Describe a Relational Discipleship Moment:
At The Local Church, a new expression of Christ United Methodist putting down roots in Chatham County, our story is beginning in much the same way as that of the first followers of Jesus — around tables and in homes. We call our iteration Local Tables. Local Tables are small(ish) gathering of friends, family, neighbors, and strangers (who will quickly become friends), who meet to create space to listen, learn, love, and serve together. The gatherings are loosely structured, but informal. They’re planned, but with plenty of room for the Holy Spirit to do what she does best. It all happens around a table with a shared meal… and these gatherings matter. A recent survey from the health insurance company, Cigna, found that over half of Americans surveyed feel lonely or unknown. We don’t need a survey to tell us that. We feel it in our own lives each day. But those who embrace the awkward to show up to Local Tables quickly discover the beauty of belonging. They find common ground and discover that they’re not alone in their questions and doubts and hopes and fears. They learn how their faith comes alive each and every day. Through engaging questions, meaningful conversation, and a treasure trove of stories and backgrounds and experiences, we lean into the wisdom of sixth-century monk Dorotheus of Gaza who taught that as we draw closer together, we draw closer to the heart of God — and vice versa!