We seek to give better energy and commitment to nurturing deeper spiritual community and fellowship in our Meeting, beyond the usual Sunday worship gatherings, through the establishment of home Bible studies, home fellowship groups, and other small group activities that take place outside the church building.
Query -- Which small Growing Edge group (Bible study, intercessory prayer, book discussion) have you joined this year? In what other ways are you working to get to know Friends in our church at a new, deeper spiritual level, in order to "watch over one another for good?"
Book Discussion Group
The Growing Edge #3 Book Discussion Group meets every other month. Below is the list of books read thus far by the group. On Feb. 3 the group met to discuss books individual members are currently reading. The group will plan to read together a book (either The Irresistible Revolution or The Death of Adam) for the next meeting in late March or early April. A list of books for the next year will be presented at that meeting. Everyone is invited to the discussion groups and all are encouraged to read any of these books. Copies are available in the church library on the Book Discussion shelf.
Winchester Friends Church Growing Edge #3 Book Discussion Group
June 2001 -- First meeting
July -- The Road Less Traveled (M. Scott Peck)
August -- The Prayer of Jabez (Bruce Wilkinson)
September -- The Peaceable Kingdom (Jan de Hartog)
November -- Celebration of Discipline (Richard Foster)
January 2002 -- Dakota (Kathleen Norris)
February -- Exodus (Leon Uris)
April -- The Friendly Persuasion (Jasmine West); video
May -- The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer); video
July -- Praying Like Jesus (James Mulholland)
August -- Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
September -- Care of the Soul (Thomas Moore)
January 2003 -- Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
May -- Life On the Color Line (Gregory Williams);
-- video "A Force More Powerful"
June -- Abraham (Bruce Feiler)
July -- Home to Harmony (Phil Gulley)
August -- personal choices
September -- Encounter With Silence (John Punshon)
January 2004 -- The Mission (movie)
February -- Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich)
April '04 -- Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors (Marian Wright Edelman)
May -- How the Irish Saved Civilization (Thomas Cahill)
July -- The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
August -- Beyond Belief (Elaine Pagels)
November -- Entertaining Angels (video re. Dorothy Day)
December -- Streams of Living Water (Richard Foster)
February -- Brother Sun, Sister Moon (video re. St. Francis of Assisi)
March -- Streams of Living Water (Richard Foster)
May -- various books and articles on environmental stewardship
June -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
July -- Chesapeake (James Michener)
January 2006 -- Signs of Salvation (Ben Richmond)
April -- Kite Runner or A Day No Pigs Would Die
July -- Freakonomics or The World Is Flat (Thomas Friedman)
January 2007 -- Giants in the Earth (O.E. Rolvaag)
April -- Our Endangered Values (Jimmy Carter)
June -- Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
August -- Hershey (Michael D'Antonio)
October -- The Secret Message of Jesus (Brian McLaren)
December 31, 2007 -- movie: Amazing Grace
February 2008 -- Report on personal choice
June 2008 --
Growing Edge Visitation Evening
About 6 years ago, the Fabulous Friends Sunday School Class adopted the last Sunday evening of every month as an evening to gather together and spend the evening visiting the elderly and shut in of the meeting. All people of the meeting are invited to join the class at 6:00 PM. The first 30 minutes of the evening is spent dividing up the list of people to visit with those who are there. Usually people are given 2 homes or several people to visit and the next hour to hour and a half is spent visiting those homes. The group gathers back at the church or the parsonage for snacks and fellowship, sometimes during the summer we gather at Rob and Val Pearson's for a hot dog roast and time around a camp fire with good food and fellowship. These evenings give many people in the meeting an opportunity to know one another better, to report on the wider community and the opportunity to "take church" to those who are unable to worship with us each week.
Growing Edge Prayer and Soup Evenings
For about 3 years a group of 8-14 different individuals gather at the parsonage every Wednesday evening for a simple meal of soup or salad and a time of prayer. At 6:00 PM the group gathers and shares a meal together and at 6:30 PM concerns and prayer requests are shared. The meal and prayer time ends at 7:00 PM for choir practice.
All are welcome to join the evening of prayer!