Becoming One Body

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The purpose of this project is to help the congregation of Ann Street United Methodist Church ameliorate some of the sense of division between those who are deeply rooted in the Beaufort community and those who have moved here in recent years. Beaufort, a colonial port and commercial fishing community, has lost its former livelihood to overseas packing plants and fishing fleets. This coastal community at the southern end of the Outer Banks is reinventing itself as a tourist destination and coastal mecca for ...
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Overview

The purpose of this project is to help the congregation of Ann Street United Methodist Church ameliorate some of the sense of division between those who are deeply rooted in the Beaufort community and those who have moved here in recent years. Beaufort, a colonial port and commercial fishing community, has lost its former livelihood to overseas packing plants and fishing fleets. This coastal community at the southern end of the Outer Banks is reinventing itself as a tourist destination and coastal mecca for retirees. As the economy has changed, new people have moved into town and have joined the church, and its traditional identity, like that of the town, is changing. There is a sense that there are two Beauforts, Old and New, with different histories and values. The Church universal is referred to in many ways in the Bible: the people of God, the saints, the Body of Christ, and as brothers and sisters. As Christians, we are called to seek unity with one another, which led to the imperative to increase a sense of community in the Ann Street congregation. To get to know one another better and increase our connectedness, the Lay Advisory Committee nominated a group of both Old and New Beaufort members to plan an Arts Festival. This Planning Team became the primary study group for the story-sharing exercise, and the congregation was the secondary study group with stories gathered as part of the Arts Festival and in interviews. As a result of this story-sharing exercise, we have found that the congregation does seem less fragmented and know one another better. In addition, several events have developed in the congregation that will also serve as story-sharing venues, increasing interconnectedness and mission within the congregation. Ann Street has a renewed sense of who they are, and how their history and their current story empower them for mission and ministry in Christ.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781243768520
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/9/2011
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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