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noun: dislocation; plural noun: dislocations
1. disturbance from a proper, original, or usual place or state. "he fell prey to loneliness and a wrenching sense of dislocation"
We have all been living in a DISlocated state, haven't we? Physically, emotionally, maybe even spiritually. And RElocating physically to the original place and state of gathering as the Church is going to be complicated for a while. BUT let's not make disLOCATION a catalyst for disCONNECTION.
GROUPS are the way that we are seeking to build connection and community in spite of the current circumstances because we need that Band of Brothers, that True Fellowship, that Darryl talked about on Sunday; and the world needs it too. We were created in the image of God, after all, created for community.
In October we are starting an 8-week GROUPS session, and there are spots available! So far, we have three groups with space for new participants, and possibly more forming. Please fill out the form below or contact us to get connected!
PARENTING (Start date: October 8)
With opportunities for teaching, sharing, reflecting, and praying
Facilitators: Simon and Emily
Parenting can be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in life. Yet most of the time we feel like we’re learning and improvising as we go... especially during a pandemic. During this 8-week series, we’ll take a humbling and sometimes humorous look at key principles that will help us shift from solving problems to building purpose. For example, we’ll reflect upon:
- How we were parented and its impact on our own parenting;
- How to identify and nurture our child’s gifts and abilities; and
- How to move our child from dependence to interdependence.
LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY Exploring prayer together (Start date: October 13)Facilitator: Gloria
CAC Fireside Room
Together we will explore and practice different types of prayer (eg. praying scripture, listening prayer, prayer walking, and more). This is for anyone interested in learning and growing in your prayer life whether you’ve prayed much or little up till now.
GIVE, CARE, SHARE Brighton Group (Start Date: October 22)Facilitators: Ben and Alicia
Ben and Alicia’s house and on Zoom
God gives to us, so that we may care for the community and share our experience of God with others.
The Christian life is not one walked in isolation but a journey with God in community. That has been particularly hard recently and many of us have felt isolated and disconnected with the body of Christ and our communities generally. An important aspect to remember is that we must allow God to care for us individually and guide us into how we give to others so we don't get overwhelmed by our own expectations for ourselves. We are going to explore the moments in the lives of some well known people in the Bible during times when they felt separated and cut off from God or community. How did they seek God? How did God respond or provide for them in their time of need? What was the resolution, and how was God's will fulfilled? How do we apply this to our situation today in this COVID season? Ultimately, we want to encourage each other to seek what God is giving us today, participate in caring for the community of Brighton, Northumberland, Ontario and beyond, and sharing what God has done for us.
UP IN OUT Intergenerational (Start Date: October 7)Facilitators: Dan and Jenica
Van Essen house and on Zoom
As a group, we are learning to follow Jesus together. Following him means growing in three different directions: up, in and out.
- UP: growing in intimacy with God - learning to hear his voice and follow him
- IN: growing in true community with others - learning how to be the New Family of Jesus together
- OUT: growing on mission – learning how to partner with God in his work of redeeming all things.
SERMON DISCUSSION & OUTREACH TO SENIORS (Start Date: October 5)Facilitators: Paul and Patti
CAC Fireside Room
Growing together through:
- Digging deeper into spiritual conversations around the sermon each week
- Prayer for one another
- Showing God’s love to our community, and particularly to Seniors.