center of the cross. Just beautiful. I have been blessed to be a part of this fellowship with these precious children of God from Bethany. This is one way we are the church outside of the church- when we fellowship with others beyond Sunday morning. Virginia Pratt will be pleased to know that her legacy of banner making lives on in others. Blessings upon you!