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SO .... WHAT IS "IF" - AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
The IF:Gathering is a global gathering of women that started in 2007. It’s a two-day event that occurs every year in Austin, TX, and is broadcast live to thousands of churches and any place where women get together to be equipped to shine for Jesus. Churches and groups can buy the videos and show the broadcast anytime during the year.
IF is not just another women’s conference. It’s not about what happens in Austin; it’s about what happens in the communities where women gather in local spots. That’s why we are IF:Clemmons. It’s about you in your hometown, being who God created you to be.
It’s a movement of women praying and engaging with scripture, learning and conversing with each other. It’s a movement of women obeying God’s call on their particular lives.
The IF:Gathering says, “IF:Gathering is when we collectively come together to wrestle with essential questions of faith and encounter God in a way that allows us to be unleashed to give Him away.”
Please visit the IF:Gathering’s website to learn and see more
Sign up at the IF:Clemmons website today!
IT'S A BROADCAST? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
The live IF:Gathering is held in Austin, TX, usually during the same time as the local gathering. (We are holding ours later). The Austin Gathering is kept intentionally small because the heart of IF is for the local Church.
At IF:Clemmons, we will feature parts of the broadcast, as well as local women speaking live. We will have our own live music as well!
It’s sure to be a special time of encouragement and growth.
DOES IF:CLEMMONS HAVE A THEME?
Yes! Our theme for IF this year is “What IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity?”
We will dig into scripture together and experience this theme in many creative ways.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? AND WHAT WILL THAT MONEY PAY FOR?
Clemmons United Methodist Church is providing IF:Clemmons for the community. If you are able, we suggest paying $8 at the door. It’s a pay-what-you-can event. If you can pay nothing, then pay nothing. If you can pay the full $8, then do that. Or whatever. Pretty cool, huh?
And the money will go toward snacks and lunch; materials, including a notebook and pen; the facility, including a live worship band and beautiful decor; as well as the cost of participating in the larger IF:Gathering, which includes purchasing the broadcast.
THIS IS A CHRISTIAN EVENT. WILL WE BE ASKED TO GIVE AN ADDITIONAL OFFERING?
No. There will be no offering taken up. It’s just pay-what-you-can, one time, at the door.
WILL I HAVE TO TALK?
Nope. You can come and just soak it all in. There will be time for small group discussions around tables. Even then you can choose to say a lot or say nothing. There will be an opportunity for communion. There will be opportunity for silent prayer. You’ll be among an accepting community of women, but it’s also a time of personal reflection and growth.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Wear whatever is comfortable for you. This is very relaxed event. Our covenant Bible study at Clemmons UMC, the hosts of the event, will be wearing t-shirts (with shorts, leggings, jeans, etc.)
I, for one, will have flip flops on. You can even kick your shoes off and put your feet up on the table where you’ll be sitting!
WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW ANYONE THERE?
No worries. You are coming into a wonderful environment of encouragement and authenticity. There will be women of all ages from different backgrounds with one thing in common: the love of God. We are sure you will form new friendships and feel welcome.
WE ARE SITTING AT TABLES?
Yes. Round tables. There will be 5 – 7 women per round table. Everyone will have her own notebook, schedule, pen, and other materials provided. The tables will be PRETTY. Our amazing team has already hatched a beautiful plan to make everything unique and lovely. Everyone will feel special and comfortable.
WILL THERE BE SNACKS AND DRINKS?
Y’all. This event was planned by a bunch of awesome women. Yes, there’s tons of yummy food!
We will have lots of drink options as well, including of course, coffee 🙂
Great snacks will be available on your tables at all times.
Lunch will be catered by Cracker Barrell – a breakfast theme! Bring your appetites for good food and good fellowship!
SO ... IF:CLEMMONS IS AT A METHODIST CHURCH, BUT I'M BAPTIST, CATHOLIC, EPISCOPALIAN, NON-DENOMINATIONAL, PENTECOSTAL, etc. - Will it be awkward?
No worries. This is not a denominational event. It’s a Jesus event! It’s a community gathering of women. The body of Christ is made up of so many people and traditions, and we are excited to learn from you and be united under the name that is above all names: Jesus. You’ll love it.
Please invite friends from all backgrounds to join you, and be sure to reach out also to friends who may not be attending a church regularly. This is a non-threatening event full of thoughtful speakers, engaging music, and small group conversation – open to all.
WILL THERE BE CHILDCARE FOR THIS EVENT?
No, childcare will not be provided this year.
SHOULD I BRING A BIBLE?
Sure! You’re welcome to bring your Bible. However, we will have Bibles out for you to use, so no need to worry about it. Also, much of the scripture we’ll be referencing will appear on the screens.
Sooo the answer is … do whatever you would like to do, and it will be great! Some will find comfort in bringing their own Bibles. Some will want to just take it all in and not bring anything. That’s great too.
You don’t have to bring anything but yourself and an open heart to what God has to teach.