Archive for the ‘Gatherings’ Category
Thank you for joining us last week for a night centered on prayer and our desire to be people who stay constantly connected to God. In our busy lives, we tend to forget the help and strength that we have in our Heavenly Father. When we find ourselves feeling distant from Him, it is a product of OUR forgetfulness, never His presence. In light of that, we desire to be people OF prayer, not just people who pray. We desire, as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, to “pray without ceasing.”
Here’s the video that opened our Night of Worship:
And, here’s a few of our favorite moments from the evening:
We wanted to witness something awesome, and boy, did we! Watching 1,700 high school students in one place worshiping God was incredible! During the weekend of February 1–3, Buckhead Church students joined students from all of our North Point Ministries’ churches at North Point Community Church for one of the biggest InsideOut events of the year. Over 500 small group leaders and hundreds of host home volunteers from all over the Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, and surrounding areas made this an incredible start to 2013.
Students attended three main sessions where they talked about FRIENDS—buds, pals, bros, my girls, etc. You get the gist. If you were to ask our students, “How did you choose your closest friends?” most of them probably couldn’t give you a compelling answer. Most of them choose their friends based on who happens to be on their teams, who seems popular, whoever accepts them, whoever they grew up with, and so on. This doesn’t seem like a big deal until they realize that their friends directly influence some of the most important parts of their lives: their decisions, values, self-esteem, work ethics, and their relationship with God.
Joseph Sojourner helped our students take a closer look at who they were choosing to spend time with and if they were building them up or bringing them down. During the last session, Joseph painted a clear picture of what it would look like to take the narrow road verses the broad road, the one less traveled verses the one many choose, the one that leads to destruction.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13–14 NIV)
It was powerful as students thought about which road they were walking on.
If the incredible sessions weren’t enough, students got to spend lots of time with their small groups engaging in worship, hanging out at their host homes, and participating in some pretty cool free-time activities. This included everything from WhirlyBall to Sky Zone to Dave & Busters to a huge field with any kind of game imaginable. Sumo wrestling? Yep. Badminton? Yep. Kickball? Double yep.
It was one unforgettable weekend. A special thanks to all of our volunteers, small group leaders, and host home volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Shannon White ::: InsideOut ::: Buckhead Church
Almost two years ago, I finished my last semester of college and landed an internship in Atlanta. It only took a few weeks of my post-graduate life to begin to love my newfound lifestyle. It was amazing. I loved my job. I loved being away from the stress of class and school.
The only problem was . . . I didn’t seem to have community.
I had friends. After all, Facebook told me I had 1,200 of them.
But after four years of college, so many of my friends had either gotten jobs in other cities, were in serious relationships, or were still in school. It was like starting all over again—except a little bit harder. I began to ask the question, “How am I supposed to meet people in a big city?”
I wanted people to do life with.
So during the first few months of living in Atlanta, my biggest prayer became: I’m not sure what your plan is . . . but God, I need people.
Weekend after weekend went by with no plans, because I still didn’t know anyone! I had been going to North Point for two years by the time I graduated, and I always sat in the East Auditorium by myself. I loved it, but I pictured what it would be like to come to church and actually know people.
I continued to ask God for a community I could call home.
And then . . .
One day I was sitting in church when the “Ten Before” came on. There was a commercial for an upcoming Singles event called Movie on the Lawn. I almost fell out of my chair. This is exactly what I need! God has answered my prayer—well, not quite yet.
I called one of the few friends I did have in Atlanta and begged her to come with me to this event. I even talked her into buying a $5 ticket to play corn hole. We were set! I was counting down the days until I could finally say I had plans. It had been weeks.
And then my worst nightmare happened. My friend called the day of and said that she had sprained her ankle and would be unable to make it.
If I wanted to go, I would have to go by myself. So, after some debate, I took a leap of faith and just went.
I got out of my car and walked up to the corn hole sign-in table. When the girl checking me in looked at me, I immediately burst into my story about how I didn’t plan to come alone but my friend didn’t come and so on. The girls behind me overheard my conversation, and as it turns out, they needed one more person for their team.
God didn’t even let me stand there for more then three minutes by myself without sending someone to meet me.
I met five or six people that night. I walked back to my car afterwards in absolute awe of our heavenly Father. He met me there. I took a small leap of faith and he met me.
That was just the beginning. God did immeasurably more with this encounter than I could have ever possibly imagined.
I continued to meet people. I joined an Access Group, then a small group. I moved to Buckhead. I found community. I even started leading a small group. By the following January, God had brought so many new, incredible people into my life that I just broke down in a gratefulness that no words could even come close to describing.
For the past year I have had the privilege of serving as a leader of Singles Gatherings, where I get the opportunity to build community with groups of people every cycle. Every time, I pray for someone to walk in with a small leap of faith and to allow God to do immeasurably more.
Not even two years ago, I spent day after day in prayer for someone, a person, maybe two, that I could call my community. I trusted God with my first small step—and he was already there waiting for me.
Grateful for community,
Amber Kapish ::: Singles & Small Group Leader ::: Buckhead Church
To learn more about getting connected into Singles at Buckhead Church, visit www.buckheadsingles.org.
We are so incredibly grateful that the light from each of these candles represents a life that was changed by our Savior in 2012.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Buckhead Church. See ya in 2013!
What an amazing night of celebration on Sunday! We witnessed 41 men, women and children from Atlanta Mission go public with their faith and get baptized. Thank you, thank you, Atlanta Mission, for allowing us to be a part of this incredible event!
Join with us as we pray for these who were baptized as they continue to walk in their new life found in Christ.