As our Small Groups Sign-Up’s get started this winter, we wanted to tell you about a few of the options. Here are a few words from Lorene Eberhardt about a small group she is helping to host this winter (Small Group #1)
Small group on Sundays?!
Community is important. And as parents of young-ish kids, we crave it. We admit sometimes it’s just so we can have a two minute conversation that doesn’t involve telling your son not to take his sister’s tiara, or warning them to stay off the back of the couch. There’s a place and a need in our lives for kid-free spaces, but we’ve found that trying to make small group one of those places means we end up with less adults than we’d like to see. Weeknights can be a challenge for families with working parents, between arrangements for childcare, feedings, and bedtimes, and the general hassle that can come with getting back into your car after coming home and changing out of those stifling work clothes.
Don’t get us wrong – this effort is TOTALLY worth it, and a model that most Restoration small groups follow for GREAT reason. We have done it ourselves, and look forward to the days when we can do it again.
For now, though, our circumstances dictate that we try something new. We’re planning to meet on Sundays after the 9 am, so something starting around 11:30 am, give or take a few minutes depending on how many donuts are available for snack in the fellowship hall, AND kids of all ages will be welcome! We’ll wrap up before 1:30 pm so any littles can get home for naps.
A few key details you should know about if you are interested in signing up:
- Childcare will be provided, for babies up through whatever age you think they still need watching.
- FOOD (i.e. brunch!) will also be provided. It won’t always or even usually be fancy, but we’ll get the kids fed first then send them off to play while the grownups eat, discuss the sermon we just heard, and pray together. Maybe I should have led with that.
- We’re hoping to rotate hosting locations. Main options will be at the Mohrs’ (Arlington) or Eberhardts’ (McLean), but we’d be grateful for others who are willing to let us crash for a couple hours in your living and play areas.
- You are WELCOME to sign up to join us even if you don’t have kids. Please just be aware there will be at least 5 little ones (between the Mohrs & Eberhardts) around. This is meant to a group where folks of all life stages who love food and Jesus can come together.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or want more details!
Interested in joining this small group? Here is the link to sign up.