From Megan Busch, a member of the downtown community group:
For about three months, Redeemer’s downtown community group has been praying for God to bring us a ministry designed specifically to serve the people living in our little city. We were presented with the opportunity this past week to organize a Perichoreo event.
Perichoreo is an outreach mentorship program with Burke High School and Burke Junior High School run by Olivia Hines—one of our community group members—and a few of her close friends. The term perichoreo describes a doctrine of the reciprocal inherence of the human and the divine nature of Christ, and the word was chosen to represent the ministry because it references the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Olivia explains, “You can think of this relationship as a dance—with each member evenly encircling others. No member of this divine dance of the Trinity dances around the self. Our God is a relational God, and if we are created in the image of Christ, then we are created for relationship and community.”
The downtown community group’s goal in supporting Perichoreo is to create a bridge between the lower-income community in Charleston and the Christian population (that’s us!) living on the peninsula. To do this, we are starting small. This past Tuesday, our team met at Hampton Park equipped with Frisbees, cookies, chips, and a willingness to meet new people. Olivia reached out to the kids who were already participating in her Perichoreo mentorship program, and five students arrived at the park to play, to fellowship, and to simply be silly. Even though many of them had never thrown a Frisbee in their lives, they were good sports (and most were much, much better than my very-non-athletic self). As we move forward in support of this ministry, we pray that the Lord continually sends these same young people back to our events and brings us new kids with whom we can form relationships.
In the fall, the core team at Perichoreo will be looking for mentors—Christians who are willing to spend time during the school year befriending the [awkward, lost, lonely, crazy, youthful, ambitious, fun] teenagers at Burke Junior High and High. We hope that Perichoreo becomes a ministry not just through the social events that our downtown group organizes, but also for others at Redeemer looking to mentor a student, helping him or her learn the love of Christ.
Keep up with the Perichoreo ministry by liking their Facebook page.