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From the "Harvest Ridge Retro Family Picnic"
Photo by Cassandra Robison
This event was a blast. Meeting neighbors, eating hotdogs, drinking lemonade and playing "Retro Relays" like the "3 legged race"...man. We need to do this more often.
Actually, we will be doing this more often. There are about 3 more of these planned for various neighborhoods around the Alliance, Texas area as the summer progresses.
This event was a good example of something that I will be covering in a book that will maybe one day actually get published. And that something is a chapter called, "Why The Church Must Get Outside of its Building" (or something like that). Of course, in many ways, that describes North Point for the summer, but more on that later.
I think that this event tapped into something that people are really longing for. Something basic. Something at the core. In a way, it's a throw back to a simpler world and feelings of nostalgia. But it's more than that. I think it reflects a longing for real community. And although most haven't achieved it the way God intended, real community is part of God's design for what Church is supposed to be about. We're not there, either, but that's the beauty of being a part of a new church. We haven't arrived by any means, but we're working hard at building the right foundation.
Incidently, I was really "unwired" at this event, but in a good way. And the homemade megaphone that I used actually worked better than most of my techno tools at the moment...