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!
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.
Alpha: Life’s Biggest Questions
As we prayerfully seek God’s will and His perfect timing, we recognize that we need to postpone doing another Alpha program until 2023 as we are currently focusing on our KIDS FIRST initiative. In the meantime, we hope that you continue building relationships with people who do not yet know Him so that when the time is right, you can invite them to join us for Alpha in 2023.
So, what is Alpha?
Alpha is a place to explore the Christian faith with others. It is a low-pressure environment to discuss the big questions in life. Every Alpha session has three key ingredients: food, talk, and discussion. So, what does that look like?
Food—Alpha is relational. And nothing builds relationship like sharing food together. Each Alpha session starts with a meal. Meals will be provided by Smile More Meal Prep & Catering.
Talk—Every week there is a talk delivered (in person or video episode) that explores the Christian faith.
Discussion—After the talk is a time of discussion in small groups where you can share your thoughts and questions.
Why are we doing Alpha?
God is love. And because we are called to genuinely love our community, then we need to bring God’s love to them. Alpha is a program that is meant to help us share our faith in the God who is love. The other part of the vision that God gave us for His church is to nurture new life in Christ. We are praying and hoping that through Alpha, we will see people brought into a saving relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Who do I invite to Alpha?
Alpha is meant for your friends, family members, neighbors, or anyone else that God has put in your life who don’t yet know Him but who are being drawn to Him. These are people that you know who are open and looking for more in this life. God has drawn them to you for you to be a witness to them. We call these “persons of peace”.
What to pray for?
If you don’t know any persons of peace in your life, be praying now that God will bring someone to you or open your eyes to someone He may already have given you that you do not recognize yet as a persons of peace. Pray that God will stir their hearts so that when the time comes for you to invite them to Alpha, they are ready to say “YES!”.
God already knows the perfect time for us to offer Alpha, and He knows who will be joining us for Alpha. Pray that He will not only be working in their hearts but also in our hearts as we prepare to show these people Christ’s love for them. As we are still in the process of planning for this and are now looking for a new time to offer it, pray that all the necessary details will be worked out in ways that will magnify God’s glory.