FAITH, FREEDOM, FELLOWSHIP
309 North Third Street, Bayport, MN 55003
We are a community of people who celebrate God's unconditional love through joyful worship and faithful service. Empowered by the spirit of the risen Christ, we are blessed to be a blessing.
At People’s Congregational Church we seek always to be a vibrant faith community that engages people in transforming acts of service in the world. Worship is at the core of our community of faith. We worship to give thanks and praise to God, to have the Word of God revealed to us, and to remember to Whom we belong. Our worship is inclusive, welcoming, and Christ-centered. Our blended worship services combine contemporary and traditional elements to equip and empower members of our community to live fully into Christian discipleship. We encourage newcomers by offering a hospitable space to experience God’s grace. When we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the second Sunday of the month, we offer the sacrament to anyone who wishes to participate.
Here at People’s Congregational Church, you will discover a wide variety of ways to become involved in a welcoming spiritual and social community which strives to faithfully follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
From worship services to a broad range of educational offerings for youth and adults, to Bible study and social activities, you will find abundant opportunities to become a cherished part of our church family.
Our calendar also lists music and lay ministry opportunities, committees, and volunteer activities for all interests and talents are among the ways in which you might serve God and find your special place at People’s Church.
Beyond worship, members of our congregation frequently get together often for study, fellowship, small group gatherings, Taize services, gardening, workshops and retreats. Some are short term and some gathering have continued for years. We strive to create a sense of a caring family that welcomes new people and new events every month. Please check our calendar for opportunities to find new friends and to express your faith.
Children and youth play an important role in our congregation as we help them to learn about and participate in the Christian faith, life and mission.
Our church school meets each week of the school year from 10:15-11:15. Children from preschool to sixth grade to learn about and interact with the stories of the Bible. We use music and art to enrich their learning, fun and participation. Special events and participation in worship are sprinkled in through the year.
Our youth meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 am weekly. Their class helps them to deepen their faith and their connections with one another and the wider church community. Overnights, retreats, mission trips and involvement in worship help deepen and broaden their commitment.
People’s Church is a community of faith that accepts and celebrates one another’s differences. It is our hope and prayer that you may sense the living and loving Spirit of Christ (and fun!) among us.
At People’s Church we have FAITH in a loving, life-giving God. Our foremost priority is to love God and one another. We believe that each individual’s relationship with God is unique, and that active attention to a personal faith journey helps one to understand the divine purpose for life. Our path toward God is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
At People’s Church we have the FREEDOM to find God in our own way. We encourage people to live authentically and be who God has called them to be. The Bible and its teachings are used to provide understanding of God and Jesus Christ as well as guide us in our daily living. We honor and encourage our differences, because we know that the Holy Spirit has blessed each one of us with a variety of gifts.
At People’s Church, FELLOWSHIP is the key component to creating a life well-lived. Through our prayer-filled love and support of each other, we have a lot of fun, we enjoy thought – provoking conversations, we generate exciting ideas, and we strive to follow the leading of the Spirit.
From our Pilgrim heritage to our involvement in contemporary issues, ours is a rich story which we look forward to sharing with you.
Letting Go and Finding Hope ... Our Lenten Journey Together
A friend of mine, who gave me permission to use this story, is a person who understands first-hand how resentment can seep in and start to poison our well-being. She has a young son who is often visited by a neighbor boy. The little boy who visits doesn't seem to be very clean, well fed, or well loved. Still, whe always has shown him kindness, even inviting him to lunch or dinner on occasion. Yet, over time, she eventually began to feel something else. Something disturbing. She began to feel resentment toward the mother who seemed to be taking advantage of her kindness.
It seemed the mother was sending the boy to her home more and more frequently ... and to add insult to injury, the mother never showed much appreciation for my friend's kindness. The situation bothered her to the point that she began to send the boy back home as many times as she would let him in.
One day, when he showed up and said his mother wouldn't be back for several hours, she tookhim along to buy shoes for her son. While at the store, and admittedly out of curiosity, she had the shoe sales person measure the little boy's foot. He measured size six, but the shoes he had on and had been wearing for as long as she could remembers were a size three.
It was in that moment my friend felt her resentment dissolve inside her. She realized that she had ben worrying more about the mother's lack of appreciation for her that she had been about this little boy. She not only bought him new shoes that day, she also made a life transforming decision. She would no longer live in resentment; she would simply open her door and her hear to help him.
Honoring God's Expansive Love and Grace for us all,
9:00am Adult Forum and Confirmation
10:15am: Worship and Sunday School
Professional Nursery Care Provided 10:00-11:30am
People's Congregational Church
309 North Third Street, Bayport, MN 55003