A year ago, we had our official “Launch” of Gathered for Guilford.
I vividly remember pacing around my house nervously, helping to put out fires like “I can’t get the video to play!” and “Where should we set up the t-shirts?” All the while, I wondered, “Lord, is this really happening? Are people going to actually show up?” It was. And they did.
Nearly fifty women sat in my backyard that night, under twinkly lights and a summer sky, as I recounted the hazy vision God had given me the year before: to start an organization of and for Christian public school moms in our area. Together with our core team, the 5 women who linked arms with me and worked to make Gathered for Guilford a reality, we shared its mission: to point moms to Jesus, to connect them with one another, and to help them live missionally in our county’s schools. The night was celebratory, hopeful, and only the beginning.
As we look back over the past year, we feel grateful. The Lord has faithfully drawn together hundreds of women from 67 different schools through the various aspects of Gathered; our four county-wide gatherings, the monthly newsletter, our Facebook and Instagram presence, Coffee & Conversation get-togethers, Gathered volunteer teams, Serve our Schools Saturday, and more.
In person and online, we remained centered on God’s truth as we tackled topics relevant to life as a public school mom, like testing and grades, racism and injustice, and kids battling anxiety.
God built new friendships, ignited passions, challenged mindsets, and encouraged hearts. In the words of one Gathered mama: “Being light in our schools can be lonely, this forum reminds me that we are doing the right thing in the long run for our children and for the kingdom of God.”
As we look forward to the year to come, we are expectant. After spending much of our first year building and encouraging our Gathered community of women, we are now able to shift more towards equipping these women to impact Guilford County schools for the Kingdom of God.
Surrounded by both the beauty and brokenness of our schools, each of us is uniquely gifted and positioned to make a difference for Christ in those spaces. So, this year, we hope you'll join us as we look deeper into what it means to be "salt and light", why we're called to it, and how we can live out that calling.