Six of our congregations are participating in the: Covenant Church Communities Committed to Learning and Implementing Missional Ministry Practices. Here are some ways in which the missional practice of Announcing the Kingdom of God has taken form within these congregations:
Within the worship service: several of our congregations are creating space during worship for people to share where they have seen God at work in their lives during the past week.
Bible Study: at least one congregation is intentionally sharing God moments each time the Bible Study group gathers.
Bulletin Board: in the Presbytery office, a bulletin board has been created for people to add post-it notes for Kingdom of God moments.
So, what do these Kingdom of God moments look like? Here are some examples: The Kingdom of God is at hand each day as volunteers gather at the local Habitat build giving of themselves in order for someone else to have affordable housing. The Kingdom of God is at hand when college students receive a care package from their church family. The Kingdom of God is at work when @80 high school youth gather at Camp Johnsonburg for a High School Retreat weekend. The Kingdom of God is at hand as youth create Thanksgiving cards for homebound church members. The Kingdom of God is at work when the Holy Spirit speaks to an artist planting seeds of Biblical art that enhances the worship space.
Is Announcing the Kingdom of God a practice within the life of your congregation? Are you interested in learning more about it? Workshops can be offered for your congregation or for a group of interested congregations and a grant of $500 is available through the Missional Ministry team to either host a training or for a creative way in which this habit can be implemented within your church. Contact Carie at the Presbytery office for more information: [email protected]