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“To Know and Be Known.”
One of the great traditions of American social life revolves around football games. Gathering first in stadium parking lots for a good time of connecting through tailgating, the small group enters the stadium to join thousands of others celebrating, en masse, their team’s successes.
A similar pattern is presented to us in the New Testament as the Church of Jesus Christ begins to develop and expand throughout the known world:
“Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts…” Acts 2:46
Small groups of people connecting with each other over a meal and then gathering with the throng of believers in the temple courts, they fulfilled the need to be personally known, but also to be part of the larger mission that changed the world as the faithful “rowed together” in the love of Christ.
At St. Francis our Sunday worship is the “stadium event” where we rally around our Lord Jesus, as his great, big family! Yet, with all the benefits that experience brings, it is not the place where those deeper, heart-felt connections are necessarily made.
For this reason, we encourage our members to be a part of a small group of members who make those connections that are so vital to spiritual growth and ongoing support. Friendship, connections through ministry groups, or formal fellowship groups, all provide for this to happen for us. The “how” matters less than the doing. Dive in. The water’s fine!
For more information on how you can be a part of a small group, please contact Erika Alba.