Two expressions of Church
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”Acts 2:42
In this passage we see how the “gathered” and “scattered” church in Acts operated. Every day they “gathered” in the Temple Courts. They also broke bread in their own homes and ate together (scattered). We believe that the two expressions of church is just as important today as it was in the first century.
One way we want you to experience Jesus is through the Gathered Church. These are times when we gather on a Sunday morning or another event during the week to encounter God and respond to him as a larger church family.
- Sunday Services
- Prayer and Worship Gatherings
- Mug & Muffin Women’s Gathering
- Youth Gatherings
- Young Adult Gatherings
- Training Classes
We believe that church is more than a Sunday gathering. The Scattered Church is made up of small and mid-sized groups of people who gather in homes, coffee shops and other spaces to love God, share life together, and reach their friends with the gospel.
- Family Groups
- Finance, Parenting, and Marriage Classes
- Sports, Band, Dance or Home-school get-togethers
- Missional Communities
- Bible Studies
- Online zoom groups
There are many opportunities to join in a group, class, or community. We’d love to hear what you desire and find ways for you to join in!
We have two new groups that recently started and are working on starting a couple more!
Talk to Pastor Brian Gerig or Brian Schwartz if you are interested in joining a group.
Picture a group that has married couples, empty nesters, singles, older people, dating couples, and young families. Now picture them meeting on a Sunday morning from 9 to 10 AM with food, stories of faith, and prayer — all working together to be a family that is on mission!
Well, it’s happening! Beginning Sunday, September 25, a new group is forming at FirstMC! Contact Pastor Brian if you are interested!
When we form a community of people who are in all different seasons of life, we begin to develop the realization that each season comes with its own joys and sorrows, its beautiful and painful moments. We learn that we have a lot more in common than we thought. And the ability to celebrate our similarities and differences is something that brings God glory to God.
Preservice Prayer Group
If you are looking for something to do on a Sunday morning at 9 AM, you are welcome to meet in Room 126 where you can join a group of men, women, and kids who gather every week to pray over our worship service. Stop by anytime!