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.

October to December 2019 ▨ Fire

Spiritual Development

October 11th to 13th ▨ Men's Retreat

Location: Kenbrook Bible Camp, 190 Pine Meadow Rd, Lebanon, PA 17046, USA

Time: Friday, 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

All men are invited to join in this weekend designed for growing, relating, and having fun. Take note: Bunkhouse style accommodations. Tickets sold out.

November 8-9th ▨ Compassion Teams Learning Tour

Location: Various locations

Time: Throughout the day

Facebook event here.

This day is about connecting to the compassion work we are doing together in our neighborhoods. It is an opportunity to learn more about one or more teams you've been curious about by volunteering or being a part of good conversations. Come and find out first hand what several of our teams are doing and be a part of the good work.

Friday, November 8th opportunities:

  • Share a meal with Solidarity Beyond Borders at the Sanctuary Dinner they will be hosting Friday evening.

Saturday, November 9th opportunities:

  • Join the Urban Farm Team from 9:00am-11:00am Saturday morning at Collins Smith Barrick Playgarden for shed building, garden cleanup, and a potluck brunch.
  • Support the Circle Thrift Advisory Team by volunteering at Circle Thrift at 2233 Frankford Ave. from 9:00am-11:00am, or at 1125 S. Broad from 10:00am-12:00pm.
  • The Opioid Crisis Compassion Team is hosting a volunteer opportunity this Saturday at Philadelphia Furniture Bank at 3650 I Street, 9:30am-12:30pm. Come build Ikea furniture with us, to help furnish peoples' homes coming out of homelessness.
  • Help the Friends of Penn Treaty School team as they join the Fall Clean Up led by Penn Treaty Student Council & the Fishtown Rec Center. The cleanup will be from 10:00am-12:00pm at Penn Treaty School, 600 E. Thompson St.
  • Join the Watershed Discipleship Team in the Wissahickon from 2:00pm-4:00pm for a native plant walking tour and conversation. **Bring a bag to pick up trash while we’re walking, bring a notebook for writing down notes, bring jackets/umbrellas depending on the weather**
  • End the evening at Circle Mobilizing Because Black Lives Matter’s TurnUp to BailOut event from 7:00-10:30pm!

November 23rd ▨ 30something Day Retreat

Location: 2007 Frankford Ave.

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Facebook event here. Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Thirty-somethings have crucial spiritual steps to take that are often overlooked. This retreat gives them a chance to consider those steps among supportive fellow-travelers in faith. $10.

Bible and Theology

September 30th ▨ Seminarian's Cohort

Cells: the basic alternative community

Location: 3800 Marlton Pike Pennsauken, NJ

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Facebook event here. RSVP at Eventbrite here.

Is it an "incendiary community or consumer choice?"

The spiritual ancestors who invented cells meant them to be subversive. They were often forced underground, sometimes literally. The most recent cell movement in China is transforming the country. In the U.S., where empire-thinkers are protecting their choices and allotting their monetized schedule carefully, the cell is quite contrary. Let's explore what our theology of cell REALLY is and what it ought to be.

Marriage and Parenting

November 2nd ▨ Village Parenting Day

Location: 29 West Tulpehocken St.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Facebook event here.

We need to bring to our consciousness the fact that our children and parents are swimming in the water of mutuality. We make relationships around Jesus and so much comes out of that. Childcare sharing, advice and resources for parenting, community beyond school for our kids, BGX, mutuality fund usage for childcare so people can participate in cells and lead, and many more examples of our shared life. We need a day to realize, remember, and celebrate that we are in the water! It's like we have gills and we have to discover them again and again so we can practice, flex, and share that mutuality.

Village Parenting Day is an opportunity to share our vision with those in the church who haven't quite realized how amazing this is, and to share our alternative ideas with those who might like to join. We are undoing the isolation that parents feel. Our children need more love than just two people (or one) can give. Let's celebrate that and lean into it. Let's dream new ways to express it.

Business and Finance

Stay tuned for this section!

Community Building

October 7th ▨ About Making a Covenant

Location: 2007 Frankford Ave.

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Every quarter we hold a Love Feast to reaffirm and celebrate the covenant we share as a whole church. Everyone is invited to be together to express our unity in Christ, share communion, tell stories and welcome the next people God has added to the church. In preparation for the feast, we hold a meeting to explore the specifics of our covenant called—About Making a Covenant. This is for anyone moved to consider this commitment. It is a great time to ask questions. Talk to your cell leader if you are ready to come. We’re going to try it all together in one place this time.

November 4th ▨ About Circle of Hope Dinner

Location: Location TBD

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30 p.m.

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.

January to March 2020 ▨ Water

Stay tuned for this section!

April to June 2020 ▨ Earth

Stay tuned for this section!

July to September 2020 ▨ Wind

Stay tuned for this section!