welcome judi wallace
A new Interim Youth Director joins us September 1. Judi Wallace began teaching Sunday School and leading youth groups when her own two boys went through her home church of Branford Baptist. Now she leads the thriving Pilgrim Fellowship program at Guilford Congregational Church. Read about Judi's appointment and plans for our youth ministry here, and more about Judi here.
SAVING THE WORLD, ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME
One of our ministers posts a chalkboard for Thanksgiving guests: "Topics we can talk about. And those we can't." And it's not just Thanksgiving tables that are threatened because it's hard for us to talk about the big things and stay civil. At GFC we're practicing engaging with politics and big topics at church and agreeing to disagree, respectfully. Our first Courageous Conversation in April tackled Political Correctness. More are planned. As our facilitator Rev. Dr. Allen Hilton puts it: "We might just save the world, one conversation at a time." Stay tuned for more opportunities to be courageous.
The 2017-18 Annual Report is now available - click here to read about our year, and where we're going. As Rev. Jeff Rider writes in his introduction: "Five years ago, GFC did some soul-searching to create our Vision and themes of Discipleship and Community. Today, those themes are more relevant that ever. Our antidote to fear and anxiety is, as John wrote two millennia ago, love. Choosing love - of God, of each other - is the work of the church. It's the work of our lives."
we're breaking the cycle of poverty
We've had the honor of supporting 36 young Indians over three years as they learn to support themselves through program run by ZOE, an innovative non-profit. From 2015-17, the Young Star Group of poor teenagers learned about health, nutrition, how to advocate for themselves, and skills to run a business - like this young goat farmer. They became tailors, fast food entrepreneurs, fishermen, food wholesalers and much more. ZOE began in Africa as a way to move beyond aid to teaching poor kids skills that lift the entire family out of poverty and change the trajectory of their lives. This year, Green's Farms Church has committed to a new three year sponsorship of a fresh ZOE group in India. Read all about what the Young Star Group achieved: