Christmas Network Gathering

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017 in Celebration Gathering | Comments Off on Christmas Network Gathering

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/17/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Awesome Inc.

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This year, we will return to downtown Lexington for an evening of fellowship and worship through Christmas songs and carols!

In addition, we will join with some friends from Bridges International, a ministry to international students and families in the area.  Many international students come the US with a desire to meet Americans and learn about Christianity but unfortunately never enter the home of a Christian while here.  Bridges International hopes seeks to give opportunities for Christians to build relationships with those visiting our universities.  We hope that this evening will be an excellent way for us to show hospitality to and share our faith and lives with many of those from around the world living here in our backyard.  Perhaps you will begin a friendship that will last long after our time together?  We hope and pray so!

 

What to Bring?

  • A dessert and finger food
  • All those connected to your simple church community
  • Any friends who enjoy hearing Christmas music and celebrating the birth of Christ!
  • (Drinks, plates, napkins and utensils will be provided)

Help Needed?

  • If you are available to help transport international students and families from campus to and from our gathering, please let us know.

Music and Story?

  • Do you have a favorite Christ-centered Christmas poem, story, or song that you would like to share?  Please let us know and we would love for you to contribute!

 

About Bridges International

“My name is Micah LeMaster, and I run an organization called Bridges International at the University of Kentucky. We consist of a group of student leaders passionate about reaching international students for Christ, and we see partnerships with other ministries as the most effective and Biblical method of doing that. God has gifted Lexington, Kentucky with a wealth of incredible ministry leaders and movements, and I believe He has called us to be the connection point between them in order to fulfill the Great Commission here. Over the past few years, we have partnered with dozens of churches and ministries to help train, empower, and challenge Christians to share their faith. In the process, these partners have helped our international student population grow closer to the church, and many of students have heard the gospel and started discipleship relationships with Christian Americans. I’m so excited to begin a partnership with the Simple Church network to continue the kingdom vision.
 
Sometimes a traditional church model can make it hard for members to proactively engage in ministry outside the walls of their congregation. In addition, traditional church buildings and services can often be intimidating for international students to be invited to because of their cultural background. Because of this, we often encourage partners to make international friends by inviting them into their homes first and having faith conversations in a more intimate setting. For this reason, Simple Church is an excellent partner for this kind of ministry. Lastly, I think the model of house church is perfect for fostering a dynamic of discipleship and multiplication in students exploring or growing in their faith. Many students will not have any kind of large congregation to attend when returning home. Most of our friends from Asia will have to join or start a house church in order to worship and grow. Starting here with the same model is an amazing opportunity to prepare seekers and believers for Christian life outside of America.
 
In summary, I expect God to work in mighty ways through partnership with the Simple Church network, and I hope that many church members will be able to make international friends and start walking with them towards a relationship with Jesus!”