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What to expect at our Vision Gathering this Sunday

This Sunday, 6th March we’re gathering at the Edgbaston Quaker Meeting House (Five Ways) and Online for a special Vision Gathering.  Join us from 2:45 for a 3pm start.

This slightly-longer-than-usual gathering will be an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the shared values and vision that bring us together, and to dream a bit about our future together.  It will be an afternoon of stories, ideas, songs, communion, interaction and creativity. And of course cake.

Whether you are brand new to IGB OR have been around a long while, this will be a good time for us all to connect and reconnect with one another and with God.

A note special note for those taking part from home:

  1. You can engage with our gathering on FB Live or YouTube as usual.  AND if you’d like to, you can also join a Zoom discussion group (Meeting ID: 846 3919 1069 Passcode: 805433) at the same time – there will be several times throughout the Vision Day where you might like to chat with others.
  2. You might also like to download and print the Stained Glass prayer sheet here – we’ll be using this for personal reflection throughout the day as we centre our discussions around Micah 6:8.
  3. We’ll ALL be using Mentimeter to give live feedback.  You might like to use your smartphone for this but it works on a computer too. Go to menti.com and different number codes will be provided as the time comes to feedback on each section.

Welcome(Pete & Julia)

 “At heart, Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is a learning community. And so rather than having a ‘statement of faith’ like many churches have …  it is much more representative of who we are to simply share our approach to developing a growing, active, dynamic faith in a God that loves and includes beyond our imaginings.”

Song – Hallelujah

Reflection on Micah 6: 8 to introduce our discussions today (Danielle)

“God has shown you, oh human, what is good. What does God require of you, but to act with justice and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Prayer Litany  (Tash)

We’re going to share a prayer for our time together today. If you are someone who prays you might like to join in by speaking out loud the words in bold as I read the whole prayer. It’s completely fine to just let the words wash over you.

O God,

Open our eyes to truly see one another;

Open our ears to hear the joy, pain and gift in one another’s words;

Open our hearts so that that we can be allies and true friends to those who need them;

Don’t let us be afraid to defend the humanity of the poor or hurting because of the power of the rich or comfortable. 

Show us where the light and beauty of love and hope and faith are needed, and help us to embody these characteristics in those places and with one another.

And when we fall down, lose hope or lose heart, remind us to pull one another up and to take time to put on the kettle.

In these moments, please remind us that we are loved – always, fully and completely.

And so open our eyes and our ears and our hearts to you and to one another O God.

Heighten our senses as we long for, look for and listen to your Spirit. 

Be at work for peace in this place and in our hopes and dreams for the future today. 

Amen.

(Adapted within an inch of its life by Danielle from A Prayer for the Courage to Do Justice from the World Council of Churches)

SongYou Have Shown Us

  1. Talking about our values: Act with Justice (Naomi)

“We are serious about Jesus (his words and actions) and that’s why it’s important for us to explore faith that is spiritual and social. Our commitment is to work toward radical inclusion to create and cultivate a space where everyone is truly welcomed, affirmed and celebrated in their race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, ability, disability and neurodiversity. Inclusion is a social justice issue and so we speak, act, serve and protest accordingly. We want to be part of resisting systemic injustices that lead to exclusion, working for reconciliation and peace where we can.”

Go to www.menti.com and use the code on the screen (1408 3394) or feedback on graffiti walls or your stained glass colouring sheet  to respond to the questions below (5 min):

  • How do you experience this at IGB? 
  • What are your dreams for how together we can grow in living out this value as a community?

This is the live presentation for ‘Act with Justice’ that will be populated as we respond together: https://www.mentimeter.com/s/ca2b33566f0d94c366baf0e6e9a8c762

2. Talking About Our Values: Love Mercy (Danielle, Nettes & Harry)

“We are committed to the idea that inclusion in this community isn’t based on what you do or don’t believe. We encourage you to explore faith in Jesus honestly, in conversation and in deep connection with one another. We work hard to maintain an environment where we treat each other with respect, compassion, care and love, even when that means confronting injustice. It is important to us to create a space where we don’t have to be afraid of making mistakes because forgiveness is possible.”

Go to www.menti.com and use the code on the screen (9882 4508) or feedback on graffiti walls or your stained glass colouring sheet  to respond to the questions below:

  • How do you experience this at IGB? 
  • What are your dreams for how together we can grow in living out this value as a community?

This is the live presentation for ‘Love Mercy’ that will be populated as we respond together: https://www.mentimeter.com/s/4136c93d2207a8427a5c919f187ce07c)

BREAK TIME – 5 Minutes to get a drink and snack or move around the space.(Countdown on the screen for those at home)

Song Let justice roll like a river

3. Talking about our Values: Walk Humbly (Gary)

“We want to walk humbly with God and with one another. Our differences are our strengths when we are willing to hear one another’s stories and learn from each other. As we commit to understanding and including others, this can also help us tap into the expansive, unfathomable grace and mercy of God.  Part of our spiritual vibrancy is giving a platform for everyone to share what they really think without pretence, allowing space for spiritual journey. We ask questions (“Why do I believe this?”) in honest conversation so we can pursue spiritual depth through scripture and grappling with life and theology.”

Go to www.menti.com and use the code on the screen (7076487) or feedback on graffiti walls or your stained glass colouring sheet  to respond to the questions below:

  • How do you experience this at IGB? 
  • What are your dreams for how together we can grow in living out this value as a community?

(This is the live presentation for ‘Walk Humbly’ that will be populated as we respond together: https://www.mentimeter.com/s/7f01bbac461c59c7b4db6a949db8ca9e)

  • Building Capacity (Naomi)

“We want to value people over projects while still building the capacity we need to continue grow, care for each other, serve and give to others beyond our community and become self-sustaining as a church.”

Go to www.menti.com and use the code on the screen (16938023) or feedback on graffiti walls or your stained glass colouring sheet  to respond to the questions below:

  • How do you experience this aspiration at IGB?
  • How do YOU think that we can grow in this area of aspiration?

This is the live presentation for ‘Building Capacity’ that will get populated as people answer the questions: https://www.mentimeter.com/s/cfd11f534e330d363fb2ca8e457ac203)

Communion Intro – EVERYONE is welcome at our table (Danielle)

SongAs we gather

Communion (Danielle)

Quick Round-Up & Next Steps in 2 minutes (Julia & Danielle)

SongDo Something Beautiful

Closing/ What’s Coming Up (Pete)

Blessing: May we live fully, love wastefully and have the courage to be all that God has created us to be.

Any questions? Email newchurchbirmingham@gmail.com.