Gifts for Growing

Every year Circle of Hope calls on gifted people to help us grow. While most of what we have fits well into a cell or Sunday meeting, we organize further events to help each other grow in particular ways.

Our schedule is arranged around the seasons:

Spring is devoted to Earth: Planting seeds of faith and helping them sprout.

• Summer is devoted to Wind: Taking first steps of life in the Spirit.

• Fall is devoted to Fire: Accepting the gifts we bring to the community and our purpose, and learning to give them.

Winter is devoted to Water: Deepening resources for transformation.

The rest of our Way of Jesus site is organized in a similar way; it has resources to help us move along on our journey in Christ.

January to March 2021 ▨ Water

Spiritual Development

Ash Wednesday

February 17 | 8pm | Zoom Calls for Each Congregation

  • Email Jonny for Frankford Ave Zoom link

  • Email Julie for West Tulpehocken Zoom link

  • Email Rachel for South Broad Zoom link

  • Email Ben for Marlton Pike (South Jersey) Zoom link

One of the great things about this inaugural day of Lent is that the ceremony came to include wearing ashes. There are many levels to the symbol. You can enter it on whatever level you choose and give it the meaning it needs to have for you. But it mainly has the two movements of the truest story: 1) it is about grieving the distance between you and God. 2) It is about waking up to the closeness of Christ in letting his light shine on you.

Lent in your Cell

February 17 to April 3 | Wherever/whenever your cell meets

Each of our daily prayer entries during Lent will have a dialogue and prayer section that could be suitable for a cell or family time of mutual encouragement and development. Maybe some cells or other constellations of people will choose to gather each day to pray and dialogue. That would be a great discipline for Lent!

Lent Day Retreat

February 20 | 9am to 12pm | Online with Zoom

Lent is a perfect time to learn new and refresh old spiritual disciplines. This day is an introduction to the season of Lent, contemplative prayer, journaling, and mutual discernment for those who are new to them. For more experienced people, it is a lovely day to be quiet and return to a place of focus as we enter into this great time of the year.

Bible and Theology

Getting to Know the Bible: Old Testament Histories

January 12 | 8pm | Online with Zoom

Old Testament Histories: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Chronicles.

Maybe “flyover country” in the Bible, with its long lists and weird stories, has something to offer us today? Let’s get a taste. Ben White will lead.

Doing Theology

March 1 | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Online with Zoom

How do we raise our children in the faith? All are welcome!

Marriage and Parenting

Village Parenting Online Dialogue and Resource Sharing

March 13 | Online

We want to develop our online community and introduce new people to some of our resources. This time will be an open dialogue to share what is working and not working during this high-stress parenting time. Sharing the burden, commiserating, lamenting, praying…And then getting practical with some new and old ideas.

Business and Finance

The Color of Money: Blue - A Spirit of Generosity

February 11 | 8:00pm | Online

Register Here

Is having and generating wealth okay? Paul said “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil,” but it often gets misquoted as “Money is the root of all evil.” Jesus makes it clear that wealth is a spiritual danger. How do we turn it into a tool for redemption and transformation. How do we guard against the love of it? Jane and Scott Clinton will kick off some dialogue about these questions and more. The time will be informed by those that sign up to come.

Sign up so we know if it will work. It won’t work without a dozen or so people to make the dialogue.

Community Building

About Making a Covenant

TBD

The pastors lead prospective covenant-makers through the basic meaning and practicalities of this important step. The covenant is the core of love and mutuality that holds our whole church together. It’s not a matter of being in or out, it’s a matter of saying yes to Jesus, to our common strategy. We want to be a real people living in real love.

About Circle of Hope

January 25 and March 22

Want to learn more about Circle of Hope but aren’t sure how to ask? This is a great place to do that. We want to talk about who we are and what we are doing. You might have other questions too. Why do we meet at night? Why do we multiply? Why are we Christians? What’s the point of planting churches? Let’s answer them together. We hope we learn as much from you as you do from us.

Why dialogue and not doctrine?

March 16 | 8:00pm | Zoom

In our 2020-2021 Map we have a goal to hold quarterly gatherings to confront the myth that discipleship is just about ‘correct thinking.’ We are continuing to reform, as we imagine our world and our church beyond the frameworks that the powers that be have given us.” This time, we want to talk about how a dialogue of love holds us together more than merely our doctrine. Let’s talk about our approach, its strengths, but also its limitations. Perhaps we will collect new insight, as well. And by doing so, we’ll, in a sense, be demonstrating our dialogue of love too.

April to June 2021 ▨ Earth

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July to September 2021 ▨ Wind

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October to December 2021 ▨ Fire

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