An Overlapping Network

April 1, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

Sunday mornings are usually an efficient way to have contact with lots of people. There are those who sit around you week after week, rarely venturing to the strange land on the other side of the room. Others are in your Sunday school class, serve in nursery with you, or gather in the lobby together. None of that is possible right now so loneliness and isolation are real dangers, especially for those who might fall through the cracks if they aren’t well connected.

I would love to see an overlapping network of contact at UBC during these days. I would love to hear people say “I’ve been contacted TOO much by TOO many people!” That would be a great problem. Our staff and board are working through a list of people to make regular contact, and I’ve been encouraged by each conversation I’ve had, but I would like to recruit YOU to help.

  • Think about the people that sit around you regularly. Can you reach out to them by phone, email, or text even if you don’t know them well?
  • Who do you know that may not know anyone else? Even if you don’t know them well, a quick check in may be just what they need.
  • Consider setting a goal to contact a certain number of people each week. That may be different for each of us. I just read about one young lady at a different church who contacted 325 people last week! My ear would fall off if I tried that! If we each reached out to 5, 10, or 15 people, the network would spread quickly.
  • Use technology to see people “face to face.” Our small group met by Zoom, a free online meeting program, on Sunday night. It was such an encouragement to see their faces, hear updates, and pray together. We plan to keep with it each week.
  • Call someone on Sunday afternoon to talk through the worship service. What blessed you, challenged you, or confused you?
  • If you teach a Sunday school class or Bible study, consider reaching out to the kids or adults in your class.
  • If your kids are usually in Sunday school, reach out to their teachers with a quick note of encouragement or phone call.

Not sure what to say? Just keep it simple. Ask how they’re doing. Ask if they have been able to catch any of the online worship services or if they need help with that. Ask how you can pray – and then maybe offer to pray with them on the phone.

Let’s be “diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Let’s be “devoted to one another in brotherly love” (Romans 12:10). Let’s plan to look back on this period as a time in which we were knit together with one another.

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