Spring Time Community Time: 5 Ways to Get Connected

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FOCUS ON COMMUNITY – Community is an awesome gift from God. He never intended for us to do life alone! The C in our H-B-C-M Discipleship plan says it this way: “We must be intentional about getting plugged into to the life of our church family, seeking out deeper community, fellowship, encouragement and friendships.”

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
“Love one another earnestly with all your hearts.” 1 Peter 1:22
“…Breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness…” Acts 2:46
“Carry one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

It’s hard when first starting out in a new church and new community. How can I get to know people? What are some ways I can get plugged in?

I’m glad you asked! Here are five practical ways you can get to know people at HBC and get connected in Community…

1. Come a little early and linger in the Welcome Café’. This is a great place to meet people and get to know them in a casual setting. The ideal time is 8:15-9:15 AM. It’s also a great time and place to grab a snack like a donut, a home-made cinnamon roll (they’re amazing!), coffee, specialty or iced coffee or a cup of tea. (There is a suggested small donation for snacks to help recover our costs). Or grab a (free) cup of Joe and introduce yourself to someone!

2. Linger in the worship center, lobby or Welcome Café’ after service for a few minutes. When the service is over don’t rush to the parking lot. Take your time. Introduce yourself to someone. If you have children in the Pre-school KidZone or 1027 Kids worship, get to know the other parents and volunteers. They aren’t too busy to talk with you. Come and introduce yourself to Dena and me. We’re usually lingering and talking with people near the front each Sunday.

3. Join a small group. One of the best ways to “do life” with people is to join a small group. These are Sunday morning Bible study groups and they are the place where we talk about life and how God’s Word is relevant to everyday life. This is a great way to get to know people and develop friendships in community. When our new Discipleship Building is finished we’ll be starting even more groups (including newcomers groups). And there will be lots more room for gathering and “visiting” space too. We are already training more teachers and group facilitators. If you’d like to see a list of groups, you can find one at the BTM Table in the Café’ area. It’s totally OK to try out different groups and see which one is the best fit for you.

4. Take advantage of the Community Group times. Now that it’s springtime (it will warm up soon!), each of our Small Groups will be gathering together at other times during the week or month to have dinner together in homes or going to the park for a picnic or some other fun activity together. Some groups meet almost every week for a potluck Sunday night supper together while others meet after church at noontime. One group has just started meeting together in a home for a monthly “Asian food” theme night. If you’re already part of a small group and they’re not planning Community Group times, help your teachers out and ask if you can help plan some C-Group times for this Spring.

5. Join a Volunteer Team. This is one of the best ways to get to know people. No matter your stage in life there’s a certain camaraderie from working together. Check in with Robert and Aimee at the BTM (Bigger Than Me) Table and they can give you some ideas of where you might serve. If you’re a follower of Christ but not sure of your spiritual gift, we’d be glad to give you self-test. It only takes a few minutes and you can learn a lot about how God has gifted and wired you to serve in His Kingdom. Then join a team and serve. You’ll be amazed at how fun it is working with others to Love God and Love people!

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Pastor Dave

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