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.
"Season of Change" from Pastor Lanny
I certainly have a lot of unexpected items to be grateful for this Thanksgiving Season.
First of all I'm lucky to be alive. A routine medical appointment suddenly changed when a blood test revealed I had experienced a mild heart attack. I was whisked away to Regions Hospital to undergo quadruple bypass surgery on November 7th. I'm grateful for the quality of care I received before, during and after surgery.
I am also deeply grateful for all of you! I have been getting to know first-hand the love and support of so many people from People's Church. I have been really overwhelmed by all your cards, notes, meals and offers of support. I am expecially grateful for the love, prayers and support both Zoe and I experienced as I went through that delicate heart surgery.
And I am particularly grateful for the many ways our Leadership Team and many others have stepped up in my absence to keep the church and all its ministries running smoothly. What a remarkable crew of dedicated people you are, as you march together into this season of change!
This is indeed a 'Season of Change'! Certainly there is an excitement in the air as we anticipate the arrival of Pastor Linda Tossey, your new Senior Pastor. Already there is a flurry of activity as you get ready for her arrival and for her ministry. But even more than that, this is a season of preparing our hearts and homes for the arriveal of the Christ Child, the Babe of Bethlehem.
In a song called "Canticle of the Turning", we sing out this refrain:
"Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near
And the world is about to turn."
Do you see that the world must change, that your heart must be different to truly welcome that little child into your life? Do you see your own longing for him this season? Do you see the hope of genuine change He offers the world and each on of us this year?
I invite you to open your heart this Advent season and to be part of the company that welcomes the holy one, the child who comes to change all of life again this year! Our worship and Taize services are designed to help you find the life-giving change for your life, your heart and your community.
In deep gratitude,
- December 8th: Leadership Meeting at the church (6 pm)
- December 24th: Christmas Eve Worship Services (5 pm and 11 pm)
- December 25th: Christmas Day (Office Closed)
- Remember Bible Study is continuing every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8 pm
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