We are a community of believers who are stepping out in faith to join Jesus' mission with the rest of his church in Woodstock.
In the summer of 2015, five individuals moved to Woodstock because they believed God was sending them here as messengers of Jesus' good news: the good news of who he is and what he has done for those who don't deserve it. We believe that there are good, Bible-believing churches in Woodstock but not nearly enough to minister to all those living in Woodstock who don't yet know Jesus. Our desire is to join Jesus' church in bringing the good news to the people of Woodstock.
In February of 2017, we began Sunday worship gatherings in someone's home then in May moved to the Dorr Township building at 1039 Lake Ave where we currently still meet. In August, we moved our service time from 10am to 5pm on Sundays so that musicians from other churches could lead the singing portion of our worship gatherings.
In January of 2020, we made two big changes. First, we moved our worship gatherings to 10:15am on Sunday morning with our own musicians leading the singing. Second, we transitioned from an external oversight team to an internal leadership team.
When COVID-19 happened in March of 2020, we spent two and a half months using "worship at home guides" for our Sunday worship. From June to October, we met in pastor Mitch's backyard. In November we were back at the Dorr Township building. When cases increased, that building was no longer available so we met in a workout gym. In February we transitioned back to the Dorr Township building.
In August of 2022, we made our second hire as a church with a worship leader to lead music on Sundays and oversee our growing team of musicians. In November of 2022, we signed a lease for a space on Woodstock's historic square and had our first service on December 24, 2022. We feel blessed and privileged to be able to represent Jesus at the heart of our city.
Over these seven years, we've done baptisms and child dedications. We've volunteered and had a booth at our city's Summer in the Park festival. We've held Backyard Bible Clubs for kids. For two years, we did a Back to School Bash and Backpack Drive. We served at a local nursing home. We've had too many cookouts to count. Each year, we've done a church camping trip on Memorial Day weekend. We've trained people in how to show and tell the good news about Jesus to those in their lives. Through it all, our mission has been to surrender all of life to Jesus and invite others to do the same.