Come to the Feast: Culture and Christianity
HOW DO WE LIVE OUT OUR WESLEYAN BELIEFS IN TODAY’S CULTURE? HOW DO WE EMBRACE OUR NEIGHBORS WHO ARE “THE OTHER?”
Help to create a safe, comfortable atmosphere at Galloway for open and honest, constructive, conversation around how we all may embody the love and grace of God in the face of today’s culture and hot topic issues. Through conversations facilitated by lay leaders in congregational care, missions and outreach and adult spiritual formation we will together explore controversial issues of our society.
BRINGING different SIDES TOGETHER
Holy conferencing is a term that is a part of the culture at Galloway and many other United Methodist Churches today. To be in a time of holy conferencing is to engage in intentional, honest conversation, learning and growing together through the use of various spiritual formation tools. The resulting sacred space is one that we share during Sunday school and worship weekly, small group gatherings and dinner fellowship as we engage in conversation and nurture spirit-filled relationships. Holy conferencing is a term that is rooted in John Wesley's own idea of Christian conferencing. It is a practice that seeks to engage groups in scripture reading, prayer, fasting, Eucharist and other spiritual growth techniques in order to experience God's grace more fully. Through holy conferencing we are invited to join our fellow pilgrims at the table and find God's grace big enough, loving-enough, for all opinions to be welcomed, and all stories to be shared as we are individually and collectively accepted and known as children of God.
Beginning this fall we will seek to foster honest conversations through a time of holy conferencing as we share different viewpoints and explore crucial issues for living a Christ-centered life in the 21st century.
Galloway’s Care-A-Van ministry brings senior adults to Galloway to worship each Sunday. This service started with one van going to St. Catherine’s. On the first week, there was one rider and one very optimistic driver. Over the weeks and months, the ministry grew. We currently send one van to St. Catherine’s and one to The Blake in Flowood. We have had as many as fourteen senior adults, attending Sunday worship services due to the Care-A-Van ministry. Volunteers serve once a month as drivers, assistants or greeters.