Gathering 5 – Our Immanuel Stories

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 is something about you that no one would ever guess?”
Non-formal – VIDEO – whole group – 30 minutes
  • Tap the vagus nerve to place onto Christ any cares of the day/week and to quiet/ calm – 2 minutes
  • Prayer to welcome God’s presence and read Psalm 139:7-12 – 2 minutes
  • Watch Video – 10 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
  • Each person take 10 minutes to tell about how you came to faith in Jesus Christ. Describe how you have grown in your relationship with Him.
  • Ask any clarifying question of a group member’s memory about which you are curious – 5 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

Learn and sing: Brother, Let me Be Your Servant

(Full stanzas and lyrics are below. Learn 3 stanzas at this gathering and 4 at the next one.)


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

Fun Work: Fall on me Andrea and Matteo Bocelli