Even though we are now gathering online our church is still a home and at St Martins we offer a warm and friendly welcome to everyone. Church can be an intimidating place to visit, especially if you don’t know what to expect.
So what is church? In the New Testament, the Greek word that we translate as ‘church’ in our Bibles is ekklesia. It's an everyday word that meant ‘gathering'. So in Acts 19 where there is a riot in the city of Ephesus, it is used to describe both the unruly mob outraged by Paul’s teaching, and the regular assembly that gets together to discuss civic matters.
Now our church is neither a riot, nor like a local council meeting! But the word translated ‘assembly’ in these passages is the same one that is translated ‘church’ in most other passages in the New Testament. The word simply means a gathering or a congregation - even online!.