Sunday, December 30, 2012

All Leaders On Board!

Life Group Leaders and Facilitators (this includes those who lead or facilitate a Bible Study), please mark the date of January 13th, after second service on your calendar.  This is GroupLink time!  GroupLink is designed to happen twice a year (January and August) to facilitate brining in more individuals and couples into Life Groups!  Even if your Life Group is full and you are cruising along nicely, your participation is needed to help communicate the benefits and blessings of being part of a Life Group.

The afternoon will start with registration, lunch, gathering around community areas and watching the video promts that get us started on what to do.  We will also see a short video from Andy Stanley that gives us a vision and understanding of the significance of Life Groups in the life of the overall church.

Please join us, and thank you for your commitment to your Life Group!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

GroupLink set for January 13th!

Life Group Leaders!  This is a special and significant time to connect more in our congregation to a Life Group.  We are participating in an event called GroupLink that connects individuals and couples into community and life stage groups.  It takes place Sunday, January 13th after second service!  Lunch will be provided!  Please mark your calendars!  More to come! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Restart with GroupLink

In the New Year we plan to present something cool called GroupLink.  GroupLink takes place twice a year - in January and August.  Please set aside Sunday, January 13th (after second service) for a time to connect with those who have not yet enjoyed the Life Group experience here at Hydesville Church.  Lunch will be served.  We will hear a short video from Andy Stanley and then connect in community groups for eight weeks.  After eight weeks each group decides whether they want to continue on as a group or to assimilate into other groups.  Each group decides where and when they want to meet.  If you currently have a Life Group this is a great place to ask a couple others to join your existing group.  If you are not currently in a group, but have led in the past this is a great place to restart with a group for the new year.

Andy Stanley said something profound as it relates to his very large church in Atlanta and the Life Groups they have in their church.  You may or may not know Andy Stanley (son of Charles Stanley) has an incredibly popular ministry with the mission of creating a church that unchurched people love to attend.  Andy Stanley is personally very popular - he is a pastor, in demand conference speaker and and a very successful author.  That is why his words on this subject mean so much.  He said, basically, that if something terrible happened to his church building (like it was leveled in a natural disaster), and he was also suddenly not able to physically pastor the church would still go on because they would tend to meet in circles (groups) all around the city in their version of Life Groups.  The people are connected within the church community and would continue to meet without a church building or without Andy Stanley.  Said a different way, their church is constructed around "circles" (Life Groups) rather than "rows" (the worship service being the only point of connection). 

And so from Andy's illustration we can see why it is so important for our church to be connected personally in small Life Groups.  And, that is why we are restarting with GroupLink!