How Do I Get Connected at Severn Run?

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Many people hop from church to church, trying to find that special connection, but many times seeming to miss the mark. So, this begs the question…why?

Well, we can’t speak for every church out there, but here at Severn Run we believe that life is better connected. *cue the cheers* Ok, ok…if you’ve ever been to a church service, then you understand my meaning there. If not, then simply put, those are words that we say every week, and we have a dedicated group of people who truly believe in the power of that statement.

Basically, what I’m saying is that you can’t blame the Church at Severn Run if you’re having a hard time feeling connected. Now, now, don’t stop reading just yet, this isn’t meant to sound conceited. We realize that not every single person who walks through our doors will feel that magical connection, but what we are saying is that we try to make it as easy as possible to get connected right from the get go, and that the ball really is in your court to make that first contact and let us know that you’re interested in getting connected.

So, how do you do this you ask?

Well again, if you’ve ever been to a service, then you’re probably familiar with the fact that you’ve been sitting *wink wink* on that first step of connecting every Sunday since you started coming. We have on average about 1300 people in attendance on any given Sunday between 3 services, and there’s just no way that we can know who the people are that aren’t yet connected. You need to let us know, and the best way to do that is the Connect Cards that we have on the seats during Sunday services. Of course, you can always come up to the main desk in the atrium and one of our helpful volunteers can get you plugged in as well, but chances are they’ll probably still ask you to fill out the Connect Card. *hint hint*

“So, I filled out the card. Now what?” (Don’t mean to put words in your mouth, but I’m quite confident that I’ve inspired you to fill out that card already!)

Connect Groups

Well, I’m glad you asked! The next step is that someone from our staff will reach out to you to welcome you to the church and give you some information on how to get plugged in. One of the best ways for you to get connected with others at Severn Run is to join a Connect Group. We have a variety of them, so don’t worry…we’ll find one that suits you. And if we don’t (which is unlikely, but we realize that we are only human) then perhaps we can work on putting one together that you can connect with. But as I said, I think you’ll be impressed with the list of groups we already have. We have groups for anyone from newly graduated high schoolers and young working people to families with children and ‘empty nesters’. We have men’s and women’s groups, and groups based on where you live. If you’d like to see a full list of groups with locations, times, and descriptions of what they’re all about, head on over to our church website here.

So, now that Amber Adams is happy (she’s the Connect Groups leader for the church), let’s talk about a few other ways to get connected…

Of course, you could always do it the old-fashioned way and just walk up to people and make friends, but in this day and age of Snap Chats and moody emoticons, we think that’s kind of scary. So, let’s be honest about how we will actually make friends. And for the record, I’m talking about the kinds of friends who we actually give hugs to or shake hands with, not the kinds that ‘like’ ALL of your posts, even the sad ones. (You know who they are!)

So, how can you really, honestly make real friends that you can do life with at the Church at Severn Run?

I’m glad you… ok ok, I won’t do that again, but seriously, I hope you’re ready for this answer. The answer is to get involved and serve! Now, before you run away screaming (or just switch to Facebook to watch and ‘like’ a video of your best friend’s cat), hear me out for a second.

Serving

I’m not going to get into too much detail, because *SPOILER ALERT* a blog post specifically about serving will be coming out soon. But, since we’re talking about getting connected, it’s an important point to make. You will get to know people better when you’re serving on a team weekly or monthly. It’s one thing to go hang out and have a meal with a group of people, or go through a Bible study (and I’m not knocking either…you should definitely try those too!), but when you’re serving alongside others, you get to know people on a totally different level. And when you’re serving in the church, in most cases, you will get the opportunity to meet people that you probably wouldn’t have normally met had you just been out looking for “friends”.

The point I’m trying to make with serving here is that you never know what you might find, except for good friends who love Jesus and who would love to do life together with you. If you’re interested in finding out more about plugging in to a serve team at church, head on over to severnrun.com/serve, or stop by one of the service tables we have out in the atrium on Sundays. However, we don’t always have tables out there, so if that’s the case this Sunday (because you’re going to stop by, right?) then just talk to the main desk and they’ll get you hooked up.

Also, if you’re not quite convinced yet, please keep an eye on the blog for our serve post, which will be coming out shortly. This blog post will address some specific areas in the church where we’re struggling to get volunteers. Hopefully this will inspire you to reach out and take a step of faith that God has put on your heart.

Don’t Delay…

Don’t let another summer go by without getting connected. Don’t miss the chance to connect with new friends and make lasting relationships. Don’t live life on your own.

Why? Because we here at the Church at Severn Run firmly believe that life is better connected!

Get Connected!

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How Severn Runners Get Connected

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We asked some Severn Runners how they got connected in our church community through Connect Groups. We thought their answers would encourage you to get connected if you aren't already.

Why did you join a Connect Group at Severn Run? 

I joined to be connected with parents who also have young kids and when the pastor said we should all be connected, I wanted to follow his leadership advice so I found a group. I'm so thankful I did.

What are some of the benefits of being in a Connect Group?

Being around families who also are at a similar life stage of having young kiddos has been very valuable to me. We can share our trials, celebrate our successes and do the journey of life together supporting each other.  I also learn more and do studies I would probably not take the initiative to do on my own, so it has been great exposure to studies out there and learning new things about God's word and learning how to apply it to my life in new and different ways. My son looks forward to going every Thursday night and playing with his friends, so it is a benefit to our whole family. 

How did you decide which Connect Group to join?

I went to one of the find a Connect Group events and met some of the folks in each group. I found a group I enjoyed talking to and decided to try visiting. I also was specifically looking for a group with childcare and really like that not only was childcare provided, but also it was on the church campus where my son was used to playing.

Do you lead a Connect Group? Why did you decide to lead?

