“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
– Acts 2:42-47
At Emmanuel, we value genuine relationships, hospitality, and growth. As a local expression of the body of Christ, we are called to be in community together. We worship together, we feast together in times of plenty, we rejoice together in joyful celebration, and we mourn together in loss and grief, and lift each other up when we fall. All that we encounter in life is to be experienced through the networks of relationships we cultivate within the church. These networks of relationships have been instituted by God to be the primary means by which people come to faith both within, and from outside. And at Emmanuel, we believe that we are not a church with small groups; we are a church of small groups. Christian growth, evangelism, and discipleship – our sanctification – all take place within these smaller networks of relationships. We have been saved by faith in Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are moved and shaped into more Christ-likeness; but we each need the grace of other believers in our lives to grow in holiness, and to become more like our Lord.
With the beginning of the spring semester, we will be continuing to fellowship in Triads, which are our name or small three-family units who come together to fellowship and grow in the grace of our Lord Jesus. If you were not at Emmanuel in the fall of 2020 when we started these groups, or never heard about them, this is your opportunity! Simply click this link, and fill out the short questionnaire. The questionnaire asks you to choose which gathering option is your preference. The options are:
– Meet in someone’s home for fellowship and discussion,
– Meet outdoors for fellowship and discussion, or
– Meet via Zoom for fellowship and discussion
We will gather the results and place families into groupings of three based on your gathering preference. Leaders of these groups will then respond to your group individually to schedule fellowship times for this spring.
Please select all answers that apply to your situation. If you are willing to meet in a home for a meal, we ask that you also let us know if you’re willing to host, and/or facilitate the discussion. It’s our hope that each triad would meet together at least once a month from February through May; however, triads are able to meet more often depending on members’ comfort level and availability.
Note: EPC triads are not meant to replace discipleship! EPC Triads are meant to facilitate fellowship among smaller numbers of family units during social distancing restrictions.
As the Lord’s church, called by him to make disciples of the nations, empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and serve one another, and commanded to continue meeting with each other, we must take every opportunity to share fellowship. Whether that is in-person with a meal, in-person outdoors, or via Zoom, we hope you will prayerfully consider being a part of these smaller gathering groups over the next semester. We believe that he Lord will bless your involvement, however you choose to participate.
If you’re interested and have more questions, please contact me. I would be happy to talk on the phone, or meet you for coffee to discuss. Let us go forth to serve the risen Christ!