A few weeks ago, Next Gen Pastor Ryan Tucker met with several elementary-aged children and their parents to explain the meaning and purpose of baptism and what it signifies in their journey with Jesus. Baptism in the New Testament is the initial way people said “Yes!” to Jesus.
Pastor Ryan encouraged children and parents to say yes to Jesus in baptism at a special course that we offer a couple of times a year, called “Start Here.”
This past weekend, we got to see 15 students being baptized at one of our weekend worship gatherings as a result of what was started in Start Here.
If you’re a parent of a student who has been asking questions about what it means to follow Jesus or about baptism, I encourage you to reach out to Pastor Ryan Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you’re an adult and you have been wondering the same thing, please contact our Outreach Pastor Randy Green (email@example.com). Randy would love to help you understand and apply all that Jesus wants to give you when you say “Yes!” to Him.
Man Zone Looking For One More Man
Our new men’s discipleship environment kicked off this morning with 99 men filling tables around our Adventureland Theater at the Apopka campus.
However, if you are familiar with Jesus’ story about the 99 sheep in the field and the one that was missing, you know that we can’t rest until we find that one missing guy! So Pastor Randy and I are looking for you men!
We had a great start to Man Zone with 17 new men’s small groups launched. Our focus is on being the better men that our world desperately needs. We will continue to meet for the next 5 weeks at 6AM in the Adventureland Theater. There was plenty of coffee brewed and ready. There are leaders and tables open with a spot that only you can fill, guys. Enter the Man Zone with us. You’ll be glad you did.
EASTER 5K Is Almost Here…Sort Of
For the past several weeks you have heard me talk about our Easter 5k at Journey. You’ve seen me and other staff members wear the purple t-shirts. Still, I’m not sure we’re being clear on what the Easter 5k is at Journey. So let me take another shot.
Journey Easter 5k is…
-not a race that we run, but something (someone?) can definitely be won
-not a distance to be covered, but a door that can be opened
-not a solo activity, but a team-engagement strategy
-not a fundraiser, but a faith builder
-not a one-time event, but a come-back-again environment
Simply put, Journey Easter 5k is our volunteer preparation strategy for hosting 5,000 or more people at seven Easter services on two different campuses.
The Easter service times are Saturday, April 15, at 4 and 6PM; Sunday, April 16, at 9:30, 11:15AM and 1PM at Apopka; and 9:30 and 11:15AM at Mount Dora.
To host 5,000 successfully, there are five strategic service areas where volunteers can make a huge difference:
1) Next Gen; 2) First Impressions; 3) Ushers; 4) Worship support; 5) Parking assistants
I’ve just been made aware that of the 500 volunteer areas that we are seeking to fill in order to be prepared to host 5,000 or more, we have 274 filled as of the writing of this column. That’s a little scary with Easter weekend only 10 days away. That means we could potentially say “no” to some people who we really want and need to say “yes” to.
We have been known as a “sign-up at the last minute” church. But we don’t have to be. We can break that cycle! I encourage you to join us in the Easter 5k movement, and help us be prepared to serve more people on our two campuses than we have ever seen in one weekend. Your Easter will be so much more meaningful as you move from “come and see” to “go and tell.” Click here to sign-up online to serve. No experience necessary!
We have an entire Easter page where you can find everything you need to know about inviting, serving and preparing for the greatest Easter celebration ever at Journey!
Saturday Worship Gathering Time Change:
Beginning April 22, our Saturday night service will move to 5:00PM!