I am very excited to talk bout something we have going on at our church on my blog. I never really talk specifically about church events on my blog but this new ministry is very personal to me and I needed to tell you about it.
This year at North Cincinnati Community Church we will be launching a new division of Women’s Ministry called Thursday Night Refresh.
The first meeting is this Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:30pm at North Cincinnati Community Church. I will be sharing pieces of my story this week and speaking in front of a large group of women for the first time.
Thursday Night Refresh is important to me because the purpose behind launching this new ministry is to connect busy women.
Months ago, a friend came to me with this idea to have a meeting for women every six weeks and I was immediately on board. As women get busier and busier it is becoming more and more difficult for them to connect into a weekly Bible Study of Discipleship Group and because women are busy they aren’t able to connect to Women’s Ministry.
I was one of these women. When my husband and I were first married I was a new teacher and if I wasn’t working, I was sleeping. Teaching was so exhausting for me and I did not have the energy to ever give myself 100 percent to a weekly Bible Study.
When I transitioned to being at home with my kids, my busyness changed but I was still busy with four kids in a little less than five years. I tried to get connected to my church’s women’s ministry but is was difficult to get all my babies to Bible Study every week.
I see a great need in women’s ministry to connect busy women with a come-as-you-are, no-prep-needed meeting where in seventy-five minutes every six weeks women can come and connect to other women, hear a story of God’s faithfulness through the testimony of a woman who has hope in Christ and at the end have an opportunity to share prayer requests.
When the idea of this meeting was given to me, we did not have a name for it. I was even inviting people in the early stages and saying, “but I don’t know what this meeting is called yet.”
Overtime, I just kept coming back to the word, refresh.
I thought back to when I was busy and not connected to a community of women what I remembered was it was consistently difficult for me to ever feel completely refreshed.
Yes, I received refreshment from reading God’s Word and in prayer but there is something even more beautiful and more refreshing when you find your struggles and your stories tangled up in the struggles and stories of other women.
Refreshment comes from community.
I also thought about a webpage and the act of refreshing a page. You know how sometimes you refresh a webpage it takes forever for it to completely refresh? Maybe you have too many windows open or maybe your wireless connection is not as strong as it needs to be to receive a quick refresh.
Women. We have so many pages open. We wear so many hats. Some are mothers, some are wives, some are working, some are up to our eyeballs in volunteering. No matter where we find ourselves, we find ourselves with so many pages open that it is difficult to find refreshment.
I am hoping that once every six weeks you can come to a meeting at our church, shut all your other pages down and connect to community.
We start this week, September 24 at 7:30pm.
All are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be a member at our church, you don’t have to be a member of any church. Just come as you are and connect with us.
The speaker will be different each time but this first week I will be speaking and sharing about how God has changed my life and what I have learned as I have learned little by little to put my hope and trust in Him. I will also share about my current struggles as a woman, wife and mother. I always promise to be authentic and maybe even a little funny.
I hope you can come and find our stories tangled up together along the way.
Don’t forget to share this with your friends. I hope to see you there!
Find out more info at http://www.northcincy.org