I lead Families with Special Needs. Many times even day to day struggles are made even larger when dealing with a family member that has special needs. Our group is a safe place to share parenting questions and dilemmas as we support and encourage each other with scripture and prayer.


 

If you are feeling God's leading to get connected with Severn Run, now is the perfect time!

Simply go to http://severnrun.com/connectgroups/ and search our Connect Groups based on life phase, interests or locations.

You'll quickly find a great group of people with whom you can grow in faith.

#MyStory - How I Realized I Need a Connect Group

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Two years, three months, and 28 days ago I became a Marylander--or at least I moved to Maryland. I had gotten a job, rented a townhouse, put all my belongings on a moving truck, got in my car, and drove 1,121 miles to my new residence.

After living in the same state my entire life, I wanted to make a change. I needed to make a change. It was a good thing. In doing so however, I not only left Minnesota behind, I left behind something very important...connections. Connections with church, co-workers, family members, places, and friends.

I was thinking all those could be replaced and new connections could be made. But as an introvert it was more of a challenge than I ever imagined. Of all those left behind connections, friends have been the scarcest commodity here in Maryland. It’s not because I haven’t meet people. I have shaken hands and discussed the weather with numerous people. Acquaintances seem easy, a real and meaningful friendship--not easy at all.

I left a large, contemporary church where I’d attended 20 years. I had joined numerous small groups over the years that lead to several amazing friendships. Through the studies, I learned so much from Beth Moore, Ray Vander Laan, R. C. Sproul and other wonderful Bible teachers. 

So the solution to my emptiness seemed so obvious - I needed to find a church and get connected. I found the church and yet I resisted a connect group.

Thoughts ran through my head again and again...

  • What if they don’t like me?
  • What if I don't like them?
  • I’m divorced...will I be judged?
  • Share my deep dark secrets? No way. 
  • Will I know enough about the Bible?
  • I just don't have the time. 

Over time, through the noise, I begin to hear another small voice...

  • What if I am missing out on new great friendships?
  • Maybe I have something to share that could help someone else!
  • So I divorced, I am still a valued child of God.
  • There's so much more I can learn from studies and other people.
  • We all make time for what's important. 

This fall I am going to do it!

I am going to step out, take a deep breath, and find a connect group.

Am I excited? Yes.

Am I nervous? Absolutely!

But, I am going to do it.  

How about you?

Will you consider joining me in finding a connect group this fall?

We will both be happy we did. 

Experiencing Joy at a Joy Luncheon

Aptly named, our seniors’ Joy Luncheon at Severn Run is truly a joy to be part of.

Primarily geared toward seniors, Severn Run’s monthly Joy Luncheon provides an excellent way for members of the congregation to get together, share experiences, and have a good time while enjoying a potluck meal. (Trust me, there’s always plenty of food.)

My own experiences (in June and August) were memorable. For those of you who may be more skittish or shy, let me put your hearts at ease. Everyone was friendly and welcoming to newcomers. Some approached me and my wife, Eileen, eagerly engaging us in conversation.

Two different people recognized Eileen’s Scottish accent and immediately introduced us to Marie, who has a lovely Irish brogue. War did not break out between the two. Far from it.

Hank and Jessie have been attending Severn Run since 1971. Like many who come, Hank had stories to tell of the origins and growth of this fellowship.

Hank gave an interesting presentation on Flag Day. His wife, Jessie, creates lovely table settings each month and her June setting perfectly fit his theme.

Shirley and Ed have lived in this area for decades. Ed remembers when the Baltimore and Washington beltways were being built. 

Gwen Hubbard organizes each event and acts as emcee. She offers opening and closing prayers, greets newcomers, and gives announcements. Other church staff assist and attend, often with members of their family. It is a delight to see multiple generations share themselves and their experiences with one another.

Young Joe’s ever-smiling face was the very first one I saw when I arrived in June. He assisted in setting up each luncheon and was attentive to everyone’s needs. As it turns out, Joe participated in missions overseas and is now heading off to Hawaii to train other missionaries for overseas missions.

The staff strives to improve upon this successful activity. Suggestions for future luncheons include having a variety of themes, guest speakers, devotions, games, or topics of interest to seniors and adults. (Please provide your suggestions to Gwen.) 

If you’ve never experienced this wonderful way of connecting with other Severn Run members, you have something to look forward to. Never dull, always friendly, ever positive – the Joy Luncheon lives up to its name. 


You are invited to lunch at the Joy Luncheon (usually the second Monday of each month) Feel free to call the church office at (410) 551-6654 for more information.

How Do I Get Connected?

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You may have heard us say (once or twice) that we believe Life is Better Connected.
 
But the first question people have about getting connected is usually, "Why should I be connected?”
 
Joining a Connect Group is more than joining a Bible study; it is your opportunity to move from hearing to doing. Our Connect Groups are committed to doing life together focused around God’s word. You get a chance to live out God’s word by being in authentic relationship with others and with God through Christ while going out into our community to love and serve people well. 
 
The next question is people ask about being connected is, “How do I get connected?”
 
 
There are several ways you can get connected at Severn Run.
 
  1. On a typical Sunday morning you may have noticed people wearing blue t-shirts that say “Life is Better Connected” or pins that say “Ask Me About Connect Groups". Those are our Connect Group Leaders; they are passionate about doing life together and will be able to help you get connected into our community.
  2. You can also check out the Connect Corner in the atrium. There you will find all of the information you need about our Connect Groups and how to join as well as meet some of our leaders who will be able to determine which groups would be best for you.
  3. Last, but not least, you can go to Severnrun.com/connectgroups where you will also find all of our Connect Group information and Upcoming events. 
We are committed to walking with you in your walk with Christ so you are prepared to walk other people into a loving relationship with Christ.
 
We are excited for you to get connected!

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