At our last Friday night fellowship one of our Denton staff, Ryan Bristow, lead us in something outside of what we had originally planned. He read the entire book of Philippians to us and then had us discuss it in small groups. We originally planned to end our series that pushed our community to ask deeper questions regarding their faith and beliefs. Ryan texted me previously in the week and said, "I think the Spirit wants me to read Philippians to our community instead this Friday". So that's what we did! During our discussion time, we talked a lot about relationships and loving one another to serve and love God. This change in pace and discussion was a good reminder to me of how relationships are at the core of building strong communities.
Our community has weekly small groups called Core groups that meet most evenings throughout the week. These groups are simple and involve discussing a topic and scripture, as well as sharing our lives and experiences. We call them "Cores" because they really are what hold our community together. It's then through Core that people meet up 1:1 together. If I where to say that small groups are the core of an apple, then I would say that 1:1 fellowship is the seed that produces more fruit.
I'm personally greatly thankful for our small groups. It was through Core that I built some of my strongest friendships; the type of friendships that I want everyone to experience!
|A Core group I lead in 2012 as a student|
Here's a testimony from one of our students on how Core groups ministered to her!
|This blurry picture is of us playing with a 6ft tall beach ball. People walking by get so intrigued and just have to join us. It's incredibly fun and funny.|
|We call this "Story Time - Tales to make you think". We sit out in the grass, tell stories that have a deeper meaning and then have people discuss what it means.|
|This is called 9 square in the air. You may have played 4 square at recess as a kid, well this is the same idea, but 9 squares and its in the air. It draws lots of attention and is a fun way to bond with new people.|