On Sunday mornings when we gather for worship, our children join with the adults at the beginning of the service in prayer and praise. Prior to the sermon, we pray for the children and then dismiss those 10 and younger for Children’s Church. During this time, 2’s and 3’s are in one class, preschoolers are in one class, and elementary aged children are in another. In these age-appropriate settings, they hear (or read) a Bible lesson, discuss it, learn a memory verse, and create a craft that will be theirs to remind them of the message they learned, and they share a snack together.
The children return to the service and remain with their families during communion and for the duration of the service. Youth ages 11 and older stay with their families throughout the service.
In addition to Children’s Church, we also have nursery care for those younger than preschool. The nursery opens at 9:45 AM, and parents are asked to sign in their child and discuss any pertinent details with the nursery workers. Your child is welcome to stay with you or in the nursery for the duration of the service, though many parents choose to pick up their child after the sermon so that the family can share in the meal of Holy Communion together.
All of our children’s ministry volunteers have attended training, completed an application and agreed to a code of ethics for our children’s ministry. Your kids will be well cared for!
We meet at 9:15AM each Sunday morning before our worship service for a time of encouraging and strengthening each other in the gospel.
For adults we have a class that rotates between in-depth teaching through a book of the Bible, covering topics that are important to the Christian life, and discussing books both ancient and modern.
We also have a Sunday School class for children and a nursery for infants and toddlers.
It’s our desire for our middle and high school students to be fully engaged in the life of the church, not isolated from the church community in their own “youth group.” They have much to learn from the adults in the church, and the adults have much to learn from them! Youth at The Village Church are with their parents as we worship God together on Sunday mornings, and they’re called, like everyone in the church, to live their everyday lives in gospel astonishment and on gospel mission in their schools and neighborhoods.
At the same time, we understand the importance of affinity relationships for middle and high school students – relationships with each other and with caring adults. So we’ve created a time each week for our youth to be together and encourage each other in the gospel. Middle and high school students meet at 9:00AM on Sunday mornings at Panera Bread on Paces Ferry, along with two caring adult leaders, to share breakfast together, share life together and grow in grace together. At 10:00Am, the leaders drive the students to Teasley in time for the worship service.
Additionally, many of our students are involved in two para-church youth ministries in our area: K-Life and Young Life. We love, support and encourage involvement in these ministries.
Community Groups help us experience God and the transforming power of his gospel in and through the community of the church. They are a means for seeing God’s Kingdom come in our lives and in the lives of the people around us.
Community groups consist of around 3-15 people with a leader, committed to meeting together regularly with the objective of loving each other, taking care of needs within the group, and achieving shared goals for spiritual growth as Christian disciples.
Meetings typically include activities such as worship, prayer, study, fellowship, service & mission, as well as others as determined by each group and its leader.
Some groups meet weekly in homes throughout the city on week nights. Others meet in the mornings or on weekends. Each group establishes its own schedule.
For info on how to join a group, email Carlyn Defnall ([email protected]) and include your name, address, phone number, and interest. You may also call the church office at 770-933-2108.
Each month we offer a dinner for newcomers on a weekend evening in the home of one of our pastors. Newcomers’ dinners are an opportunity to get to know other people in the church, both other newcomers as well as a few who have been around for a while. These dinners are also a good time to hear more about the history and vision of the church. Childcare is provided, so feel free to bring your whole family along! For more information on the next dinner, contact [email protected].
The Essentials Course is a series of classes offered on a quarterly basis for newcomers and inquirers. During this course, we consider and discuss our approach as a congregation on the beliefs and practices of Christianity. The course is primarily focused on our three core values: Gospel, Community and Mission.
The course is offered weekly for three weeks. For more information or to register for the next course, contact [email protected].
Sometimes in churches, membership isn’t particularly important or meaningful. In our church, we encourage membership because we believe that it fosters Christian discipleship. Our members agree to live according to a membership covenant and reaffirm their commitment to this covenant on an annual basis.
Step One: Newcomers’ Dinner
Our membership process begins with a monthly dinner for newcomers to the church in the home of one of our pastors. We strive to make these family-friendly times, and welcome everyone to come enjoy a meal together and learn more about the church. It’s very low-key and informal.
Step Two: Essentials Course
Our quarterly Essentials Course is designed to serve as a next step in the membership process. During this course, we take an in-depth look at our three core values: Gospel, Community and Mission.
Step Three: Pastoral Meeting
It is important to our pastors that they know the members of the church. The pastoral meeting gives you an opportunity to articulate your faith story in a more conversational setting, one-on-one with one of the pastors of the church. It also gives you a chance to ask any additional questions you might have. Hopefully through this meeting you will learn places of need in our parish–opportunities for you to serve and give and grow. Hearing what God is doing in your life will be a great encouragement to our pastors!
Step Four: Baptism
The sacrament of baptism is a sign and seal of God’s covenant with his people, and signifies one’s initiation into the Christian community. For those who haven’t experienced Christian baptism, we offer this sacrament to believers and their children. Let us know if you would like to be baptized, and we will gladly walk you through the process. Christian baptism is required of all who choose to become members of our church, and of all who partake in Holy Communion.
Step Five: Membership Covenant
Baptized Christians who have completed the pastoral meeting are invited to sign the church membership covenant. Most people do so within their church small group, since it gives opportunity to share with one’s immediate community and ask for their prayer in keeping the covenant. For those who aren’t yet in a church small group, we encourage signing the covenant with other close friends from the church who agree to provide accountability and support through prayer.
What about Transferring Membership from Another Church?
If you were previously a member of another church, make sure to tell one of our pastors during your pastoral meeting. We always make an effort to follow up with your former church in order to provide continuity of pastoral care. Particularly if you come to our church from other orthodox churches in the area, we want to know why and have an opportunity to discuss this with you and with someone in leadership at your former church.