One of the core values that we have as a church is that we want to see people at the Vineyard forming strong, vibrant relationships. More than simply a quick, “Hey, how’s it going?” “Great, you?” type of relationships. But rather relationships where people are real with each other.
Now, as you’ve probably guessed, that doesn’t just happen over night. It doesn’t happen because we want it to. It happens really when we are intentionally working to form those relationships. So the question might be, how do you get connected @ the Vineyard? (And although I’ve heard hanging out in the nursery is a great way, that probably won’t work for most of us.)
So how are things set up here @ the Vineyard? While we are trying to start having more “big events” (a little easier not that we have our own place), there are really two key ways that happens.
1) Joining a Kinship Group
In case you’re wondering, our kinship groups are small home discussion groups. (10-20 people). They have a time of worship, and prayer. One thing about our groups that may be a bit different that what you may have experienced elsewhere is that our groups are discussion based. In other words, it isn’t the “bible teacher” who comes each week and the “students” all show up to learn, but everyone can participate. (of course if you’re a bit shy, you’re free to warm up to the group a while before you jump in. In fact, I just had lunch with a guy who told me that since he is so shy, he almost didn’t stay with the group at the beginning…this year he is the leader of the group!)
If you’re part of the Vineyard & would like to sign up for one of our groups, head over here to see a list of the groups we have going on this semester.
Kinships are a great way to make some new friends!
2) Join a Service Team
The other great way we’ve found for people to get connected here is to be part of a service team. This could be anything from being part of the Cafe Team that makes sure we have plenty of great coffee for when the service starts, being part of our Vineyard Kids’ Ministry, greeting team, working in the office during the week, or a whole host of other opportunities.
While we believe that serving is critical to our faith (Jesus was that greatest servant that ever lived), one of the side benefits is that, when we’re working with people we actually get to know them, and a lot of great friendships have been built this way.
If you’re interested in learning more about getting involved in serving @ the Vineyard, send us a note and let us know if there is a particular team you’re interested in, or if you’d like to try a bunch & see which fits best.
So, if you’ve been thinking, you know, I’ve been coming here for a while, & I’m ready to jump in & build some relationships, I encourage you to find a kinship group & a ministry team & see what happens!