New Series: “The Shocking Statements of Jesus”

Logo_standard_4x3Do the words of Jesus ever shock you? A lot of the things Jesus said seem extreme. Things like, “Love your enemies,” “Pay your taxes,” and “Eat my body.”

Some of the shocking statements of Jesus made being his follower challenging. Did he really mean to say them?

In this five-part series, we’ll see that the shocking statements Jesus made were nuggets of truth to help us see the world around us clearer.

Join us at Access Church Sunday, May 26, for the kick off of this series. We’ll see you there!… Read the rest

Posted May 24, 2013

New GroupLife Director

DSC_0061We’re excited to announce that Doug Hurley is our new GroupLife Director at Access Church! Doug has been on staff at Access since October 2010 as our Waumba Land Director, and now he’s transitioning to oversee our Community Groups.

As GroupLife Director, Doug will recruit, develop, and equip Community Group leaders. He’ll make sure the right people are placed in the right leadership roles, and he’ll ensure that leaders are equipped to manage their groups. Doug will also be the point person for our Starting Point groups and GroupLink events.

Doug and his wife, Janie, love Jesus and are eager to lead in this area of our church. “I have always had a passion for helping, encouraging, and developing leaders,” Doug said. “I was able to develop and encourage the leaders of the small groups in Waumba Land, and taking that to the adult level is really exciting to me.”

At Access we believe that the best way to fulfill our mission of leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ is to help people connect in small groups.… Read the rest

Posted May 21, 2013

Welcome, Sarah Graves!

waterfallWe’re excited to announce that Sarah Graves has joined our Access team as our Waumba Land Director. Sarah is replacing Doug Hurley, who will take on the new title of GroupLife Director.

In 2009 Sarah and her husband, Lawton, were a year away from finishing school in Tallahassee. They knew they wanted to eventually settle in Jacksonville, so they took summer internships there. They attended Access Church that summer, then returned to Tallahassee in the fall.

The following summer, when Lawton completed law school and Sarah completed her master’s degree in social work, they made a permanent move to Jacksonville and started looking for a church. They liked Access, but they wanted to find a church closer to home. “We started looking, hoping to find a church near us that was friendly to unchurched people,” Sarah said. “My sister was not a Christian at the time, and we wanted to invite her to church.”

After trying seven churches in their area, Sarah and Lawton decided to make the drive and call Access their church home.… Read the rest

Posted May 7, 2013

This Sunday: “Uncommon Denominator”

UncommonDenominator(Example)We’ve all faced challenges in life that led us to the place where we realized, “I can’t fix this. I can’t beat this. I can’t figure this out or find the way out.”

Some of these trials are very common while others seem quite uncommon, causing us to feel like we’re fighting alone. However, all of them share at least one thing in common. And that one thing, might just be the uncommon denominator to finding the way out.

Join us this Sunday, May 12, at Access Church for this message with Joel Thomas. We’ll see you there!… Read the rest

Posted May 6, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Volunteer Celebration

cincoJoin us this Sunday, May 5, at 9:30 or 11:00am for a fun Cinco de Mayo celebration of our incredible volunteers! God has done some amazing things through this group of people, and we’re going to celebrate them with a fun twist.

Rich Barrett will speak, sharing our vision for where Access Church is going and why you might want to be a part of it.

Bring your maracas, and wear your sombreros!… Read the rest

Posted May 2, 2013