The Fellowship of Christian Singles - Jacksonville is a meetup group for Christian singles, 40 years old and up, who want to meet people and make new friends in the Jacksonville area through participating in social events. One of our objectives is to have opportunities to meet people and make new friends in the Jacksonville area. We will schedule and attend a variety of events such as dinners at restaurants (sometimes with live music), going to movies, visiting museums, attending sporting events and other activities, fun day trips, picnics at the beach, shopping or sightseeing -- the list could go on and on.
Another purpose of our group is to help each other grow in our relationship with God through attending bible studies, prayer sessions, going to Christian concerts or various church events throughout the year. It is important to know that we have other fellow believers in this life to help us get through challenges in life (and of course, to help us celebrate the good things!!). We all need prayer; we all need encouragement. And even if you're not going through a hard time in your life right now, then God can use you to be a blessing and an encouragement to someone who is!
This group is also about reaching out to the community at certain times throughout the year, by volunteering our services and time to help others in need through service projects, such as Trinity Rescue Mission, rehab centers, etc. It is important to have fun and fellowship with each other, but as believers in Christ it is also important that we use our gifts to bless and encourage others, including non-Christians, as we share our faith and the love of Christ with them.
Throughout the year we sometimes combine events with other meetup groups, including the other two groups I organize (i.e. "Everything Music" meetup and the "Baby Boomers Singles Social Club") - which includes various live music events, dinner or movies, etc. So let's go out and have fun and explore all that God has given us to enjoy! Please note if you are attending one of our meetup events that is combined with other groups, there will usually be more people attending than those you see on our RSVP list.
Let's also reach out and be a blessing to the world around us especially to those He has placed in our path!
PLEASE NOTE: this group is not intended to be a dating club, and it is important in this stage of our life to learn to be more discerning and use discretion in developing relationships. That’s why it’s a good idea to be friends first and enjoy the fellowship, and trust God to lead a relationship in the right direction according to His will and His timing. Of course, we have no objections if you choose to date someone you meet in this group.
Also, please keep in mind that this is NOT a legalistic, fundamentalist group. There's too much of that in the world already. However, we do have some general rules that need to be implemented in order for our group to run efficiently once you join our group.
1. If you do RSVP a yes to an event, please do show up. The Organizers and others are counting on you to be there, are waiting for you to show up, or have made a reservation for you. If you cannot make it, please do change your RSVP to a NO, so that we will know not to wait around for you or so we may cancel the event if the attendance numbers drop significantly. This is just common courtesy. Of course, we know that there will be emergencies that occur from time to time – so you can let us know ahead of time or shortly thereafter – and we’ll understand.
2. It is required that members of this group live in the metro Jacksonville (Duval County area), which also includes St. Augustine, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Middleburg, Yulee, Callahan, etc. We prefer not to have people join our group who live outside of these areas, but we don't mind if our current members bring a guest with them sometimes who may be visiting from out of town.
3. For the security and protection of our members, we also require that all members post a CLEAR, close-up photo of themselves only on their meetup profile page (for example, we prefer that you not post a picture of yourself wearing sunglasses). This is because there are people who create fake profiles and scammers and try to join meet up groups, and we want to protect your privacy and safety. Another reason why this is important – is so that members who sign up for events can be recognized by us when they show up so we can reach out and welcome them.
4. We also require that you email or message the organizers on meetup with their FULL name, their email address and their phone number, (the last three will be kept private) or if you want, you can post it on your profile as this group is also a "private" group so that no one else outside this group can ever see your profile or event schedule.
We look forward to seeing you at our next event!