"...let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don't stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-25
It has been said that the genius of the early Methodist movement was a methodical structure that connected people with one another in small groups. John Wesley designed a system that included at its core what he dubbed the class meeting, a weekly gathering that brought people together to grow in faith. Wesley recognized that, in addition to hearing the redemptive good news of God proclaimed in worship, people benefited from meeting with a small group of believers regularly where they could experience the transforming power of God's love in community.
While the time and the topics and even some of the methods may have changed, Wesley's insight is no less relevant for us today. For the person who really wants to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ, connecting with other people who are also seeking to grow is essential. When we meet together with a small group of fellow faith travelers, we are able to learn from each other, support and challenge each other, and spur one another on toward greater faithfulness. We also form deep, meaningful friendships that are hard to find anywhere else.
Trinity has a long, rich history of providing opportunities for people to connect with each other for just these purposes. Many of you have wonderful stories to tell about how your involvement has deeply impacted your life and faith. This fall, we will be rolling out a number of new opportunities for connecting, as well as resuming others that have been available in the past.
I'd like to invite you to join us this coming Monday evening at 6:30pm for our quarterly Community Conversation. This time the emphasis will be on adult ministries with a special focus on small groups. Whether or not you can make it on Monday, I urge you to make participation in a small group a priority this fall, both for you and for your children. You'll be glad you did.
If you would like to submit a question ahead of time, there is an opportunity to do so on the registration form.
Grace and peace,