As A Local Church
We are an interesting blend of people! Some of us have been Christians for decades, while others are just investigating what faith in God is all about. Our parking lot has cars with bumper stickers from all political parties. (We even have a few Yankees fans that sit among a sea of Red Sox nation!)
Our common thread though, is that we want God to fill our hearts in ways that only he can. Everyone has a story. We get together to share our stories, listen to the stories of others and search and struggle together to worship and learn from God, who has an everlasting story of grace.
How We Think About Church
Our idea of church is best represented by a triangle. Around an inner area of Operations, we group activities by how they impact others.
The Operations are in the center and are kept straightforward. Schedules are simple. Communication is clear and direct. Everyday language is used. Finances are transparent. Green practices are maximized. Power is measured by humility. Community culture is monitored.
Gathering Big represents the things we do to focus together on God through habits of praise, prayer, sharing and learning. The location is comfortable, approachable and accessible. All are welcomed – individuals and families are valued. Infants to folks well into their 90’s are present for worship and the activities of our church family. Time is respected. Flow is simple, prepared and flexible. Families are together. Words are intentional. Worship is sensitive and responsive. Brokenness and grace are identified.
Gathering Small represents the ways we relate with each other, one-on-one, and with God. Safety and trust are fostered. Prayer is modeled. Current moments are shared. God’s story is dominant. Responses are treasured. Faith is inspired. Doubts are embraced. Character is celebrated. Histories are built for current grace.
Serving the Community includes anything we do to persevere alongside suffering people. Needs are identified, measured and responded to. Individuals, families and groups are served. Skills and resources are prized and engaged. Focus is narrow and deep. Local and distant people are walked with. Participation is expected.