Ready to Re-Connect in Person?

There is no doubt about it --- our daily lives have been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are asking the question, “When are we going to get back to normal?” The options are limited on how we can gather safely --- some feel ready to regather in person and some do not.  We appreciate your willingness to be flexible as well as your patience with others who may feel differently. 

 

Pierce Chapel ministry leaders want to support each and every one of you wherever you are on this journey. We will continue our Sunday morning lovestream and Midweek Refuel until we can gather as a larger worshiping community in the building. However, for those who feel safe to and are ready to gather in person now, we want to help you! That is why we are introducing these small-group opportunities that we’re calling “Grab, Gather, & Grow”!  Here’s how it works:

  • Grab an easy resource like Right Now Media (hey, did you know this is a FREE-to-you source??!).

  • Gather with family and friends* at your home.

  • Grow in faith and relationship with God and with each other!

 

This small group opportunity is designed to help us find new ways to worship and grow as our church is adapting to these ever-changing circumstances. This model will offer you the freedom to “invite people to church” who may never have attended before and to reconnect with Pierce Chapel folks who feel comfortable reconnecting in person. Your group will be as unique as you. Each of you has the freedom to create and operate a group that works for your life and the lives of those with whom you are about to begin a wonderful journey!

*Here are a few examples of some possible “Grab, Gather, & Grow” small groups:

  1. John invites his neighbors George and Mary, two church members, and a co-worker to meet at his house Friday evenings for BYOD (bring your own dinner) and discussion over a study from Right Now Media.  Following appropriate CDC guidelines, John’s new group can enjoy a fulfilling small group experience with PC folks who are ready to gather in person again, and/or with folks who may never had experienced “church” before!

  2. Lisa and her husband Dave invite couples on their street for coffee and church on Sunday morning! It is a come-as-you-are environment as this small group worships along with hundreds of others through Pierce Chapel’s livestream. Following the 10 AM Lovestream, they enjoy some engaging conversation about the sermon topic, all the while practicing appropriate distancing and hygiene measures.

  3. Tracy invites anyone from her Sunday Connections Class to join her at her home to watch the Sunday morning Lovestream (preferably on a big screen TV!).  Afterward, they continue with their Sunday Connections Class with those in her home and with those who prefer to participate virtually as well.

 

See how creative you can be?  Since we cannot yet safely gather in the building in a large group, small groups are a great “rolling restart.”  AND….these small groups may just lead us to ways that God has wanted us to BE THE CHURCH all along --- even when things were “normal.” Could the Holy Spirit be bringing revival in the Church (capital C) through these new ways of doing Church?  We hope so!  We don’t know all the answers right now; but we do know that God is at work in all of our lives at Pierce Chapel and beyond!

 

So….is the Spirit moving you to grab, gather, and grow?  If so, go to piercechapel.com/gather for resource suggestions and further info.  May the Holy Spirit be unleashed to work in new and fresh ways among us!

Are you ready to grab, gather, and grow?

Here are the next steps:

  1. Pray for God's leading in all your plans.

  2. Decide what the focus will be (for example, a group that reflects on Sunday's sermon, or a group that uses a particular curriculum).

  3. Invite friends and neighbors to participate.

  4. Contact Lynn or Jessica so we can be praying for you and offer encouragement.

  5. Get ready to be transformed by God's Spirit moving in and through you!

Looking for a study? Here are some ideas from RightNow Media:

  • Philippians - by Jo Saxton (8 sessions)

  • Love Does - by Bob Goff (5 sessions)

  • Oneness Embraced - by Tony Evans (6 sessions)

  • The Art of Neighboring - by Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon (4 sessions)

  • The Parable of the Builders - by Jonathan Evans (1 session by this former NFL fullback and Chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys)

Need a RightNow Media account? Click HERE to sign up!

Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. What is your first memory of being "in church"?  

  2. What is your experience of being part of "the church"?

  3. How has "koinonia" (often translated "fellowship") impacted your life?

  4. Where do you see the church needs to be involved in "mending"? 

  5. How can you personally be involved in a ministry of "mending"?  

  6. What about the sermon was most meaningful or challenging? 

United Methodist Church

Know. Love. Serve.

5122 Pierce Chapel Rd
Midland, GA 31820
706-327-9807
Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.