What is the GRASSROOTS Family Reunion (Agape Feast)?
Gospel Communities gather monthly on Sunday at 719 Commons for a FAMILY REUNION that we call an Agape Feast. This gathering is marked by God’s distinctive kind of selfless (“agape”) love: we experience the presence of the Father and Son in and among us by the Spirit around the table as we worship through the enjoyment of food, relationships, music, teaching, dialogue, prayer, thanksgiving, storytelling, etc. This gathering culminates with the biblical/historical practice of “communion” through which we experience the presence of our sent and sending God.
We have no ambition to develop a variety of “programs” or “ministries” (in the traditional sense). Rather, we seek to develop equipping opportunities that cultivate gospel-shaped rhythms of life and practices so that we might increasingly embrace our identity as missionary servants of Jesus in the world. Therefore, all our systems and structures serve this end.
If you are used to having lots of religious goods and services available for you to pick and choose from, we will sorely disappoint you. We’re participatory in how we gather and are committed to equipping the church for ministry (which shapes us). Therefore, whether we are gathered or scattered, we expect everyone to take the posture of a missionary servant, contribute to the health of the body, and live into relational life together in and through Jesus Christ.
While we have nursery available for children birth-3 years of age, children 4-7 years of age participate with their parents in enjoying food, musical worship, communion (if they believe in Jesus), gifts and storytelling. However, for 30 minutes of our Family Reunion, they’re invited to participate in a child appropriate engagement of Scripture. Afterward, the children rejoin their families and are given an opportunity to share around the table. In this way, adults and children learn from one another as they respond to Jesus.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus Christ as recorded in John 13:34-35
Though we highly value our monthly Family Reunion, anyone who isn’t part of a Gospel Community, isn’t part of the GRASSROOTS family.