Introducing the Access Church App

We’re excited to announce that our new app is ready to make your church life more convenient! Inside the Access Church app, you can:

  • Screenshot 2015-09-09 09.48.49Stay up to date on the Access Church calendar and even register for events.
  • Watch and/or listen to messages you missed. Or listen again to messages you love!
  • Grab discussion questions for your Community Group gathering.
  • Follow along with the Bible verses we teach and the songs we sing.
  • Stay connected to us throughout the week.
  • Give to support Access Church.
  • Find your next step at Access Church.
  • Easily subscribe to our podcast.

And that’s not all! We’ll introduce even more features as we go.

Ready to get the app? There are two simple places you can find it:

1. AccessChurch.com/app
2. http://airmo.co/access – This site will give you the correct link based on the device you’re using. (Or if you’re on a desktop, you can select the version you need.)

If you have any issues with the app, please send suggestions and/or report bugs to app@AccessChurch.com.… Read the rest

Posted December 2, 2015

IF:Equip Advent Study for Women

advent4aAccess women, we’re are approaching Advent! For centuries, Christians have taken this season to focus on the powerful and beautiful reality that Christ came to dwell among his people. Advent not only focuses on Christ’s birth, His first coming but also on Christ’s second coming, which will take place in the future.

At Access, we’re joining in an IF:Equip study of Advent. We invite you to join us as we read classical prayers, hymns, and passages from the whole breadth of Scripture for this four-week study. Each week will highlight a theme related to Christ’s coming:

  • HOPE
  • PEACE & PREPARATION
  • JOY
  • LOVE

It is our prayer that this study will bring us all into the presence of our Savior and that together we will rejoice over his birth and long for His coming. We’ll begin this study Monday, November 30. Head over to our IF:Jacksonville page to learn

  1. how to access the study and
  2. how to join our IF:Jacksonville Facebook group so you can join other Access women in conversation about the study.
Read the rest Posted November 25, 2015

The Value of Groups – Ginny Achilles

We all know the value of meaningful relationships, but good things don’t always come easily. Ginny Achilles can attest to this. Mother to 10, she has homeschooled, gone through a divorce, built her own house, run a business, and dealt with the loss of a husband. Twice. With her faith firmly intact and her spirit upbeat, she’s not one to shy away from hard things. And yet she’ll be the first to tell the truth about the tension around pursuing community: “It is very hard.”

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After the loss of each of their spouses, Ginny and Wayne met, married, and moved to southern Georgia. There they began the challenging process of not only blending their families, but helping each of their children grieve the loss of a parent. Ginny had been collecting Andy Stanley’s message DVDs, and watching them as a family helped them heal.

When they learned that Access Church, the closest North Point partnership, was an hour and a half away, Ginny was excited and undaunted by the distance.… Read the rest

Posted November 18, 2015

Right in the Eye

In 2013 Miley Cyrus introduced pop-culture to its newest anthem. “We Can’t Stop” became a resounding proclamation for a culture dedicated to chasing after whatever feels good in the moment. Lyrics such as, “This is our house, this is our rules” expressed the philosophy that we make our own decisions, and we answer to no one.

If we’re all honest, we have to admit that there’s a place inside all of us that fights for control. We want what we want in all areas of life such as food, pleasure, money, people, and how we spend our time. Many of us assume that if our choices don’t directly affect another person, we aren’t hurting anyone with this way of life.

God addresses this internal struggle throughout the Bible, and he has some pretty powerful things to say about the true impact we have on others and ourselves when we adopt this attitude.

At Access Church, we’re kicking off a six-part series with Andy Stanley titled “Right in the Eye” November 15.… Read the rest

Posted November 10, 2015

Evan Wright, UpStreet Production

EvanTheGreeterAt Access one of our top priorities is our children’s environments. We believe safety, caring leaders, biblical truth, and FUN are key elements in helping children develop a growing relationship with God. The individuals we place at the helm of Waumba Land and UpStreet believe this, too. We’re excited to formally introduce you to Evan Wright, our director of UpStreet Production.

