You can learn a lot about a culture by the stories they tell. At NewCity, we want to cultivate a culture of paying attention to how God is at work in us and through us. This is why every week, every Community Group spends ten minutes sharing Everyday Mission & Renewal Stories. As we hear each other tell stories, we are encouraged and challenged by how God is at work in our midst. We also pray for each other’s faithfulness and fruitfulness in bearing witness to Jesus everywhere we live, work, learn, and play.
We’ve been collecting some of these Everyday Mission & Renewal Stories from our first Week of Co-Mission:
- One couple frequents the same restaurant and has been befriending their servers and leaving them generous tips. One of the servers is expecting her first child this November so the couple went to Target to buy a bag of baby gifts and attached little personal tags with notes to each item. They wrote a card and included their phone number so she could text if she ever needed encouragement or had “mom questions.” This woman loved the gifts and texted them the next day.
- One guy in our congregation knows how long Tuesday nights are for Starbucks employees, having worked their himself. So he and another guy in his Community Group brought the staff at their local Starbucks a tray of chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A simply to bless them. The employees expressed profound gratitude for this unexpected kindness and opened up conversations around why they would be so generous.
- Another family involved their children in drafting up flyers for a neighborhood meet-up in their local park. Their whole family distributed fliers to their neighbors inviting them for popcorn and snow cones. Another couple in their Community Group joined them as they met their neighbors and served them food. This family expressed the best part of the week was how the Week of Co-Mission made them more intentional to recover neighborliness, which is such a lost experience today.
There are many more stories of inviting co-workers over for dinner, prayer-walking a neighborhood, attending a community event, and beginning relationships through hospitality, service, and blessing. A culture is growing among NewCity of taking small steps with great love toward our neighbors everywhere we live, work, learn, and play. As November rolls around and we embark on our second congregation-wide Week of Co-Mission let these stories stir us up to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24). And let’s keep moving out into our communities, seeking their flourishing, and telling stories about how God is at work in us (renewal) and through us (mission). You are sent.