As the 5pm community launched into summer, a team was formed to discern a new vision and direction for our evening service. Over the summer, that team has met regularly to pray and listen to where it is God might be leading our evening service.
This past Sunday, we announced what we heard - that we will be a community focused on meeting the needs of our neighbours. Our neighbourhood is young, it’s urban, it’s full of rootless people without family in the city, community, or clear direction - who have been told the value of climbing a ladder, the importance of school, the value of a dollar but who are yearning for deep relationship and rootedness in love. We will be a community where people find themselves rooted and established in love, and moved in action to be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)
To do this well, we’re changing the start time of our evening service to 4:30pm. 4:30 means we always finish by 6. Less hunger in the middle of the sermon, less being late for your dinner plans, and more opportunity to form deep and rich community over meals you’ll invite each other to at nearby restaurants or each other’s homes.
Not only does the service start at 4:30, but we invite everybody to come before 4:30 - come early to church, talk with people before the service, and find in our sanctuary space to quiet yourself from all the busyness of the world around us and prepare to encounter the living God.