WHat To Expect

For the first time...I know what it means to be apart of a church family...People who help keep me accountable and stretch me spiritually
— Sami

Family Integrated

                We’ve found that if you search The Scriptures, in both the Old and New Testaments, you will find that children were always present when God’s people came together. They were a part of the assembly (Joel 2:16), they listened to Ezra read the law (Nehemiah 8:1-3), Jesus used them as teaching illustrations (Matthew 14:13-21), and Paul addresses them directly in his letters (Ephesians 6:1-3).  In order to foster a family atmosphere and Biblical discipleship between older men/women with younger men/women (1 Corinthians 11:1, Titus 2:3-5), we do not offer any form of “kids church” but consider them apart of the overall gathering.  Of course, we know there is some extra noise and "stuff" that comes along with this decision but to be honest... we like it that way.  Think "family reunion," as opposed to "formal gathering."

purposefully Simple and Participatory Fellowship

Every member of The Church is a Holy Spirit-filled priest who has been called to use their gifting for the edification and encouragement of the body (1 Peter 2:9, 1 Corinthians 14).  The Apostle Paul taught the brethren to offer timely words, instruction, psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to each other when they came together (Colossians 3:16). Because of this, we structure our gatherings in such a way to allow for open participation. If it would be profitable for everyone, feel free to offer a word or a song and during the teaching time you may ask questions or offer helpful clarification.  Our elders will lead and make sure things stay decent and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40)

“Warm atmosphere to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit...Worship, prayers, fellowship and growing closer to God and each other through His Word.”
— Adrienne

Verse-By-Verse Teaching

All Scripture is truth that has been breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 17:17).  Elders in The Church are instructed to preach/teach The Word and to declare the full counsel of God (2 Timothy 4:2, Acts 20:27) so that the hearers may be equipped for every good work. Because of this, we work through one book of The Bible at a time so that each and every one of us can grow in the grace and knowledge of God. We want you to build your life upon the solid foundation of God’s Word (Matthew 7:24-27).

Frequent "Full-Meal" Communion

A study of “The Lord’s Supper” and observing the habits of the early church has brought us to the conviction that we ought to not only celebrate communion frequently but undoubtedly the elements (bread and wine) were a part of a full meal that believers shared together.  This practice encourages intimacy and fellowship and was not just a solemn time of introspection but a joyful feast celebrating the gracious work that God has done through the death and resurrection of Christ.  It’s also a “rehearsal” for the marriage supper of The Lamb that all believers look forward to.

Location & Time?

Currently, we are a “mobile” church that does not have its own building. While the weather is nice, we enjoy meeting outside and during winter months we retreat to a rental spot or homes. This keeps costs low and allows us to focus our resources into ministry and the needs of our members.  Lastly, because of our focus on fellowship, participation, and giving freedom to the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us, we do not stick to a rigid beginning and ending time. While we do seek to be respectful and have a general flow, there are times when we may “start” or “end” a little late.  Please know that you are free to come and go as you need.

 

Interaction among everyone has helped me become more knowledgeable of the Bible...grow spiritually and strengthened my faith
— Bill