The new year often brings new people to the church. Whether it is the pull of something heard at a Christmas service or the decision to change one’s life around in the new year, many churches see an uptick in the number of fresh faces. We have already seen this to be the case here at Mercy Hill.
If you’re new to Mercy Hill (and, honestly, even if you’re well acquainted with us), our Weekender event is the most important thing you can do in learning more about us and taking steps to switch your mindset from Mercy Hill being “a church” to it being “my church.” Friday will host talks from our pastors over dinner about what Mercy Hill believes, teaches, and lives. On Saturday, you will learn about all the ways that you can become a meaningfully involved member. On Sunday, you’ll have the opportunity to shadow one of our Serve teams, to see what serving during a service is all about.
It is common thinking in our culture to hold all organizations at arm’s length in order not to be hurt and taken advantage of. Many Christians have recently been saying that they don’t need to attend church in order to be a Christian. One of the examples you’ll hear during the Weekender is that this a lot like saying, “I’m a baseball player, but I don’t need to be on a team.” Just like being a baseball player implies being on a team because baseball is a team sport, so too the church is the assembled family of God. God has made every believer incomplete so that a Christian truly needs the church and all the Spiritual gifts that God has blessed it with—like the title of a Tim Lane book points out: relationships are a mess worth making. To be a Christian is to be a part of the church. Yes, we may make ourselves vulnerable by getting close to others in the church, but God has made it part of what it means to be a Christian.
The Weekender is the place where we as Mercy Hill put ourselves out there so that you can know who we are and what we are about. You’ll have the opportunity to see whether this is a community of people that you want to grow in relationship with. The January Weekender is a perfect opportunity to make that first step in getting involved with Mercy Hill.
The January Weekender is next weekend, January 18-20.
Click here for more information and to sign up!
-Alex Nolette (Equip Coordinator/Community Groups)