Training Institute: U.K. (Month Review)

 

Here’s a quick rundown of the first month of the Training Institute: U.K.:

  • Katie Yarbro, Elizabeth Ogburn, and Merritt Denman are the first interns for the program, and they are all serving with One Church in Brighton, England.
  • They hit the ground running and headed to Youth Camp, an off-site but nearby gathering of multiple congregations that gave the interns an early jump on meeting some One Church members.
  • The host home for each of the girls has been incredible with hospitality and inclusion.
  • 13568882_10207130039034012_1407876478704108352_oOne Church hosted its first of several CHOMP events, which are meal and activity provisions for the local community while kids are on holiday from school. The interns have mentioned that a noteworthy takeaway was how disarming it can be to simply sit down next to someone at a meal table. The volunteer servers do not stand back and keep to themselves, but rather they are expected to pull up a folding chair and sit with those whom they serve at the plastic pop-up table. Continue reading “Training Institute: U.K. (Month Review)”

Training Institute:UK (Week One Review)

  • Interns arrived on schedule and made their way through customs. Not necessarily the smoothest process–thanks again guinea pigs : ) –but they made it through. Andy (One Church) was there to welcome them out of the gate and transported them to Brighton.
  • After a rest day, they went to a Youth Camp near Brighton that they described as resembling a Passion gathering (circa 2000). From Elizabeth’s picture and their collective description of the event, I can envision the tents among throngs of people and the ecumenical feel of a gathering that is quick to offer a “response” time.youth camp brighton
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For The City: Waco (an update from intern Caroline Thornton)

“Our group signed up through For The City: Waco to partner with Arrow. […] The beauty of this service opportunity for our group is that we do not have to organize every person’s schedule to line up for one big event, but instead, one of us or a few of us at a time can respond to Arrow and offer to take a meal, clean up a house, install a ceiling fan, or join a family at the park.” Continue reading “For The City: Waco (an update from intern Caroline Thornton)”

Harris Creek Training Institute: UK

London, England is an epicenter for cultural development. What happens in London doesn’t seem to stay in London. Business ventures, style trends, fine arts movements, and social reform may start within the walls of Big Ben and Parliament, but they flow outward like the River Thames, beyond the realm of the big city and to previously unknowing neighbors. A speck of an idea can float to the heart of Great Britain or it can float out to the open sea to distant lands that wait. Despite what the geography of the United Kingdom wants you to believe, “no man is an island” after all, but rather each person is as capable of influencing, as he/she is capable of being influenced. In London, the transformation of an individual has the potential to influence the world at large. Can anything good come out of London? Can anything good come out of Waco?

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Part of the Family — Lent 2016

Harris Creek joins the Christian tradition throughout the ages by participating in Lent while also adapting some of these practices to fit our context and culture. Every year, our church chooses a particular book of the Bible to read together or a particular spiritual discipline such as prayer to guide our attention through the season. The intentional “taking on” of a particular focus is the acceptance of an invitation to explore new rhythms and routines in life, habits that reorient our perspective on life, on God, and how it all comes together.

 

This year, we hope it does all come together. That is, Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent, the Scripture we study, the worship we encounter, the relationships we share, and the needs deep within our city and our souls—what if they all came together over the next 7 weeks?

  • Ash Wednesday is part of the family tradition for Christians to confess our sins and welcome the season of Lent.
  • The healthy relationships we cherish most are with those people who tend to welcome us home, like we’re part of the family.
  • Scripture passages like Galatians 4:6 tell us that we are “now part of God’s family” (The Voice), adopted as heirs—sons and daughters—through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
  • In the last statistical report, there were 277 children in the foster care system from McLennan County—children desperately wanting to be welcomed in as part of the family.

Between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, we encourage you to be deliberately focused on the theme of becoming a part of the family, and we have provided a devotional guide–will be available as a PDF online or a few print copies will be available at each campus–to serve as a daily reminder to you of this theme. Each day will offer a passage of Scripture for reflection, a quote for meditation, an exercise for your hands, a prayer prompt to follow, or a specific action step recommended. While it may be the case that some might need awareness and education about how we should share compassion for the needs of our city, it is more likely that we know exactly what needs to be done and we simply need to activate our faith with our mind, heart, soul, and our humble hands and feet.

Our dream is that as the Harris Creek family participates in Lent together through this devotional exercise over the next 46 days, we will accomplish these goals:

  • 46 people will sign up to serve as court appointed special advocates
  • 46 volunteers will become certified baby sitters or respite care providers for foster families
  • 46 kids will be welcomed into foster homes in McLennan County
  • 46 Easter baskets will be prepared for foster families in the Waco area
  • 46 rolling suitcases stuffed with clean clothes and toiletries will be donated to a local foster care agency

The final numbers are not the driving factor; the numbers—wherever we end up after Lent—signify stories of transformation for God’s family! Come, and be a part of the family!

 

 

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“OUR TURN” Campaign Updates (Oct-Dec)

Remember all those emails you received from Harris Creek regarding the initial launch of the OUR TURN campaign? Guess what?!? Now you can see a quick overview of the campaign conversation that took place between October and December, forever preserved for posterity through our blog.

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