Small groups leading the worship time was an idea of Mark's. I think we told you that we just started having small groups a couple months ago. We had enough people interested to form 3 different groups (of 10-12) in each group. We have enjoyed ours so much (it meets here). We have been trying to find ways to connect what happens in the small groups to the entire congregation so that these groups don't operate in isolation and also to try to attract others who are more skeptical of this idea. Mark's thought was that each group could lead the worship time on a quarterly schedule. We took the first slot and dove in head-first. We all stood up in front (Sam and Jack included) and led the congregation in some 7 songs with Mark accompanying on the guitar and between the songs we had people come up and share their personal experiences with the various aspects of our group--fellowship, games, worship, prayer, Bible study, and community involvement. It was a great time. Following are some shots of our group.
We celebrated Mark's hard week (preaching preparations and class preparations took every minute of his time) by going to St. Hubert for lunch. After that we headed home for naps for the kids, quiet alone time for Mark, and a walk for me (I think I went about 3.5 miles).
When I got home, Blandine, Denis, and Louie came over to deliver a late birthday present to Joel. It was a bubble-making lawn mower. We all went out in the cul-de-sac to help him use it. The kids rode bikes (Louie went home and got his). I don't know how this happened exactly, because after quite some time I felt I should invite them to stay for dinner so I did, but we all ended up going over to their house for hotdogs and steak cooked on the grill. We didn't stay very late, however, because the kids had school the next day and Denis was starting a new job. Very nice to have friends like them that one can feel comfortable enough with to be spontaneous.