|The Oddfellows Band|
The criteria for choosing Matthias were that he had known Jesus personally and that he was a witness to the resurrection. Today we still need to know Jesus personally. The church is a gathering of individuals who are each on a personal pilgrimage of exploration and faith, in a relationship with Jesus and with each other. The job of being a witness to the resurrection is to share good news with others. The church is not a museum or a historical reenactment society; we are a body of folk who exist to bless others and help them to discover the Kingdom of God for themselves. The Manchester Unity Friendly Society (Oddfellows) have a similar desire to help others and promote unity, and a high proportion of members are also members of churches. We are on a common journey.