Life can be a hard journey. We come together in friendship, fellowship, faith, community and grace. To be a support to each other and to help each other grow as women within the body of Christ. To strengthen our relationship with God, family and friends.
We come together to find the good in each other first without judgement, to listen with grace to past and current life circumstances. Also knowing that we are perfectly imperfect and we will make mistakes in our lives, with each other and within our faith.
God does not call us to be perfect people. He calls us to love one another in grace and forgiveness. 1 Peter 3:8,
Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 4:7 and Colossians 3:13
As Glory Women Fellowship Members we agree to the following:
The goal is for members of this group to feel welcome, connected in friendships, to grow in faith with Jesus Christ and have fun while doing so. Every time we are together as a group or one on one for coffee etc., we are creating a safe place to step out of the world and into fellowship with each other and the Word.
We believe in a biblical code of conduct please click here to read 1 Thessalonians 5:11-24
Confidentiality: We promise to keep anything that is shared in a group or person to person *confidential between each other and to avoid gossip. *Unless mandated by law in the protection of life. Ephesians 4:29
Acceptance: Our similarities, differences, life experiences, journeys, choices and cultural backgrounds is what helps us all to connect, learn and grow from each other. As Christians and believers in Jesus Christ we are one body. Colossians 3:15
Respect: Fellowship is a time of respect, listening, and refraining from judgement. It’s a time where everyone can be heard, acknowledged and listened to. We all have different opinions, feelings and answers. Please refrain from arguing, passive aggressive behavior, judgments, speaking over others answers and pride. We are to encourage each other Hebrews 10:24-25 and Ephesians 4:29 not tear each other down.
Sharing: You are not obligated to share about yourself. But when doing so please be forthright, honest with one another, avoid misleading answers, be brief to give everyone a chance to speak and share. Some of us process by talking out our feelings and answers. Some of us process by listening and answering at a later time. Keep answers short and concise to allow others to time to share. This avoids one or more people monopolizing the time or always sharing. Please do not over share and keep details to a minimum. Please keep names out of the sharing time. It’s better to say “my friend needs help” vs saying “Jane needs help”. This keeps the privacy of the person and situation. We are all human and can easily form options about a person and situation. We are only hearing one side of the story and could potentially meet the person outside of the group. Over sharing can lead to awkwardness and false opinions. James 4:11
Feedback: We are willing to give and receive feedback from each other when it is asked for. Ask the person if they are open to and want feedback. Please be courteous, discerning, and supportive with your feedback and refrain from just “throwing” bible verses at the situation. Refrain from judgment or taking sides. Remembering you are not in charge of fixing the issue. Please pray and send it up to God. Everyone is in a different place in their walk with Christ, we are all constantly learning and seeking. Some of us need time to processes. Colossians 4:6
When attending group meetings/ events/ fundraisers/ outreach, Please refrain from:
discussing politics of any kind, marketing your business, selling, or promoting pastors, churches, or other religious books of any type. In a group setting of study, events, fundraising, volunteering and outreach, we are coming together to fellowship in the true Word, not the world. When meeting outside of these organized events please be respectful in your conversations with each other. Do not judge each other regarding churches, pastors, books, or politics one might follow. This causes division within a group. John 7:24
Study questions/ bible study/ book club: Please do your best to answer in your own words. Using commentaries as a side help but not as your main answer. The idea is that you are spending time with God, writing and connecting with what the Holy Spirit is telling you. Your personal self-discovery answer could just be exactly what someone else needs to hear. Remembering we are all at different levels in our knowledge of God and the bible. Timothy 3:16
Prayer request: When sharing prayer requests please, do not use names to protect the privacy of the person, be brief, do not share in depth details, keep prayer request personal to you and your family, do not gossip in a form of a prayer request, keep it all in confidence. Ephesians 6:18
Resolutions: We are all perfectly imperfect. These guidelines / code of conduct above, are what we all strive for in respect for each other. There will be times of discord, disagreements, and mistakes will be made by all of us. Actions can be easily mis-interpreted by another person as we all have different ways of doing things and reacting to things. When discord happens, I encourage you all to find a way to speak directly to the person. Matthew 18:15-17 Do not gossip, send around text message, or emails etc. Talk to the person directly. I know this is difficult. If you need help in doing so please reach out to myself(Luna) personally or one of the facilitators to help mediate. Romans 12:17, Colossians 3:13-14, Matthew 18:15-17
Please note unresolved conflicts that effect or fracture the group dynamics, distract or disrupt the study of the word of God, become harmful, or otherwise, that the parties involved may be asked to take a break from group activities, events, and groups for a time period or may be asked to leave the group/Glory Women Fellowship all together. Glory Women Fellowship reserves the right to revoke membership and access to its websites, social media and groups from its members.
This group is growing by God’s grace. We strive to respect each other and make friendships within the group. We may not all be personal friends with each other but we are under the same umbrella in the body of Christ as Christians. Colossians 3:15
1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.