Today's prayer by John Forrest Douglas.
Ministry Intern John Forrest Douglas shares today's message.
These past few weeks leading up to Lent, we have explored the meaning of baptism and heard powerful testimonies in worship of how we can share our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. As we journey with Christ towards the cross during Lent, we also look for ways to grow as Disciples in these areas. One way that we as a congregation can share in this journey is by participating in the new home groups that have been established and will begin meeting in March.
CHUMC’s home groups will function much like traditional small groups in that they offer space for us to study the Word, pray together, learn how to live out Christ’s calling in our lives, and simply get to know one another in a more intimate setting than we typically have in worship. But rather than organize these small groups around a certain topic or meeting time, they have been grouped by residential area. We strive to accomplish a few things in this format: (1) to provide more accessible opportunities for folks to stay connected Monday through Saturday; (2) create small groups that may be more diverse as the only (known) shared trait of the participants is neighborhood; and (3) share our joy beyond the church walls, reminding us that the church is not a building, but people.
The home groups will meet weekly in March and Pastor Alisa will provide topics of discussion and materials each week. After Easter, the groups can then decide how often to meet, structure and so forth. Details for the first meetings, and contact information for your home group coordinator, are below. Come as you are able; participation is completely voluntary, but we hope you will consider joining one or two sessions at least. Also, if you find that a group that is closer to where you work is more convenient for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the coordinator.
Please rsvp directly to your home group coordinator. If you are unable to attend the first meeting, but remain interested, please let your coordinator know.
Home groups and coordinators:
Maryland suburbs east of DC:
Maryland suburbs west of DC & NW DC:
Arlington and Fairfax counties:
SW DC & around CHUMC (S Capitol St SE to 8th St SE, Anacostia River to A St SE):
North of CHUMC (1st NE to 11th St NE, E. Capitol St to H Street):
East of CHUMC (8th St SE to 19th St SE, Independence Ave to Anacostia):
Car Barn (11th St NE to 19th St NE, Independence Ave to H Street):