Social Faith-Based Events To Meet Folks

If you’ve not noticed by now, the schools are back in and that also means that the colleges will soon be reopening their doors to students from Houston and all around the US.

There are plenty of exciting, fulfilling events being run this month by a huge range of Christian groups suitable for kids, teenagers and older folks alike.

Take a look at our brief rundown of what’s going down in Houston churches this month and let us know if ya’ll go to any of them!

“Be the Salt + Light” [FREE]

Sometimes the simplest events can prove to be the most fulfilling. The Salt + Light is a faith-based event which asks believers to join together and then share their Christian faith with those who might not have found it yet. The powerful act of sharing your faith can be a real stimulator for further enlightenment, participants are encouraged to share their stories over lunch (not included) and then go their separate ways.

Date: 10am-12pm, Saturday 10th August 2019 Location: Cypress TBD

The ‘God of this City’ Faith Tour Live Concert [FREE]

Whether you’re uncertain of your current place in the world, or are living in the full glory of the Light of the Lord, the ‘God of this City’ Faith Tour is a perfect event for people of all Christian faith-based backgrounds. Part of a planned 12 City worship tour across the States, this will be the first stop and is billed to be an ‘Audacious Faith’ experience which should bring even the most downtrodden up into the Light.

Date: 10am-11:30am, Sunday 11th August 2019 Location: City of Faith Church, 11411 Windfern Road

Sexy Time – Conversation about God & My Love Life [$5]

If you’ve ever struggled with the strange mixed up world that is online dating then you’re not alone. Houston’s premier theological discussion group for young adults (20s & 30s) returns this month with a focus on romantic relationships and how we can analyse the dating game using the Bible as our guide. For a $5 dollar admission you can access to free food and craft beer, as well as the discussion.

Date: 7pm-9pm, Tuesday 13th August 2019 Location: Kindred, 2515 Waugh Drive

Immersed: A Conversation About Baptism [FREE]

Gastrochurch bring another scintillating evening of religious discussion and food to Houston. This month’s topic of choice is baptism and how the simple act of sprinkling water on a person’s head can have reverberations throughout their life, just like a drop in a pool of water. There’s always something interesting on the table with Gastrochurch, whether it’s a theological discussion or a particularly tasty dish! The first dinner is absolutely free, but donations are suggested from then on.

Date: 7:00pm-9pm, Saturday 17th August 2019 Location: Grace UMC, 1245 Heights Boulevard

Social Share – Women, Money and Purpose [FREE]

The Beautiful Purpose Mission is to empower women to live a purpose-filled life, this is done by creating a safe space where those women feel comfortable sharing, healing and (most importantly) learning. This edition of the free event series focusing on financial management and explores how it might be possible for women to gain empowerment through their finances, rather than feeling shackled or stressed by them.

Date: 9:30am-11:30am, Saturday 24th August 2019 Location: BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Communitu Center, 2101 South St

Derek’s Story: Faith & Cleaning

Our success story today comes from a local man who was in desperate need of direction and, more importantly, faith.

No matter how hard we try to remain faithful to our beliefs, our traditions and our Lord, the world often throws up challenges that can appear insurmountable and can lead to our belief systems being put under stress. For those of us lucky enough to have a stable job and a support network we may find that the stresses of the modern world rarely trouble us, but the same, unfortunately, can not be said for everyone.

Derek is one such Christian who found himself up against it a few years ago. Having grown up in the small city of Conroe, he received average grades throughout his school years and did not receive the support that he desperately needed from his parents. Although he came from a religious family, their faith was surface level. Derek’s family attended church in order keep up appearances, but they did not engage actively with their church. Without faith in God and severely lacking any guidance from his parents, Derek found himself aimlessly drifting through life.

After falling out with his parents as a teenager, the young Derek left home to live in the ‘big city’ of Houston. Although this young Christian soul found a place to live and even a job to pay the bills, he still found himself missing a purpose. On a whim, he decided to attend is local church’s Sunday service. The church experience was completely different without his family in attendance and Derek felt a warmth that he hadn’t known before.

Whilst chatting to his new church family, Derek got talking to a local businessman who could tell that this young man had an earnestness, faith and will to be a real success. As it happens this man, a good Christian himself, was just starting a cleaning business and was in need of trustworthy individuals to join him. This turnkey business opportunity had presented itself to the man at an opportune moment in his life, a fortuitous event that no Derek no doubt benefited from. Although Derek was financially stable, he was in need of a new purpose and this is exactly what this man’s cleaning business offered him.

Within a matter of months, Derek had become a regular member of this new church. His work with the new BBQ cleaning business was going well and he had now earned the trust of the local community. Derek’s faith, no matter how flimsy its origins, was what brought him this success. By allowing himself to believe and trust in God, he was able to make more of himself and bring himself closer to his fellow man.

We wish him all the best in his future endeavours!

Festive Focus: Combat National Hunger

Being a Christian is not a passive activity, it’s an active state of mind that is necessarily backed up by action, whether that’s attending a weekly service or organising a regular meetup to discuss your faith.

We all live busy, hectic lives, some of us may have families, and the responsibilities that goes along with that can often threaten to completely eclipse every other thought that we have. The daily struggle to get food on the table is one that millions of Americans face, at this time of year it can be beneficial for those lucky few of us who do not have these concerns to consider how we can help out our fellow countrymen.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, offering us the perfect opportunity to take an honest look at how we are exercising our faith and spreading God’s love during this most holy time of the year. As Christmas draws ever closer, you might consider taking part in one of these activities to combat national hunger: 

Volunteer at your local soup kitchen

Soup kitchens exist in cities all across the country, they offer volunteers the opportunity to make a real difference to someone’s day by helping homeless and destitute people get a hot meal. Soup kitchens are always looking for volunteers to help them out, there are dozens of tasks needed to make such a scheme function. One day you may find that you’re sourcing the ingredients needed to cook the food, other times you may be cooking the food or serving it.

Take part in a Christmas shoebox appeal

Christmas shoebox appeals have been a popular form of charity for the last few decades, they offer volunteers the chance to make a child’s Christmas really special, something that we can certainly all appreciate. The premise is simple enough: you take an empty shoebox and then fill it with small gifts for your mystery recipient. You can either choose to send your box off to a delivery centre, or you can go the extra mile and volunteer with the charity and help with the logistics of delivering all these special festive gifts.

Host a festive night of dinner and discussion

Sometimes it can be the simple things that make the difference to your Christmas. If you’re lucky enough to have food to share, then why not share it? By inviting your fellow church members or neighbours around for an evening of food and discussion, you can share your wealth in addition to encouraging meaningful discussion about the issues that are affecting your community and the rest of the country.

Proverbs 22:9//The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

Student Focused Events & Meet Ups

If you’ve recently started college in Houston and are looking for opportunities to fellow students that share your faith, then why not head to one of these fantastic student focused events?

Starting your new college life can be a trying time, you may find that you’re a long way from home and without the help of your usual support network – thankfully, there are plenty of churches and Christian faith groups that organise open, affordable events that often involve some free food – which is always a great way to market to college students! Many Christian student events are advertised throughout campuses, but you’ll also find a good deal of them online too.

If you’re feeling a little isolated, or lonely, then check out one of these events and make some new friends along the way:

L.I.F.E. Devotional

If you haven’t found a church that you feel comfortable praising in then it can be a good idea to simply drop in to a few casual meetings first. The University of Houston is home to thousands of Christian students, many of whom will drop into their regular devotional during their time studying on campus. You don’t need to be a member of the university to jump in, but it will obviously help if you’re a student.

Date: 7:30pm, every Friday Location: Student Center South Astrodome Room, University of Houston

Unique Student Conference

Gospel praise is at the heart of this exciting conference which recognises the unique aspects of every student who attends it. The mission of Unique Student is to guide young people into a life of praise whilst championing their individual gifts, talents and abilities. Their next major conference will not be until July in 2019, but the organisation regularly puts together meetups in order to welcome new students to the city.

Date: Monday 22nd-Friday 26th July 2019 Location: Houston

‘Know Your Worth’ 2018 Girls Conference

Sponsored by Young Mothers Don’t Quit, this inspirational event is just the thing to light the fire in your heart. YMDQ are a non-profit organisation focusing on lifting girls’ spirits and helping them build the confidence and motivation necessary earn their high school diplomas and achieve in college. If you’re too old to make the most of this lecture (it’s aimed squarely at teens between 13 and 18) then you might be able to help out the organisation with one of their fundraising events.

Date: Saturday 10th November 2018 Location: Emancipation Community Centre, 3018 Emancipation Avenue

5 Exciting Faith & Non-Faith Based Events in December

Are you new to Houston and looking to meet some like-minded Christians?

December is one of the busiest times of the year for Christians here in Houston, but it can also be one of the loneliest times for those who have yet properly put their roots down.

At some point in our lives we are all thrust into a new place; either we move home or start a new job, and it can be difficult ‘break the ice’ and get over the initial embarrassment of meeting new people for the first time. Thankfully, if you’re a Christian in Houston you are well and truly amongst friends!

Houston is know for being one of the biggest centres of Christianity in America and although church attendance figures have been slowly dropping in line with the national average, there are still hundreds of thousands of church-going Christian folk who are always eager to meet new friends and make strangers feel welcome. Although December is a month that is naturally packed with Christmas events, there are other events available that are perfect opportunities for newcomers to find out more about the city and themselves.

These are the Christian events that have got us excited us this month:

A Christian Seminar on Romance, Love and Forgiveness [FREE]

There are many reasons why a relationship can break down and sometimes it can be a real challenge to understand why this has happened. Although the Bible is always a great resource when it comes to finding useful lessons, it can prove to be a little oblique when giving us hard lessons. This absolutely free seminar is suitable for people from all backgrounds, regardless of their denomination or current marital status and covers topics such as: ‘Restored Communication’, ‘Forgiveness of the Past’ and ‘Improved Intimacy’.

Date: 5-8pm, Thursday 6th December 2018 Location: Jesse H. Jones Central Library Conference Room, 500 McKinney Street

Blessed To Be A Blessing Spoken Arts Battle [$12.37]

It doesn’t get much more exciting than this! Some of the city’s brightest Christian spoken artists are going to be attendance at what promises to be one of the most electrifying faith-based events this year. Organised by the Bodie Foundation, this evening will not only be a whole load of fun, but it will also be raising money for a good cause. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be going towards a family in need, something that every good-hearted Christian can get behind.

Date: 5:30-9:30pm, Saturday 8th December 2018 Location: Midtown Art Center, 3414 La Branch Street

Eat Together: A Meal for the Longest Night of the Year [FREE*]

This innovative event is just the thing for an open-minded Christian looking to meet and discuss their faith in a relaxed setting. The depths of winter can be a rather dark and unsettling place, so its good in these times to have somewhere to share some food and conversation. Gastrochurch meetings are informal meetups where people from all walks of life can discuss a wide range of topics from a Christian worldview (although all are welcome).

Date: 7-9pm, Friday 21st December 2018 Location: Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose Boulevard