In case you missed it, (as I did) the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned another champion this year on June 1st. The word that won? Koinonia. Yup, a Greek word from the New testament that means Christian Community. It first appears in Acts 2. Koinonia is laced all throughout the New Testament as a reminder to us of what keeps us together in, through and because of Jesus Christ.
Back in the 1960’s Koinonia Groups (or K Groups) were created as an addition to (and sometimes as an alternative) to weekly worship. The concept was to gather in small groups of no more than 12 (like the disciples) for a time of fellowship, study and prayer. K groups were very formative in my faith development in high school and early adult years and I would travel far and wide to participate weened K Group Retreats and eventually lead them.
We have K Groups in our faith community as well. Our Young Parents group uses this model when we meet, as does the “2nd Sunday” group and that’s how the GROUPERS came to be. The bell and chancel choirs are other forms of K groups although they work so hard and serve and pray together weekly, but only have time for fellowship(party) twice a year! The Deacons also use this model every month at their meetings and Session is also beginning to allow themselves to snack on something yummy, without too much caloric guilt.
Even our July 14th Jackals baseball game is a “Faith and Family” night. This is always a big ‘hit’. I hope we can get our usual 30 friends and family gathered. Lastly our Summer Picnic will be another wonderful example of Koinonia August 5th. It was such a blast last year we have even bigger plans this year. SAVE THE DATE!
I hope you will all find a way to unplug this summer and enjoys God’s creation, but when you’re in town, plug back in to our Koinonia. It wouldn’t be the same without you.
Communing with you in Christ,