“Can I speak to Colin?” someone asked on the phone. “Who?” I replied. “Colin Glen” they responded, thinking that we had named our Fellowship after a person! It was amusing to explain that Colin Glen is the name of a wooded glen in West Belfast where the Colin river flows, and not the name of a person at the end of the phone. We used this as the start of our name since this is in the area where we are based, and it is a good way of identifying us geographically.
What about the rest of the name? Well we chose Christian because we want to let people know that we are not members of a sect like the Jehovah's witnesses or Mormons, nor are we members of particular historic Christian denominations/churches such as Methodist or Catholic. Instead of identifying ourselves by a denominational label, we prefer to be known simply as followers of Christ, as ‘Christians.’
Why Fellowship? The dictionary says this word contains the meaning of a community with common interests, sharing and companionship. We have unity with God through faith in Christ, but also that fellow Christians have unity with each other as a result. And we are to express this through praise and worship to God, and support and encouragement of each other.
As the Apostle John wrote; “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).