UpStreet Production includes managing on-stage talent, lights, and sound during the large-group part of the environment. This includes working with and training our middle- and high-school Student Impact students in all areas of production. Evan believes in “pouring out your thimble.” He says, “I may not be able to teach you everything, but I’ll teach you everything I know.” According to him, this work at Access is the most amazing work he’s ever been part of.

Evan is passionate about ministry and mentoring, but he knows how to have fun, too. His first task at Access was wearing a turkey suit while singing the hit, “Call Me Maybe.” He refers to his position in UpStreet as “ringmaster of the best circus ever,” and he spends most of his weekend preparing and executing the “show.” But during the rest of his free time, Evan is an artist with experience in professional songwriting and management.… Read the rest

Posted October 29, 2015

I Heart _____!

When we see a 2000px-Heart_corazón.svgsign, it is usually attached to something spectacular. We often use it to express our love for a person, place, or thing. While we tend to throw it around loosely on things like coffee, chocolate, puppies, or people, God intended it to mean something more.

In this series, we’ll take a closer look at the heart. We’ll address the heart as it is referred to in the Bible. It’s the piece of us that motivates us to action. It’s what drives our passions and pursuits. It’s often what guides our steps.

If your heart has ever been caught up in bliss, or broken, this series will apply to you. You’ll hear from various speakers on subjects related to the heart. Please join us beginning this Sunday, October 18, at 9:00 or 10:30am, for this three-part series. We’ll see you at church!… Read the rest

Posted October 13, 2015

Married Life is October 17!

There is a scene in a current movie where a married couple is getting ready to go to sleep. The wife looks over at the husband and remarks, “Some of our time together really should be spent while we are awake.”

ML-Couch-300x187In a fast-paced world, it’s difficult to find time to invest in the marriage relationship. Unfortunately, we have examples all over pop culture and even down the street regarding the outcome of an untended marriage. It may not sound romantic, but scheduling time on the calendar to build your marriage is even more important than scheduling that important meeting at work.

We’re excited to offer our Married Life event, an opportunity for couples to join us for desserts and music while picking up practical marriage tools. In this session, we’ll explore the secret to making mutual submission actually work. If you’ve ever heard references from the Bible regarding submission to God and each other, you might have wondered if that was truly possible.… Read the rest

Posted October 5, 2015

Kidstuf

KidStuf Orange Letters White BackgroundParents, are you looking for an opportunity to connect with your children while learning about God’s “big ideas”? We would love to invite you to attend our next Kidstuf event on October 9. We’ll learn what God has to say about self-control through a 45-minute, fun, digital, multimedia, and interactive experience. Self-control is something we all struggle with at some point in our lives. God’s word has so much to say about keeping that monster at bay. Join us as we tackle it together and have a little fun while we’re at it.

Invite your friends, and sign up here!

Or click here to learn more about KidStuf and how it connects to UpStreet.

  “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self control.” Proverbs 25:28Read the rest

Posted September 21, 2015

Night of Worship September 16

A note from Kevin Bunnell, service programming director:

I’ve had the privilege of spending a lot of my time this past week on preparations for our Night of Worship on September 16. Several times a year, we gather as a church family to celebrate who God is and what He’s doing in our lives as well as in this local church that we call home. We’re gonna do that September 16 at 7:00pm.

I am pretty excited when Nights of Worship are on the horizon. The chance to sing a few extra songs, hear the vision of Access cast by Rich, and pause in the midst of our busy lives to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice through communion is easily excitable to me, but as this fall approached, it seemed different.

NOW-Sept16 For the last eight years, I’ve heard stories of how God is changing the hearts of those in Jacksonville who are coming to understand a relationship with Jesus for the first time, or coming back to church to rediscover what the relationship really looks like.… Read the rest

Posted September 8, 2015

GroupLink

Sunday, September 13, at 4:30pm

Are you part of a Community Group?

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Community Groups are where people meet weekly to study the Bible and discuss issues relevant to their specific stage of life. This is the place where we can stop answering, “I’m fine,” to the obligatory, “How are you?” Instead, we can be honest and transparent in a confidential, relaxed, and fun atmosphere.

