I’ll be the first to tell ya, meeting people when you live alone is hard. It’s hard to put yourself out there alone, and it’s easy to stay in your apartment and ignore the world most days.I had been searching for the better part of a year to find some friends, with zero luck. I’m mean legitimately it was a running joke that I had no friends here. One day I luckily stumbled across a “younger” peoples group at my church called NP/NIGHTS and it has changed much life more then this blog post could ever say.
Firstly it isn’t exclusive to North Point attendees so if you’re in the Atlanta area, you are welcome! Heck anyone is invited, they are never exclusive always inclusive. It’s Sunday nights at 7pm at the NP campus in Alpharetta. You also don’t have to be a “church” person to attend. Shoot, you don’t even have to identity as a Christian or be far into your faith journey to come. This environment is made to make anyone and everyone feel included, accepted, understood, and welcomed. Don’t let the stereotypes of church people deter you.
What really made me want to attend my first time was THIS VIDEO I recognized a few of the faces in the video so I felt connected already.
Walking in my first service (alone BTW) was intimidating I’m not going to lie, but it was intimidating because I had no idea what to expect. I have gone to normal services alone, but I blend in with the crowd. Would people think I’m a loner? Will I find any friends? Are the services going to be relevant to my life?! Let’s just say the moment I walked in i felt at ease. Did I sit alone, yes. Did I talk to people, yes. Was the message relevant, heck yeah. I had never worshipped to music like they played. How many churches add bass drops to When Death Was Arrested? It was phenomenal. I also liked the smaller, more intimate setting. There were couches and spaces for people to talk and mingle. Plus any place handing out free coffee I’m in full support of. I also like how the actual message was more personal. The speaker is RIGHT THERE . You feel like he/she is talking to you as opposed to some Sundays when you feel like just another face.
What really made me glad I went, and actually brought tears to my eyes was the staff. Let’s just start buying saying Clay Scroggins is the man. I’ve never been in the presence of someone who exudes love for the Lord and their job so seamlessly together.If you ever get to witness him during worship, it is a awesome sight. Can we also throw in a #relationshipgoals for Mal and Adam?! I mean their making the rest of us look bad (haha). Other members of the staff really pulled on my heart that first Sunday which made me return Sunday after Sunday to the point where I had to be apart of this movement. Listening to Clay speak about what NP NIGHTS is all about one Sunday made me want to get involved and to really get invested.
SO I DID
The whole volunteering process is extremely easy to sign up for/do. If you want some more information about it, shoot me a DM or head over to the website HERE for more information.
Fast forward a couple months and I’m hooked on serving with such an incredible team. Getting there hours before the service starts to set up, feels like a a treat, as opposed to volunteering. The vibe in the green room is addicting.We pray for each and every person who walks into the door, and hope you walk away feeling like I did my first time.
Can we talk about the amazing folks of NP/NIGHTS that make the whole production happen. The ladies are rooted, the guys are Godly and everyone is there with the best intentions and to make you feel welcom. Whether we are on the make it happen team or on the hospitality team everyone is a big family.
The one decision of going on a whim one Sunday has made all the difference in my life. If you need a ride, call me. If you need someone to sit with, call me or you can find me usually dancing around in the back of the auditorium. If you need more information ask me. If you can’t make it, HERE is the podcast.
I will stop raving about this group and leave you with two pieces of advice. The first being from Nathaniel when He invites us to “Come and see” and the second from from NP/NIGHTS to “Come as you are”.
All inclusive. Never exclusive. You’re invited. ALWAYS.