We believe that the Bible's vision for Christian community is to see God's people foster relationships to love one another as the Body of Christ.
Community Groups gather monthly (3 times in the fall and 3 times in the spring) for dinner and fellowship. These dinners are not intended to fulfill all of our fellowship together, but to be a launching pad for continued relationships together. Community Groups are geographically-based, so that long-term friendships and ministry partnerships might be fostered. We are also hopeful that this will be a great entryway into the life of our church for those who are exploring Christianity and/or Christ Church.
The format of these gatherings include:
- Arrive/Dinner Set-Up (15 min)
- Dinner (30 min)
- Gathering Time (20-25 min)
- Fellowship Time (45 min)
When and where will Community Groups meet?
Community Groups meet from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the fall (Sept, Oct, Nov) and the second Sunday of the month in the spring (Feb, Mar, Apr). Location tends to rotate between a few of the members of the Community Group. Dates for 2023-24 are: Sept 17th, Oct 15th, Nov 19th, Feb 11th, Mar 10th, and Apr 14th.
Who will be there?
Each Community Dinner is made up of 15-25 members of Christ Church plus their kiddos. Friends who are exploring Christianity or are considering joining Christ Church are warmly welcomed to join in any time! These gatherings are intentionally joy-filled, hospitable, and program-lite to encourage relationship building and encouragement in Christ together.
Will there be food?
Yes, there will be a meal! Community Group members share in the responsibility of the meal together.
What about my kids?
All children are welcome. Childcare will not be provided, but the scheduled program time will only be about 20-25 minutes or so. Children will be encouraged to sing, listen to the testimony, and hear a brief devotional along with the adults!
The Bible's Vision of Christian Community
- God’s Character // The Basis of Community. The Scriptures reveal that since God is triune, three persons and one essence, God himself has been in community with himself from eternity past. Our community as Christians is built upon and sustained by the reality of God's very character. (2 Corinthians 13:14 & 1 John 1:1-4)
- The Body of Christ // The Nature of Christian Community. When a person becomes a Christian they not only have a relationship with God through Christ, but they also become a member of the body of Christ. We commit to one another because Christ gave himself for us and we belong to him. To belong to Christ means we also are joined with our fellow believers. (1 Corinthians 12:12-26 & Romans 12:4-5)
- The Family of God // The Committed Care of Christian Community. Through God's adoption of us in Christ, Christians also become brothers and sisters of one another. With God as our Father, we are now called to look after one another because we are all part of the same family. (Romans 8:14-17)
- The Temple of God’s Spirit // The Pursuit of Holiness in Christian Community. Since we are now sealed with God's Spirit, we come together to witness to the power of the gospel in the way we spur one another on to live lives of holiness, set apart for the gospel of God. Though we all stumble and fall, we are pursuing applying the truths of the gospel to every area of our lives and helping one another to keep on! (Ephesians 2:18-22)
- Unity in Diversity // The Powerful Display of Christian Community. Christ is the central reason we are bound together in Christian community. When he saves people from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life and brings us together in unity in himself, we display the power of the gospel to build the family of God through Christ in the Spirit's power. Our unity is precious and we work hard to attain it by keeping Christ at the center and encouraging each other to prioritize the gospel in our fellowship together. (Ephesians 4:1-6 & Revelation 5:9, 7:9-10)