The pandemic has pressed pause on a lot of the events we had previously planned: birthday parties, weddings, graduations, sporting events, and even church. It has brought both confusion and newness, an increased focus on the things that matter most paired with a longing for the people from whom we’ve been distanced.
In Acts 8, the early church faced persecution and physical threats. Much like us today, Christ followers were scattered, no longer meeting in one central place. But they didn’t let their distance keep them from their mission. Acts 8:4 says, “Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” In the midst of unplanned circumstances, God amplified their message and brought many more into the faith.
While we cannot gather as a large group on campus, we can meet in smaller groups online and in homes, apartments, parks, and even parking lots. We can experience church in a new way—perhaps one that will spread God’s word more powerfully than we could ever imagine.
You don’t have to be a pastor or leader to start a Willow at Home Group. You just need to have a willingness to create space for people to watch church and connect however you most feel comfortable. Simply invite some family, friends, neighbors, or your small group over, watch the service and then continue the conversation—or host an online watch party. Together, let’s pray for God to fill our homes and spaces with His presence as we continue to be the church while we’re apart but not alone.
Ready to dive in? Check out our Willow at Home Group page for ideas and resources to start your group.