Broaden your understanding of different backgrounds and experiences.
Ward Church cares deeply about those in and around our community, and we take seriously the command to “make disciples of all people.” With that in mind, Ward Church has created Revelation 7:9 Fellowship whose purpose is to discuss how best to carry out the Great Commission to those within our 1-, 3- and 5-mile radius, and spend time studying the various people groups that make up this eclectic region.
This group is designed for fellowship and mutual edification, which means no prior expertise or experience on this subject is required. We desire to create a space where people can learn and grow.
This fellowship is meant to mirror the work being done at the denominational level. The EPC’s Revelation 7:9 Task Force was formed by the National Leadership Team of our denomination. According to the EPC, “Revelation 7:9 is not a social justice initiative but a very biblical initiative, mirroring the Jewish-Gentile unification of the church in Acts 2, Acts 10, Acts 13, Ephesians 2, etc. It is both prescriptive and descriptive. Thus, the Task Force believes that if EPC churches proactively pursue our local 1-3-5 radius, churches will more likely reflect the descriptive church in John’s Revelation, which is illustrative of the coming Kingdom of God.”
The purpose of the Revelation 7:9 Fellowship is to create an environment that gives us proximity to the contributions, stories, and unique challenges of those who share different backgrounds and experiences. The desired outcome of this fellowship is increased understanding, empathy, and stronger fellowship within the body of Christ.
How do we accomplish this?
We gain understanding, empathy, and stronger fellowship by taking the posture of a learner, respecting the journey of our fellow travelers, and modeling the humble character of Jesus Christ.
This Year’s Theme:
Discover the richness of the Middle East and foster a deeper connection with your diverse community through the “Journey Through the Middle East” cohort hosted by the Revelation 7:9 Fellowship Ministry at Ward Church. Our ministry is committed to creating a welcoming environment that brings us closer to the unique contributions, stories, and challenges of those with diverse backgrounds.
- Focus on the Middle East: This 8-week journey will delve into the diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of the Middle East, equipping participants to better know and love their neighbors.
- Book Study: Participants will read “Many Colors” by Dr. Soon Chan Rah, exploring themes of diversity and unity in the local church.
- Educational Visits: Experience firsthand with visits to the Arab American Museum and Zekelman Holocaust Center, gaining insights into the historical and cultural contexts of the Middle East. (advance registration required, click links above)
- Cooking Class: Immerse yourself in the flavors of the Middle East through a hands-on cooking class, promoting cultural exchange and understanding. (advance registration required + childcare)
- Flexible Schedule: Cohort meetings will be held on Sundays at 12:45 p.m. in the Hub Meeting Room at Ward Church Northville, and it’s okay to miss some dates. We understand the importance of flexibility to accommodate various commitments.
Join Us: Come be a part of this enriching journey that goes beyond the surface, deepening connections and understanding within our community. Whether you’re a seasoned learner or just starting your exploration, everyone is welcome.
Details: Introductory Meeting is February 4th @ 12:45 p.m. at Ward Church Northville
- Duration: 8 weeks [ February 4 – March 17]
- Book: “Many Colors” by Dr. Soon Chan Rah
- Meetings: Sundays 2/4, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3 at 12:45 p.m. in the Hub Meeting Room at Ward Church Northville
- Educational Visits:
For more information, contact email@example.com. Join us on this transformative voyage, as we learn, grow, and build bridges of understanding through the “Journey Through the Middle East” cohort.
If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Terence at firstname.lastname@example.org