Our small group is made up of six couples that have all been married three years or less. And while we really enjoy our weekly community group, we also enjoy spending time together outside of the normal Wednesday night group meeting.
We decided early on that serving was important, so we try to volunteer or do some type of community service every few months. The Intersect Project through Buckhead Church has been a great resource for us.
A few weeks ago, we participated in Buckhead Christian Ministries (BCM) Community Service Day. Hundreds of volunteers met at Chastain Park and divided up to serve all over the Atlanta area. Part of our small group spread mulch at Piedmont Park. That seems like a simple job, but it takes a lot of muscle to spread ten huge piles of mulch around trees and benches!
We had fun bonding and working as a team; it was a great day all around. It’s always rewarding to give back to our community, no matter how you do it. To have that opportunity and to serve with people you are “doing life with” makes it that much more rewarding.
I would encourage all small groups to incorporate community service into their groups in some way. Whether it’s helping another small group member move, participating in Operation Christmas Child, or volunteering for Intersect projects, it brings people closer together and fosters huge growth within the group. We have made lifelong friends in our married small groups, and I think a large contributing factor is taking time out of the normal routine to have “socials,” take trips, and serve our city.
Heidi Van Gorder ::: Married Community Group Leader ::: Buckhead Church
Heidi and her husband, Chase, have been leaders of their married community group for almost one year.
For more information about how to sign up for a service project, please visit www.theintersectproject.org.
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postedsep 24, 2012