The apostle Paul said that Jesus’ followers should function like a body. Just as an eye cannot function by itself, without being connected to the physical body, so individual believers cannot function by themselves, without being connected to the church body.
But it’s possible to go to church Sunday mornings without really getting connected and becoming part of the church community.
So we want to encourage you to do all you can to get connected with the Mercy Hill community. Here’s some suggestions:
Pastor Steve and his wife regularly have people over to their home to enjoy dessert, get to know each other, and ask questions about Mercy Hill Church. If you’d like to attend, you can email us at mercy.hill.church at sbcglobal dot net, and we’ll let you know about the next Welcome Dessert.
There’s almost always a bunch of people who go out to lunch right after the service – either at Una Mas (Mexican), Armadillo Willy’s (barbecue), In ‘n Out (burgers), or Johnny Rockets (burgers). All these restaurants are right across the street from Allen school. This is a great way to meet new friends and enjoy some good food. We’d love to have you join us. If you’re interested, email us at mercy.hill.church at sbcglobal dot net.
On the third Saturday of the month the men get together at one of their homes for breakfast and Bible study and prayer. It’s casual, there’s always new men, and you’ll get some good eats. It runs from 8 AM until 9:30 or so. We'd love to have you join us.
On most second Saturdays of the month the women meet at one of their homes to strengthen their connections with Jesus and each other. There’s always new women, and you’ll leave strengthened and encouraged. It runs from 9:45 to 11:15 AM.
Quarterly Sunday Potluck Lunches
Once a quarter we have a potluck lunch right after our morning church service. Everyone brings a main dish and a salad or dessert. The church provides drinks and paper goods. Hot main dishes can be brought in crock pots and plugged in during the service; cold dishes can be kept in coolers if necessary. This is a great time to experience community together.
Can’t say enough about home groups! This is where you will most deeply experience church life as Jesus intended it to be. A home group is a group of people who seek to become a Christ-centered community which pursues Jesus’ mission. They meet weekly, at different times and places. You can visit any group with no obligation. Our goal is that everyone in Mercy Hill Church would get the benefits of being part of a home group. Here's a list of our current home groups.
There’s something about digging and pulling weeds and sweating together that builds community! We do these at Allen school, and sometimes at homes in the neighborhoods. We’ll let you know when the next service project is coming in the Sunday bulletin.
Growing in Faith
We have developed a discipleship curriculum to strengthen Christians new and old, acquaint people with the passions of Mercy Hill Church, and help us experience Christ-centered community. We do this in two’s or three’s, with each group led by someone who has already gone through the material. We meet once a week for eight weeks, and each weekly meeting usually lasts for about 90 minutes.
Another way to experience community is by serving in a specific area with a group of people – like in the Children’s Ministry, with the Sound Crew, the Set-Up Team, the Video Media Team, or whatever. You experience community – and the church is helped! What’s not to like?
If none of the above options grabs you, email us at mercy.hill.church at sbcglobal dot net and let us know what would work for you. Seriously; if you want to make connections, we’ll find a way.