“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” -God
I’ve been thinking…. it is time I share with you my new-found church. I could keep it to myself due to privacy of me and my my family but I also wrestle with… “if it has fed my heart, why be selfish and keep it to myself?” So, here I go…
Our church is a startup church. We are so startup, you won’t believe it. (Where’s this? Where’s that?) We don’t have much but we love God and people. We meet at a room in a school but we have big dreams and big hearts to serve each other and the community. No big music or lights (though we would love to one day) but we all know each other’s names, we eat together, we remain in contact throughout the week, we pray for each other, we go out and hang out together. It’s just like a “small life group” of a big church but we are the whole church. Easy to do since there are only 3 families (1 being mine and a couple of others not yet with families), right?
But we’d love to spread the love, grow the family so if you’re looking for a group of people who care and want to know about you and build relationships, come connect with us.
My back story: Despite a great on-going relationship with God, the last thing I wanted was a small church where people might be all up in my business. So for over a decade, I joined big ones and medium ones. While attending them, on and off, I’ve avoided joining a “small group” or people to do life with, though deep inside, I wanted to be part of something. I eventually tried life groups at several churches and it just wasn’t right for me, for one reason or another. I was coming to terms or accepting I was the weird one, the one in the wrong and just awkward. I always felt like an outsider, despite their best and sweetest intentions.
Just weeks prior to knowing of my church now, I told hubby, “You know, if I died, no one would notice, not any of the pastors or churches we’ve attended and tithe faithfully to would bat an eye. (Totally not their fail as we have no “group” or church friends. We only came and left on Sunday’s and our introvert selves found it much easier to give $ through their websites or apps than actually talk or spend time with people). We need one – and one that I’m not feeling forced to fit in to or settle for because it fits my calendar, geographical area, or phase of life.”
I prayed. And my prayers were answered. There are no coincidences in a life in faith. So glad to be here. And now I invite you.
When I came here, to this little church of mine, I didn’t know it was a startup and very small. It did catch me off guard. Throughout service, I was wondering what my hubby was thinking. Was he itching to go home, already while I was liking the simplicity of it all? Instead, he said in the car afterwards, “How can you tell the nicest people we would never see them again?” He soon follows it with, “You don’t.” Turns out, he liked it too. And we’ve been here since.
It was here I realized that this group, this church is what I’ve needed all along. We have become friends with everyone. The pastor knows our name. We have become a family. I’ve found my tribe. And if I died, someone would not only know it, but would also feel it because in the short time we’ve been here, our hearts have been intertwined with the others here as faith and God as our center.
If you’re looking just as I was – a place with real people and community who do Sunday’s and life with – come check us out.
Faith is personal. It is between you and God.
Church is personal. You might not like it here.
Our church may be for you or it may not. But if you’re looking for a place with authentic people and community, whose goal is to help you become the best that God has for you in your life and interested in lifting others up, we’d love to have you. And you are welcome to stay, just as I did and make it home.