It’s hard to believe it is June already. It seems like we were just celebrating Christmas; but I just checked the calendar on my computer and June it is. Maybe this is affecting me because my son, along with many others, just graduated from high school - while it seems like just a few days ago we were bringing him home from the hospital. When I think back, I remember my dad saying things like “the older you get the faster time goes” when I was a kid and I thought he was crazy; but time really does fly, again dad was right.
It got me to thinking what we as a church can do to change this fast paced world we find ourselves, what can we do to help our community to develop and appreciate the relationships around us before time gets away. What would it take to become a “Slow Church”? Then I found a book about this very thing written by Chris Smith, I haven’t read it yet, but the descriptions I’ve found point toward just what I’m thinking. We see that more and more adults and families today have a hunger for relationships over more church programs. In fact our church programs’ real power comes from the relationships in and around them, especially our relationships with Jesus.
This summer we are launching “Grilling Groups” in our churches. These groups will meet each week at the home of host families for a potluck dinner from the grill. If we have a large response we can have more than one group in each church because the point is to develop and grow our relationships.
Joining a grilling group is an awesome low risk way to get to know the people and families in our community each week. So everyone is welcome…the more the better. If you want to sign up and need start dates, call or email the charge office for information.
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