In our world today, we get captivated by so many things – TV’s, phones, social media, sports and anything else we can cram into our crazy schedules. All in hope of connecting, resting, and enjoying life. However, we find the things meant to connect us, enrich us, and entertain us leave us wanting.
Why? It’s simple. We have replaced deep, meaningful relationships with people for Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and Instagram. We watch people’s lives from our computers instead of getting across tables and doing life with them! Our schedules are so packed full with things to make us happy that we are too exhausted to enjoy what God created us for – relationship!
Fellowship believes Jesus had something else in mind for His disciples. Jesus offers an eternal relationship with the God of the universe who came in the form of a baby with a purpose of giving up His perfect life as a ransom for you and me!
We are created for relationships – a relationship with our Creator that leads us to become Family with others who have placed their faith in the finished work of Christ. As disciples of Jesus we are to grow those relationships, encourage one another and do life with other believers while reaching out to those not in the Family.
This is why Fellowship prioritizes Home Church. Home Church is all about relationships! We do this through weekly prayer, weekly study and community in the context of a small group. We even have childcare for ages birth - 4th grade for $35/month/family.
What is Home Church?
Home Church is a small group gathering of 12-16 people who meet weekly to pray, study God’s Word and grow in relationship with God and one another.
When do Home Churches meet?
Home Church calendar is in a trimester format. Here are the 2019-2020 dates of each term.
Fall Term – Week of Aug 25, 2019 – week of December 8, 2019
Winter Term – Week of January 12, 2020 – week of March 15, 2020
Spring Term – Week of April 4, 2020 – week of May 3, 2020
What are the expectation for someone in a Home Church?
Adults form relationships by proximity and consistency over an extended period of time. Since Home Church is all about relationships, we ask those in a Home Church to commit to being present and prepared each week. Make Home Church a settled fixture in your week as opposed to something that is a week to week decision. Obviously if sickness hits or work goes late unexpectedly, you will have to miss, but that is the exception, not the norm. To form great relationships, we need you there! We also want you prepared by having been at church on Sunday morning or listening to the podcast of the message. This allows you to fully participate in the discussion as well as share any insight the Lord may have given you that would bless someone else. We ask for you to commit to at least one term.
Home Church Leader Bios
Check out the bios of our HC Leaders launching this Fall and see who you feel you have the best chance at connecting with relationally, then fill out the HC form to give the group a try. See how it goes. If it isn’t the right fit for you, we will try another, no problem.
Home Church Childcare
In an effort to support our families to get connected in a Home Church, Fellowship offers two nights of childcare for your kids, ages eight & under. Your kids will be safe and interacted with by loving, trained workers who are also background checked. The time your kids are with us is more than just sitting and watching a movie. Each week we provide some combination of snacks, games, Bible stories, songs, and movies.
Sunday or Wednesday night from 5:30-8:30 PM (drop-off beginning at 5:30, pick up no later than 8:30) leave your kids with us while you focus on connecting with other adults in your Home Church. Fill out this form to register your child and then check out all the info below.
Sign-up & Payments for Childcare
Fellowship heavily supplements the HC childcare ministry; however, we charge a nominal fee from each family to ensure its sustainability. The cost is $35/per month regardless of frequency of use or how many kids ages 8 and under you have. The cost for the entire HC year (August-May is $280/family).To make the process as simple as possible, we ask you choose one of these payment options:
Pay August – November completely either via check, cash, or payment on our online giving page ($140). We will send an email reminder in January to collect the second payment for the rest of the year.
Pay entire HC year via cash, check or payment through our online giving page ($280).
Click here to get started. You will be asked to sign-in or sign-up for InFellowship which will allow you to select all kids 4th grade and under you are registering for childcare. Once registered, instructions will appear with how to pay.
Childcare Dates of Term One (Week of Aug 25 – week of Dec 8)
Following we will not provide childcare
(Sept 2 available by confirming you are meeting), November 24 & November 27 (Thanksgiving), December 1 available by confirming.
Childcare Dates of Term Two (Week of Jan 12 – week of March 15)
Following we will not provide childcare.
February 2, childcare is provided during regular time (5:30-8:30) only via confirmation as it is Super Bowl Sunday.
March 22, 25 & 29, and April 1. (These dates are during HC break).
Childcare Dates of Term Three (Week of April 5 – week of May 3)
Following we will not provide childcare.
April 12 (Easter)
April 26 (Fellowship on the River)
Home Church Leader Resources
As a valued leader of people, we want to provide for you a place where you can get your hands on all the tools that we send out. Here you will find the static info like who, what, where & when as well as the dynamic like the articles and helps we send out.
Resources for Leaders:
Developing Facilitators in Your HC
Home Church Roles
Releasing Others in HC
Home Church Norms
Serving New Members Well
Handling Doctrine Well
Why We Celebrate Communion
Getting an InFellowship Account
Ken’s Book Recommendations
If you have any questions about Home Church, please feel free to e-mail Michael Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org. He would love to connect with you. If you would rather see some of our most frequently asked questions click here.