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.
Message from Pastor Linda
Dear Community of People's,
It is an honor to have begun serving as your Senior Pastor. The first couple of week have been packed with your welcoming kindness, your willing participation in efforts we are already launching, and it seems new enthusiams is spreading through our community. I'm grateful to be a part of it all.
AS was heard in our service on Sunday, January 25th, it's time for all of us to plunge in and rise up and with new enthusasm to claim our identity as a community of faith. As Jesus rose up out of the waters of baptism and belonging and then lived out his identity in the world, we, too, rise up to do the same. We, too, belong to God and to one another.
All that we do in being part of the community is part of that belonging; whether we're supplying refreshments for fellowhisp time, singing in the choir, beign part of Valley Outreach Food Shelf, ushering, taking a pot of soup to someone, sending a card, volunteering for one of our outreach efforts, teaching Sunday School, or making a special effort to attend worship. It all matters to our vibrancy as a community of faith.
I'm excited about what we have planned in the coming months and invite all of you to participate in whatever way feeds your soul and reflects our new commitment to our community of faith. Some of the ways you can be part of our living out our identity are listed in detail in our February Newsletter (check our calendar page of the website). They include:
1. Adopt a Room!
2. Bible Study resumes on Wednesday Evenings
3. Adult Education Forum resumes on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 9 am
4. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18th
Our life together is a Divine calling. We, as Christ was, are to be "God bearers". We, as Christ did, are to help on another embody and live God's love, grace, acceptance, inclusion, and forgiveness in the world.
We can all be part of the greater story, the bigger sotry of God. We can all be part o fmaking a differnece, especially right here in our own little corner of the world. May we move forward together, belonings to God and to one another. May God empower us to be people of love and to be people of the Way of Christ.
The earliest Christians were know as "People of the Way". As People's Congregational Church, may we all punge in and claim that as our identity too. I am honored to walk with you.
With gratitude and honed to be your companion on the journey,
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