By Jessica Hoover
A simple trip to Kroger back in September led Sherrie Eldridge to create an interdenominational Bible study open to all religions. After seeing a room on the upper level of the store, Eldridge thought it would be the perfect place to hold a Bible study. She then began asking around to see if anyone would be interested in attending.
“One woman said, ‘I would come. I put my Koran and my Bible right next to each other,’” Eldridge said. “That was very positive for me, and for following through with the vision I had for the group — that it would be a Bible study, but it would be for all faiths.”
Eldridge said another unique aspect of her Bible study is that it is relationship-based. The first half hour of the study is spent getting to know each other and snacking on chocolates, coffee and tea. The next hour is spent learning a lesson that Eldridge planned. She said each week she writes down verses to go correspond with her teachings.
“There’s probably a maximum of about 15 verses that I have typed on a piece of paper,” Eldridge said. “Then I have someone read them out loud, and then I have them underline the verses that stand out to them because that probably is God speaking to them.”
At the end of the study, Eldridge has each member turn to the person on their right and exchange information and become prayer partners for the week. The Bible study is held every Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kroger at 9799 E 116th St. Anyone interested in joining can contact Eldridge at 317-849-5651 or simply stop by the study room in Kroger Thursday morning.