Tapestry is Tusculum’s revitalized Life Group Ministry. Our goal is to weave together intergenerational groups at Tusculum to create community with one another.
A tapestry is a piece of sturdy fabric formed by weaving individual threads together to create a beautiful design. God designed The Church in a similar manner. Individually, we are pieces of thread: different colors, different textures, different ages. But when God weaves us together, He creates an incredible masterpiece that no one thread could have ever dreamed up.
Each fall, you can sign-up to become a host or a participant of a Life Group. The role of a host is to ensure your group has a meeting place each week (whether it’s your home, the home of someone else in your group, the church building, or even a park or restaurant), that a meal has been planned, and facilitate discussion and prayer around the set of discussion questions from the week’s sermon as provided by Mark Adams.
The role of a participant is to show up each week and contribute to the conversations, help with meal prep/contribute to the meal, and step in should your host need help with anything.
These groups will meet on a regular basis for at least an hour and a half (this allows enough time for connection and conversation), as determined by the group, and will be intentionally formed based on two criteria: 1) groups must include at least 3 different generations, 2) each individual (or couple) will submit their availability to meet upon signup - groups will be formed based on each person's availability.
Just make sure someone else in your group is able to host that week.
Bring them! Children need to see their parents in community. Communicate with your group if your child has specific food or attention needs. If you feel like the children in your group are a distraction during discussion and prayer time, designate someone (adult or teen) each week in your group to watch the kids. And remember- even if YOU feel like your children are annoying, others in your group may find them a joy to have around.
We get it. Not all personalities mesh together. Focus on the things in your group that you can appreciate and learn from. Each group will only be together during a school year so by this time next year, you’ll have a whole new group.
Reach out and let us know. Will Tidwell can provide tips and pointers and will be available to help guide you through the process.
You are welcome to use another devotional or your own content if you feel the Lord leading you in that direction.
While we do encourage meeting around a meal for the communal benefit, if your group decides they would rather not do a meal, that’s totally fine! If your group is not comfortable with potluck style, feel free to plan a pizza night or have everyone chip in for takeout/catering. Meal time does not have to be complicated! If you’re not sure what to plan, rest assured that sandwiches and chips are always ok.
Tapestry groups are always open! If you’re ready to jump into a community filled with love and discipleship, we welcome you at any time! Just fill out the sign-up form located below and you will be placed in a group that best fits your availability.
We encourage groups to meet on a regular, consistent basis, but each group will determine what that means for their own group. Some groups like to meet on a weekly or biweekly basis, while other groups like to meet on a monthly basis. Keep in mind that the more opportunities there are to connect, the more opportunities there are for discipleship.
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