Church-wide Feast and Small Group Introduction
Youth Ryan Thorn, Heather Harrington , Joseph Scott, and Micha Pugh laddle beef tips, rice, and gravy to members of our congregation as an act of service during a church-wide fellowship. (photo: Lisa Wright)
When asked to share the influence of NHBC Small Group, Debbi West and Tonya Miller recount the special connection and belonging they each felt.
by Julie Kirk
If thereís one thing that distinguishes
Baptists, itís their eatiní meetinís. The New Hope family enjoyed one such
meetiní Sunday morning, March 24th, after the worship service.
Bro. Scott Frank led us in asking Godís blessing on the food, we eagerly
stampeded, I mean proceeded, into the fellowship hall where appetizing aromas
greeted us. The New Hope teens and their adult partners were standing ready to
serve the meal they had prepared. Long tables loaded with pans of beef tips and
gravy, rice, sides, desserts, and drinks welcomed us as we lined up waiting our
turn to indulge. Then, with generously heaped plates in hand, we found seats at
a scattering of tables where conversations and laughter flowed and mingled as
forks were put into action.
As plates were quickly being emptied, Bro. Tony Pierce claimed the microphone
and voiced our gratitude to the teens for the gift of a delicious lunch.
Scott then took advantage of the opportunity to share information about the
small group ministry that is just getting underway at New Hope. Leaders
of the five small groups were introduced. Several folks shared testimonies of
finding kinship, a sense of belonging, a family-style closeness in their small
group experience and encouraged everyone to join in and find a connection, ďa
bucket seat that fits your bucket.Ē These groups will focus on building
community, sharing one anotherís burdens, encouraging one another, discipleship,
accountability, and service. A sign-up sheet for each group was provided.
not too late to take part, so come on. You will be warmly welcomed.