BY BRIAN DAILY, ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF 146TH STREET SMALL GROUPS
It was Joy’s birthday dinner. It wasn’t fancy. The menu was simple: taco bar, fruit salad, ice tea and one more entrée – the hope of new friends. She wasn’t at Applebee’s and this wasn’t her party. This was her step of faith to connect at Grace through “Taste of Community,” a Grace dinner event held in homes for those hungry for community. Joy found it was worth spending her birthday to explore finding a Grace Group. Just go to a host home, get a friendly welcome, mingle with others looking for a group, eat dinner, share stories and leave knowing more about groups and how Grace will look for the right group to fit her needs.
And guess what? After making her birthday journey to Taste of Community, Joy received the gift she was looking for. Every other Sunday she now gathers in homes with the spiritual friends in her new Grace Group. It took a while, but it was worth it. She now has a place to be accepted, supported in prayer and seeking God together with others in community. All because she went to dinner at Taste of Community on her birthday and got served so much more than just food.
We’re looking for more “Joys” ready to learn about getting connected into community through Grace Groups. And all you need to do is simply come to dinner (it doesn’t even have to be your birthday!). Sign up for our next Taste of Community. We’ll save you a seat at the table!