Motley Church has seen different formats over the years and has had different core groups over the last three. End of summer last year Pastor Robert Brody and I met up to discuss this urgent call I was feeling once again on my life. After some good Sal's Pizza and an hour of conversation and prayer, Robert says to me, why don't we try to revive Motley.
Motley was the brain child of Rachel C. Rachel was a regular in a youth group that Robert ran at a different local church when she was in high school. As an adult she was curious and wanted to learn how to grow her relationship with God so she started coming to church.
Like many of us however on most Sundays she would leave a sermon with tons of questions and not having a way to understand what she just sat through. Not that the sermon was bad, its just a little difficult in most churches to put your hand up and stop the pastor mid sermon. (see video below)
Then a week later you go back to maybe a totally different topic or lesson from the Bible, but still no answers.Some other early attenders of the group have been people who were curious but just not comfortable walking into a church setting for one reason or another.
So after some discussion with Pastor Robert they decided to launch a separate small group or gathering where people could come together to get answers, discuss what they were learning and really seek out the truth and guidance that the Bible has to offer. Hence Motley was born.
Fast forward to today. We re-launched Motley in early October when I shared my testimony with a small group of people around a campfire. We've been meeting two Sunday evenings a month since then, sometimes to a large crowd and other times there's been only two or three, but each time we met, we've needed to be there for each other.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
Lets face it, we all have junk in our lives and there is nothing better knowing that somebody cares. That you have a safe place to go where you won't be judged and where you can find spiritual support and hopefully answers to whatever may be going on in your life, whether good or bad.
Anyhow - our biggest dilemma to date has been where and when to meet and how often do we do this, blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately its hard to accommodate everyone's schedules all the time but we have come to a change/decision on how to move forward.
Beginning Wednesday February 7th Motley will be meeting at New Danville Mennonite Church from 6:30 - 7:30 and we will meet every Wednesday night at the same time and place. We are also discussing once the weather gets a little nicer that we would have a Sunday night meet up once a month just to hang out and have fun at a park, do a picnic or some other extra curricular activity some where.
We know that Wednesday may be difficult for some but for the core group that's been attending that works best for now. We hope that any and all past attendees can make the schedule work, even if its only once or twice a month or maybe even our Sunday night meet ups. You'll also be able to follow along on our Facebook page and through my blog as I plan to keep regular lessons and updates here as well.
Our hopes are to discover the real truths in the Bible and to help each other do the same. If you are reading this and don't know whats in the book - we invite you. If you are reading this and do know whats in the book, we invite you too. No matter who you are, what you've done or what may have happened to you in your life, we invite you.
Motley is an open discussion forum where we all learn together, where you can come as you are and where we'll never judge you. We hope to see you all on February 7th as we will be starting our study of the book of Matthew that begins the New Testament.
Thanks for reading this long post and we hope to see you then.
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.