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The Village Church at Vinings welcomes you and your little ones! As a church, we work together to engage the hearts & minds of our children and nurture them in Christian discipleship.

On Sunday mornings when we gather for worship, children (K-4th grade) 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 them for Children’s Church.

Preschoolers are together in one class which meets for the full duration of the church service. If you would rather have your preschooler in the church service for prayer and praise at the beginning, you can walk your child to the preschool class when the older children are dismissed.

In each of these age-appropriate settings, the children 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. 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.

We also have nursery care for those younger than preschool. 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!

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.

Students in grades 5th-8th meet at 9:15am on Sunday mornings at North Atlanta High School, along with caring adult leaders, to share life together and grow in grace together.  High school students are welcome to serve in the children’s ministry during the Sunday school hour as a student-leader, or they can join one of our Sunday school classes open to all-ages.

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.

All classes for children begin at 9:15AM and all adult classes begin at 9:30AM each Sunday morning before our worship service for a time of encouraging and strengthening each other in the gospel.

Below is a list of what we have going on Sunday mornings:

Nursery (0-1yr)
Leaders: Caregivers & Volunteers
Location: Village Kids Drop-off Station

Toddlers (2-4yrs)
Leaders: Caregivers & Volunteers
Location: Village Kids Drop-off Station

Elementary (K-4thGrade)
Leaders: Judd Harper, Valerie Harper, Hannah Bush
Location: Village Kids Drop-off Station
Curriculum: David Cook’s Bible in Life: Anglican Edition (mid-elementary level)

Middle School (5th-8th Grade)
Leaders: Kelly Meador, Rich McCoy, Gloria Rodriguez
Location: Classroom adjacent to Worship Center
Curriculum: David Cook’s Bible in Life: Anglican Edition (middle school level)

Pastor’s Forum (All Ages)
Leader: Curt Benham
Location: Cafeteria (3rd floor)
Study: This is a discussion-based forum, led by Curt Benham, for us as a body of believers to talk about important theological and cultural issues in a not-too-structured, easily-accessible, judgment-free environment. This is NOT a class! This is a place to bring your ideas and questions about theology, the church, culture, and anything else you may want to discuss with fellow believers in Jesus.

Co-ed Class (All Ages)
Leaders: Jeff Jorgensen & Drew Archer
Location: Cafeteria (3rd floor)
Study: Gospel of John

Co-ed Adult Class (18 & Up)
Leader: Gorden Fleming
Location: Library (2nd floor)
Study: Galatians

“3G” Co-Ed Adult Class (18 & Up)
Leaders: Howie & Dina Espenshied
Location: Library (2nd floor)
Study: Scotty Smith’s Object of His Affection

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.

Women’s Morning Bible Study
Location: Valerie Harper’s home
When: Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am, begins Sept. 25th
Leader: Lorri Elliott
Study: 1, 2, 3 John

Men’s Morning Bible Study
Location: Riverwood 100 Building, Suite 400
When: Thursdays 6:30am, begins Sept. 4th
Leader: Mark Miller
Study: Nate Larkins’ Samson and the Pirate Monks

Men’s Evening Small Group
Location: Mark Elliott’s home
When: Mondays 7pm (dinner provided)
Leader: Mark Elliott
Study: Book of the Bible (TBD)
(Max number of 10)

Young Married Evening Small Group
Location: Stephen & Katie Kump’s home
When: Sunday evening
Leader: Stephen & Katie Kump
Study: Book of the Bible (TBD)

For info on how to join a group, email Carlyn Defnall ([email protected]). You may also call the church office at 770-933-2108.

Coffee with the Pastors

If you have questions about the Village Church at Vinings or would like to get a better understanding of who we are as a church, our pastors would love to sit down with you over a cup of coffee. To schedule a time to meet, contact [email protected].

Essentials Course

The Essentials Course is a series of classes for newcomers and inquirers. During this course, we consider and discuss our approach as a congregation on the beliefs and practices of Christianity as well as our Anglican identity. The course is primarily focused on our three core values: Gospel, Community and Mission.

This five week course is offered twice a year. 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: Coffee with the Pastors

Our membership process begins with an informal coffee meeting with the pastors. We welcome everyone to come and spend time with us and learn more about the church. It’s very low-key and informal.

Step Two: Essentials Course

Our biannual 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.

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