At the Grand Canyon Synod Assembly this past week, we learned of an outreach ministry of a congregation in Las Vegas that I’d like to share with you. It is called the Blue Stone Ministry. Here’s how it works: A congregation places little blue stones in their baptismal font. When members pass the font, they are invited to take a couple of blue stones and carry them at all times. When they meet someone, whether friend or stranger, who is having a difficult time in their life, they hand that person a blue stone and say the following: “Please take this blue stone and carry it with you. Let it remind you that God loves you and I love you (or care about you- if you prefer) and I will keep you in my prayers.”
What a wonderful outreach. Simple and yet profound. Both those who share the blue stones and those who receive them are affected by the encounter. New Journey will be looking at this outreach ministry in the next couple of months. If you receive the eNews and are a member of another congregation, consider beginning a Blue Stone Ministry. I have additional information if you need it. And, if you are not connected with a congregation, consider yourself an extension of New Journey’s ministry and identify a container you can use at home that represents the love and care of God to you. Draw blue stones from that container to share with others.
After a few months of sharing blue stones with friends and strangers, we will have an opportunity at New Journey to share our experiences (while protecting the privacy of those who have received our stones). If you are not a member of New Journey, we would love to hear about your experiences with blue stones. Please respond to the eNews email with your stories. We’ll share a mix of what we learn in a future eNews.
God loves you and I love you,