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Just thought I'd share a few things our area churches are uniting together to do.

Many times it seems that our churches are in competition against each other. We see this with churches of the same denomination, as well as those that are different. They sometimes forget we are all on the same team. No matter what the denomination is.

The churches mentioned below are not all of the same denomination- but they all love Christ!

Food pantry- one of the larger churches runs a food pantry, several other area churches help with the funding, donations, and distribution. They coordinate together to hold an annual fun-raising "festival", and work together to volunteer as needed with all that needs doing.

Regular community dinners- several area churches provide monthly free dinners for their community. Most of the churches have been really good at supporting each other with this type of outreach to their communities. It has been a good way to bring the people into the churches and show them we care about them.

5th Sunday night singing- each time there is a 5th Sunday in a month, the churches will take turns hosting an evening service of singing. We have about four churches that participate, so that each church gets to host the event one time each year. After singing, everyone enjoys fellowship with some really good food/refreshments. This has been a really good at helping to bring the churches together in unity, and has helped with uplifting, refreshing, and motivating people.

Autumn hay ride- we have two area churches that both have hay rides each year. This past year we were able to get the two churches to come together and hold a combined event. It was awesome! Hamburgers, hotdogs, smores, hot chocolate, bouncy houses, hay ride... There were so many smiling faces and the children, (and adults), all had fun. Now everyone can't wait to do it again this year!


1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
[Psalm 133:1 KJV]
 

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Just thought I'd share a few things our area churches are uniting together to do.

Many times it seems that our churches are in competition against each other. We see this with churches of the same denomination, as well as those that are different. They sometimes forget we are all on the same team. No matter what the denomination is.

The churches mentioned below are not all of the same denomination- but they all love Christ!

Food pantry- one of the larger churches runs a food pantry, several other area churches help with the funding, donations, and distribution. They coordinate together to hold an annual fun-raising "festival", and work together to volunteer as needed with all that needs doing.

Regular community dinners- several area churches provide monthly free dinners for their community. Most of the churches have been really good at supporting each other with this type of outreach to their communities. It has been a good way to bring the people into the churches and show them we care about them.

5th Sunday night singing- each time there is a 5th Sunday in a month, the churches will take turns hosting an evening service of singing. We have about four churches that participate, so that each church gets to host the event one time each year. After singing, everyone enjoys fellowship with some really good food/refreshments. This has been a really good at helping to bring the churches together in unity, and has helped with uplifting, refreshing, and motivating people.

Autumn hay ride- we have two area churches that both have hay rides each year. This past year we were able to get the two churches to come together and hold a combined event. It was awesome! Hamburgers, hotdogs, smores, hot chocolate, bouncy houses, hay ride... There were so many smiling faces and the children, (and adults), all had fun. Now everyone can't wait to do it again this year!


1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
[Psalm 133:1 KJV]
Out of curiosity, I did a Google search. Within a five mile radius, we have 20 churches; mostly Baptist. We have 4 Mosques, and 19 Synagogues. My church does not do this type of activity, not sure why. Back in January; however, all the local churches did coordinate to deliver the same message on serving the city.
 
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Its kinda weird. People often go to more than one church simply because of location and families do not all go to the same church when they are visiting.

I always go to as many different churches as I can as we are blessed with so many because all my friends all go to different churches too. My home group host doesn't go to the church that most of the ladies and I are from and I've not always gone regularly to the same church as many other home groups. I invite christians of all stripes and colours it doesn't matter. Bibles in schools teachers all came from different churches too it was never one denomination over the other...we all read the same Bible (in differing translations, but scripture is the same).
 
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I used to visit other churches because my home church cannot provide me with singles fellowship. However neither do the slew of other churches I have visited. Large churches with a stadium service are the only one's with singles. They are loud with bands playing, have light shows (I have had seizures and cant do flashing), and are so big anonymity reigns. So, Im out of luck and have not continued trying. Going to a church building has outlived its usefulness for me. Singles are in bars, not in church and that's a sad sign of the times. Therefore staying home for an internet service has become my norm. You would think pastors would get their poop together to organize a singles fellowship, but that would just be too much work for them all. Why do they need singles in church? They have tithing older couples, and widow/widowers to keep their doors open till they retire. Then its someone else's problem, and its that attitude right there that is closing church after church.

I have seen my share of vicious competition among churches for members, which makes my stomach turn. We have invited many other churches to join a fall festival many years in a row, and they all decline. Our churches are dying one member, and one family at a time. Smaller churches get to the point they cannot afford their bills. The struggle to keep tithes has become a huge problem, when the struggle to save souls should be the priority. Many pastors have gotten lazy, and prefer the easy tithe.

...and more churches close their doors as more singles go to bars. That's not where I personally want to find Christian fellowship with singles. Married Christian's don't hang out with single Christian's outside of social gatherings. They SHOULDNT be.

My struggle remains REAL people, and Im not the only ONE.
 
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