My daughter is 2 days from finishing Kindergarten. One thing I’ve noticed over this past year of school is when she learns something new, anything from a new math equation to last night’s dinner conversation about what makes black beans black, she wants to tell everyone who will listen.
This is how I feel about the word “care”. I know my reading level should be a little more accelerated, but follow me for a second. It’s the verb “care” that rhythmically works it’s way into my thoughts, which is, "attach importance to something; look after and provide for the needs of.”
When Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is, he replies, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus clearly says that loving God with all of your being is paramount, but “like it” is to love your neighbors. To care for them. To attach importance to loving your neighbors. To look after them. To care.
Beginning in September, we will begin down the road of a new ministry here at Grand Parkway called CARE Ministries. For a while now, we have felt the burden to create opportunities for our church to not just be in the community but to be part of the community, and we believe CARE Ministries will be in the center of that vision.
So, starting September 17th, Thursday nights at Grand Parkway will be CARE Ministry night. What is a CARE ministry? Glad you asked! CARE Ministries are designed to bring the gospel to bear on life, no matter the situation. From learning English to figuring out how to relate to your stepchildren. This fall we will be offering:
- English as a Second Language (ESL). We’re excited to be programming this in partnership with the Fort Bend Literacy Council.
- GriefShare. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.
- DivorceCare. Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before.
- Blended Family Care. If churches and their families are going to remain strong, they must intentionally work to build smart stepfamilies.
- Celebrate Recovery Step Studies. Celebrate Recovery uses the Twelve Steps and its related Scripture as the biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey though each of these steps in a confidential group lead by a facilitator who has completed a study.
Pray with us as we intentionally move towards caring for our community. Who knows, one of these might have your name on it! By the way, black beans are black because the seed coat is made up of three anthocyanins that give the beans it’s black color. The more you know!