Our vision as a church is to help you see what God can do through you. An essential part of this vision is to see clearly what God has done for us on the cross. This year for Good Friday, we are planning a special experience for your small group, one designed to help you understand Jesus’ sacrifice at a personal level—in a community setting.
The original Greek word for “church” is “ekklesia,” which originally meant a gathering or assembly of people. As the Bible was translated into German the word “kirche,” which means “House of the Lord” took its place, emphasizing the physical church building. Over time, many have come to identify “church” as a building and an institution, rather than a movement of people on mission.
In an effort to recapture some of that feel of the early church as an “ekklesia,” we are inviting our small groups to participate in a memorable Good Friday experience in a more intimate setting. Our goal is to help you and your group, including your kids, take part in a unique retelling of the story of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. During this retelling and remembering, you will have the opportunity to reflect and experience together—through some special activities—the significance of what Jesus did for us on the cross.
Now, we don’t want to give all the details away. We want to leave you with a sense of wonder. But here are some essentials to help you plan.
If you are not in a group and you would like to participate, contact Delora Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• We are meeting in homes as small groups. Some smaller groups may want to combine and meet in one home for the experience.
• The planned portion of the Good Friday experience will take around 45 minutes.
• We are recommending that your group share a meal together prior to starting the experience at 7p, with the understanding that some groups may need to adjust based on work and kid schedules.
• Each of our groups will meet together as a group. Again, some groups may choose to combine for the evening.
• Feel free to invite other people from CCG who are not yet in a group.
• We are asking groups to include their kids as much as possible and as is appropriate. There will be nothing graphic that might be inappropriate for some younger children, but we will be inviting people to imagine how their sins nailed Jesus to the cross.
• Much like the early house churches where families had to deal with fussy babies and squirmy toddlers, we want to include the kids—and the potential mess they may bring—into the experience. Part of our goal here is to help families create a spiritual moment that captures in a concrete way the essence of Good Friday.
• Pray that this will be a meaningful experience for your group that honors the Lord.
• Encourage your group to make every effort to attend!
• We are recommending that you a share a meal together prior to the experience.
• Once you’re ready for the experience, simply play the video and follow the instructions provided.
• We are inviting people not in a small group to either meet with friends from CCG in homes, or they can sign up to participate in the experience at the church. Just as we are asking groups to do in their homes, we are inviting families to participate together, and we will not be providing childcare.