We All Need Somebody To Lean On

Posted in Fellowship, Life Group, Relationships by PCraig on September 12, 2013

Our new GriefShare ministry at the church is reaching out to a segment of society that needs help.  Recovering from the loss of a loved one can be a long and painful experience.  Getting around other people who have encouragement, helpful advice and moral support is huge in recovery.  This is not only true in grief, but in so many other areas of our lives as well.

When we get around others that can pray for us, encourage us, and guide us through the rough waters of life, it makes the journey so much better.  I think that’s why the devil fights it so much.  He tells people, “You don’t have time to go to that class” or “They won’t share anything that could be of help to you” and “You’re going to do just fine on your own, you don’t need a bunch of religious people to help you.”  What’s sad is this often works in keeping us away from the very thing that could catapult us to wholeness.

Let me urge you today to seek out the strength of others.  Don’t let the enemy convince you to stay away from the support of God’s family.  He knows the power that is released when people of faith come together; it’s a shame when we don’t.

*LifeGroups are awesome for building strength & so are Crossroads University classes!

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Circle Time

Posted in Fellowship, Friendship, Life Group, Time by PCraig on February 24, 2011

My wife, Rachelle, used to teach preschool for many years.  Part of the lesson plan each day would be a scheduled “circle time”, in which the kids would sit in a circle to hear a story.  It was during this time that many of the children would comment on the story and what they thought of it.  Sometimes, they would share a little about their young lives and how it related to the story like, “I also have a dog, …a red bike, …or a big house!” 

Circles are great for allowing people to look around and express themselves to each other.  It’s easier to listen to a person’s story when you can see their facial expressions.  Most of us feel more comfortable telling some of our story when we see the approving nods of others that suggest they know exactly what we’re saying. 

I believe everyone needs to have “circle time.”  Each of us need a place where we can go and safely share anything we feel to express.  We need an environment that allows us to be ourselves and yet inspires us to be something more.  Unfortunately, as adults most of us don’t make time for it. 

Here at Crossroads, we call it Life Groups.  A place where adults can get together, generally in someone’s home, and have some “circle time.”  We believe in this so much that only have one Wednesday evening service a month to allow for people to meet in groups throughout the month.  I know we’re all busy, so we try to keep the church calendar as free as possible to allow time for this important part of our spiritual growth. 

Now, not only do Rachelle and I belong to a Life Group, she is still doing “circle time” with a small group in our kid’s ministry (JAM).  Let me also mention that our student ministry gets in circles each month and have nearly 100% participation. 

If you’re not currently in a Life Group, the good news is that there is an orientation coming up in early March to help get you connected.  Don’t miss out on one of the great blessings of life by failing to share in “circle time.”

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Have Some Fun Together

Posted in Fun, Life Group by PCraig on July 19, 2010

Still sore today after our boating trip with our Life Group this weekend, but man did we have fun!  I would encourage each of our Life Groups to do something fun together this summer.  Here’s just a few ideas: miniature golf, boating, swimming party, cookout, picnic, attend a concert together, go to the State Fair together.

Doing something fun together takes you out of your normal routine as a group and puts you into a relaxed setting where you can get to know each other better.  For example, the group I attend didn’t know I could do a double somersault off of an inner tube until last Saturday!  (I didn’t know it either until it happened)

It’s summer, have some fun with your fellow Christ-followers and build friendships.

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