I recently joined a Christian women’s group. Most of us are young adults and we meet once a week for dinner to talk about our problems, accomplishments, and to pray for each other. It started out as more of a formal gathering until the organizer realized that we all just wanted a place to get together and fellowship.
Every week someone in the group gets to talk for about twenty minutes about whatever she wants to talk about in whatever format she wants to do it in. For most of us we spend that time talking about ourselves and something we’ve had to deal with.
What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God. Psalm 55:14
Sometimes there’s a question that someone has, often there’s an experience we want to share, most of the time we share our testimonies, our goals, our struggles. This group has brought me closer to God in a way that I never thought was possible. I realize the main reason is because it reminds me that there’s nothing I’m going through that someone hasn’t gone through. We’ve opened up in a way that only sisters do. We’ve become prayer warriors, many of us are now accountability partners, and some of us call or text each other for motivation on a regular basis.
We share our promotions at work, our birthday celebrations, and our heartaches. We talk about everything, from dealing with abusive relationships to mourning a loved one. It is this connection that keeps many of us going. Many of us have found that this women’s group fulfills something that is missing in church. Yes, the church is a place to worship, a place for corporate prayer, and a place to share our testimonies. However, many of us would probably not share some of the personal tribulations we face for fear of being judged. A small fellowship group allows us to trust each other by sharing our personal stories.
Similar to joining a house fellowship group, the women’s group has become a support group for us. We’ve come together as a family, and by praying for each other and sharing God’s word we are encouraging each other to grow as Christians. This is especially important to me since my family lives in a different state. It gives me the opportunity to share some of the concerns I have while knowing there are people near by to reach out to.
We want to know:
Do you belong to a women’s or men’s fellowship group?
Are you part of a house fellowship group?
How has it helped you with your walk with Christ?