A pastor's sabbatical is a weird time. It's both quieter and noisier than usual. We ask questions we don't normally ask, like "Who brings snack every week to worship?" (hint: it was Jodi).
But we ask some of the same questions, too, like one of our favorites: "Why not?"
Parents and kids and parent-less kids and kid-less parents and people of all walks of life in between have been asking for more fellowship time. More time together. More messy hands. More open hearts. We're a neighborhood church; let's get our toes rooted and our feet dirty.
So here we go. Welcome to Humble Walk Monday Nights (jazzier title pending).
We're going to try gathering weekly in a non-worship way (but in an old church building, of course). Games, art, fresh fruit, a homework station, and periodic Bible talk are all on the loosely sketched agenda. 5:15-6:30pmish. We're booked at Art House North (793 Armstrong Ave W) right between theater rehearsals and yoga class, which feels about right.
For our introverts, our tired ones, and our kids with homework, we'll have extra stations: an art box full of Stuff to Make, a carpet square stocked with Legos, and a table set aside for math and reading and whatever else you might not be able to ignore for an hour. It's OK. Bring it with you. Bring your kids, bring your parents, bring your friends, bring whatever you've grabbed from McDonalds on the way home from work. We'll find space for all of it.
If you've wanted to invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even people you don't like that much to check out Humble Walk, here's a time for them to meet us in a slightly less rowdy element than Beer and Hymns. (But only slightly.)
Here's the calendar.
September 14, 5:15-6:30pm: Bingo night. With highly desirable prizes.
September 21, 5:15-6:30pm: Board game night. Bring your favorites, we'll bring ours.
September 28, 5:15-6:30pm: Bible night. We'll read a Bible story together -- one of the classics -- like Elisha getting teased about his bald head by some kids, and siccing two she-bears on them (no, really). Then we'll break into groups and wrestle with the story. There'll be a discussion group for people who want to talk, ask questions, challenge the text, decide if this matters for our lives and how. We'll bust out the art box and the Lego space for those who want quiet tactile reflection. Maybe we'll have some prayer time, if it fits. We'll definitely have Humble Walk Art Sharing Time (TM) because it's just wrong to read a Bible story and not get some art out of it.
October 5, 5:15-6:30pm: Busy night. Lace up your walkin' shoes. Part of being community is caring for our neighbors. We'll hand out plastic gloves and trash bags, and roam West 7th picking up litter. We're made beautiful; let's make our world a little more beautiful too.
October 12, 5:15-6:30pm: Spontaneous Talent Show. There's no sign-up and no auditions. We grab the sanctuary space and fill it with fun. Glorious awards to be had.
October 19 BEER AND HYMNS, 7pm, Shamrock's Pub. We do our normal thing and it is glorious.
October 26, 5:15-6:30pm: Bible night. We try that Bible thing again, improving on wherever we were last time. We reflect on two months of hanging out. Do we want to keep going? Maybe. We'll find out when we get there.
Do you want to come? Great.
Do you want to help? Also great. We'll need art supplies, bingo callers, and just about everything else. Can you let me know? Thanks.