I first joined connect group back in 2011 in our church in London. I had just moved to London after graduating university and was honestly overwhelmed in a huge, cold city where I hardly knew anyone. I remember feeling a little intimidated walking up to my connect leader’s house for the first time, but little did I know that first night of connect group would change the course of my life. Through this community, I was encouraged, loved and built up, so much so I even signed up to join a team in church. The once shy and quiet me finally felt like I had a voice, and it was through connect that I was able to come out of my shell and step into all that God had called me to. I found a family that God brought into my life when I needed it most.
Fast forward 5 years to 2016 where I was offered the opportunity to move to San Francisco. I was terrified but also felt such a calling to be out here that I knew God was orchestrating something big and beautiful. Within my first two months here, I got plugged into connect group, and once again found such a beautiful community of people. Connect group has been my refuge for me over the last few months, it’s been a place where I can be myself, a place to learn and grow, a place to celebrate the good and find comfort, love and strength through the not-so-good times. It’s been a place where I’ve experienced God’s love expressed through others.
If you ever find yourself feeling alone, unwanted, isolated or just in need of a hug, I would encourage you to join a connect group. The power of being in a community like a connect group and doing life with some incredibly wonderful people has brought me so much joy, I would wish for every single person to experience what I have. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a connect group now!