Below is a description of what Community Groups have meant to Kristen Redler, a soon-to-be member of Cobblestone. As she says community groups have been “one of the most helpful and fulfilling experiences” that she has had at Cobblestone.
About two months after I began attending Cobblestone Church, Pastor John asked me if I’d be interested in joining a community group. Initially, I was really nervous about joining, and I was not sure what to expect. Now that I am attending a community group for the second year in a row, I can honestly say its been one of the most helpful and fulfilling experiences that I have had at Cobblestone. I was expecting some kind of bible study, but community group has meant much more to me than that. I have gotten to know members of the congregation that I might not have known otherwise, and who I know consider friends. Together, we have prayed, studied, and worshiped. We have also discussed our questions, doubts, and the way that God is working in the world and in our lives. Although I started off attending on my own, my enthusiasm for the group encouraged my husband to begin attending with me. Despite differing opinions, everyone in the group is met with acceptance and respect. My husband and I look forward to attend group every other week.
Another aspect of community group that I love is that it forces us outside of our comfort zones as we actively seek out ways to serve our community. Last year, our group served together at the City Mission several times. This year we are hoping to serve there once a month, and work with a group that helps refugees. I believe that the service we do is the most practical way that we as a church can share God’s love with others.
Even though joining a new group was difficult for me, I am so thankful that I took a chance and joined a community group. The relationships that I have formed within my group have encouraged me to pursue church membership this year.
hese groups have been helpful to others who like Kristen have found them to be a place to both deepen one’s relationship with others, grow in their faith, and serve the community. If you would like more information about community groups feel free to talk to John.