Over the last several years, Bridging the Gap has proven to be one of the most valuable, truly educational, and deeply spiritual experiences that we share in together at Christ Church.

This weekend experience, from Friday night to Sunday morning, is held twice annually in partnership with our ministry partner Jacob’s Well. Registration is now available for the next Bridging the Gap, on April 10-12.Bridging The Gap

During this time, you’ll gain a small taste of what it is like to be in poverty in an urban setting. You will also receive some guidance on how to take next steps in serving our neighbors who currently find themselves in poverty or homelessness.

Also, it just so happens that in this context, we end up recognizing our own poverty before God. And then, the prayer, communion, and worship we share in together reveal power in them that we’ve perhaps never realized before.

As the Christ Church Blog featured recently, a faithful church follows Jesus in caring for those in poverty. And we at Christ Church are continually striving to be a faithful church.

To respond faithfully to Jesus means to identify with those who are in any need or trouble.

Bridging the Gap is a challenging yet safe experience meant to provide the church with a way to help shape our identification with the poor, homeless, and suffering.

TESTIMONY

Helene Royster was new to Memphis and had been a part of Christ Church through The Table community for only a couple of months when she decided to take this time to understand to a greater degree what it is like to be in poverty:

I feel so blessed to have been a part of Bridging the Gap! It was a wonderful time of encouragement in my faith and also a time of personal stretching and challenge. I’m relatively new to the Memphis area, so I was unaware of many of the struggles unique to this city. Over the course of the weekend, I experienced just a taste of what it’s like to live in uncertainty and want, to not to know where I was going to sleep or whether I was going to eat and to be separated from the things I often take for granted.

Our Scripture passage for the weekend was 1 John 3:17-18: “If a person has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need and that person doesn’t care—how can the love of God abide in such a one? Let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth.”

I saw a lot of gaps over the weekend. I saw gaps between rich and poor, between the educated and undereducated, between different races, between the saved and unsaved. But, I saw an even bigger gap in myself, a gap between the faith I professed with my mouth and the way I actually reach out to others in reality. So often I’ve focused on my own needs, worries and concerns that I’ve been too busy to notice or do anything about my “brother or sister in need.” This weekend opened my eyes and opened my heart. It inspired me to action. But, more importantly, it reminded me that it is the love of Christ abiding, living and working in us that really bridges the gaps. It is only when we remain in this amazing, gap-defying love that we can truly share it with others.

Bridging the Gap, November 2014

Bridging the Gap, November 2014

Visit cumcmemphis.org/bridgingthegap for more information and to register.

Contact Nathan Brasfield at nathanb@cumcmemphis.org or 261-4386.

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