Have you ever had something happen when it felt like time slowed down or even stood still? One thing you can count on…it is never a joyous time. It is usually filled with confusion, despair, and even fear.
This happened to us when my son, Forrest, was only a couple of months old. He woke up from a nap, agitated and could not catch his breath. All of his air passages seemed to be blocked. Sean and I tried everything we knew to do to help him calm down and breathe. Instead, Forrest began turning shades of blue and eventually purple.
After calling 911, our very next call was to a couple in our Home Group. The First Responders to our home included, not only, the EMTs, but also, JB and Lorie. They had rushed over to stay with our daughter, Tori, while we went to the hospital.
Now let me take a little break in this story to say that by the time everyone reached the house, Forrest had started breathing normally and regained his color. But wow, those first couple of minutes were excruciating and they seem to last hours.
When we got to the hospital, we were met by Rick and Michelle, and David and Debbie, two other couples from our Home Group. They received a call that something was wrong and we had left our house by ambulance. They dropped everything to make sure we were okay and to provide some emotional support.
Even though the trip to the hospital became less of an emergency and more about preventative testing, I left there assured that my family belonged to a larger collective that was committed to each other on a deeper level that just going to the same church. This group became family.
You can call them Home Groups, Life Groups, Small Groups, or whatever. The purpose and goal is always the same. This is the group you do life with, you build community with, and embrace a deeper faith found only in a relationship with Jesus.
At Alsbury, it is our heart to see every member be a part of a small group — to connect with other believers as we become fully devoted followers of Christ and engage our greater community with the transformative power of the gospel.
We limit ourselves and we limit God when we walk out our faith alone.
Our full potential is found when we walk through this life together.
If you would like more information about Alsbury Small Groups, contact Rick Maynard (email)