Jaro has directed me to a wonderful article on the FGC website. It is called “Strengthening Our Meetings as Caring Communities” and really expresses quite well not just the importance of being a community as well as simply a Meeting/Worship Group, but how to foster that spirit in your own circle. It includes some Queries that I think would make excellent reflections for our First Day Worship, and I may draw from that in the times to come if we are in need of one for our use.
I know that I often speak of not just how my family has been welcomed as a whole by our group to others, but I speak of how you welcome and treat my son. It seems so organic and natural, the respectful and dignified way you treat him, and I hope all those who come in contact with us can feel that same spirit.
There is also a link in the sidebar to more resources on this topic, if you’d like to read those as well. Feel free to comment below, too. Everyone’s thoughts are welcome here.