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.
August is upon us - our beautiful outdoor worship services have been a joy and offer a prime example of concentrating on the essential things in life first. For our August worship, services will focus on the "Season of Creation" by tuning into the natural world in which we live using music, stories and prayers to help us focus on the things that really matter in life.
You may ask, "What is the connection between the environment, spirituality and faith?" We are blessed with the treasure of the St. Croix River Valley, with its abundance of diverse wildlife, plants and flowing water. It is a joy to explore the connections betwen the earth, our bodies and our spiritual well-being.
The past month was a busy one in setting up and preparing our new community garden, "Peace Community Garden of Bayport". With significant in put from John Norheim, Ann DeLevergne, many church members and Madeline - a local Girl Scout, our progress continues. The wooden corner posts are set, and we've added eleven rods of mulch, manure and black dirt to enrich the soil. Much more to do - laying out plots and planting short-season vegetables for example. If you want to add to the garden this summer, please leave a message with the office and we'll get back to you.
Our Wednesday night Bible Study is continuing with Pastor Lisanne, focusing on the "Life in Christ". The study is designed to help you find more joy, meaning and power in your life through your connection with Jesus. And on Thursday mornings, our Garden Gathering continues to meet for fellowship, prayer and reflections.
We have begun planning our Fall Harvest Festival, and our next organizational meeting will be Sunday, August 10th following worship services. We look forward to sharing ideas - discussing dates, roles in the festival, and special activities to keep the festival fun, fresh and lively! We look forward to seeing you on the 10th to join in the fun!
May God's Blessings be with you in July!
THIS MONTH: August (8/18-22/14) brings Vacation Bible School at People's; 2nd Annual Music and Arts Bible School
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