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Fall Family Day

‘Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:40

The congregation is a family of families. On Sunday October 2, 2016, the congregation comes together as a family for the divine service and to then explore concrete ways to fulfill the calling found in Matthew 25:34-40.

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Through the divine service, the “why” aspect of what we do as disciples for the Lord will be explored. This includes recognizing that we show our love for our God in concrete ways by meeting the needs of others. We choose to do this because of HIS amazing love and grace, as we fight to transform our nature using Christ as our example. A “Children” specific portion of the DSG for that day will be available by the middle of August. This will be an interactive section of the service (5-8 minutes) designed for the children of the congregation and can be done by anyone (youth, young adult, parent, senior, teacher) that is gifted in this area. This could also be an opportunity to get multiple people and generations involved.

 

Congregation brainstorming session - Sunday, October 2nd 
After the divine service, please plan to have a “working lunch”. In addition, you will need five large pieces of butcher paper or poster boards or chart paper posted strategically around the room on the walls of the area where the congregation family will meet, along with materials for writing on that paper (i.e. washable markers). A facilitator will need to have been selected to help get things started after everyone has settled in with their lunches, and to help guide the time together.

On the sheets of paper that have been posted on the walls, you will need to have written ahead of time the following titles based on the 25th chapter of Matthew:

- “I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink.”

- “I was a stranger. And you invited me in.”

- “I needed clothes. And you gave them to me.”

- “I was sick. And you took care of me.”

- “I was in prison. And you came to visit me.”

 

The facilitator should introduce the sheets by reading them. A volunteer can be selected to write as the facilitator looks to ALL participants for ideas that can go on each sheet. The facilitator needs to be cognizant of children’s ideas as well as adults, and encourage the adults in the room to solicit ideas from children as the discussion goes on. The goal of the brainstorming is to consider specific ways that each of the above needs could be met in your communities, congregations, and families. There are no limits to what goes on each paper – including names of organizations, or specific groups of people within the congregation or community that may have that need, or a specific activity that could happen to meet that need. This is a completely open brainstorming session.

After the brainstorming session, a simple prayer should be shared (and can be given by anyone in the room – including a child). Pray over the family of the congregation that they will be able to hear God’s call on each one of them to serve and love those in need around them.

Encourage everyone to continue to think and pray about the discussion and to listen for God’s direction in their lives as to how they can help to make a difference. Encourage them to really consider what their own personal passion is and how they can use it to serve and love those in need. A “take home” sheet will be provided for each one to further their thought processes as they explore and think about all that has been presented and discussed.

After the meeting, keep the brainstorming papers posted and visible for a week or until your next “family meeting”.

 

Smaller Congregations and Larger Flagships
After the congregational family has had some time (at least a week) to pray over and consider the ideas, a follow up meeting(s) will need to take place in which decisions are made.

Depending on the size of the congregation family, one or many projects may sprout in order to love and serve those around you. There is no limit to what can be done or how many different avenues of opportunities to serve that can be developed in the congregation. The key component for any congregation size is, you will need a strong communicator (think administrative gifts) to “head up” each project area, along with a person who has a passion and vision for that particular project. This will help to keep things moving and everyone informed. Activities should to be friendly to ALL ages, and hopefully provide opportunity for intergenerational interaction.

No matter how many serving opportunities are developed, you will need to establish short term and long term goals. We encourage you to consider in your short term plan the upcoming holidays and those who are in need during the winter months.

We also cannot emphasize enough the need to come together as a congregation and be continuously prayerful (as a large group, in small groups, or individually) over how you can love and serve those that God is calling you to care for. Let God direct your steps and help you find your path. Whenever there is a conflict or disagreement over the direction, pause and be prayerful together, and give God some room to show all of you what direction HE wants for all of you.

If at any time you need assistance, ideas or further direction, please contact us by sending an email to: Communications@nac-usa.org

 

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