Fill up your tank at Fuel!

Regardless of the weather, the morning commute to work is compromised when the vehicle is out of fuel. The plans for the day could be ordinary or extraordinary, but they will never be realized if the catalyst for movement is empty.

fuel-webThis is a simple concept, but we rarely apply it to our spiritual endeavors. At Access Church, we understand that in order to be truly available for God to do great things in us, we have to be refueled.

Fuel ’16 is the perfect opportunity for individuals on Strategic Service teams, as well as those interested in joining a team, to rest and reignite the passion for service. The afternoon will include worship with our band, communion, a closer look at the vision behind our environments, and an opportunity to meet with your team for dinner, conversation, and bonding.

As summer winds to a close, this is a vital time to re-energize before the new school year kicks off. Make plans to join us Sunday, July 31, 4:00 – 6:30pm.… Read the rest

Posted July 20, 2016

Location Change for Access Church – a note from Rich Barrett


What’s Happening?

About a year and a half ago, the elders and I gathered a group of real-estate professionals and began a conversation about purchasing this building. However, we encountered two obstacles: First, we couldn’t afford what the sellers wanted for the building. We were about one million dollars apart. Second, at the time, about 70% of our attenders were coming from St. Johns, and it was clear that St. Johns was about to once again experience explosive growth.

So that team, which by the way, was made up entirely of Duval residents, decided to pursue the possibility of a new location for Access Church in St. Johns. It just seemed like the best way for us to connect the most people to Jesus.

The trick is finding something that is more convenient for our St. Johns attenders without discouraging our Duval attenders to also invite their neighbors. And, of course, there is also the cost factor.

I’m happy to report that we have at least one good option that has come to our attention, and we’re actively taking the next steps.… Read the rest

Posted July 19, 2016

“This is CHURCH!?” – Geoff & Kelly Marton

“Are they always this happy and welcoming, or was there a memo that new people were going to be here today?” That was Kelly and Geoff Marton’s first question about Access Church before they even got to the auditorium for their first service. Once the music started, their second question became, “This is CHURCH!?”

20160717_130312_1468775060746Although she grew up attending church, Kelly didn’t consider herself a “church person” anymore. But the Martons knew they wanted “something spiritual” for themselves and for Declan, their 2-year-old son. “I wanted God and community, not fire and brimstone,” Kelly said. On the advice of a friend and after a little online research, Kelly and Geoff decided to give Access a try. From pulling into the parking lot and interacting with the Guest Services volunteer (a fellow Steelers fan who commented on their Steelers-decorated Jeep), to the 80s rock music played by the fantastic band (Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer), they felt like they had found a good fit right away.… Read the rest

Posted July 18, 2016