I’ll be honest — someone had to practically twist my arm before I joined a home group eight years ago, but you know what? It changed my life.

No, that isn’t hyperbole. It really did. Having moved back to Fort Worth after being gone for nearly six years, I was feeling like a stranger in my hometown. It was joining a home group that changed everything for me. It didn’t happen overnight, but in the group, I met one of my (now) closest friends. Joining that home group helped me lower my guard enough to go to more young adult events at Christ Chapel and one by one, I built a friend circle that grew into a framily. My point? One small step of joining a home group can lead you places you never expected.

We need each other. However this year has impacted you, we need to keep reminding each other of God’s truth, grace and goodness amidst all that’s happening in our world. That why I’ve asked a few home group leaders to share about their plans for the season ahead. Don’t let social distancing keep you from community. Whether it’s virtual, in person or a mashup of the two, be a part of The Movement in a home group this fall.

Marvin and Linda Ledyard — South Campus Home Group Leaders
Q: What’s your home group like?
A: Our home group has quickly grown into a loving, caring and close-knit group. We meet twice a month on Sunday evenings, except on fifth Sundays when we have a social. The ladies will group text whenever there is a new prayer request or praise. They also meet the second Saturday of every month for coffee and fellowship. The men are also meeting once a month on the third Saturday for breakfast and fellowship (our last one was “pancakes your way” with fruit and sausage for sides).

Whenever there is a special study, Linda and I have dressed as biblical characters to greet our home group, making it fun and interesting for everyone. We create a prayer list at the end of each meeting with everyone sharing.

Q: How will your home group be meeting this fall?
A: At the beginning of the pandemic, we immediately began meeting on Zoom and haven’t stopped our regularly scheduled meetings. At the last social, the group unanimously voted to start meeting in person with masks.

Q: Why would you recommend someone joining a home group?
A: Join a home group for growth in the Lord as you share your faith in dealing with life’s ups and downs.

Huber and Whitney Rodriguez — Fort Worth Campus Home Group Leaders
Q: What’s your home group like?
A: Our home group is made up of couples with small children that range in age from 1-8 years old.

Q: How will your home group be meeting this fall?
A: We will be meeting virtually for our Scripture study weekly. We also plan to meet once a month in person for our families to fellowship together.

Q: What’s something new that you’ve learned or experienced about community this year?
A: Our small group has been through many trials this past year. We have prayed for each other and God has answered many of our prayers in powerful ways. We have been incredibly thankful for our small group community to lean on through this difficult season.

Also, in the past, we had struggled with meeting because of child care issues, distractions and work travel for many of the members of our group. Once we went virtual many of those problems were solved. We laugh about how we never thought about going virtual until we had to. God used this season to help us connect more consistently through technology.

Q: Why would you recommend someone joining a home group?
A: If you want to grow in your spiritual walk, have relationships with other believers, have someone to pray for you when you don’t have the words to pray for yourself, have friends who help you see the world through a biblical lens and help keep you accountable, then a home group would be for you.

Q: Anything else you’d want people to know about the home group experience?
A: We have found that you get what you put into your home group experience. It was easy to find a million excuses not to make another commitment, especially at this stage in our lives, however, once we committed to our home group we began to grow and flourish.

Pam Percival – Fort Worth Campus Home Group Leader
Q: What’s your home group like?
A: Our group is women-only. All ages are welcome, but current members range in age from 50s to 70s. Marital status varies: married, widowed and divorced/single. Some members work outside the home full time, some work part time and some are retired.

Q: How will your home group be meeting this fall?
A: This fall, we will meet in person on my patio. We’ll have room to social distance outdoors, and people can wear face coverings if they choose. Those who can’t attend in person can join via Zoom.

Q: What’s something new that you’ve learned or experienced about community this year?
A: Being able to meet virtually provided a wonderful spiritual and emotional lifeline for us, especially while sheltering in place. Our bond has grown stronger as we connected online to study the Bible and support one another through these difficult times. A new member even joined our group virtually during the shelter-in-place. We felt like we already knew her when we finally met in person one Sunday in May to watch an online church service together.

Q: Why would you recommend someone joining a home group?
A: Being part of a home group connects me more closely to the larger church. I have gotten to know some wonderful women that I might never have met otherwise. They each bring different perspectives and life experiences that enrich our time together.

Caitlin Rodgers

 

Fall Home Groups
Groups start meeting Sunday, Sept. 27
Be a part of The Movement, our fall series and new home group study! Our world is crying out for change everywhere and this fall, The Movement is going to teach and remind us that God is the only one who can ultimately bring that lasting change. And, He’s chosen us, the church, to take that message to the world through our words, actions and lives. The only place to get the full experience of the series is in a home group. Join a group today and be a part of The Movement.

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