Student Ministry Welcomes Sarah Graves

Sarah Graves and her husband, Lawton, have been an active part of Access Church since 2010. Since their move to Jacksonville, they have added three beautiful girls to their family. Sarah was the IMG_2548preschool director at a church in Tallahassee before moving to Jacksonville. She quickly jumped into Strategic Service at Access in Waumba Land and later joined the Access staff as Waumba Land Director. This was a perfect fit when their
family was small, but as time passed and their family grew, Sunday mornings became more complicated. With three little ones in Waumba Land competing for her attention, balancing the roles of mom and director caused her to seek out other possibilities for serving. “I was willing to fill any position just to be part of the Access team,” Sarah said.

When she was asked to move to Student Ministry, Sarah was nervous but excited. Her own journey with Christ started during her teenage years, so she knew this was a vital time spiritually in the lives of students.… Read the rest

Posted March 31, 2016

ICYMI: Inviting Pays Off

Last Sunday, Rich spoke about how powerful it can be to invite someone to join you at church. To conclude the message, we shared the stories of several families whose direction has been changed because someone invited them to Access Church. You can be part of someone’s story too. Invite them to spend #EasterWithUs!

Read the rest Posted March 24, 2016

Saying Yes to Love

Rebecca_photo“We love others because Christ loved us first.” These are the words we use to explain why we pursue God-sized dreams. In theory, many of the things we do throughout this life sound noble. But the reality is that lessons in faith, patience, and perseverance are attached to the journey. Three years ago, Chad and Rebecca Roerink said “YES” to God as they began the domestic adoption process with a home study and an expectant heart. As they waited for a placement, they did respite care for a three-year-old child. It was a good experience, and it opened their eyes to the broken and beautiful world of foster care.

Anyone who has been part of the adoption process knows that waiting is the most difficult part. It is easy to lose focus and wonder if it will ever actually happen. This was this heaviness that weighed on Rebecca’s heart on December 1, 2015. As she read through her Bible study online, her leader, Stephanie Barrett, asked a simple question of the group.… Read the rest

Posted March 15, 2016