Archive for the Travel Category

“Interactive Eucharist” at Common Ground

Posted in Church Planting, Church Visits, Travel, Worship on August 16, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Tim Cole, Director of Church Planting

I recently got to visit Common Ground Christian Church, one of our church plants in Fredericksburg, VA led by Gregg Jennings. CGCC made a big move a couple of months ago from the High School in the suburbs where they’ve been meeting for the past couple of years to the auditorium of the historic First Christian Church near downtown. First Christian was founded before the Civil War!


This move will allow them to be much closer to the action for all the community related service they do and to more aggressively reach out to the students at Mary Washington University right across the street. Common Ground’s worship and atmosphere has always been appealing to college students, now they’ll be able to actually walk to church!
Because of the traditional worship service of the host church in the morning, CGCC’s worship service is now at 4pm every Sunday afternoon, followed by “First Supper”, a fellowship meal in the basement each week. Their practice picks up on a recent trend in some circles toward reclaiming the Eucharist as an actual meal to be shared by the Body of Christ, not just the simple elements of communion. I think it’s a great idea. We all know that anytime you can combine worship with homemade noodle salad that has to be a good thing!


We enjoyed the modern worship, the no-nonsense teaching from the Book of 1st Peter, the fellowship meal, but most of all the huge proportion of young children that spilled out of their classrooms to join us as we ate together as a “family.”

Check out www.commongroundva.com for more info.

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Commonality and Uniqueness

Posted in Church Visits, Travel on February 2, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Dave Hileman

I have been to worship at four very distinct venues this January. A traditional but casual service, a contemporary service, a dynamic live service with video preaching and, on the snowed in last Sunday of January, a live web cast service. Each one a significant blessing and each a unique locale, from a worship building to a YMCA to a theatre to my living room and each one a different feel. But in common, the Word was preached, communion served (DIY at Hileman’s), music sung and prayers shared. It is amazing how the central tenents of our faith endure regardless of the setting. Make sure you find your way to gather in worship this Sunday and rejoice in our commonality and our uniqueness.

From the Exponential Conference

Posted in Church Planting, Travel on April 22, 2009 by djhva

This year three of the main speakers have captured my attention. Tim Keller, who spoke live last year, presented very brief thoughts over video that were all thought-provoking. Marc Choi, lead pastor for in2 Church in NYC was inspirational especially when speaking about the devotion of the Christians in Seoul, Korea where they gather by the thousands for prayer every day of the week starting at 5 AM. Craig Groeschel, who alluded to a redefining experience with God about three years ago, presented a challenge to everyone there to become “third-step” Christians. Not those who believe for the personal benefits (step one) or those who give marginally of themselves in service (step two) but those who are simply¬†sacrificially¬†living each day in obedience to Jesus (step three believers).

Let’s talk

Posted in Church Visits, Prayer Request, Travel on March 18, 2009 by hrgill

I had a fine fusion meeting in Grundy yesterday with guys that love Jesus. Some of the interesting topics I am finding people want to talk about is: “How can we get the Church started again.” We seem to be in a mind set that is keeping our churches on square one. Not true for all of our churches but certainly some have not tried to reach out to the community around them in some time. Now I believe that all of our church leaders want the church to grow, but seem unable to make that happen. One exciting way that is taking place is for leaders around the state to get together and talk about what is next. Ain’t that a great idea!!! Maybe you have been thinking about it and would like to do that. Email me…….

VEF meeting

Posted in Travel, Waypoint Events on March 3, 2009 by djhva

The VEF directors, officers and staff held a two-day retreat in Salem, Virginia the end of February. Living Water hosted the VEF and Paul Hatifield and his daughter-in-law, Jamie were gracious and helpful all weekend. Beaver Terry (Crossings Christian Church) spoke on Friday night after a meal at the Homeplace. Harry, our barista, made some excellent lattes. The time spent was both productive and fun.