At the Village Church we're clear about our purpose. Our purpose is to know Jesus and make him known. And because we're clear about our purpose we can also be clear about our priorities. How do we know Jesus and make him known? Answer: through preaching, through people and through prayer. And because we're clear about our priorites we can also be clear about our programme. Everything we do at the Village Church is to help us know Jesus and make him known.
On Sunday morning we meet at 10:30am at Mangotsfield Primary School in Emersons Green. We sing and pray together. We include men and women; young and old. But at the heart of our Sunday service is the Bible. We believe that God speaks through the Bible and that when the Bible is clearly and faithfully preached - by his Spirit - we hear the voice of God. Preaching was a priority for Jesus (Mark 1:38) and preaching was a priority for the apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:1). And so preaching is a priority for us too! We preach through books of the Bible - passage by passage - and we encourage each other to come along on Sunday morning as often as possible. When you're watching a Netflix series it's best to watch every episdode - and if you're listening to a sermon series it's best to listen to every episode too!
On Sunday afternoon we meet regularly (see the Calendar) from 4:30pm until 5:30pm at Mangotsfield Primary School to pray. We believe that when we pray in the name of Jesus we have the ear of God - he listens to us as our heavenly Father.
In Ephesians chapter 4 the apostle Paul writes about body building. But he isn't concerned about Christians building muscles - he is concerned about churches building maturity. He says that through people speaking the truth in love (4:15) a church will grow to maturity. And he says that a church will grow to maturity as each part does its work (4:17). Everybody is essential! And so on Tuesday or Wednesday evening we meet in and around Emersons Green in small groups to do just that. We discuss the Bible together, and we share and pray (some groups eat a meal too).
If you would like to join your local home group please do touch base with one of the elders on Sunday morning and they will let you know which group you can join.
Home groups are part of the programme at the Village Church. We also encourage men and women to meet together in twos, threes or fours to read the Bible together, ask and answer accountability questions, and pray. But speaking the truth in love to people doesn't have to be programmed! Here is a question to ponder: How else can you speak the truth in love to people this week, or this month, or this year?
Our children and young people are an important part of the Village Church family. On Sunday morning we have a number of different groups for children:
Babes is a group for 0-2 year olds.
Tots is a group for 3-4 year olds.
Kids is a group for 5-10 year olds.
Our committed team of leaders share the truth about Jesus in an engaging and relevant way with time for playing (Babes/Tots), singing, Bible stories, games, crafts and more. All our leaders are vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
On (most) Sunday mornings there is also a group for the Village Youth in years 7-9. After catching up they spend some time talking about the Bible together. At other times during the year they have some crazy and chilled Friday evening socials.
On (some) Sunday afternoons there is a group for the Village Youth in years 10-13. This is a time and place for them to catch up, discuss the Bible together, share and pray. We treat our young people as adults but we don't want to lose the fun either and so they join in with the crazy and chilled Friday evening socials.