I'd like to take a moment and introduce myself. I'm Ian Isaak, the new associate pastor at Weyburn Free Methodist Church. My wife Jennifer, our five year old son Marcus, and I moved into the city this past June and already it is beginning to feel like home. As we build friendships and learn our way around town, we grow more comfortable every day with our new community.
One of the challenges and blessings of moving into a new community is the opportunity to make a fresh start. My wife and I have new jobs that have unique challenges, we need to use Google maps to figure out where everything is located, and we often eat dinners alone because we don't have a large group of friends yet. For some people moving to a new community presents the opportunity to leave behind unpleasant memories or situations, while for others it can be a time of adjustment and perhaps loneliness. One thing I quickly noticed upon moving to Weyburn is that this city is growing, and that means there are many who are in the same time of life change as I am. For those of you out there who are new to Weyburn, I have put together a few tips that Jenn and I have found helpful as we have made the transition to our new life here, and I pray that they will help you as your new journey begins.
Tip #1: Don't be afraid to rely on others. When moving to a new community one of the easiest ways help yourself is to depend on others. This can often be hard, because I like to do things myself, and others might see me asking for help as sign of weakness. However, if I put my pride behind me and allow others to help me as we get settled, I benefit not only from the help provided, but I will usually have a new friend as well.
Tip #2: Get involved early. One of the best ways to make friends and get to know people is to jump head first into community events. The Salvation Army recently celebrated their 100 year anniversary, and I took the opportunity to volunteer. Sure, I had only been here a few weeks, but I didn't let that stop me from supporting a unique day of celebration in our new community. Through my volunteering I was able to meet lots of new people and begin to get to know this new city we call home.
Tip #3: Surround yourself with community. By this I mean that we all have interests, hobbies, and beliefs that connect us to other people. For some people it is a car club or sporting team, for others it may be a religious institution or community of faith. Whatever it is that draws you together with other people, the best advice is to make an intentional effort to find that place and really plug in. Being with other people you can trust and share life with is a great stress reliever and emotional rejuvenator; dive in as early as you can.
I hope this little article has been helpful to you if you are new to Weyburn. At the very least you now know someone else who is new to town! I want to extend an invitation to everyone that my office door is always open. I would love to make new friends in this community and I would invite you to stop by anytime for a cup of coffee.