You are encouraged to create, join, or be attentive to a small group you are already a part of during this season. This could be an existing book group, a choir or musical group, a group of friends you already have. It does not have to be an intentional group formed in church. But ideally, it meets weekly, so you have enough opportunities to notice its presence in your life. Notice how you feel before and after you attend. See if you can notice any unintentional small groups forming or formed in your life.
- What would it feel like to have it be an intentional group rather than accidental?
- How is being a part of that group helping you live out the Gospel and connect more easily to God and to others?
There are small groups forming during Lent (read more >> here)
- Have you noticed that all of your church committees are actually small group experiences you are having?
- How does being aware of that change how you participate during this season?
Worship is a large group where banding together is a key part of why and how we worship — how we do the work of God.
Here’s a big challenge:
Try coming to every service this season — Ash Wednesday through Holy Week, and see how the Easter service may feel different with that intentional gathering practice.
If you already come every week, see if it feels different to note it as an intentional connecting time each Sunday. Notice how it feels to leave the house, arrive, be together, and leave.
- How does this practice ground you in your faith?
Can’t make it to every service?
In addition to “Lent in a Bag” devotionals for you and your family (or chosen group!) we will have a Facebook Group you can join to share your experiences and be a part of a virtual group as you travel together through this season.
So many ways to belong, to gather, to Band Together!