What comes to mind when you think about summer?
o Outdoor activities . . .
o Longer days . . .
o Pulling back a little from the rigors of life . . .
o Building relationships . . .
o Meeting neighbors . . .
o Cooking out . . .
What if we could build those things into our Sunday night gathering and add some other meaningful components as well?
o Answering some of the Big Questions about the Bible . . .
o Giving our families a chance to have fun together . . .
o Providing an outlet for us to engage our community . . .
o Creating a space for multi-generational interaction . . .
o Setting aside some time for informal singing and testimonies
o Growing in relationship beyond our traditional format . . .
What if we could utilize the great space that God has given to us to strengthen the community at Maranatha?
We have been blessed with 12 acres of property nestled into a thriving community. The recreational area has been a refuge for many who enjoy walking their dogs, using the ball field, practicing their skills at lacrosse, or playing on our playground. But what if we could utilize these resources to make a connection with each other? And what if we could invite our friends to a relaxed evening of fun, fellowship, and engaging conversation?
As I look at our summer calendar, Sunday evenings in June and July present some unique opportunities for building community among our fellowship.
We’d like these evenings to be valuable for the whole family, so we’d like to address some questions that your kids might have asked you along the way.
o How do we know the Bible is true?
o Where did God come from?
o Why do bad things happen to good people?
o How do we see God’s love in the Old Testament?
o If God is in control, why is there suffering in the world?
o What happens to people who never hear about Jesus?
o Does God talk to people today?
o How can you believe in a God you can’t see?
We’d like our time to be interactive and engaging, and we’d like to put some resources into your hands so you can finish the conversations that we will start. We’d also like to hear from you. Maybe you have some questions that you’ve been trying answer for your kids. Perhaps we can grow together in our knowledge of God and love for the Savior.
If I were to summarize our vision for Sunday nights in the park it would be this . . . “We want to create a context where learning about Jesus is fun for the whole family and where growing as a community happens naturally.”
We know this isn’t the answer for everything, but we’re praying that it will useful to move us one step closer to our goal.