week commitment to small groups, and 2 years later, here I am. The St.
John’s family has given me opportunity to do more than I have ever done
before. Unique ways to serve, like the Prayer Walk really opened my eyes to
all the things I can do.
You are so welcome at St. John’s whether
you are a member or not. There is no pressure. That was a real foreign
concept to me since the church I grew up in, well you just don’t “visit”
church. I was looking and St. John’s was the drastic difference I was
looking for. I felt a stone rolling down a hill; I kept picking up speed
here at St. John’s. I realized I was in the right place.
Service has carried over to my work
life. I have always been someone who did more than expected, but I’m finding
areas to serve at work now, that previously, I didn’t recognize. I encounter
many people at work while participating in service opportunities that has
opened doors to me being able to witness to students. Service has always
been some part of my life. But now, I have reprioritized and service is at
the top of the list.
Service is a journey for life. I now see
all the service opportunities God is showing me. In service, I am leaving a
legacy for my children and for their children too. Service is a learning
experience. I learn so much from people, get to know people and get to share
my faith. I get so much more than I am giving." Laura (Worship)
Small Group Ministry has not only transformed me, but I feel it has
transformed the whole congregation of St. John’s. I was raised Catholic and
this used to be foreign to me. I feel a real sincere effort has been put
into a grass roots movement that has redefined St. John’s.
I have developed extremely close,
personal and spiritual relationships with the Small Group Ministry. I truly
love the people I am in group with. I have reconnected with scripture. I was
raised with scripture and have always had some kind of connection to it;
however, 30 years later, it is so much more meaningful now. I am spiritually
stronger and grounded in my faith.
I have developed a deep spirit of
service that was instilled in me as a result of being involved in Small
Group Ministry. I am so much more aware of the opportunities available for
service and have an ongoing commitment. Thru the “BEDS” program, a LaGrange
service organization, I have been united with others in a desire to help the
homeless. I meet a lot of nice people who are just products of their
environment and circumstances. One night I met a woman who told me “There is
such a light that comes from you.” We shared our faith amidst doubters and
mockers, but, a few others were moved by the conversation. Faith can really
get you by in this cruel world. We need to nourish the body and the soul. I
am so committed to that. I enjoyed our time together, because now we both
were able to go out into the nasty world with a smile.
Small Groups Ministry has created a deep
desire and drive to help others and has also lead me to joining in and
studying the bible in a year. As long as I can see Jesus, that is where I am
going to be. St. John’s is an enabler in all of this. What St. John’s does
had drawn me back into the church. At first I felt a little uncomfortable,
but the constant sending out is a powerful driving force in the mission of
what St. John’s is all about." Glen (Small Group Ministry)