Think back with us to high school and college. Your teacher has just announced a group project and the class let's out a collective "ugh."
You glance across the classroom to your best friend; make eye contact and give them the 'if we get to pick our own group, we're picking each other' look.
Then the teacher announces "I've chosen your groups for you." The sound of everyone's hearts dropping to the floor can be heard all across campus.
Worst feeling ever, right? Who likes getting assigned to groups?
So come back to present day with us... think about the Women in the Word Leadership Team as they've had the task of dividing up the 197 ladies who've arrived to do the Faith to Face Bible Study. These leaders know the way we all feel when we're about to get paired up with people because they've been in the same spot too!
Our Women's Ministry Lead, Stephanie Rousselle said, "The Women in the Word Leadership Team has been praying daily since April that God would weave a tapestry of relationships at each table, like a masterpiece of art to His pleasure and glory - with the Holy Spirit as the gold thread in this tapestry of relationships."
Women attending this fall's Bible Study session are divided up into "tables." These tables allow more intimate discussion, a small group of support and encouragement, and a chance to more easily connect with other women. They are nothing like those pesky group projects from school!
Thankfully, God has had His hand in this whole process and is working in ways that no one could have imagined.
Take this email from a Table Leader to Stephanie as an example:
"I know the selection is not exactly random...as a matter of fact, I know there was a lot of work put into it. However, I know you could not have known everyone's story when you were building this group so I want to share some connections. Laura and I met at the Easter Tea last year and hit it off because we realized our children were in the same stages and I am so thankful to have her with me. Kerry and Leah, two moms with small children, met for the first time last week and already hit it off so well. Cathy and Kerry sat near each other last year in Bible Study and already have an informal mentor relationship. Leah was new to the church last year, and decided to attend after she came to church and tried it out one Sunday morning. It was that Sunday during the service when she heard Cathy and her husband speak about their faith through their personal tragedy. She knew it was the church for her after that service....and now the two of them are at the same table. Laura and Sarah sat at the same table last year and although Sarah is quiet and hesitant, Laura's relationship with her is caring and she can help Sarah feel comfortable. So you see... How cool is it that God has already been busy weaving our relationships, well before we all sat together today? And if He is weaving our relationships into a tapestry, I would say it is being done with expensive gold and silver thread, be-dazzled with precious gems! I love this group and I'm so thankful we will be together."
It is so exciting to see how God is at work in this ministry. We can't wait to continue seeing what He has planned for these women!
These tables are never full, if you or someone you know would like to join Faith to Face, please visit cfdowningtown.com/women to register for the study or simply show up on Wednesdays at 9:30AM, 6:30PM, or 7:30PM and sign up at the door. You are always welcome!