Knowing Each Other Better

posted Sep 27, 2016, 8:49 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 8:54 AM ]

One of the gifts that Sallie Dunning brings to her role as Senior Warden is her experience with team building. We included some “ice breakers” and team building exercises at our September Vestry meeting this past Sunday. As we were finishing these up, several Vestry members commented on how much we don’t know about each other at Grace—for example, though many of us knew about Bob Spangenberg’s work generally, we had no idea of the scope of his work expanding legal access to the indigent (read Bob’s obituary here).
Nancy Sharby shared one question she asks to members of her swim class at the Y: “What do you do when you’re not swimming?” Perhaps this fall, at Coffee Hour or at other gatherings, we should ask each other some version of that question: “What do you do when you’re not at Grace?” The nice thing about this question is that it can be answered however one wishes. What we do with our lives and with our time is a much richer question than what we do for work (and remember, not all of us work for pay). For newcomers you might ask, “What do you do when you’re not visiting new churches?” Newcomers may also appreciate a tour of Grace, or someone to accompany them to Coffee Hour and make introductions.
I invite you these next several Sundays to look around at Grace for people you “sort of” know, and make a point of getting to know them a little better. “What do you do when you’re not at Grace?” The better we know each other, the better we are able to care for each other, and to use our gifts to honor Christ together.
In Christ,
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