First Christian Church of Bremerton
Disciples of Christ
811 Veneta Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337, (360) 373-2444
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The Preacher’s Post: Changing Up Church, Part 3

Ok, now it’s just cliché, but I promise that my headline will be different in 2018 – call it my early New Year’s resolution!  But I’m sticking with this tired out title for one more month because change is still in the air, and now that I’ve made it through my one year moratorium on making any kind of “major” changes, I’m ready to have a little fun!  (And hopefully you are, too!)

You might have already caught some of it on the front page – I’ve wandered away from the traditional Advent candle themes to try something a little different – but that’s just a preview of attractions yet to come.  This Advent, we’ll also be reshuffling our worship service to take on a more inter-generational feel – and that means that our kids are going to take an active role in helping me lead it!  We’ll be taking an art-project approach to a month-long Sunday school class that I’ll be leading throughout December (kids of all ages are invited to come join us – see the article below), and I’ll be asking them to help me lead our time of prayer and help us older kids share in a contemplative moment as we light our Advent candles.  I don’t want to give too much away here, but let’s just say that you shouldn’t be surprised to find post-it notes and crayon boxes in the pews next month! 

On top of that, there are quite a few other new ideas in the air thanks to some of the small group studies we’ve been sharing.  We completed our first run at the Living the Questions 2.0 earlier this month, and there was a lot of interest in further study there – so look for news on that after the holidays.  The Thrive book study has provoked some interesting conversations about what makes a church vital and healthy in this new day and age, and even my Pastor’s Cabinet Experiment meetings – vague as I have been in my invitations – have opened some doors to new ideas that I hope we can explore a little more in the new year.  (Just think about it – what would our church look like if we dropped the ministry team/committee structure altogether?”  How’s that for a provocative thought?)

I know, I know – I’m saying a lot here while not saying much at all, but you’ll have to cut me a little slack – I’ve only got a page to get this done. (haha!)  But for me, change is something best engaged in a fashion more evolutionary than revolutionary, so fear not – we’ll have plenty of time to talk about new possibilities in the new year.  For now, though, I hope you enjoy your holiday season, engage prayerfully in the Advent journey, and look ahead with anticipation to all of the possibilities that God has in store for us 2018.  I think we’ve got an exciting year of ministry in front of us!

Playfully yours,
Clint

          


Current Focus

GUIDING VISION

First Christian Church of Bremerton is a diverse group of people seeking to respond to the vision of God's purpose revealed through Jesus the Christ.
     We believe this vision calls us to be an intentional community, which engages persons in Christian practices. These practices include the Lord's Supper, joyful worship, Bible Study, prayer, service, and inclusive hospitality. We anticipate being open to all people, discerning how we can respond to needs within and beyond our congregation. As a community we will listen to and bear one another's burdens, and work on behalf of justice for all God's people.
     To embrace and manifest Christ-like relationships in our community, we desire to communicate Jesus' death on the cross and bear witness to His resurrection as a sign of hope in this world. We seek to realize this hope by finding ways to overcome the forces that degrade, enslave and oppress God's creation.
     In this vision we seek to know, to discern, and to act on the Holy Spirit's guidance to become an expression of God's new creation through our personal gifts and resources. In our actions we strive "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God." (Micah 6:8c)