Kids are important to us. Our children's ministries are not just babysitting during the service; we seek to teach the Gospel to the next generation of leaders in the Church. We offer children's church during the 10:45am service and nursery care. Also, throughout the year we like to have special events for families, including "parents night out," a harvest party, an easter egg hunt, and Vacation Bible School.
All Children's Ministry volunteers have received PA Child Abuse safety clearances and have undergone Ministry Safe abuse prevention training. We employ best practices to ensure the safety of our children.
Our Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings to play ridiculous games, laugh, learn, and worship. We are an uncommon group of young people united by the love of Jesus.
Our hope and prayer is that the youth group would be a safe place. In the midst of a dangerous world, Christ has called a body of people together to reflect his image through honest relationships, compassionate care, self-sacrificing love, and unconditional grace. He has created his Church to be a safe place for all of us. We seek to foster an environment that is safe in the following ways:
Safe Spiritually: Many young adults leave the Church because they have experienced spiritual abuse. Charismatic youth pastors can cause extraordinary damage by hammering kids with guilt, cultivating judgmental environments, and uttering falsehoods in the name of God. We hope to avoid all of this mess by sharing the real gospel of God’s one-way love for us in Christ. In our weekly youth group meetings we will not be telling students what they need to do to be better people; we will be teaching them about a Christ who loves them just as they are.
Safe Emotionally: We are committed to making the youth group a place where students don’t need to fight to be accepted and loved. We want to cultivate an atmosphere of mutual respect, kindness, and love.
Safe Physically: We follow best practices to protect our kids from emotional and/or sexual abuse. All adult volunteers are required to receive PA Child Abuse Safety Clearances and undergo Ministry Safe abuse prevention training. We have accountability structures in place for all adult volunteers (including myself) to ensure that students are safe when they are at Youth Group.
Feel free to contact Karen Stevenson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
We are starting a community garden! God has blessed us with a plot of good soil and a lot of helping hands. We are putting these gifts to good use to grow vegetables and cultivate relationships that matter.
This is a group for closet poets, amateur essayists, daydreamers, and other honest people. We meet to share our work, cultivate our craft, and help each other along the road. Writers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Egos, raincoats, and weaponry of all kinds must be checked at the door.
Email Ben Hughes (email@example.com) with any questions.
We host and have connections to a number of 12 Step Recovery programs. For more information, contact Pastor Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Men's Group meets the first and third Saturdays at 8:30 AM at the Stevensons' house at 56 Noth Watson Avenue in Washington. COme for Breakfast and study.
Next Gathering is Thursday, March 22 at Shannon Sims' home at 6:30 PM (115 East Hallam Avenue, Washington). Come for dinner and a time of study.