What We Are Doing Now...
During this time we are committed to upholding the mission and vision of Christ Church. Even though we are limited in how we meet in-person, ministry to our children, students, community, and each other continues!
We want Sundays to be the best day of the week for children in our Christ Kid’s Children’s Ministry! We gather on Sundays for high energy worship and Gospel-centered Bible stories to help our children know and understand who Jesus is, what He has done for them and how they can make a difference in the world. Each month is centered around a theme to make it fun and engaging for children of all ages to come to know a God who loves them. Small group leaders gather children from 2 years to 5th graders in their very own small group to unpack God’s story and how it can be applied in their everyday life.
In 2021, we want to reach out to share His love with our community by hosting our annual Easter Egg Hunt the last week of March. We have hunts for all ages, fun crafts and games to make it a day to remember! In June, we invite the children of our community to spend four days immersed in worship and teaching about Jesus in the fun-filled atmosphere of Vacation Bible School. Our crew leaders lovingly lead children through crafts, Bible Story rooms, games and more to make the experience of God’s Word come alive for them. We are looking forward to see what God does through the children of Christ Church in 2021!
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
As a ministry, our mission is to be those who are rooted in Jesus Christ. (Colossians 2:6-7, Ephesians 3:14-19)
We seek to do this in many ways: personal time with Jesus, spiritual disciplines, small groups, weekend retreats, and weekly gatherings. Due to COVID-19, our plans have had to adapt. The good thing is that in adapting, we can and will continue to adhere to our five core values: partnering with parents, fostering community, nurturing mentoring relationships, pursuing servanthood, and becoming like Christ.
Here are some of the ways we will be living out our core values and mission:
- This January, we are beginning our Confirmation classes with our 8th grade students.
- We are seeking to safely begin regathering as a student ministry on Sunday afternoons. We will be walking through the Sermon on the Mount, learning how we are to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God.
- Our small groups will continue to meet throughout the spring and fall semesters.
- Our hope is that we might be able to begin offering weekend retreats once more for our students, which will provide us time for much-needed rest and a time of listening to what God might be saying to us.
If you would like to be involved with our student ministry, if you have questions about our ministry or what we are doing, or if you would like to know specific ways you can help or pray for us, please contact Michael at [email protected]
We are also continuing to support Thrive Together Jefferson County by collecting needed items! Click below for a complete list:
Discipleship Small Groups and Sunday School
Our Small Groups and Sunday School Classes have the opportunity to meet in limited numbers on campus/off campus, outside using social distancing measures, or via Zoom! Use the button above to learn more about what groups are meeting!
Visit our Discipleship Resources page to get access to RightNow Media and other resources.
If you are interested in joining, leading, or starting a small group fill out the Discipleship Interest Form Below!
Contact: Nancy Markham at [email protected]
We will try to keep you updated on new opportunities to serve our community!
East Lake Initiative
Our friends at ELI are working hard during this time! They are asking that you call the Thrive Ministry number in order gather information: (205) 777-3653.
Our team continues to work with the Firehouse Shelter in Birmingham. Recently, they have begun an online Bible Study with the men at the shelter and are working on providing new ways to communicate and disciple them. If you are interested in volunteering with this ministry, please contact Ben Birdsong.
This ministry is in need of several items for our residents and facilities. There are many ways you can become a part of this ministry – even during a pandemic! Please contact Mary Lytle for information about donating items or serving. You can also view their AMAZON WISH LIST HERE.
While we are unable to offer international trips at this time, we are still praying and planning for the future. Christ Church is dedicated to supporting, praying, and working with our Missionary Partners. Please contact Ben Birdsong if you have questions about how to stay involved in Global Opportunities.