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2:11 - a study on holiness

Formerly known as the “Purity Study”, volunteer Nicole King is back after a hiatus to lead this optional study program open to our students.

Nicole King

Nicole King

From Nicole:

I have always felt an overwhelming calling to evangelize and disciple women and children since the 1999 and early 2000’s when I first came into the faith. To see both rooted and grounded in the word of God and empowered in who God has always created them to be will forever be one of my purposes in life. In 2009, I began an annual bible study for the girls in the Common Ground Montgomery after school program; the focus of the study was to educate and encourage girls in abstinence and give them a biblical view of sex. As the years progressed, we added young boys in our program and I began to focus on the area of holiness as a whole. The Hebrew word qodesh, translated “holiness,” comes from a couple of root meanings: “apart” or “separateness.

It is important in ministry that holiness be the background behind ALL that we teach. It was important to me that the children in our program/community be reminded of WHO God is, WHY he created them, WHAT was the gospel, and HOW all of this provokes one to a life of discernment that leads them to being “set apart” in all areas. Each 8-week study ended with a special neighborhood formal ball where the children, along with their parents, would gather to celebrate not only the completion of the Bible study, but we would honor a special couple from the community who had been an example of hope, love, faithfulness, and commitment. This bible study/community gathering has been on pause for the last 4 years —- the sabbatical ends this spring. 

I would like to introduce to you --2:11. (Formally called our Purity Study.) 

The name 2:11 comes from Titus 2:11-14 that says : 

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

It's important for me to remind all those involved (as well as remind myself) that we grow through holiness through the gospel. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul teaches us that the gospel is not only the Cross (which is important) but it's also the incarnation, the sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension, and the reign and return of Jesus Christ. It is very important that we see, understand, and teach the kids in our community/program to appreciate the totality of the gospel message. If this does not happen, we will be tempted to use Jesus' suffering to motivate obedience from our kids.

(In other words, we will be tempted to try and guilt others and ourselves into submission by feeling sorry for what Jesus had to go through, turning him into a victim instead of a seeing him as a VICTOR, as I once heard a mentor say.)

Seeing Jesus and all of his work is the only thing that is strong enough to transform us and the children we minister to. I intend to instruct my volunteer teachers on how to weave this all throughout this study.

2012 Purity Ball

2012 Purity Ball

I’m sending this message out for a couple of reasons.

1) I would like to invite you to join me in praying over this study and our Washington Park community. Prayer plays a huge role in our fight against Satan and we will not be able to do what we do without it. 

2) I would like to ask you to consider being a donor. We are in the phase of trying to purchase the curriculum for our elementary/middle school boys and girls. Over the years it has been the generosity of church family and friends that have helped us equip our children with what they need. We are grateful.

The curriculum kits can be purchased here : 

Girls: (25)

Boys (30)

All tuxedo’d up for the ball!

All tuxedo’d up for the ball!

If you would like to just give through CGM directly for me to purchase kits, you can give through the website: Click general donation and be sure to add a note where it asks for T-shirt size to specify that you are giving towards the "2:11 Purity Study".

If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer as a teacher during this study, email me: 

The 2:11 Study is scheduled to take place on Wednesdays from February 6, 2019, to April 3, 2019.

Volunteer teacher training will be January 12, 2019.

medical course at cgm

Do you live in, or near, Washington Park and want to try a new career?

NyWes is hosting Patient Care Technician and Phlebotomy Technician classes at Common Ground Montgomery’s main building at 1516 Mobile Road this fall, starting on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Patient Care Technician
° Course Length - 5 weeks
° Days - Tue, Thu 10am - 1pm

Phlebotomy Technician
° Course Length - 8 weeks
° Days - Tue, Thu 10am - 1pm

Registration Fee: $150
Class Fee: $50

*Registration Fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and must be paid at time of registration. Class fee is due on or before the first day of class. Your $200 covers all course tuition, textbooks, study guides, exam fee (1st) and 2 year certification. 

Office / Registration hours:
Mon, Wed 8am - 3pm, Fri 8am - noon 

NyWes Phlebotomy and Health Services
2740 Central Parkway #5
Montgomery, AL 36106

334-676-3388 – Office Phone
334-676-3399 – Fax


playground build on June 9th (with KaBOOM! and Dr Pepper Snapple Group)

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200 Community Volunteers Join Forces to Build a New Playground at Common Ground Montgomery

Volunteers from Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), Common Ground Montgomery, and the community will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, June 9, to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Common Ground Montgomery.
· DPS business partner Montgomery Coca-Cola Bottling is also supporting the project.
· The playground build is made possible by Let’s Play, an initiative by DPS to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority, and its non-profit partner KaBOOM!.
· The build will culminate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly built playground and making more play the easy choice for kids and families in Montgomery.

Play is important to children’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual development, but research shows kids are becoming more sedentary and not getting the activity they need.
· According to research from the CDC, healthy lifestyle habits formed through play, including physical activity, can lower the risk of obesity and its associated health issues. 
· Through Let’s Play, DPS and its partners are committed to helping create safe and inspiring PLAYces for Montgomery kids to learn, explore, grow and just be kids.

Representatives available for interviews:
· Bryan Kelly, Founder, Common Ground Montgomery
· Justin Hampton, Executive Director, Common Ground Montgomery
· Kevin King, Associate Director, Common Ground Montgomery
· Matt Flurry, Sales Center Manager, Montgomery Coca-Cola
· John Kanipe, Regional Sales Manager, Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Saturday, June 9
(Times approximate)
· 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Kick-Off Ceremony
· 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Playground Construction (best viewing between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
· 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Common Ground Montgomery

1516 Mobile Road
Montgomery, AL 36108

You can sign up to volunteer here:

About Let’s Play          

Let’s Play is an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple partners with two non-profit organizations, KaBOOM! and Good Sports, to build and improve playgrounds in communities and provide grants for sports equipment. In this way, Dr Pepper Snapple is doing our part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids. Since its launch in 2011, Let’s Play has provided more than 11 million children with more opportunities to play via safe, accessible playgrounds and sports equipment. For more information, please visit or

About Common Ground Montgomery

Common Ground Montgomery is a non-profit, community development organization located in Montgomery, Alabama. The mission of CGM is to revitalize the Washington Park community. Started in 2006, CGM is a non-denominational Christian ministry that focuses on youth development and leadership, after school programs and camps, mentoring, cross-cultural relationships and racial reconciliation. CGM has spun off one community initiative, a housing renovation and adult financial literacy organization, that has become its own non-profit. CGM’s most recent initiative is focused on providing food, a clothes closet, showers, and clothes washing capabilities to families and individuals in need. Find us online at, or @cgmlife on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter. 

About Montgomery Coca-Cola Bottling

Montgomery Coca-Cola is the sales, distribution and production operations arm for Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, which was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.  The Company, which has operations in seven southeastern states, is engaged in the production, sales and distribution of a diverse portfolio of sparkling (Coca-Cola, diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Sprite, Fanta, Dr Pepper) and still (Dasani, Smartwater, Powerade, Gold Peak, Monster, Minute Maid) non-alcoholic brands under exclusive franchise agreements principally with The Coca-Cola Company and The Dr Pepper Company.  Montgomery Coca-Cola has approximately 500 associates and serves retail and On Premise customers throughout the River Region. 

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or restore more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit and join the conversation at, and #playmatters #PLAYceforKids