Monday, October 12, 2009

If you know me. . .

. . . you know I like my church. That's saying a lot, considering lots of folks can't stand the idea of church, period. It's too judgmental. Too holy Joe. Hypocritical. Pious, etc.

Well, not mine.

And yesterday we had baptism ... a wonderful event.

I had wondered about the weather - the cold, you know. We usually use a swimming pool, or in the winter we've used an indoor pool at a health club. This time we were going to be at a home. Not to worry, though. The 'baptizees' (I just made that term up.) were going to be using a hot tub!

Here's Lee reading Adam Lishman's 'story', about how Adam came to Christ. (Everyone writes out a short bio on his/her decision to become a Christ-follower.). . .
Here's Valerie, ready. . .
And here are some onlookers, and some who were or are ready to be baptized . . .
As usual, it was a fun occasion. After each person was baptized, everyone clapped and cheered. Then we all went inside for cookies, coffee, and cokes.

Just in case you don't know, Bear Valley is a wonderful church. Sam and I, and a group of about 9 adults started it in 1992 in the old movie theater of NorthEast Mall in Hurst. It was designed from the start to reach folks who had never been in church, or who had not been in one in years. It assumes no knowledge, like how to pray, where to find verses in the Bible, etc. In fact, it doesn't assume one knows what the numbers and colon mean in, for instance "John 3:16". We've had folks that have come that only remember the song "Amazing Grace" because it was in an old movie they remembered.
It's a casual, no nonsense church that ALWAYS tells visitors NOT to give their money. The service is a gift to them. Only members and regular attenders can give.

I could go on and on . . . but just know, that if you're in the area, you better check us out. Oh, and don't dress up.
Oh, and we have free Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee, so you don't need to eat breakfast before you come.

Here's the WEBSITE.

Oh, by the way, if you do know how to pray, and read the Bible, etc., you'll feel welcomed, too!


sara [at] journey of doing said...

What an inspiring post, Nancy. I'm so glad that you and Sam chose this route -- I know there are people out there who need you and you're reaching them in the right way. :)

Maybe I'll make it by one day.

Being Beth said...

Sweet post, Nancy. I have to agree about all the wonderful things you said about Bear Valley, it's a good and comfortable, genuine place.

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