Last night I attended one of BuxMont’s song circles, and got to know several people I had not yet run into at BuxMont. Two of them had been invited by someone from BuxMont who knows they like to play and sing. Two, a mother and her son, have visited a few Sundays, but I had not met them. We had a wonderful mix of ages and people. Some of the little kids drifted between the song circle, the snack table, mom, grandma and the child care room. One eleven-year-old wowed everyone with his guitar playing and singing. We had four guitars, two autoharps and a keyboard along with many singers. And the songs ranged from silly to tragic, from philosophical to maudlin. We enjoyed every one of them.
It is in the small group setting where we get to know each other. Whether it is the Tuesday JB walking group, the book club, an RE class, a work party in the garden, a coffee house, a circle dinner, a game night, small group ministry, a rehearsal and, yes, even a committee meeting, we get to know each other personally in these intimate settings where we work, talk, play or make music together. We come together as a community for large events, worship services, Midwinter Par- ty, the Auction and our upcoming music concert. But we knit the fabric of our community in the smaller groups. And I particularly love the ones that bridge the generations.
This is an important secret to figure out if you are new to the Fellowship. Definitely come to the services and coffee hour. But find some other activity or two to connect with. The folks there will be delighted to meet you and pull you deeper into our circle of friendship.
It’s also an important secret for those of us who are already deeply connected. We need to reach out to the new comers and invite them to these smaller events. And, when we have friends from outside the Fellowship, bringing them to a coffee house or social event is a good place to start. I know several people who first came to BuxMont for a music event with a friend.
Speaking of music events! We’re continuing to have something every month. That young guitar player is already signed up for our April 12th Coffee House (7 PM in the Social Hall). Easy to do on BuxMont’s web site! This is an open mike setting and a great showcase for BuxMont and our surrounding community to share poems, songs and stories in an intimate setting with a very appreciative audience. And be sure to hold the afternoon of May 18 for our annual BuxMont Music Concert which will focus on Climate Change and other environmental concerns.
Hope to see you soon!