Hillsboro Heart Sisters

 

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” Titus 2: 3-5

PURPOSE

God gave us the Church in order that we could build our faith and share in the joys and the burdens of life. Hillsboro is full of younger women who are seeking mentors to walk alongside them and older women who desire to share their wisdom and faith in encouraging others. This ministry seeks to bring these women together so that they can form deep relationships in the Church that span generations and which are mutually encouraging and challenging. We seek to accomplish the following goals through this ministry:

  • Encourage women and challenge them to grow in their faith
  • Facilitate the development of close intergenerational relationships between women in the church
  • Teach women to care for their church family through hospitality, discipleship, and teaching
  • Help women to practice sharing their faith while learning how to pass it on to others

We know that each woman in this congregation has her own experiences and insight to offer to these groups, so we hope that you will choose to join us. Additionally, if you are a member of the Young at Heart class and want to participate but are concerned that you might be unable to help host, please sign up as a Heart Mom anyway! We value the wisdom and experience you will bring to the groups. 


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Drawing on Titus 2:3-5, the program provides the following model:

  • All groups are composed of Heart Moms and Heart Sisters (8-10 members in each group)
  • Heart Moms host the Heart Sisters once a month in a Heart Mom’s home
  • Each meeting consists of a meal, a Bible study, prayer, and fellowship
  • Bible lessons focus on how to be a woman of God and practical Christian living
  • Each Heart Mom will receive a book & a Bible study guideline to encourage them as they lead their groups
  • Each woman who participates commits to being present at meetings and actively engaged with her group

 

2017-2018 HEART SISTERS GUIDELINES

Heart Sisters had an incredible first year, and we are looking forward to new opportunities to engage with our Hillsboro family. Based on responses from last year's Heart Sisters participants, we encourage all Heart Moms to use the following guidelines for 2017-2018. Whether you want to be a Heart Mom again, or are considering being a Heart Mom for the first time, please read below and contact Beth Feenstra if you have any questions.

  • Curriculum. This year, the Heart Sisters curriculum will be guided by Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson, a humorous but thought-provoking comparison of Biblical female relationships. Each Heart Mom will receive a copy of the book, and a few extra copies will be available in the church library for Hearts Sisters. Heart Moms will also receive discussion guidelines to accompany the text, but each group is encouraged to design discussions around your group’s needs and interests. The ultimate goal is to provoke thoughtful discussions so that everyone may be involved.
  • Co-Teaching. Please share preparations for the short devotionals among all the Heart Moms in your group. This allows each Heart Mom, and therefore each Heart Sister, an opportunity to engage deeper with God’s Word and to model how a Christian woman lives her daily life outside the church building.
  • Scheduling. Heart Sisters begins in September and ends in May. During those months we encourage you to meet according to the needs and wants of your group. Although monthly meetings are recommended, you may choose to not meet in December or May when schedules are full or during months that have other Ladies’ Ministry events. You may choose to meet on a weeknight or a weekend. You may also choose to meet individually with a Heart Sister or two during a month when you are not meeting as a group, which may or may not involve a meal. If you choose to meet individually, please be mindful of all the Heart Sisters in your group. Choose whatever schedule is best and least stressful for those in your Heart Family.
  • Sacred Space. We ask that you consider your time together a sacred space and honor it appropriately by not posting pictures or updates to social media.
  • Serving Together. Each group is encouraged to develop a comfortable family atmosphere where Heart Moms, Heart Grandmas, and Heart Sisters work together to serve dinner, clean up the table, be a part of the devotionals, etc. Allow everyone to be involved as they choose and use it as a teachable moment when appropriate.

Thank you for being willing to share your life and time with our Heart Sisters! We are looking forward to a new season of engaging in community, in family, and in God’s Word.


FAQ & Role Descriptions
Q:  Who can be a Heart Mom?
A:   Heart Moms are older, mature women of faith who either already are mentoring younger women, or who have expressed a desire to mentor younger women.
 
Q:  How are Heart Mom groups determined?
A:  The groups will be formed by the committee. If you request to be with a friend, we will make every effort to honor your wishes.
 
Q:   When can groups meet?  
A: Each group will choose a night or weekend most convenient for them. If possible, plan for the first 2 weeks of the month. This gives the group flexibility to reschedule within the same month if needed.
 

We know that each woman in this congregation has her own experiences and insight to offer to these groups, so we hope that you will choose to join us. Additionally, if you are part of the chapel class or A.M. Burton’s class and want to participate but are concerned that you might be unable to participate fully, please sign up as a Heart Mom and check the box that you would like to be a Heart Grandma. We value the wisdom and experience you will bring to the groups and want to be able to learn from you!  

Heart Moms Heart Sisters
  • Heart Moms are older, mature women of faith who either already are mentoring younger women, or who have expressed a desire to mentor younger women.

  • She has seen the faithfulness of God – doesn’t mean she has not faced doubt, challenges, or valleys

  • She takes seriously the command of Titus 2 and desires to love and nurture women younger in age or spiritual walk

  • She has not done everything perfectly but has learned from her mistakes

  • She’s looked to Biblical knowledge and wisdom as a foundation for her home

  • She is younger in age and faith, eager to learn from a Heart Mom

  • She may be single, married, a mother, divorced

  • She is committed to growing in her faith and laying a Biblical foundation for her life

  • She wants to learn how to pass on her faith to her family

  • She seeks guidance in the daily, lived experience of being a woman of God

  • She is eager to share her insight into the Scriptures and her enthusiasm with an older generation

 


HEART SISTERS PROGRAM MONTHLY MEETINGS

Each Heart Mom will receive a book, Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson, in which Hudson humorously discusses three sets of Biblical female relationships. These examples, along with corresponding lesson guidelines, will help Heart Moms plan their meetings. The text and guidelines will allow Heart Moms to relax and feel confident about leading a short Bible study at each meeting, and, most importantly, focus onto how God plans for us to relate to each other. When Heart Moms prepare for their monthly meetings, they will need to keep in mind the unique experiences, concerns, joys, and struggles each woman will bring to the group with her.

Heart Families are committed to building strong intergenerational relationships and deepening each member’s faith. This program is especially designed to give encouragement, guidance, and support to women who participate in it.

 


 
 
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