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“God Hand-picked This Group for Us”

GroupLink is your way to join a Community Group at Mercy Hill. We believe that discipleship happens in community, and for that reason, it is essential for every person at Mercy Hill to make joining a Community Group a priority. Below is a perfect example of how GroupLink (and life in community) has blessed the Hoke family.

Meet Some New Community Group Leaders: The Hokes

Around this time last year, my husband Gregory and I signed up for GroupLink. We had been attending Mercy Hill for a few months and were just starting to get plugged in. He and I had gone through the Weekender and were serving on Sunday mornings, but we knew that we were still looking for more. Hearing Pastor Andrew and others talk about how Mercy Hill was a church of Community Groups and that there was an established path for us to follow to get plugged in to one was just what we were looking for.

We signed up for GroupLink and the wondering began. Who would our leaders be? What would they be like? How many people would be in the group? We showed up to the event on that Friday night filled with anticipation. As soon as we met Scott and Flossie, our group leaders, I knew God had hand-picked this group for us. Still being new to the area (having moved from Florida six months before) we had not yet connected to very many people. Scott and Flossie were so warm and welcoming. As I started to share with her about our journey here to NC with our three teenage kids, she just sat and listened to me as she smiled. Come to find out that she had also home-schooled a couple of her kids with the same program that we were connected to. I knew right then and there that we were supposed to be in that group. I can’t even tell you how many times I have said that same thing over the past year whenever I have had the chance to talk to anyone about our Community Group.

Looking back over the past year, it is so encouraging to see how much our group has impacted Gregory and me. Not only has it allowed us the opportunity to get to know a great group of people—we have truly grown so close, so quickly—it has also given us a place to share life. Knowing that each week we have an opportunity to take a deeper look into God’s word and how it connects to the current series has really helped ground us and encourage us in our daily walk with God. Having a group of friends that we know will challenge us and hold us accountable is so important.

Moving on for the Mission

As much as we enjoy the group we have been in, there has also been an underlying thought in the back of our minds for a while: there are others at Mercy Hill who are in the same position that we were a year ago, new to Mercy Hill, looking for a way to connect with others and connect deeper with God. We talked about it often and agreed, although we will miss seeing our group every week, it is our time to step into leadership and launch a new group at GroupLink. We are thankful that we have been blessed with a home that can be used by God, we have confidence that the leaders at Mercy Hill will support us, and that God has equipped us to take this step.

We are excited to see who God has planned for us to share this season of our lives with, and how he will use this group not just to impact everyone who signs up, but also the church, the Triad, and the world.

-Kathy Hoke (Mercy Hill Member)

You can sign up to be a part of Gregory and Kathy Hoke’s new group or any of the thirteen groups being offered at the February 2nd GroupLink. Click here to see groups that are available and sign up.