communitygroups

Parents Dinner Out: Take One

As a church, the two things we are most passionate about exist in our name: Christ and community. Our community groups are a family of committed believers who live out the mission of God together in a specific geographic area or with a particular group of people. We are really excited about what is happening in our groups this year. Once in a while we are going to share stories from members about what is happening as we build life around each other.

Read this story from Brad Davis, a part of the community group for young families:

On Friday night, September 16, some of the parents with young kiddos (like, kids age 7 and under) got together for dinner at tasty Carrabbas.  This was the first of what we hope will be monthly dinners out (without the kids) in order for parents with young kids to have some quality time together -  having a little bit of adult conversation, sharing in the current season of life and its unique challenges and joys, and a chance to get to know each other. 

 

The great thing about Friday night was that it mushroomed just a little and we ended up with people who have been around a long while, and folks who have showed up more recently. We also ended up with two couples whose kids are pretty much grown. Having this mix of folks made a much richer evening with sharing between generations and life stage. I was encouraged and excited that they showed up!

 

As I looked down the long table of 16 folks, I saw a lot of smiles and laughter. It felt good to be a part of a group of people who care about each other. It was a gathering that I would be really comfortable inviting someone new to attend. 

 

The only negative was that I couldn’t get down to the other end of the table to talk to those people. That will have to happen next time – or in one of the other contexts in which we meet. Our Community Group meets in a very dynamic rhythm. Each month we have our parent’s dinner night out, and a family friendly event with the kids like swimming last month, and Pump-it-Up later this month. In addition, the men are having lunch together every Tuesday and the women are having dinner or getting together for coffee each week. This schedule seems to work for this busy stage of life, and it occurred to me recently that one of the nice things about it is that our time together isn’t always the “leftover” time of day like after the kids are in bed. We’re meeting during times of the day, week, and month that we’d already be doing something anyway, which is a much more natural way to share community together. 

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Community Groups

Our community groups are ground zero for us as a church - our gathering might be the front door you walked through but these groups are where we become family and learn to follow Jesus.

Here is the group listing for September 2011 - May 2012:

Campus Groups

Focus: JOBS FOR LIFE .  Serving the Jobs For Life initiative together while inviting outsiders into the group through those service opportunities.

Leader: Brad Wilkerson. bwilkerson13@gmail.com (706) 483-0697.

Focus: RECREATION . Participating in activities with the intention of helping people who don’t know Jesus to encounter him.

Leader: Jim Tocci. jtocci@missionathens.com (724) 263-8592.

Focus: APARTMENTS . Living on mission where you live.

Leader: Justin Kimmel. jkimmel@missionathens.com (404) 660-0185.

Focus: FRESHMEN . Mobilizing freshmen to proclaim the gospel throughout the campus and the world.

Leader: Wyatt Martin. mr.wyattmartin@gmail.com (706) 968-1593.

Community Groups

Focus: SOCIAL IMPACT OF FOOD . Creating missional environments centered around food-related social and cultural issues.

Leader: David Hunt. hunt.davidmichael@gmail.com (706) 714-6698.

Focus: YOUNG FAMILIES . Fostering a heart for young couples and young parents.

Leader: Josh Hughes. jhughes@missionathens.com (706) 455-8201.

Focus: JOBS FOR LIFE  . Implementing Jobs For Life, a life-transforming ministry among the unemployed and under-employed.

Leader: Todd Harrison. toddharrison@mindspring.com (404) 660-1672.

Focus: SPORTS & RECREATION . Loving people - specifically youth - through recreation.

Leader: Walt Woodard. wwwoodard@gmail.com (706) 354-8560.

Focus: FAMILIES . Helping families with young children become part of an extended family.

Leader: Matt Adair. madair@missionathens.com (706) 424-1130.

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