Dear Friends in Christ,
How do I belong?
I hear this question all the time, in different forms. I hear people tell me about the longing for more meaning, or connection, or direction. Sometimes, it’s as simple as feeling awkward at coffee hour. Other times, it’s as big as wondering about God’s purpose for life. But underneath is the same desire. We want to belong. We want to connect. We want to make a meaningful contribution amidst meaningful relationships.
People find their way into belonging at Grace Church through many entry points. I’m aware
that sometimes those doorways are obvious and open. Other times, it can take a bit of
Our staff and vestry have both talked a lot about the need to engage and connect our
community this year. Mother Nina, Father Santi, and I are committed to fostering those
We have set aside a substantial amount of time in the coming month to offer 1:1 meetings for
anyone who wants them to talk about the question of connection. We want to help each
person at Grace find the right door.
What will these meetings look like? After you sign up (and confirm whether you want to meet
at Grace or by Zoom), I hope you will think and pray about your relationship with God, as well as your gifts and passions. I encourage you to bring notes with you to your meeting. Clergy will pray with you, talk about where you are in your spiritual journey, and help you think about where you might connect with the needs of this place.
These meetings are helpful if you are new—but we hope they will be helpful for long-time
members, too. Few ministries are lifelong. It’s healthy to lay down ministries after a time so
that they can be someone else’s opportunity for grace—and so that you can discover God’s
next blessing to you.
You can choose which clergy person to meet with, and there might be an obvious connection if you have some sense of the ministries that excite you. (Kids? Talk to Mother Nina. Outreach? Father Santi.) But all three of us want to stretch and challenge you. (And—Mother Nina once ran outreach programs. Father Santi worked as a youth minister.)
Often volunteer recruitment starts from the organization’s needs: it’s time for a new
committee chair, a replacement scheduler, a backup shift leader. But ministry starts with our
hearts. What unique traits do you bring to the table? What act of service brings you joy?
We’re not just trying to fill holes so that church keeps running the way it always has. We are
trying to build a beautiful community that reflects the people that the Spirit has brought
together in this place and time.
I hope you will spend some time with us.
Yours in Christ,