If Access Church is a body with arms outstretched toward those disconnected from God, the volunteers are the heart that keeps the body moving. Every week individuals with jobs and families show up to serve and love without expecting anything in return. There are several obvious benefits to serving; Friendships are born and nurtured, there is an opportunity to see growth in others, and it feels great to be part of something bigger than oneself. But often volunteering requires real sacrifice. The leaders of Access decided to spend an evening recognizing these sacrifices and thanking the volunteers for giving their time and hearts to the people who attend Access. This was the impetus for the first-ever Volunteer Appreciation Event on February 20, 2016.
The event was held at the Jacksonville Craig Airport inside a hanger decked out for fun and relaxation. Krystal Martz was the point person organizing the night. With a background in non-profits and event planning, Krystal helped design a night to honor volunteers with a lovely dinner, band, photographer, and program.… Read the restPosted April 15, 2016
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.”
In 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 restPosted October 5, 2015
Parents, 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.
“Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self control.” Proverbs 25:28… Read the restPosted September 21, 2015
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.
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 restPosted September 8, 2015