BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — For the women who have lost a husband years ago or even recently, widowhood is a new season. That’s why members and leaders at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham, decided to create Seasons, a ministry of and for widows.
On Jan. 30 about 50 women gathered in the fellowship hall of the church to visit together and hear from Denise George, wife of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School Dean Timothy George and author of 30 books, as she shared about turning points in a woman’s life.
The luncheon also served as a starting point for leaders to know how to serve the widows of the church and community. An inventory survey was handed out at the end of the event that asked each participant how they may want to be involved in Seasons, either in serving or in receiving help.
“Seasons is really God’s idea,” according to Susan Goodwin, wife of the late Dennis Goodwin who served as minister to senior adults at Dawson Memorial before he passed away five years ago. She said she “ran from the idea” of starting a widow ministry at church for a year. But one day in Spring 2014, Goodwin felt the Lord’s urging. She met with Kristen Torres, minister of spiritual development, and the two began praying about and planning for Seasons.
“This is just one step in the journey,” Goodwin said. The inventory will help the Seasons team determine what kind of needs the widows have and where to begin.
Torres opened the event with the idea that ended up filling the rest of the luncheon, “Even though I have not walked where you have walked, I do know Who walks with me and He walks with you too. Today is all about recognizing God’s presence in your life.”
Look for a full coverage of this story in an upcoming issue of The Alabama Baptist newspaper.