Upon moving back I had to make some decisions of where to go to church again, what friends and neighbors to call, what places to eat at and shop. I had to find a way to reconnect. Even though, I of all people can connect easily to anyone, its staying connected that is more of a challenge.
I decided to start back at my home church. I knew it wasn't that big. I had heard that the singles program dissolved many years back. I knew their idea of a contemporary service was six choir members coming out front and taking their robes off. lol. That the greeting ministry needed some updating not to mention other ministries.
Well, I jumped in the best I could without any real commitment. I wanted to just wait and see what God wanted me to do. I quickly joined the greeters. I also rejoined Sunday school. Sunday after Sunday, I would greet. I especially enjoy giving out stickers to the kids again (although most of the ones i remember are all grown now). As each week past I started to notice something, I had reconnected. Kids were looking forward to seeing me to get their sticker and adults were waiting to hear me sing as they walked in, others would give me a sense of peace, knowing they were where God wanted them to be. I would meet new folks, direct them to Sunday school or place beside someone in the pew who would talk to them. Then this past Sunday, I was asked to do a skit off the cuff. Wow, its like the old days. Then last night, I went to a leaders meeting to discuss greeter training for the church. Yes, my church may have some areas of struggle, but the heart is there in the lives of the people there.
The more you get involved, the more you connect. The more you connect, the more you belong. And when you belong, you stay, you serve, you tithe, you commit to do the Lords work, forever.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Kris Swiatocho, Director
2664 Timber Drive, Suite 307, Garner, NC 27529
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but I have come to give life to its fullest. John 10:10