Beginning June 1, our evening gathering will take place starting at 7pm instead of 5:30pm. Read the below message from Senior Pastor Tim Keel explaining the vision behind this change!
I am excited to share with you some changes we will be making connected to our Sunday worship gatherings. Though these changes are specific to only one of our three services, we are one body and want to share our vision and excitement with the entire congregation.
Over the last nine to twelve months, the Pastoral Leadership Team has sensed the need to become more intentional about how we are engaging and developing the 5:30 p.m. gathering. We have felt like this congregation has some unique and important things that are different than our morning congregations. We want to become more intentional about the way we are doing community development, care, and ministry in and with our evening congregation.
Though there are a number of initiatives we will be developing, the first is a change in the time of our evening gathering. Beginning on June 1, we will shift our Sunday evening gathering time from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We are planning on using this summer to pilot this change. Though we anticipate making this transition permanent, we also want the freedom to re-evaluate this decision and make adjustments based our experience and feedback from the community.
The primary motivations driving this shift are vision-driven. We believe that meeting later gives us the opportunity to do some things that we’ve not previously been able to do. One is using the time before the worship gathering to share meals, do evening gathering specific Corpus Groups, as well as other community building activities. Another is that with our Sunday evening congregation, we have the opportunity to shape the worship experience in ways that are specific to the hour and the reality that we are likely spending the last hours of the day together before the beginning of the new week. Rather than simply “putting on” the same service for the third time, we would like to creatively engage the night gathering in ways that are specific to the time and people that are part of this congregation—including the possibility of giving this gathering its own name.
Please join us in praying for what is ahead and the opportunities we are discovering to develop space and resources for formation, hospitality, and engaging our community and neighborhoods.
I’ve never been more excited to be on this journey with you.