Any church business at Circle Church, including the annual meeting and elections, was held in this Sunday evening time slot. Planning for discussion groups and for the home worship services was also scheduled for the evening time.
Since beginning, our entire government system of the church has undergone reorganization, requiring each member to determine his or her gifts and then to register with one of several interest groups, called modules. Nine have formed and a given Sunday night was designated “Monthly Module Night,” with all these ministry-oriented groups meeting in different homes.
Quite often something was scheduled just for a specific group, such as the singles, who would plan the program to fit their needs. Another example occurred when just families came to the church office. They then proceeded in a group to view the magnificent display of Christmas ornamentation along State Street in the Loop and to sing around the massive lighted tree in the Civic Plaza. They then returned to the office to partake of hot chocolate and to watch the small children decorate the tree with the Christmas ornaments they had made. The comment was that we needed to do this more often.
Since our prayer emphasis took place within local geographic groups, there was often a need stated for requests on a broader basis. We then planned an all-church prayer meeting for a Sunday night, rather than during the week. In August, the area prayer groups met on Sunday nights to give one month with no midweek interference.
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