The GROW Team of Grove Church is defined by its acronym- Grove Reaching Out in Witness. GROW aligns perfectly with the mission of Grove Church, “Living for Jesus, Changing Lives.” Our goal is to reach out, welcome, bring people to church, and enable the Holy Spirit, working through Grove Church, to result in a life-changing experience for our fellow worshipers. GROW is an integral part of transformational outreach. The GROW team and Outreach are about reaching beyond the walls of the church to connect with people who are not already part of the fellowship – looking for ways to feed them both literally and spiritually.
We believe that Grove is a warm and welcoming congregation and we want to appeal to every visitor who walks through our doors. We realize that some visitors may come to our church because they see our website or were invited by a neighbor but that others may have their first interaction with Grove through a community event. The GROW team intentionally reaches out into the community to find folks who don’t have a church home. The team also works to increase awareness of Grove Church in the community by using tools such as newspaper articles, yard signs, Grove shirts and car magnets.
GROW organizes a variety of community events each year to bring neighbors into our midst. Among these events are:
- Blessing of the Animals– members of the community and the congregation bring in their beloved pets for a blessing from the pastor. In the past, we have had dogs, cats, horses, bunnies
- West Chester Chili Cook-off Participant– this has been a terrific opportunity to interact with a festive crowd during this annual West Chester event and has proven to be both fun and tasty!
- Annual Ice Cream Social– friends, neighbors and the general public all are invited to enjoy this free event. Concerts from Grove’s music ensembles, generous bowls of ice cream and lots of laughter are the norm.
- Trunk or Treat– children in the community are invited to come in costume to our parking lot, where members of the congregation decorate the trunks of their cars and hand out candy. It is great fun! In addition, there are indoor crafts, a costume contest and donuts & cider. This is a safe and festive event enjoyed by all!
The GROW team’s objective is to demonstrate Jesus Christ’s life by looking outward and bringing new members into our congregation. Grove Church members are kind and welcoming and GROW expands those individual efforts to assimilate newcomers into our church body.
Here’s what members of the GROW team are saying…
Visiting recent visitors to Grove, answering their questions and sharing my joy at being part of our wonderful Grove family has been such a re-affirming experience!” -Syd
I love being a part of the GROW team because we are constantly brainstorming ways to invite the community to visit Grove for worship and fellowship. We seek ways to create a warm, welcoming experience for our visitors.” -Susan
Being part of the GROW team has allowed me to spend quality time with like-minded Christians who are focused on their purpose to reach out and share the wonderful news of what a special place GROVE Church is!” -Alicia
I enjoy being on the GROW team because of the people I get to work with on all of the interesting and FUN projects. I learned about everything in the Grove Church kitchen by working on the Chili Cook-Off.” -Louanne
How Can I Get Involved?
The GROW team is always looking for folks to join their ranks to reach out, welcome, bring people to church, and enable the Holy Spirit. If you have questions about any GROW projects or the next GROW meeting is being held, please contact GROW@GroveChurch.org .