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Tangled Up with the Body of Christ

Two and a half years ago, our family made the move from Poughkeepsie, NY, to Johnson City, TN. We are often asked why we migrated south. While there are a lot of contributing factors, one of the biggest was that we wanted to be a part of Grace Fellowship Church. It seems extreme to many- to pull up roots and settle 12 hours away in what some would deem a very different culture. We’d have to agree; this Yankee family is definitely being baptized in all things Southern! Regardless, Jason and I knew we wanted to benefit from the teaching at GFC and wanted the vibrancy that GFC had to offer for our girls.

Transitions are hard. Even when the motivator is as positive as wanting your family to be a part of a really great church. But slowly, like pumpkin vines winding their way across the ground, Grace Fellowship Church has become a part of the fiber of our family. Case in point- the Harvest Festival at Fender’s Farm.

We attended Grace Kids’ Family Harvest Festival last fall. Still relatively new to the church, we knew few people. We came late, but enjoyed the corn maze and loved chatting with a family we had recently met through our small group. Our girls jumped, slid, ran, and enjoyed their bag of candy on the way home. Our family had a fantastic time and walked away commenting on GFC’s investment in families.

This year was different. We could feel how connected we have become with our brothers and sisters at GFC, just like those pumpkin vines winding and tangling together. At the check-in, we ran into the wonderful children’s directors who have poured so much into our daughters’ lives. We turned around and found ourselves face-to-face with a young family whose infant we care for in the 9:15 nursery and enjoyed the chance to catch up with them.

In the corn maze, we came across a little girl whom Jason had coached on the Mountain View basketball team last winter. Down at the pavilion, we watched our girls and their Music Makers friends sing with Fiddlin’ Carson Peters. While we waited in line for the girls to jump on the trampoline, we ran into more wonderful nursery families. On the hayride, we rode next to a family with whom we had served at the Southside Backyard Bible Club last summer during ECHO. And over funnel cakes, we caught up with that same family from our small group who has become so very dear to us now. We may or may not have been one of the last families to leave. . . .

GFC has provided us with so many opportunities for affordable, quality family time, but those family times have become ever sweeter as we have put down deeper roots and sent out more tendrils into this local Body of Christ. The Bellamys are blessed to be tangled up with this group of believers.


Grace Bellamy


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