I'm looking for inspiration and ideas today. Mostly from the ladies or anyone who has sat in a sea of strangers and felt utterly alone.
I attend a large church in a metropolitan community. You wave at your neighbors. You shake hands with your fellow Christian. That about sums up the fellowship for many of the people who attend my Sunday School class. We've known each other for years. We occasionally attend a Christmas party together. We say hello in the hallways. But when one of us disappears to worship at another church, we rarely notice until weeks and weeks have gone by and then it is too late to reach out.
I used to go to a smaller church in a smaller town. I knew my friends well. Since moving to Florida, I've struggled with finding consistent Christian friends. I ask everyone I know--is it my age? Is it that I no longer have a child at home? Is it the community?
And now I'm asking: What can I do about it? I know there are other women who feel as I do. Our church does have a women's group but the numbers are large and it is mostly about activities. I've not looking to do crafts.I can't afford to go shopping at the malls now. I can't even afford to go to a luncheon. But then if I could, would I really really connect with the other 50 or more ladies who also go?
I'm not sure. So here's where you come in. I want to reach out and create an opportunity for ladies in my church to talk and share and relate. Not as couples. Not through outings. Not with food. (You know how women get when they have to outprepare someone.)
I want these ladies to feel loved, remembered, cared about and then want to do the same for others who come into our midst.
I've got some ideas but I know out there--someone has done this before. Or someone is saying," I need that kind of relationship in my life but . . . " I want to hear the buts too.
I hope I'm not the only one!