Family Church: Church members ‘go home’ to worship
Lindsay (left) and Lori Cabrie show the letter Lindsay gave her dad on Father's Day. It described her experience on 'Home for Church.'
COURTESY CABRIE FAMILY
One Sunday morning in May 2012, 7-year-old Lindsay Cabrie and her family did not go to church. Instead, they worshipped at home, as did more than 1,800 others from Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. And their pastor was happy that they did.
The Rev. Talbot Davis, senior pastor of Good Shepherd, encouraged worshippers to "Go Home for Church" as part of his sermon series based on the movie "Courageous."
"Faith begins in the home," Davis said. On that day, "parents passed on faith to their children." Sometimes, he said, parents expect the church to teach their children instead of sharing the responsibility.
While having breakfast, Lindsay was surprised to hear her dad, Danny Cabrie, preach about Jesus and Zaccheus and answer questions from her and her twin sister, Lori. Her dad's spiritual leadership so impressed Lindsay that she wrote a note to present to him on Father's Day.
"I started feeling great when I learned about God," she wrote. "What was the coolest thing about my Dad is that he preached."
"Reading Lindsay's note brought tears to my eyes," Danny Cabrie said. "It was a wonderful experience for us. It's amazing how much my daughters, my wife, Joy, and I benefited from it."
The church equipped parents with study material, a video clip and ideas for children's activities. Parents and children were encouraged to worship in their homes. Several church members invited singles to join them.Worship at the Good Shepherd building used the same resources.
To end the day, more than 1,000 people attended the church's spring picnic where they ate, had activities and shared testimonies about the experience. Good Shepherd will "Go Home for Church" again in the fall as part of its Radical Impact Project.
"It was great to see people understanding that a living relationship with Jesus Christ begins in the home," Davis said.
AT A GLANCE Good Shepherd United Methodist Church | 13110 Moss Road, Charlotte, NC 28273 | 704-588-3309 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.gsumc.org | Rev. Talbot A. Davis | Average Attendance: 1,792 | Western North Carolina Conference