What a sight! Tons of United Methodists standing on the stage of HUMC in Hawaiian shirts smiling and singing “The Church is One Foundation.” AMEN! What a great day!
We celebrated the end of our “40 Days of Community” adventure with three services packed with group speakers sharing their experiences and how much it meant to them to have this new-found sense of community with their church. Several folks became emotional as they recounted their new friendships and the intimacy that was found in that small group of adults. Almost all of the groups plan to continue meeting in some fashion, which is EXACTLY what I had been praying for!
What does this mean for HUMC? Well, it means that the ball is now officially rolling. The momentum it has gained over the past six weeks will now be fueled by NEW groups forming and established groups opening themselves up for new members. This also means new opportunities for any of you out there who would like to lead a small group! Just think of the friendships you could make with others in this church by joining a short-term group. It is a much better way to feel connected to HUMC than just sitting in corporate worship each week with hundreds of other people. Chances are, you’ll feel much more like HUMC is family if you make those types of relationships!
I challenge you to look at your very hectic schedule and determine where you can fit in time to be in a small group. Not only determine where it can ‘fit in,’ but how to MAKE IT fit in because it’s a PRIORITY in your life! We are all busy. But, the truth of the matter is, we make time to do the things we WANT to do. My friends if you want to have a deeper relationship with Christ as well as a deeper relationship with other Christians, small groups is the vehicle to make that happen. I encourage you to pray about that and consider how you can plug in!