14 Jul Community
As a team we all agree that the biggest thing that we learned this whole summer is the value of a church community. Throughout this summer we have seen many Renewal members opening up their homes to us and others for fellowship and discipleship. Since our last blog post three events are the best examples of this lesson.
Renewal has several small groups that come together to fellowship and discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon. Sometimes life groups enjoy a meal together. Last week the team had the opportunity to go to the Alford house to enjoy a 4th of July cookout with two life groups. This event was very valuable for us since it allowed the team to meet members of the church we haven’t met before. The following Monday we were able to participate in our senior pastor’s life group. Their life group enjoyed another cookout and a Q and A session with the Summer LINKers.
Finally we were able to witness hospitality at the Pierce house when they opened up their home to allow for our church’s Back Yard Kid’s Club (BYKC) to meet. For two days the Pierce’s let children and adults run around their yard and house for the purpose of teaching kids the word of God and having meaningful conversation with their parents. The evening before BYKC the kids and their families had a cookout at the property, complete with an inflatable bouncy slide. The Pierces’ hospitality was shown even the next morning when the event staff arrived early and were met with breakfast and coffee.
In the grand scheme of the summer the Renewal team has been met with only hospitality and kindness. It is through these many meetings with church members that we have learned the lesson of a strong church community.