When you think about joining a Community Group, though, do you break out in a cold sweat? Most individuals experience anxiety when it comes to trying new things. Even extroverts get nervous about making friends and finding people to share life with. We understand that! In order to make it a more enjoyable and successful venture, we are excited to offer GroupLink.

When you arrive at our GroupLink event, a facilitator will help you find people who share your stage of life or geographical location. Dessert and coffee will be served while you have the opportunity to meet new friends.… Read the rest

Posted September 2, 2015

Fall Kickoff and Promotion Sunday

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This Sunday, August 23

Summer vacations are in the books, and autumn is just a breath away. Children are entering fresh classrooms, and the promise of less humidity is on the horizon. We have hit the sweet spot, otherwise known as Promotion Sunday! Access kiddos will be promoted to their new groups on August 23, and Rich will speak live as we begin a new message series entitled “Starting Point.”

We’ll also host a fall kickoff cookout after the second service. Food and drinks will be provided, as well as bounce houses for the kids. This is a fantastic time to bring friends, coworkers, and neighbors along with you to see all that Access has to offer this fall. We can’t wait to see you Sunday!… Read the rest

Posted August 20, 2015

Meet Maggie Goodhart, Waumba Land Director

Maggie Goodhart could teach us all a few things about being new in town. She moved to Jacksonville two years ago from Atlanta and started building relationships like it was her job! She knew that to get connected, she would need to make the first move and choose a church to attend. While researching partnership churches of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, she came across Access Church. On her first Sunday in town, Maggie walked through the doors and into the hearts of the church that she now calls “family.” That very same day, she signed up for a Community Group comprised of other young single women. In serendipitous fashion, the group was planning to have lunch together that day and invited Maggie to join them.11216715_10203811021651485_3211975182338204106_n

Maggie was eager to get involved in service at Access, so as she shared lunch with her small group, she asked one of the women where she could get plugged in. One of the women talked with her about Waumba Land (for children ages birth-five).… Read the rest

Posted August 11, 2015

Meet Troy Youse, Facilities Director

First impressions are important. When you walk through the doors of Access Church, you’ll be greeted with a clean and comfortable facility. Every detail has been discussed and addressed to make sure nothing distracts from the actual reason for attending. Let’s be honest, it is often no small feat to get out the door, fight traffic, and enter the building with a smile. Chaos reins in everyday life. We make sure you’re not greeted with chaos here at Access. This doesn’t happen automatically, though. There are individuals who commit time to making sure every detail is cared for. We are honored to introduce you to the newest team member in this area of ministry, our facilities director, Troy Youse.

IMG_2495Troy and his wife, Stacey, started attending Access several years ago after the birth of their first child. They were immediately drawn to the children’s environment and programming. They felt it would be a great place for their family to grow and learn more about God.… Read the rest

Posted July 22, 2015

Finding Balance in Church

Balance: We all strive to find a healthy equilibrium between work and play. But the search for balance can encompass other areas of our lives too. Church is one area where we yearn for balance. We want a place that will be comfortable and relevant to the culture we reside in. kyle_kristinBut we also want biblical truth and accountability. If that search resonates with you, check out what Kyle and Kristin have to say about their experience at Access Church.

“Rich and the staff at Access do a wonderful job of making church inviting,” Kyle said. “There is the right balance of informality and yet seriousness about growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ that has kept us coming back.

For Kristin, the care of their children is a priority. In order to relax and enjoy the message, she needs to know her children are safe and happy. “There has always been someone ready to receive our children with warmth and enthusiasm,” she said.… Read the rest

Posted July 8, 2015

Five Faith Catalysts

Did you know we believe there are five primary catalysts God uses to grow our faith? It’s our responsibility as a church to create environments where God can grow our faith in these five ways.

  • Pivotal Circumstances—Unexpected events that come our way that may be divine opportunities
  • Personal Ministry—The relationship between our faith and our service of others
  • Practical Teaching—Learning biblical principles and applying them in our lives
  • Providential Relationships—People who play significant roles along the way in our faith story
  • Private Disciplines—God uses systematic prayer, Bible study, and generosity to grow our confidence in Him.
Read the rest Posted July 7, 2015
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