About two months ago we started attending a new Christian church in the town I grew up in.
We want to move back there in the next year or so (and hopefully have our dream farm) so we wanted to get established in a small church down there before we made the move.
We had tried several churches before we found Valley Christian Fellowship. We tried a few Catholic churches for my husband, but it didn’t feel right for either of us. Even though my husband grew up Catholic, he knew it wasn’t what was best for our family either.
We tried the church that my family took us to as kids, well… when we did go which was usually just on holidays. That church is great and it’s pretty much where the whole town goes. The pastor is down to Earth and funny, but again, it just didn’t feel right.
If you don’t feel close to God or feel the Holy Spirit around you when you’re worshiping, you probably aren’t at the right church. I had never been to a Catholic church before I tried going for my husband. I knew that once I started going over my grocery list in my head, it was time to change. I was also about eight months pregnant with Colston when we tried and all that up and down was not for me.
I needed to feel God’s presence. I mean, isn’t that the whole point?
We also wanted a smaller congregation that our sons could grow up in. We wanted a place that we could be active in, not lost among the crowd in. We just knew a smaller church was what our family needed.
A good friend of mine that started the bible study I’ve talked about in previous posts, told us about her church. Another friend of mine that was in our study tried it out after having gone to a Lutheran Church for a few years and fell in love. I knew it was our turn.
The moment we walked in the doors at Valley Christian Fellowship we were greeted with love.
They didn’t know us. They didn’t know that we had a son with a severe heart condition. They weren’t being nice to us just because they felt sorry for us and our circumstances and everything we’ve been through.
The Pastor was one of the first people that greeted us and welcomed us. They gave us a welcome gift for trying out their church and after the sermon, the Pastor found us and asked us what we thought.
We told him we’d be back and we have only missed one Sunday since. (Poor sick kiddos)
We have found ourselves actually being involved in the church functions. I joined the women’s bible study group and I volunteered for the Vacation Bible School this summer and Justin is going to be helping out with the new building renovations so the church can move into a bigger building.
They had a “Get To Know You Dinner” for members that have been coming to the church for less than a year so we could get to know the church staff and each other better. It was great. My in-laws watched the boys for us so it was almost like a date night too! 🙂
Just last night we went to their annual Awana Grand Prix, a pinewood box derby car race. Our kids obviously aren’t old enough to be in the youth ministry yet but at the Get To Know You dinner, they gave us a pine wood box to carve a car out of to enter the race in the adult division.
We carved a sweet roadster, and when I say we, I mean my husband, I just did the sweet racing stripes with my Cricut.
We took third place! (Don’t mind the horrible light in these photos. It was dark in there.)
It was a blast. They had hot dogs and popcorn to sell to raise money for their youth group and even had Miss Douglas County and Miss Teen Douglas County there to hand out the trophies and take pictures with.
Obviously Samuel was not amused.
It is such a refreshing and humbling feeling knowing you are right where you’re supposed to be. God led us to this church for a reason and I feel big things are going to come of it.