Ronda McPherson – A Jump into Serving

For Ronda McPherson, the path to her volunteer role as a children’s small-group leader is a humorous one. It began with a Strategic Service sign-up card and an assumption that proved to be slightly off.

10390906_655444157863319_4507633666910434913_nRonda enjoys a fulfilling career in a successful company, but after attending Access for several months, she longed for a way to plug into serving at Access. Ronda got her chance during a sign-up event for Strategic Service opportunities. As she perused the options, one entitled “Leadership Room” stood out to her. Ronda was confident in her management skills and felt that something with “leadership” in the title would probably be a good fit. However, Ronda was unaware that this area of service pertained to children’s ministry. Ronda’s role would be to set up the Leadership Room before Waumba Land and check in children as they arrived.

Imagine Ronda’s surprise when she showed up for her first weekend and found out she had signed up for something she did not feel equipped to do.… Read the rest

Posted January 6, 2016

Mike & Fern Aspen – A Christmas Challenge

Culture seems to keep our hearts busy with things that lack eternal focus, even during the holidays. If we don’t pay attention, we’ll miss opportunities to share the incredible and life-changing gift of a relationship with Jesus.

AspensMike and Fern Aspen have been part of Access Church since moving to Florida from Minnesota in the fall of 2014. Their marriage of 39 years is full of excitement and adventure. Fern is a professor of nursing, but previously worked for many years as a Certified Nurse Midwife and has about 1,000 births under her belt. Mike is a retired U.S. Army helicopter pilot and worked for Canadian Pacific Railway. Mike and Fern have a son and three granddaughters, and they are currently sponsoring 11—yes, that’s right, 11 international children through Compassion International and World Vision.

When Mike and Fern arrived in Florida, they looked for a church with the same vision and passion as their previous church. They wanted a fun environment with great worship for kids and adults.… Read the rest

Posted December 15, 2015

End-of-Year Giving

Access Church is 100% locally-funded, and we are so grateful for your generosity! Many of you have told us in the past few weeks that you have felt compelled to develop a plan for supporting the church you love. Thank you!

As we approach the end of the year, please note that checks must be dated and postmarked on or before Thursday, December 31, 2015, for them to apply to 2015 tax returns. If you wish to hand deliver your gift, it must be received in our offices no later than Thursday, December 31.

Please note: Church services will not be held Sunday, December 27, so the last opportunity to give in person for the year will be Sunday, December 20. All contributions received on Sunday, January 3, 2016, even if dated 2015, will apply to 2016 tax returns.

There are lots of ways to give to Access Church. As a family, develop a plan to give first, save second, and live on the rest.… Read the rest

Posted December 10, 2015

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:

2. – 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… 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
  • 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 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


Sunday, September 13, at 4:30pm

Are you part of a Community Group?


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


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
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