Blessings of Community
We are called to build communities of joy, hope, love, and peace. We trust in and belong to one another, even if we have never met.
1 Corinthians 12:12–31
Doctrine and Covenants 162:6c
“All Are Welcome (Let Us Build a House)” CCS 276
“Weave” CCS 327
Our Church Puzzle
In a group, read Ephesians 4:11‒13 and 1 Corinthians 12:12–31. Paul wrote that we are all given different gifts of ministry to build up the body of Christ. On a large piece of craft foam or heavy cardstock, draw the outline of your congregational building. All can then draw pictures of themselves and others in the congregation—each person can draw other people in addition to their family. Next to their names or drawings, write a gift of ministry that each has. Cut the craft foam into large interlocking puzzle pieces. Put all puzzle pieces on a table or floor and invite everyone to put the puzzle together. Are we missing any pieces? We need everyone to share the blessings of our church community!
Keywords: puzzle, congregation, blessings, gifts, community, scripture study
Play this game using a long rope that everyone can hold onto with some space in-between. Form a circle around the rope and hold with one or both hands. Close your eyes or use a blindfold as a leader names a shape (circle, square, triangle, diamond, oval) and your group forms that shape without talking or looking. After trying a shape, the leader will ask everyone to open their eyes (or remove blindfold) and see their creation.
Discuss: What shape did the group create? Was it the shape you were supposed to make? Make that shape now. Try forming more shapes, both blindfolded and with eyes open. Forming a blessed community can be like this at times. Luckily we have a good example, and we can work with others with our eyes wide open! Jesus Christ is our example of how to act in community. As a group or personally, commit to studying how Jesus acted in community, and apply those teachings to your community. Keep a record of the scripture story, what Jesus did, how you can apply that teaching, and what was the result. Do this for a period of time to learn how to form a Christ-like community. Commit to it longer to effect real change in your community!