This Sunday is our next opportunity to gather for building relationships, discussing the state of the church, and planning for a bright future. Join us in Fellowship Hall immediately after we have been led in worship by FBC’s children. Lunch will be a potato and salad bar. The church will provide potatoes, butter, and salad greens, and the congregation is asked to provide the following:
- A-J: desserts
- K-R: cold salads (pasta, fruit, etc.)
- S-Z: salad and potato toppings (shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon, etc.) and dressings for salad.
Prior to getting your meal or after you finish it, you are encouraged to visit several stations around Fellowship Hall:
- Nametags. At the last congregational conversation, we learned that the assumption that everyone knows each other is not necessarily the case! Visit the nametag station to make a semi-permanent nametag. Associating names and faces helps us develop connections.
- Photos. Have you ever seen someone at church and searched your brain for that person’s name, only to come up empty? You are not alone. We’ll be taking photos of individuals and family units in order to create a very simple, easily-updatable church directory. When we are confident we know who others are, we are more likely to engage them in conversation and invite them to be part of our ministry small groups.
- “Where do you live?” map. People come from all over Memphis to attend FBC. You might sit in a pew next to someone who lives on your street and not even realize it. At this station you’ll be able to use pushpins and flags to indicate where in the area you live so that you can reach out to FBC neighbors you didn’t know you had.
- “How do you connect?” board. There are many small groups within FBC: Sunday School classes, committees, ministry areas, fellowship activities, and more. On this board you can share the ways you connect to others at FBC and note where others find their sense of community.
After we fill our bellies with delicious food, bolster our spirits with good fellowship, and visit the stations described above, parents will be invited to drop their kids off at the playground. Please RSVP to Holly Hatton to reserve your child’s spot. From that point until 2:00 we will engage in table conversation around the following questions:
- What or who influenced you to be a part of FBC?
- Where are you connected in church life (committees, choir, missions activities, ministries, children’s activities, Sunday School, senior adult ministry, etc.)?
- In what ways was it challenging for you to build connections when you started attending FBC? What could the church have done to build your comfort level?
- In what areas of church life do you still aspire to become connected? (Discussion leaders will also ask if the participant wants to be contacted by a person who can help them get connected to a specific ministry, class, committee, etc.)
Feel free to mull these questions ahead of time and/or to discuss them in your Sunday School classes. At the congregational conversation, each group will have a designated discussion facilitator to ensure all voices are heard and recorded and to transition the sharing from one question to the next. After the group discussions, there will be a short time of sharing themes with the whole group. (This time is limited for two reasons: 1) the desire to create ample space for everyone to speak and 2) sound system limitations in the Fellowship Hall. The transition team will digest all of the small group notes and share them with the congregation so that you can hear from the whole swath of participants.)
The transition team is excited about this event and your engagement in it! Feel free to contact your transition team members or me (reverendlaura (at) gmail (dot) com) with any thoughts or questions.
Grace and peace, Laura