Posts from the ‘Community’ Category
Supper Clubs are spaces of formation, community, and mission. It’s a community that loves each other like family, challenges one another to grow in Jesus, and lives on mission together. Rhythm’s Rule of Life is our primary formational tool that we utilize in Supper Clubs. We grow as apprentices of Jesus as we practice his way with others, instead of trying to do it on our own. Supper Clubs are spaces of safety and stretching – it’s safe to be vulnerable, but the stretching happens as we take new challenging steps with Jesus. We need a space to be stretched in actually practicing the way of Jesus.
Supper Clubs are not primarily a Bible study, although we will be talking about Scripture and how it impacts our lives. Supper Clubs are not primarily a prayer group, although we will spend time in prayer and opening ourselves to the Spirit. Supper Clubs are not primarily a sharing group, although we will be sharing what we’re learning.
Supper Clubs are discipleship spaces for holistic growth in Christ – our head, hearts, and hands.
These groups are closed – it’s a semester by semester commitment, so please prioritize the times that your group meets. Supper Clubs meet every other week, beginning the first week of September and normally have 10-12 people. Each group is responsible for dinner and everyone is expected to participate in helping provide the meal. And there’s homework. Your growth will be directly tied to your investment in the homework.
Email Matt Alexander if you are interested in learning more about being part of a Supper Club this fall!
The Christian life isn’t about believing all the right stuff or living by a set of moral principles. That doesn’t come close to capturing what being a Christian is all about. The Christian life is much more like being swept into a divine dance with the living God. The Divine Dance is a mentorship program to help those who want to be baptized or who have never been mentored in the Christian life, understand and more fully experience this dance they’re now a part of.
Each person going through this program is given a “dance instructor.” This is a normal, everyday man or woman from our congregation who has experience in living the Christian life. You can’t learn how to dance with only books; you learn through observing good dancers and trying it for yourself. Similarly, the manner in which most of us became Christian was by looking over someone’s shoulder, emulating some admired older Christian, and saying yes to and taking up a way of life that was made real and accessible through the witness of someone else. So the best way to learn the divine dance is through practicing with those already moving to God’s groove.
Over a three month period, the dancers and instructors will be working through a one-page list of learning activities – or to keep the analogy going, dance exercises. These range from studying scripture together to serving soup to the poor. The goal is not just to learn about the faith but to live it out together.
The Divine Dance is kicking off in mid-September for the fall! If you’re interested in doing the Divine Dance in the fall, email Matt Alexander for more information.
Jesus and the writers of the New Testament use a metaphor to describe the identity and purpose of the church: FAMILY. The people of God are like a really healthy, vibrant family who do life together in a beautiful way. Healing and growth happens in this family. Purpose and unity occur in this family. Honesty and authenticity mark this family. Generosity and abundance extend from this family.
Theologian Christine Pohl says that Christian communities that live like families can bring about transformation and healing in the world.
“Communities in which we grow and flourish last over time and are built by people who are faithful to one another and committed to a shared purpose. A combination of grace, fidelity, and truth makes communities safe enough for people to take the risks that are necessary for growth and transformation. It also makes it possible for groups to handle disagreements without being torn apart and to minister to the world in ways that are far greater than the sum of the individuals involved.” [Pohl, “Living Into Community”]
Rhythm desires to be a church where people do not merely attend, but belong. Join us as we start off a new semester looking at Jesus’ vision and purpose for his church. If you want to go deeper in this series, download our Going Deeper Guide for suggestions on how to learn and experiment with the material.
Join the Rhythm community on Saturday, August 5th, for a beach day! All ages are welcome to spend the morning with us at Virginia Key Beach Park on Key Biscayne from 10 am to 2 pm. Come and hang out for as long (or short) as you like!
Bring food and drinks to share with others and also bring along any games you want to play – frisbee, soccer ball, football, paddle ball, etc. Time to have some fun!
Contact Julie Heath for more information.
The Guidance Team (GT) will host three huddle groups to create a space for dialogue and prayer regarding the mission and vision of Rhythm. Everyone is welcome! Feel free to attend any huddle you wish. Please RSVP to attend one of the huddles below by emailing the leader (click on leader’s name).
NORTH MIAMI HUDDLE
GT Leader: Natalie Freitas
Date & Time: Thursday, July 13 @ 7 pm
Location: North Miami Beach [Email Natalie for the exact address and parking instructions]
GT Leader: Angel Pittman
Date & Time: Thursday, July 13 @ 7:30 pm
Location: Kendall near The Falls Mall [Email Angel for the exact address and parking instructions]
COCONUT GROVE HUDDLE
GT Leader: Jason Bean
Date & Time: Sunday, July 16 @ 2 pm (childcare provided)
Location: Coconut Grove [Email Jason for the exact address and parking instructions]
Sunday, June 18 is high school Senior Graduation Sunday at Rhythm! This is a very special rite of passage when we recognize, celebrate, and pray for our graduating high school seniors.
Come celebrate with us on June 18!
The Guidance Team invites you to a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, June 4th from 12:45-2:30 PM after worship. We will be creating a space for dialogue, prayer and discernment regarding the future mission and vision of Rhythm. If you consider Rhythm to be your church family, please do your best to attend. We are providing pizza. Please RSVP by Friday, June 2nd.
GT Members: Paul Olver, Angel Pittman, Jason Bean, Matt Alexander and Liz Sastre
Dedicating a young child to God is a very special and important moment in the life of child and their family. In Rhythm’s worship service, we take time to introduce each child and their parents, affirm the parents commitment to raising the child in a Christian home, and pray over each child.
As a church community we support each family in our church and want to encourage parents to create a safe and healthy environment in their home where a child can learn about God and grow in a relationship with him. All parents who want to participate in child dedication are asked to participate in a short orientation.
If you are interested in having your baby or young child dedicated on April 30, please email Julie Heath for more information.
There’s a reason why the church has always called the week leading up to Easter the “holy week.” This is the week when the self-giving love of God is made most visible, the week that Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins, but then three days later was raised in new life.
Rhythm is going to the Miami Zoo on Saturday, Mar 4th at 10 AM. Everyone is invited! We have a discounted rate of $9 per person if you must RSVP with Julie by Friday, Feb 24th. If you miss the deadline, don’t fret, you can still join, but at the full ticket price. Join us, it’s gonna be wild!