Twice per year we like to have a music night at Jacob's Well. A diverse group of community members come out each time, making for a very special, very positive, very talented creative environment in which to express God-given gifts in a variety of musical ways. There is good music and, like all Jacob's Well events, there is also good food and coffee.
Wednesday evening some of us gather to worship God through music, prayer and Bible study. The evening has a hospitable feel where creativity is encouraged. We praise God with our voices and instruments (no experience necessary!). The evening always includes thoughtful reflection on scripture and prayer for one another.
Once a week, many members of our community gather to plan, cook and clean up a meal together. A few of us go shopping at our local market to supplement what we receive from the food bank and then some of our friends from the neighbourhood come and help cook. We always put the coffee on early so that people can come in, and in no time the front room is usually packed with familiar faces, games of cards, and lots of laughter. It is a hallowed moment as we pause the whole operation for a minute or so of silence before we say grace and eat. About 30-40 neighbours and friends, unlikely companions, come together around five tables to eat in one another’s company. We eat family-style, and our meals certainly have both the deeply fulfilling and frustrating characteristics of family meals. Plenty of people stick around to finish up the dishes. We close the evening by praying for those we have talked with around the table.
A short visual summary of the renovations that we took on to transform our space into what it is today. Many of the materials used in the renovations were rescued from the dump and given new life by decorating our space.
1 : to restore to a former better state (as by cleaning, repairing, or rebuilding)
2 : to restore to life, vigor, or activity : REVIVE
Jacob’s Well began renovations on our storefront space at the end of April 2005. This was a huge undertaking and something we had been hoping to do for a number of years to make our place more functional and usable. We had an open house to celebrate on October 22nd, 2005.
With hospitality and gratitude we welcomed several hundred people to celebrate the opening of our re-created space in the storefront on Main Street. These “renos” were only completed as a result of the prayers, encouragement, financial support and many hours of people working together. Not only are we thankful for the many people who helped but also for the opportunities we have had to work together, side by side (on wobbly scaffolding or with knees on wood floors) listening to one another's stories and sharing simple meals, cultivating our life together as the Jacob’s Well Community. We are so thankful to God and to all those who helped with this huge undertaking.