Faith Community gathers around ancient practices. These ground us in our daily routines. Rather than stay busy with programs and regularly scheduled events, we are committed to God and one another.
Our practices are rooted in the history of the church, as told in the book of Acts:
The community continually committed themselves to learning what the apostles taught them, gathering for fellowship, breaking bread, and praying. Everyone felt a sense of awe because the apostles were doing many signs and wonders among them. There was an intense sense of togetherness among all who believed; they shared all their material possessions in trust. They sold any possessions and goods that did not benefit the community and used the money to help everyone in need. They were unified as they worshiped at the temple day after day. In homes, they broke bread and shared meals with glad and generous hearts. The new disciples praised God, and they enjoyed the goodwill of all the people of the city.
Most people who have been involved with the church are familiar with terms like "fellowship" or "community." Those are good words, but we needed to convey what they mean. When we talk about being a community, we strive for others to have a sense of belonging and that they see Faith Community as "family." To be a part of our community is to be committed to one another.
Worship in most churches is synonymous with music, singing, prayers, and preaching. While we do those things, we have found that it also shows up in many other ways and places - from being outdoors to throwing parties to much more. Worship is celebrating our stories of the goodness of God that we experience in our lives.
To be a disciple means to be a student. In order to learn, one needs to be curious. To be curious, you have to be willing to listen.
So what do you wonder about?
Jesus did a lot of ministry around tables with people. He was a placemaker for people, for those who were often not accepted or welcomed in other areas of life, especially religious circles. The church, in general, has always done the opposite. We want to change that.
Serving others isn't volunteerism. It's giving a part of you away to benefit someone else. It's not always easy, but it is how Jesus said we should relate to those in our community. We also think the act of serving often embodies our other practices of belonging, celebration, curiosity, and hospitality.