Welcome to Woven!
In case you don’t know me, I’m Rebecca Connett - but you can call me Bec. I am married to Dave and we are privileged to be the Lead Pastors of this incredible family that we call Goodlife Church.
And you are reading the very first Woven Blog… which has a slightly louder twin sister in the Woven podcast.
So - why am I doing a blog & a podcast, and why on earth have I called them “Woven”? (I know you’re all thinking it!)
Okay, let me answer the first question - why am I doing a blog? I mean, there are a LOT of blogs out there… I personally love blogs (and podcasts!) but it’s not like we need more, right? Well, no, not right.
The heart of this blog came for me as our amazing Goodlife Church began to expand. For a while, with only three campuses which are located fairly close together, it was easy to keep the family vibe that we love at Goodlife - and by family I don’t mean Mum, Dad and the 2.6 kids - I mean the vibe that at Goodlife we are family. It doesn’t matter which campus you are a part of, we are family. But as Goodlife began to expand north into Forster-Tuncurry, which is a 2 hour drive away, and as we begin to look forward into our launch of Goodlife Auckland, which is - hello - a 3 hour flight across the ditch to my Kiwi homeland, I began to realise that we need to stay intentional to ensure that family remains a core part of who we are as a church.
And you know what? women are key to this vibe!
You know the saying “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” - it’s so true, right? In our household, Dave has often reminded me that I set the tone of our home… when I am stressed, everyone picks up on it. When I am relaxed and full of peace, so is my home.
So I felt God stir in my spirit that one of the keys to Goodlife never losing this amazing facet of who we are as a Church, is for the women of Goodlife to be woven together heart and soul. And we are relational beings! How are we woven together? By getting to know each other, by connecting through conversations, by being real about all of life’s joys and sorrows, and pointing each other to God every step of the way. So within your local Goodlife, or within your local church if you are joining us from outside of the Goodlife world, we do this through Connect Groups, through coffees and chats, through hanging out. But how do we do this as our world gets larger and Goodlife is spread geographically?
We do this - partially, at least - through Woven. This is just one way… but it’s a way. So that’s my heart… that we begin a thread of conversations via blog and podcast… sometimes it will be me sharing my heart, sometimes it will be a conversation with some of the other amazing Goodlife voices, maybe I’ll even bring my husband on (if he promises to behave, and there is no guarantee of that!) - and I’ve got some other special guests that I’ll surprise you with during the year as well.
But my heart for it all is that we are woven together, heart and soul, in both the grand adventures and the mundane reality of our lives, in the journey God is taking us on as women.
Is this just for Goodlife? No, not at all - we are going to be talking about real life, about the great times and the tough times, and about a good God through it all, about learning how to navigate the everyday and the extraordinary with grace and strength and hope in Jesus. So even though the vision for Woven was birthed out of a love for the women of Goodlife, everyone is welcome, whether Goodlife is home for you or not.
Okay, so back to the second question - why on earth have I called it Woven? Am I taking us back to the old days of embroidery and quilting? YES. YES I AM. Ha! No, anyone who knows me knows that I am craft-challenged… so embroidery and weaving and all those other things that I don’t even know the name of will not be featuring!! So if you got this far, thinking you’ve found a blog for weaving or something - I’m sorry! Although you’re still welcome to stay for the journey ahead.
Why call it Woven? Well, I’ve already said it a couple of times - God is weaving us together as a body of women. He connects us into each other’s lives and at the same time, into the bigger picture of His plans and purposes. Sometimes stuff happens that blindsides us, and we are like, What just happened? God, where are you? And it’s important to understand that God doesn’t make the bad stuff happen - but He does weave it into this beautiful tapestry where His purpose and His love for humanity prevails. You know when you look at the back of a tapestry and its just a mess of clashing colour, of knotted thread, of threads that have been abruptly cut - but then when you turn the tapestry over you see the beauty that was created through the mess… and this is what God is doing as He weaves His love in our lives, both individually and together.
Colossians 2 in the Message paints this beautiful picture: it says
“I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery.”
A tapestry of love… we are woven together and we are woven into God’s purposes. I love that.
So that’s the heart behind Woven. I hope you’ll join us on the adventure.
Let’s chat soon.