So last year - we weren't so good attendance wise. Church started at 8:15 which meant I had to have my kids fed & dressed & out the door by 7:45 b/c church is 30 minutes away in Effingham. Our other option was 11:15 church which then got out at 12:45. So by that time most of the day was gone, and my kids were bawling grouchy messes b/c they eat lunch around 11:30. I know excuses excuses, but it just made going to church more of a chore than a joy sometimes.
So they just announced a new service! Hooray a brand new service just for us! It starts at 9:45 and runs until 10:55. I am just beyond words happy about this. We can actually sleep in a bit on Sunday, but still get to church & have most of our day to work on chores as well!
The day Everett was dedicated
I go to New Hope in Effingham. This church is contemporary, casual, and they put a huge focus on the youth. It is just filled with young couples & people so excited to come together for the Lord. I love going. The music is fabulous - it's like a rock concert every Sunday & I nearly cry every Sunday! (I don't know why being a Mom makes me cry at American Idol & church services, but it does.) Then to top it off, our pastor is amazing. He teaches out of the bible. Real bible verses up on the screen, not a secret agenda that is about him, his relationship with God, and his holy marriage (I've had that before & I really don't need to hear about how rigteous some other pastors marriage is. I do think it's important, but gosh I want to learn about the Bible). Anyway, Pastor Van really talks about God and Jesus! He's funny - he's really funny actually and I enjoy learning from him. He's unexpected in a good way & you can tell the church loves him as the leader.
I always dreamed I'd find a church to bring my children to that would be fun and nurturing. Well this church made it their mission statement to focus on the youth. They have a group focused on 5th and 6th grade (b/c most kids commit to God at age 12) & they have the entire group (300+ kids) do alter calls - that's amazing! Then - they get even bigger with One Eighty! They have an entire facility for teens. They do Saturday night worships out there and have a huge teen following (imagine 8:15 church with the front 5 rows filled up with teens - that's unheard of!) They definitely are doing something right here.
I am so excited about the new service & I want to work hard this year to get my family to most of those services. I know it's important in our marriage & important to my children so it's my job to get us there - even if that means pop tarts in the car!
So - if you live around here and are looking for a place to try out - give it a try - I love it and you may too!