A Girls Night Out

I recently heard Charles Price on the radio.  He is a pastor from The People’s Church in Toronto.  He said, “The world is not impressed when we come inside these doors (the church) and have a good time.  The world is only impressed when we go outside of these doors and show them that we love them.”

That one statement stayed with me for days.  Long enough that a week or two later I find myself blogging about it.  Why did it resonate with me?

Well, for starters, I’m one woman on a team of six that organizes events inside the doors of our church.  Mr. Price made me ask; why I do plan these events?  Who am I trying to impress?  What is my motivation?

I love being part of a ministry team that arranges events for women because I understand the need for women to connect.  Women have a real need for relationships that go beyond the surface.  If you grew up in the Niagara region than you probably have friendships that go back years, maybe all the way to childhood.  But if you’re like me, a person who has relocated many times, then you lack those deep satisfying connections.  The connections I make within my church family go a long way in making Niagara feel like home to me.  I enjoy being part of a team that facilitates events where a newcomer like me can feel comfortable and meet women with similar interests.

Am I trying to impress anyone?  In a way, yes I am, but not with my skills or ability to host an event.  I hope women leave with the love of God impressed on their hearts.  I hope they leave with certainty that Orchard Park is a place where they can be accepted for who they are, where they are, and without reservation.

What motivates me?  A desire to please God using the gifts and abilities he has given me.  I love to organize.  That’s no surprise to my family who are well used to my lists, plans and schedules.  I thrive in an organized setting.  God has given me a desire to use these gifts to organize events where His word will be proclaimed.

Will the world be impressed this Saturday at our first Girls Night Out event?  Probably not.  Will the women who attend be impressed?  Who knows?  But, if after the set is removed and the speakers have returned home, I go outside the church doors and continue to show the women who attended my love and concern for them, maybe I’ll earn the right to share about the God who has given me this love.  And that is what it’s all about.

Girls Night Out:  http://gnolive.ca

7:00 PM | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2010
ORCHARD PARK BIBLE CHURCH
with Guest Speaker Sheila Wray Gregoire
434 Hunter Road, RR#3
905-468-5731

$5 tickets available at Orchard Park Bible Church and online at www.ticketwindow.ca* (*Online convenience fee applies.)

2 thoughts on “A Girls Night Out

  1. Marsha says:

    The instant I read that you are on an event organizing committee I thought ” of course she is!” 🙂
    Girls Night Out… It reminds me of the time we went to that womens conference here in Saskatoon. Seems like a lifetime ago, but I cherish my memories of time spent with you in our MJ days… You probably wouldn’t know it but you taught me a lot about being a Christian and a grown-up, and looks like you still are!

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