May 2020 finds us in a liminal space, we feel God calling us into unique forms of intimate gathering and worship as we lead up to the time when we will be able to gather in larger groups again. We do not want to miss what God has for us today, in this month.
While our campus officially remains closed, we know many are eager to gather in groups of 10 or less to livestream our services and worship together.
So, we ask you, “Who’s in your 10?”
Begin identifying your 10. Begin praying for those people. When the time feels right, be intentional about gathering in Worship with your 10- whether that is completely in-person or a hybrid approach of in-person and via Facetime (or Zoom or the like). This is a unique time of relationship building that will not end when quarantine ends, but has the potential to extend into eternity! 10 is a win! And when we can grow larger than 10 we will!
-Your Current Small Group (Examples: Sunday School Classes, Coker Leadership Institute Classes, Wesley Groups, United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, Etc).
*Please Note: For anyone gathering, it is advised that you take proper precautions, practice social distancing of being 6′ apart, wear face masks, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your face, eyes, or mouth. If you are in the vulnerable population it is still advised that you shelter-in-place and participate in groups online rather than in person.
-In a host home
-In a backyard or driveway
-Around a fire pit
-In a local park that is open (preferably one with wifi access)
-Outside of a local coffee shop
-Get creative on your location, anywhere you can spread out
Open with a word of prayer, livestream the Coker Worship Services, and then have a small discussion after worship over what you heard.
“Heavenly Father, thank you for gathering us together today. Whether online or in person, we are designed for community and we thank you for the avenues you are allowing community to happen. Rather than focus on the way things use to be or the things we can no have, Lord, point our eyes to You and what you have for us in the here-and-now. This is a special way to worship and gather and we celebrate You knowing that You have something special for us in this time. Clear our hearts and minds so that we can focus on you. Thank you for loving us and calling us to love You and to love one another. In Your name we pray, Amen.”
Note: Worship times are LIVE at 9:30 & 11 AM on Sunday Mornings, however, the services are also archived (immediately on YouTube & Facebook, and later in the week on Coker.org and Vimeo), so if your group prefers to gather over dinner or another time, feel free to! Links below:
YouTube- Coker Church
Facebook- Coker UMC
Live- Web- Coker.Org/Livestream
Archived- Web- Coker.Church
What was one thing that stood out to you in the sermon?
What is one way you are going to apply the sermon, to your own life, this week?
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This is not just to fill time as we wait to be in-person worship again, this is an important step in this season that God has for us. As your groups of 10 creates more and more camaraderie, begin praying over what a group of 50 will look like. Even if you do not know who they are yet, begin asking God who He will bring when we can gather in groups of 50, where these groups will gather, etc.
While Coker’s campus remains closed, be on the look-out for unique opportunities to come back onto campus whether through a Praise in the Park, through Prayer Walks, etc. Details to come.
Be in prayer over when we can gather in worship in the sanctuary again.
After we are back in worship in the sanctuary, continue growing in closeness with your group of 10, by creating “Bands.” Bands are smaller groups that encourage each other to grow in Jesus Christ through conversations and accountability. Details are outlined in the devotional “Awaken: From Dry Bones to the River of Life” By: JD Walt. READ MORE HERE: Bands