Missional Communities go through seasons. Seasons of focus on the Mission and seasons of focus on the Family. Game On! MC is learning how important family is in a time when other regular rhythms are out of whack.
January has been an interesting month for Game On!. Due to changes in nearly everyone’s work, either a new job or having to pick up extra shifts or even being shipped off to Michigan for a few weeks to help out a new office, our Missional Community nights have been sort of light. We, of course, continued to gather, but it became very lax. Teachings that were prepared for were put onto the back burner and were replaced with more intimate teachings and time together.
Last Friday was the first time in three weeks we were all able to get together again on Missional Community night. It really felt like we never skipped a beat. We spent dinner exchanging stories from our work places, upcoming games, and even about what we are going to do for our upcoming OUT that won’t be at our normal location. After a teaching on vision, we set off for the living room to do what we do best, play games together. It was wonderful to have the family back together again. I know we all missed one another, and I know we can’t wait for this week’s Missional Community gathering.
SOKs (Southern Orchards Kids) was writing all the things we are thankful to God for doing on the sidewalks. Before we went to go write, I taught the kids the prayer my dad taught me when I was little! Some people wrote, “I’m thankful for a family,” “I’m thankful for my haters and enemies,” and so on. While we were writing, it started to rain and get dark. The whole purpose of doing it was to meet different people and to be kind. After we were done, we came in and the little kids watched Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, and we waited for the pizza to come.
Today, God blessed us to write things we are thankful for on the sidewalk, and afterwards we were going to have pizza. Unfortunately, it rained and we did all that hard work for nothing, but it was fun! God blessed us to have in between a lot of people and a little bit of people, so it was medium sized. After writing with chalk, we went in because it started to rain. Then, we watched Charlie Brown Thanksgiving until the pizza arrived. Once the pizza arrived, we served the little kids and then the big kids. Everybody prayed together and dug in and ate while we watched the movie. More people came to eat and then left. Once everybody was finished eating, we helped clean up and talked about what went well for the night.