Not Giving Up Meeting Together
Hebrews 10:25 NIV writes:
“not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
For John Wesley, holy living is meant for believers to share their lives in regular meetings. He developed small groups and provided a framework to help people grow spiritually, towards leading lives of holiness.
Being a believer requires community and fellowship, and Grace Methodist Church’s Connect Groups (“CG”) comprise small groups of people committed to doing life together and growing spiritually through bible studies, the exchanging of care and concern, and praying for one another. We believe that God transforms and matures His people through their relationships within communities.
While implications of the COVID-19 pandemic still lurk, the announcement of Phase 3 which allows for the re-opening of physical church meetings was received with great relief. The new rule permitting up to 8 visitors to homes enabled CGs to re-convene. With that, we had our very first physical meeting in March 2021, since January 2020’s suspension.
On the one hand, we pray that the pandemic will be over soon so that our entire CG could meet physically …… on the other hand, “…we give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for (us) in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)
To be able to meet face-to-face for bible study and fellowship is definitely a God-given privilege and a much-welcomed change. With more than 8 members in our CG, we had a hybrid meeting with some gathered physically at the host’s home and the rest joining in via Zoom video-conferencing. Those on Zoom were able to see all of us together, captured in one large screen.
On the one hand, we pray that the pandemic will be over soon so that our entire CG could meet physically, and engage with each other without the restrictions of safe management measures; on the other hand, “…we give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for (us) in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)
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