Biblical Text Studies
Studying biblical texts together is an important and special activity of the Gathering.This fall we are studying The Great Emergence by Phillis Tickle. The book explores the current state of the church in the light of similar global transitions in the past. Tickle provides some sense of the church’s place in the world at this time of dizzying upheaval and hopeful promise More than 30 people are enrolled in classes which meet Monday night at 7:30pm and again on Weds at 10am.
We believe that the Jesus we encounter in the Gospels calls disciples to do His work. Members of the Gathering are actively involved in a wide variety of acts of service throughout the year such as volunteering in non-profits such as Baltimore Station, My Sister's Circle, Maryland Food Bank, Fur Angel Blessing Blanketeers, March of Dimes, Women in Black, Living Classrooms and TurnAround.
Additionally, the Gathering congregation organizes and participates in activities such as food drives, clothing and school supply collections for worthwhile and important organizations in the immediate area as well as those around the world.
The Gathering of Baltimore offers a structured program for school-age children using contemporary curriculum designed to provide them the basics with love.
Jesus called his followers 'friends' (John 15:15). As friends, we take opportunities to share a meal, share a social event and communicate with each other to provide hospitality and support to each other. We nurture and care for each other as friends with Sunday Suppers, baseball game outings, excursions and many other social events. We care for those who need assistance through prayer, meals, rides, comfort cards, virtual kindnesses, and other types of support to serve the needs of our friends.
These are several way The Gathering of Baltimore answers God's call to his people in our congregation, our neighborhood and our world.
Dinner Service with Baltimore Station
Worship with Pastor Sharon Smith
Weekly Sharing of Communion
Sharing communion weekly is central to the Gathering. Rev. Smith offers words of blessing; a loaf is broken and the congregants come forward to receive communion that begins with Rev. Smith serving the first person who breaks the bread and dips a piece of it into the cup.This individual then takes and bread and cup and turns to serve the next person. This ritual continues until Rev. Smith is served last. We believe that this form of communion emphasizes the Gathering’s unity and emphasizes our belief in the model of servant leadership.