In the spring of 2006, a group of men from Friendship Baptist Church, Sykesville, Covenant of Grace Church, Reisterstown, and LifePoint Church, Reisterstown came for a visit to see what God was doing here. They decided to move their own Bible study from where they had been meeting in the county for 10 years, and bring it here to Helping Up Mission. Their goal was to make a long-term spiritual contribution in the lives of men here at the Mission.
It has been almost four years now and this same group of men has continued to come and meet here on Monday nights. Their evening program is designed to motivate and encourage men in their walk with Christ through studying Scripture and fellowship. The goal is to provide an example of how Christian men can be a source of friendship and accountability to one another.
So, each Monday evening they start with 20 minutes of fellowship (including homemade baked goods and soft drinks!), 15 minutes of praise and worship music, a 45 minute large group teaching and application, 30 minutes of small group discussion about the lesson (4 to 5 men per table with a leader to facilitate conversation and forge relationships), and a 20-minute prayer time at the end.
A couple dozen men from Helping Up Mission participate in this weekly meeting and it has become an important part of their spiritual and recovery network. Helping Up Mission works because of the spiritual commitments and support of so many wonderful people in the greater Baltimore area who stand with us. Thanks so much for caring.
Pastor Gary Byers
Spiritual Life Director