Sherry Bigham's Life Group has helped her see that she has a place in this church. She matters. Consider joining a Life Group in September. Click here to learn more!
I'm a recently retired teacher, and my husband and I were looking for ways to get involved in the community so we started coming to Trietsch. It's not easy to get connected to a new church. It can be scary to walk in and assert yourself into conversations. My husband and I are in our 60s, and it can be hard to make new friends at our age. We're retired, we're home a lot, and it's just not easy to meet new people.
We knew that the best way to get connected right away was by serving. I started volunteering at the front desk, and my husband volunteers with the media department. Linda Steiner helps coordinate the front desk volunteers, and one day she asked me if I'd like to try her Life Group. I agreed to try it, not sure if I'd like it or not. Since then it's become the highlight of my week.
Being part of a Life Group has helped me grow in so many ways. It's been meaningful to have a group of ladies to share the good times and bad times with. We talk about each other's families, triumphs and tragedies, and we can get real with each other. I know that any story I share won't go beyond the walls of my Life Group. It's a comfort to be open with people who just want to love me.
Since I've joined this group, I've started to pray more for myself and for others. It's opened my eyes to lives beyond my own. People all around us are struggling, and sometimes all I can do is give it to God. We also share books and encouraging scriptures with each other. Without even trying, my Life Group has made me live differently day to day just by sharing these little moments.
My new friends remind me that God is in everything, even adversity. I felt like I only went to God when everything was good to thank him. But I've learned that in times of turmoil, adversity, and sorrow…God's there for that, too. He makes me stronger through adversity and is with me all the time. Over the years, I had forgotten that.
When I had knee surgery a little while ago, my Life Group took turns delivering meals. They sent me cards in the mail, and one woman sent me a new Bible. I had to miss a few weeks of our group because I couldn't sit still for long with my knee, and when I was finally able to come back to church they all wanted to know how I was doing. It feels so nice to walk into church on Sunday morning and know that people missed you.
Before my Life Group, I felt like I would just go to worship, listen to the sermon, and then go home. Now when I walk in the doors on Sunday mornings I know that there are a group of people there I feel deeply connected with who know who I am, what I'm going through, and they care about me. I had to be willing to put myself out there to experience this level of relationship.
My husband and I have now been members of Trietsch for a year, and I've been in my Life Group for almost a year. If you're thinking about joining a Life Group, but aren't sure – just do it. Get out of your comfort zone and give it a try. I'm not a leader. I'm not a joiner. I know it's scary for introverts to just jump into something. I promise that this will be something you look forward to each week. You'll be glad you did it.