“In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5 NIV
Every now and then I learn of someone who feels isolated and disconnected from our Alsbury family.
If involvement is limited to sitting alone in the back of a worship service and leaving as soon as the service ends, such feelings are understandable. This is not the case for all, however, as some of these people do engage with others in our small group structure. Nevertheless, the sense of disconnection is present.
I’ve been told our building design and multiple services make it difficult to connect with the rest of our church family. I sense the challenge is greater than issues of architecture and schedule. The problem can be corrected.
There are a few upcoming opportunities that will help with connecting with others.
- Our “Multi-generational Dinner Dates” are returning. We purposefully unite families from different generations who share meals in each others homes. Once everyone has met we “reshuffle the deck.” Look for sign-up information in this e-mail or in the bulletin on Sunday. Sharing a meal together in our homes is a powerful way to overcome isolation and disconnection!
- Our next all-church fellowship will be Sunday, January 10. We will gather at 5:00 for a dinner prepared by our Alsbury Deacons. We will also consider our 2016 church budget, addressing significant challenges facing our church. The evening will continue with table games and activities. Laughing together is a fun way to connect with others!
- A “Ministry Expo” is planned for Sunday, January 31, following a “One Family: One Service” worship experience. We will identify multiple possibilities for places of service within our church structure and sign up for additional information. Lunch will be provided so plan to stay and visit! Serving Jesus alongside others is the very best way to overcome isolation and disconnection!