Embracing The Unknown In A New Community
Stepping into a new church can be a scary thing for most of us. I was no different. My first event was the singles BBQ, where a sea of people were gathered, eating, talking, and playing KanJam. I’m a huge sports fanatic so when I saw people playing KanJam, I couldn’t help but gravitate towards a sense of comfort in a new environment. I started playing with the people who were there and was able to open up a bit more. After a few games, a few of us decided to throw a football around. While we were tossing the football around, a couple people pointed out how there was a co-ed league that was practicing for a tournament coming up in July. They excitedly invited me to join and give it a try, knowing I was a newcomer at Metro. At first I was really hesitant, being a new attender at Metro. I didn’t want to overstep any boundaries. But I realized that when transitioning into a new church, you have to be willing to step into the uncomfortable and the uncertain. So, I agreed and joined them on their first practice the following Sunday. Instantly, I felt welcomed. Beyond just being a member of the team, I felt welcomed as a person.
Metro being a big church, it can be a bit tough to integrate. But I feel that when you take the first step to join a ministry group or attend an event, the people there are so welcoming and open. The community really wants to know you. That was the lasting impression that I felt from my teammates. We practiced twice a week and usually ate afterwards, and I just felt more than teammates, we grew to be friends.
To encourage any newcomers, I understand coming to a big church with a lot of people can seem daunting to get plugged in. But, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone to something that really interests you. Trust God in the unknown, because it's in those moments where you can create the greatest memories.
Submitted by Soli Pyo
Pics by KyungJun Han