Sanctuary’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
Return to the 80’s! Power bangs and mullets, Rick Astley and Twisted Sister, moon walks and Rubix Cubes! Join us for a night of fun, music, and an air band contest!
Friday, February 28th, 7pm-11pm
513 Talbot Street
If you already know a little about Sanctuary London, then you probably know we love to gather for community celebrations! Sometimes we gather for a special holiday or occasion, sometimes to celebrate our arts and creative gifts, and sometimes for no other reason than we love to be together! Similar to the story of the prodigal son, we all want a place to come home to—at Sanctuary, we are continually called ‘home’ by each other and by God, and this calls for a celebration, a party, a banquet feast!
After three years of being together, we have much to celebrate! We celebrate our weakness and we celebrate our belovedness. We celebrate new friendships, many shared stories, and a deeper loneliness transformed into belonging. Every tiny act of welcome, inclusion, love, forgiveness, trust, healing, and acceptance calls for celebration. Most importantly, we celebrate each other—our gifts and love, and our deepest woundedness. Embracing our completeness in Christ allows us to be human together in our process of becoming the community God calls us to be, where all who are poor and excluded are welcomed and loved with open arms.
Many of our friends at Sanctuary come with poor and weakened spirits. They’ve seen much more than their fair share of hurt, trauma, and grief, and much less than their fair share of true joy and celebration. Often in communities of poverty, where many have experienced rejection, exlusion, and woundedness, God’s presence and love and healing becomes that much more visible to us—we see God in ways we’ve never seen him before. And it is this communion between each other and with God, that calls for intentional celebration.
We are not always used to the image of God throwing a party; often we become so deeply affected by the pain and hurt in and around us, that we forget to intentionally seek ways to celebrate and claim joy. In his book The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen reminds us that God has a heart for rejoicing: “When I think about the ways in which Jesus describes God’s Kingdom, a joyful banquet is often at its center… Celebration belongs to God’s Kingdom. God not only offers forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing, but wants us to lift up these gifts as a source of joy for all who witness them” (p. 113).
On February 28th, we will be rejoicing in all that God is doing in our midst! We welcome our Sanctuary friends, we welcome new people coming for the first time, and we welcome the larger community and churches who have supported us. Everyone is welcome at the banquet feast—Jesus left nobody out! Our vision of a community celebration is ‘everyone together’ with an abundance of food, singing, joy, and fellowship, and especially an abundance of God’s love. A taste of the Kingdom right here on earth.
Will you join us?