Sunday, October 07, 2007

New Church

It is both with sadness and excitement that we want to tell our friends that we are going to be a part of a new church family. We are sad to be leaving Christ the King Presbyterian; we have enjoyed worshipping there so much since we have moved back to Houston. However, since we moved out to the suburbs, Charlton and I have been praying for a community of believers and a Reformed church in our area. CTK is a 25 minute drive for us on Sunday mornings—and while that is not unusual in Houston, it doesn't allow us to be involved with the church on the level that we would like, especially during the week.

A few months ago, Patrick (Charlton's brother) and Chad, a friend who is also a pastor, started talking to us about their desire for a Reformed church in our area. Patrick knew that we had been praying for the same thing but we felt very hesitant to commit. Being the loyal PCAers that we are =) we wanted to know all the details of the church first- which is kind of hard when the church hasn't even been started yet! Over the next few months, we kept talking (and praying) about it. We found out that there were many other families with the same desire and that our desire was going to become a reality. A core group of interested families started meeting in people’s homes mid September and have continued meeting every other Sunday night. September 30 was our first worship service together and we feel the time for us to commit to Christ Church has come.

We are excited and thankful at what God is already doing through this church and that it looks like God is even providing a location for us to meet at this early stage. Another church in Kingwood has graciously offered a small chapel free of charge that they have been using for youth starting next Sunday. Things have come together much more quickly than we anticipated and we feel that this is just another way that God is answering our prayer and assuring us that this is where we need to be.

As I have said, Christ Church has only just formed, but does have a website you can view here. It is, at this time, not affiliated with any denomination but is a Reformed, Confessional church. On the website there is a general statement of faith if you are interested in knowing more, and it is regularly updated as the church leaders continue to meet and pray over the formation of the church.

Christ Church will continue to meet on Sunday nights throughout the fall with the intention of starting Sunday morning worship services around Christmas. We will continue attending Christ the King Pres for morning service until that time. We covet your prayers as we begin on this unknown, but exciting journey with our new church family.

With Much Love...

6 comments:

Sarah Hazel said...

Sounds like a smart move for your family.

Jimmy and Sarah Kim said...

When we first moved to the area, we spent many Sundays looking for a church community we felt comfortable in. We were meeting many wonderful people, but didn't really feel called to a church right away. One night I was reading at Starbucks (while Jimmy was traveling for work) and there were a group of people doing a Bible study. They study was very conversational and I had not read any of my book because I was listening to them! After the study, they were talking about their church and I found the courage to ask them about it. Turns out it is was a church plant that was only a month old! It is fantastic being part of a new church. It feels like we are really doing God's work by building a Christly community. It's so exciting to meet new members. Jimmy and I are on the music ministry team and this year I'm doing the first children's Christmas pageant! I'm so excited for you guys as you establish a new family. We will pray for your new church community!

Sara Carolina said...

I am so sad that we won't be seeing you regularly at CTK. However, it seems like a very wise decision and I am glad that your prayers have been answered.

Patti said...

What an exciting thing to find like-minded community in YOUR community. It's always seemed not quite right to me to drive by church after church on the way to church. I'm sure it's going to be so rich and stretching to be in at the very inception.

hilary said...

although i'm sure a hard decision, i think it's a very wise decision. we missed you before this announcement! take care!

Missy said...

Ok, so when are you guys planting a church in Spring??