(So remember back in October when I made my first “personal” post upon return from maternity leave and asked for help coming up with a fun, catchy title for said posts? Well, I received encouragement that I would indeed come up with something, but apparently y’all are just as stumped as I am when it comes to actually, you know, coming up with something! So…I’ve decided to title them “a note from ryanne.” Creative, ‘eh? It just made sense given we already had a tag with the same name and I guess it’s sometimes nice to have things clear, simple and straightforward, right?)
I wanted to share a little bit about our Wednesday evening Koinonia (koin-a-what? I’ll get to that later…) services in Bright Beginnings and in our adult services as well. At JaxNaz every detail of every service is carefully thought out and prayerfully considered. We are very intentional about how we choose to spend the 60 minutes we have with you and your children. Our Sunday mornings are planned with guests and new believers in mind; we teach Biblical truths that anyone, especially those who have not had the privilege of growing up 3rd generation Nazarene, can understand. We try not to use exclusive language that would make someone just starting this God journey feel like an outsider or give instructions that make a visitor feel like they don’t belong (think “if you’d like to sign up for the potluck next week, see Sue”…someone new to our church would wonder “who’s sue?!”).
Now, as much as Sundays are for presenting the Gospel, Wednesdays are for digging into the Gospel. This creates a beautiful, intimate setting in which we go deeper as a body. Don’t get me wrong, Sundays are amazing, but there’s something very special about our Koinonia services.
koi·no·nia, noun ˌ(koinəˈnēə, ˌkēnə)
“Koinonia is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.” (thanks, Wikipedia!)
Isn’t that beautiful? Wednesday evenings are focused on fellowship and unity; building those relationships with the Body and living life together.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:44
(Ever wonder why we call the Commons the Commons?)
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32
In Bright Beginnings this looks like us diving into some of the “classic” Bible stories and getting the Truth deep inside our little hearts. We spend one whole month hearing the same story, memorizing the same Bible verse and learning the same precious traditional “Sunday School” song.
Here’s what we’ll be doing this month:
Story: Genesis Chapters 1-3 (Creation, God Made Me & The Terrible Lie)
Bible Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Theme Song: The BIBLE (This is the version we are using. Play it at home and have your child teach you the motions!)
To Do at Home:
- The next time you are in the car together play the Creation Game: each person takes a turn naming one thing God created. Play continues until no one can think of anything else or until you arrive at your destination. Remind your children that God made EVERYTHING!
- Whenever your child sins, make sure ot help them pray to God, asking for His forgiveness. It is important that children learn about and feel God’s deep love and amazing grace at an early age!
If you haven’t ever attended one of our Koinonia, you should give it a try. There is something really powerful about meeting mid-week with your brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for one another, encourage one another and dig into the Gospel with one another…and your kids might learn a thing or two as well!