By Pastor Tracey Leslie
This past fall, a small, diverse group of laity met together to begin to brainstorm ideas for how we might build stronger relationships with our neighborhood. On Sunday, February 12, they will share their ideas at an event I’ve dubbed “Community Dream Day.”
In January, 2015, Trinity developed the Vision Statement: “Growing in love and service through relationships with God and community.” From time to time Trinity members have asked me if the “community” in our vision statement is our congregation or our surrounding neighborhood. And the answer is BOTH! When I arrived at Trinity, members talked to me about the need for our congregation to have more frequent opportunities for fellowship. Research has revealed that, in recent years, a sense of community and the building of relationships has become the number one thing people are seeking when they look for a church. Relationships transform our lives; relationships – with God and our community – are how we grow.
“So,” you might be wondering, “what will happen at Community Dream Day?”
“Community Dream Day” is an event designed to discern effective new initiatives for building deeper relationships with our neighborhood. The event will involve prayer, discussion, brain storming, and of course food!
Here’s what it will look like…
Immediately following worship on Sunday, Feb. 12, we’ll gather in the basement Friendship Room. We’ll begin our time together with lunch. Sandwiches and beverage will be provided. You are encouraged to bring a side dish, dessert or snack. After we eat, you’ll hear from members of the Dream Team as they share some of the ideas we generated together last fall. Next, at each round table the various ideas will be discussed, challenged, clarified, developed, and refined with input from YOU. A facilitator will guide the conversation at each table. You’ll have several minutes at one table. Then, a bell will sound, and you’ll be encouraged to switch tables. It will be a little like speed dating!
As you move from table to table, you’ll be encouraged to let the facilitator know if you:
· would like to be involved in fleshing out this new initiative
· would like to participate in implementing the new initiative
· have a particular skill or talent you can and will contribute
Here’s one of the best parts: In addition to discussing the ideas already generated, there will be a table where you can share your ideas and dreams. They need only meet one criterion: to align with our Vision Statement by focusing, specifically, on building ongoing relationships with our surrounding community.
“What will happen after Dream Day?” you may ask.
Based on ideas, interest and feedback, we can then discern what dreams for our community should be planned and implemented over the coming year.
Your input is needed! So come and be a part of “Community Dream Day.”
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