Faith, Culture & The Church
"In Him [Christ] you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."
(Ephesians 2:22, NIV)
(Ephesians 2:22, NIV)
I am writing to invite you in to an idea and habit that I envision having the potential to bring women closer together, by moving forward (physically, relationally, and spiritually) together.
Because I would love, love, love to see the women of the Body of Christ gaining strength and wisdom from each other. And since my life is full of all the things, I have been asking God to show me how in the world I could take on igniting togetherness among women in our church and community--in the simplest, most practical way, no frills kind of way.
And I think his answer is something like, invite others into what you are already doing. And one of the things I am already doing is using excise time to be in fellowship with others. (Don't stop reading, I am not going to ask you to run. . . well, unless you want to me, then I will!)
So, here is what I am inviting you to: (If you don't live near me, start a STIR group in your local area!)
STIR (Stronger. Together. Intentional. Relationships.) -- moving toward strength and wisdom, together.
How it works: Walkers, joggers, and runners meet up at a specified location one morning a week (same time, same place every week). A coffee shop is our go-to here because then we get some java when we are done.
Prior to meeting, map out a route* (or set a time limit for out-and-back) for each type of mover that will land everyone back at the starting point at the same time. The key: everyone starts and ends at the same time.
Upon arriving, each person is given an “intentional conversation” card to STIR up conversation with a fellow walker, jogger or runner. Then everyone heads out in pairs on the route that is fitting for them. (Those wishing to stay for more fellowship can grab a cup of coffee post-exercise.)
Why: Because we need each other to run the race marked out for us.
Example routes: (Note: the below distances work well for a 35-40 minute STIR meet-up.) Mapmyrun.com is an excellent tool for creating maps for your STIR group.
*Using the same route each week keeps all of this in the simple category.
If you live in the Alexandria Area, you are invited to join us: