Coming Together

By Travis Hendershott, Partnership Coordinator

Since starting work in Colorado Springs we have partnered with our host church, First United Methodist Church. FUMC has welcomed us into their community in a huge way that many may even take for granted – allowing Next Step to have a place to stay! But I have to tell you, it’s no easy thing coordinating with a church that is so active within the community and not to mention the many other places outside of the state of Colorado. I remember picking up a pamphlet in the lobby during one of my first visits to the church. I stared down a long list of local ministries FUMC works with, volunteers at, contributes to in tangible ways, local food pantries, addiction and recovery meetings, city meetings, Bible studies, hosting other church and outside meetings, an acclaimed music ministry and choir, and not to mention everything else that happens that just simply can’t fit into a pamphlet.

Not all weeks are the same, but on select weeks Next Step has the joy to meet with FUMC’s youth group this summer for a BBQ, worship, a speaker, and games. We are more than excited about this opportunity. I think about how amazing God’s Kingdom is for moments like this. So many of the youth coming together, all groups from different places. We may be from different places in the country, age groups, family situations, friend situations, personal fears and doubt, but there is something powerful about getting together and praising Jesus from all of our different places, in the same place, same God, same love.


“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:20

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