Colorful drives in the country, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, fall festivals, hot cocoa and hot apple cider, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, leaves on the ground…here in the Midwest, these are the things that remind us of Fall. The world around us changes as we prepare for a new season.
As families and friends, we take this opportunity to fit in some good quality time together before the snow and temperatures start to fall! We spend time picking pumpkins to make pumpkin pies, pumpkin bars or jack-o-lanterns. Trips to the apple orchard give us the opportunity to pick fresh apples and go on a hayride. When we get home, we can fill our house with the wonderful smell of fresh baked pies or apple crisp. Caramel apples are amongst the favorites for many! A slow ride on the hay looking at the changing leaves as we sip on hot cocoa or hot apple cider can help us to slow down and appreciate God’s beautiful world.
At Friendship Church during this time we are typically gearing up to put on our Fall Family Festival with cotton candy, popcorn, hotdogs, caramel apples, a Bible room and of course lots of games and candy! A place for our families and neighbors to come on October 31 to “Skip the fright and spend the night in His light!”
These activities might look a little different this year compared to what they have years past because of this season that we are currently in. We have had to change how we “gather.” This year things need to be different because of COVID. Different is not bad, it is just simply different than what we might be used to!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven.”
What does different look like in this season? What if different really didn’t have to be that “different” after all? What if we could still offer a place for smaller groups to gather and “spend the night in His light?” What if, instead of one place for a large group to gather, we provide many places for smaller groups to gather?
Think of the impact that we, as a church, could have with this “different!” To be able to invite others into our smaller spaces and share God’s light with our Friendship families and neighbors. I encourage you to think about it!
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
If you have a space that you would like to share and host a small gathering let us know! We can help you figure out what this might look like for you as a host to open your space for others to come and fellowship, joining together to share the light of Jesus!
Check our website at https://friendshipmn.org/gatherings to sign up for a host kit or to see upcoming locations to gather between now and Thanksgiving.