Finding Community

By Jade and Karyn Dickerson
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” — Hebrews 10: 24-25

When someone asks you how you are, what do you say? How often do you state, “I’m busy?” Whether it is balancing work and family life, keeping the yard tidy (seriously, didn’t we already get up all of the leaves a million times?), cleaning the house, visiting with family, checking in with friends, paying bills, doing laundry, or any other chore, it can be hard to prioritize time for self-care and spiritual growth.

Much has been written about the “glorification of busy,” and it is so easy to fall into that trap. For years, we happily attended church service on a regular basis at Christ United Methodist Church, but we did not join any small groups. We didn’t go to Sunday School; instead, we spent our time before service reading and grading in a coffee shop, preparing for the week to come. When we decided we wanted to have children, the church was also reaching out to young couples, looking for an opportunity to provide them with a space for worship and community. We were excited to be a part of these early conversations, but with a difficult twin pregnancy that resulted in months of bedrest and subsequent NICU stays, our plans to be part of this new Sunday School class, then titled Parents of Young Children, slipped to the background. We gave up meeting together with other believers in a small group setting and went about our lives, trying to find our new normal.

However, once the boys were healthy and strong enough, we knew we needed something new to spur, or accelerate, our spiritual growth. We wanted to be part of a community of believers, to have friends with children who are also being raised in the church for our boys to socialize. We also wanted that same chance to socialize with fellow believers and to form friendships with other Christians.

Returning to the Parents of Young Children Sunday School class, now called Faith and Family, has helped us grow spiritually. Through our class discussions, we encourage each other in our lives, commiserate about how hard parenting can be, and share struggles we have at work. More importantly, we also encourage each other to grow in our faith and to call on God. This community of faith helps us slow down when we need to, to drown out the voice of society telling us to be busy, and to take the time to worship Him with our Sunday School family.

If you are interested in joining a Sunday School class, or would like to learn more about our classes, visit or contact Anne Dooley, Senior Director of Discipleship (