Gathering 3 – Touching Stories and our Identity

Informal - 15 minutes
  • Warm greetings with eye contact and smiles as people are welcomed in
  • Pre-printed name tags retrieved – provide a conversation starter note for each week
  • Serve simple refreshments
  • Mingle and offer warm greetings to others
  • Conversation Starter: Ask, “What are some of your hobbies?”
Non-formal – VIDEO – whole group – 30 minutes
  • 4 yawns to place onto Christ any cares of the day/week and to quiet/calm – 2 minutes

  • Prayer to welcome God’s presence and read Romans 15:13 – 2 minutes

  • Watch Video – 8 minutes

  • Each person share a 30-60 second gratitude/appreciation or read an excerpt from your journal – 10 minutes

Split up into gender-specific triad (or 2 close friends) – 20 minutes
  • Recall the story, movie or song that moved you to tears (from last week) – 2 minutes
  • Share with your group why you were so moved. Was/is God speaking something to your heart about your true identity through this medium? – 15 minutes
  • Share about a near miss accident you experienced. – 10 minutes
  • Say a blessing prayer over the person on your left – 3 minutes
Regather whole group – 10 minutes
  • A few folks share a 30 second gratitude/appreciation from this gathering

Read the poem of the week

Sing: He Who Began a Good Work in Me

Fun-work: The host will email the video homework assignment to everyone
  • Journal a bit about your experience this week.

Fun Work: Free Hugs Campaign