Remember, this is only for kids who want to get soaking wet, have a ton of fun with their UpStreet friends, and hang out with small group leaders for a couple of hours.
KidVenture will be held at Adventure Landing Waterpark on Beach Boulevard from 6:00-8:00pm. Cost is $5 per student. No transportation is provided. Registration forms are available on-site.
See you there!… Read the restPosted July 29, 2007
Just a quick reminder, area GroupLife Previews will be at 6:00pm this Sunday, July 29th.
Beaches – Brad & Joye Scott
SouthSide – Ben & Audrey Habeck
Singles – Kim Diamon
We will be watching and discussing part 2 of a 5 part series called “The Sinai Code”. If you weren’t able to make it to last week’s group, it’s not a problem… We’d love to have you this week. Keep in mind, there is no commitment! It’s just a preview of what small groups will be like for Access Church starting this fall. Then again, it’s not just a preview, it’s a great way to get to know some other people in your area of town. We had over 30 people meeting in Group Life Previews around town last week.
Don’t miss out, there’s only 3 Group Life Previews left – after this week!
* August 12 (The Sinai Code – Part 3)
* August 26 (The Sinai Code – Part 4)
* September 9 (The Sinai Code – Part 5)
We are frequently asked about the style of music played at Access Church. We love to address the question, because we put a lot of effort into excellence in music. We think the music we play in church ought to relate to the culture in which we live. But, music is a hard thing to talk about. Much better to actually listen and see what you think.
Listen to the samples, or even purchase the album! Better yet, visit Access Church to hear it live. See you August 5!… Read the restPosted July 25, 2007
A week ago I posted an announcement that Louie Giglio would be speaking at Access Church, and it got a lot of interest. Seems that my title was confusing to some. For that I heartily apologize, and I changed the title for that entry. Let me assure you that my intentions were honorable.
Perhaps video church has become so natural to me that I’ve lost perspective. You see, in my mind Louie Giglio really is speaking at Access Church in August, just like Andy Stanley has really been speaking at Access Church for the past five months. Honestly, I’d rather watch either one of these in a video environment than experience most any other speaker (including myself) live.
So, it’s gotten me thinking (and I need your help on this one)… What does it matter? Really, how would church be different for you or me if Louie Giglio or Andy Stanley spoke in person versus on video?
I want your comments on this one.… Read the restPosted July 23, 2007
We actually believe that Sunday services are just the first step to our ultimate goal—being part of a small group with other couples or singles.
Why are we so passionate about this? Well, to quote author & psychologist Larry Crabb, “Lasting life change is the result of truth applied in the context of relationship.” So, it’s one thing to sit in church and listen to a message that helps us better understand the Bible, but it’s a much bigger step to develop relationships with people who are challenging us to apply that message in our daily lives.
Access Church will launch a major campaign to involve everyone in the church in small groups this October. Many of us can’t wait! But some of us have never been in a small group, and it sounds a bit intimidating.
So, here’s a risk-free trial offer, good for a limited time!… Read the restPosted July 19, 2007
I believe there are many things that set Access Church apart from other organizations. For one, we’re more concerned with reaching people than keeping people. Other distinctions include our music (absolutely over the top Sunday night, guys!), our kids environments, and our killer staff (have you guys met Adam & Kristen Flynt, yet?).
But what really blows most people away are our volunteers. They rock! Super-sharp people from all walks of life and all ages who are totally committed to the mission of Access Church. In fact, one confided in me that he prefers the music at another church, but he serves at Access because he is committed to reaching people. That’s one cool cat.
And, in the past month, we’ve had 30 new people volunteer to lead people into growing relationships with Jesus Christ. Wow!
That’s just what we needed to be able to go to two services. And the timing is perfect. We’re filling up the auditorium at 6pm and expect a 40% jump in attendance when we go to Sunday mornings.… Read the restPosted July 18, 2007
We only have two more Sundays (August 5 & 19) of evening services before we shift to two morning services. And just in time! You guys are doing such a great job of inviting your friends that we need to add another service to create more room!
In August we’ll have a special treat: Louie Giglio delivering his stirring message, Indescribable. You won’t want to miss it!
Have you noticed? The heavens are telling the glory of God, and their expanse declares the work of His hands. Night after night they remind us of just how small we are, and how huge God is.
Looking out into the far reaches of the Universe, we find a seemingly infinite expanse of mystery and wonder, intricately fashioned by a God of unfathomable size and power. Just a glimpse of one of the billions of visible galaxies He has formed, resizes us, shrinking us, and the world we call home, to seeming insignificance in an instant.… Read the restPosted July 16, 2007
Some are intimidated by the idea. Maybe it’s the thought of being in front of a group of people dripping wet. Maybe it’s the public confession of faith. Some hesitate because they aren’t sure what they will say.
Objections aside, it’s a clear commandment from our Lord to be aligned with him in this way, and something we strongly urge you to consider as a part of Access Church.
Our first baptism service will be September 23 at Sawgrass Beach Club. It’s going to be a beautiful setting to invite family and friends to hear your story of God’s great love for you.
We’re asking each participant to allow us to film their story, and these stories will be shown during Sunday services following September 23.
Over the next couple of months, Access Church will be hosting Group Life Previews in select homes throughout the Jacksonville area. These previews will give you a taste of what community groups at Access are all about. It’s an opportunity to gather with 12-20 Access attenders from your part of town and discuss some great stuff about how God wants us to live.
There’s no long-term commitment. Each group will meet just five times. It’s a great way to check out the environment as you consider signing up for a long-term group in November.
And, here’s something really cool for parents to consider: In wrestling with the best way to foster community in our church, we really feel that groups work best meeting in homes. However, that provides a challenge for parents. What to do with the kids? We want you to feel comfortable leaving your children at home with someone you know and trust, so that you can relax and enjoy your time with your group.… Read the restPosted July 5, 2007
Our environment for elementary-aged kids is called UpStreet, and it provides a great opportunity for kids to sing fun and worshipful songs, develop a relationship with a small-group leader, and hear stories from the Bible each week.
For a lot of kids, UpStreet also raises some questions: Who was Jesus? Why did he have to die? Is heaven for real? How do I know that God loves me?
We really believe that our mission as a church is not just to answer those questions for kids, but to teach moms & dads how to answer those questions for their kids. One great way we do that is through a step we call Jump Start.
Our first Jump Start will be July 15. It’s an opportunity for parents to sit with their kids while we explain the answers to the most foundational questions a child might ask about God, Jesus, and the Bible. We’ll talk about why Jesus came to earth, why he died and rose again, and why we’re so excited about this truth!… Read the restPosted July 3, 2007