*All ages and stages of life
We believe that Jesus calls us to defy the norm of superficial relationships and genuinely engage in each others' lives. A healthy church body encourages one other (1 Thess. 5.11), bears one another’s burdens (Gal. 6.2), and practices genuine hospitality (Acts 2.46). We enable these relationships in part through regular small group gatherings called life groups.
Life groups consist of about 8-15 people who meet in homes around south Charlotte, outside the context of Sunday worship. We use this time to catch up, to read, and study God’s Word, and to pray with and for each other. Life groups meet 2-3 times every month and each group is open to anybody. We encourage you to choose the group which is most convenient for you.
Children's ministry is now available! Our nursery-aged children (0-4) will be cared for during the service with volunteers following our COVID Protocols. Our Children's Worship for ages K-2nd will return in 2021.
Families are the pillars of our community. We are here to join parents in the joys and trials of raising young children and to be a partner in preaching the gospel to the youngest generation (Deut. 6.4-7). Childcare is available every Sunday morning for children ages three months to five years old.
Check your children in prior to the service or feel free to keep them with you during worship. There is also an opportunity to take your child to childcare before the sermon begins. At check-in, you will receive a security tag for each child which you will use to pick them up after the service. Your phone number is printed on this tag and we will text or call you if we need your help at any time.
Christ is our model for nurturing children and we are here to love them and encourage them (Matt. 19.14). We teach the Gospel through Christ-focused Bible stories and apply the day's lesson using crafts and games. As we begin to grow our church, all children will be grouped in a single class. However, we plan to introduce age-specific classes and create a Children's Church for children through 2nd grade.
*Middle and high school
Our youth group exists to supplement family life and corporate worship in maturing young adults in the knowledge and love of Christ. Currently, we meet on Sunday evenings two or three times each month, typically at a home in the south Charlotte area. We spend our time hanging out, studying the Bible, and praying together in small groups.
We desire to see young adults build their foundation in the Christian faith and realize the fullness of Christ, that they may be strengthened to endure in him as they grow into adulthood (1 Peter 2.4-7). During this transitional time in a teen's life, we want to give them the opportunity to search for real answers to hard questions and explore the Gospel in a deeper way together (Eph. 4.11-16).
If you have children in middle school or high school, or if you yourself are in middle school or high school, we would love for you to join us!
A cord of three strands is not easily broken
God is up to something in each of our lives. As his children, we have his ear. He hears us when we pray. Through Prayer Triads, we enter into what someone is asking God for in their life. They are designed to provide ongoing close relationships in which we support one another through prayer.
The intent of Triads is not for them to look like a traditional Bible study but to be a place of sharing your life and heart with one another and before the Lord. A place to know others and be known by them. This can be seen in Jesus' relationship with Peter, James, and John; or in the relationship of David and Jonathan; or Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy. Even more basically, there is God himself who eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Two-year Bible reading plan
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The Bible is God's word to us. In it, He reveals lots of things to us, but most importantly He reveals Himself. If we read the Bible without knowing God more, then we may as well read any other book. So ask questions of the text that seek to uncover this revelation. What does this passage tell you about God? About Jesus? Is the passage stoking your affections for God?
Theology isn't the end goal of Bible reading. The end goal is to have our hearts changed and our minds transformed to know and to serve the one, true God (Romans 12:2). The Bible is given that we might learn how to be the kind of people God wants us to be (2 Timothy 3:16). So theology is an important piece, but not the whole pie. When you read the Bible, apply it to your life and heart. Get personal with the kinds of questions you ask. What does the passage say about sin? How does the passage effect you? Does it convict you? Why? How should you respond in light of what God is saying to you?