Community & Connection
The early church set the example of what community and connection means in the Christian church, as Acts 2 says “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” You can find a way to connect in a variety of paths:
Connection in Worship
We meet in worship each Sunday in a single worship service, which welcomes members and visitors young and old to make and renew the bonds of fellowship and worship of God. The service is from 11:00 to 12:00 in the Sanctuary of the church.
Special worship services occur during the year according to the season – during Easter Holy Week and Advent Season leading up to Christmas.
Connection in Study
The wonder of God’s love through Jesus Christ can be at once a felt blessing and a great mystery. Presbyterians have long valued the importance of studying of the Bible, either as seekers of one’s own faith or as learners of deeper meaning.
Sunday morning study opportunities for adults include small discussion classes, currently called:
Issues Class – Studies how issues in daily living in society and religion can be addressed through the tools of faith. Typically follows a chapter by chapter reading and discussion of a selected book of interest.
Sojourners – The Sojourners class studies scripture and Christian literature to consider our personal faith and the role of the church in society. The class addresses current issues such as race, gender identity, poverty and other societal bias.
Bible Discovery Study Class – Tracks through the books of the Bible for a new or refreshed learning of Scripture.
Sunday School classes for children include adult-led activities-based class to introduce Biblical stories and values for younger children, and mixed activity classes for older children and youth
Mid-week study opportunities for study draw adults to these classes:
Women’s Circles – Monthly meetings for women in small groups gathering at times convenient for each group according to their schedules. Meetings include social and study activities. Currently 3 circles are active. The Joy Circle meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 11:30 AM. The Friendship Circle meets on the 2nd Wednesday at 1:30 PM and the Red Tent Circle meets on the 2nd Thursday at 7:00 PM. See bulletins, newsletters and the calendar for details.
Connection in Mission
We believe that Christian life expects that we will not simply hoard our faith to ourselves, but that we will share it with others in the community beyond our own circles. That is one meaning for the word “mission” and we find opportunities for connection inside and outside our church in such activities as:
The Melting Pot – Preparation and service of free hot lunch monthly at the community-supported food ministry
The River – Financial support and volunteer participation at the women’s ministry in Johnson City
Habitat for Humanity – Financial participation and volunteer work for the home-creating organization
BABMOC (Bear Another’s Burdens Ministry of Christ) – Financial support, fundraising, and public support for the ministry which has established, constructed, and runs a free school in Liberia. The BABMOC provides free education to 157 children who were not previously attending school. We now serve grades Kindergarten (K-2) through 6th. Education for one student costs $150 for ten months.
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Family Promise – Financial support and volunteer participation for the inter-faith temporary housing program for families in Johnson City
Ally 101 Workshops
What is an ally and why do we need an LGBTQ+ ally workshop?
The Miriam-Webster definition of ally is “to unite or form a connection or relation between.” Therefore, an LGBTQ ally is a member of the community who welcomes, offers safe space for, and provides empathy and compassion to anyone concerned with sexual orientation or gender identity issues. Allyship is the action of working to end oppression through support of, and as an advocate with and for, a group other than one’s own. Christ calls us to love one another in word and deed, and this workshop is designed for anyone who is curious why Christ-like allyship matters.
In the Ally 101 Workshop, you will have the opportunity to:
- learn what terms mean,
- learn about lived experiences of people who are gender or sexual minorities, and
- learn effective support strategies.