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An insightful friend once said that he wanted the Church to be a place where God is seen, love is felt, and lives are changed. I agree! I have learned long ago that Church is not just a building. Church isn’t just people, but a people who have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Church exists any time and any place where people respond to the love of God by doing what Jesus would do. When we commit ourselves to serving others as Jesus did, to loving as Jesus loved, to forgiving as Jesus forgave, then we are stepping out on “holy ground”, and in that moment we enter into Church – we become the body of Christ in that time and place.

People really need the Church because human beings need a place where they can go and feel that they are loved and understood and their lives are of some value. I believe that God calls us to be in relationship with others so that they can see God in us, feel genuine love coming from us, and the impact of this makes a difference in their lives for the good.

Church is God’s holy ground in any time and place where we discover that it is alright to be human, that our tears and our laughter will be heard, and we are accepted not so much because of who we are as ‘whose’ we are.

A Christian youth once wrote:

If this is not a place where tears are understood, where do I go to cry?

  • If this is not a place where my spirit can take wing, where do I go to fly?

  • If this is not a place where my questions can be asked, where to I go to seek?

  • If this is not a place where my feelings can be heard, where do I go to speak?

  • If this is not a place where you’ll accept me as I am, where do I go to be?

  • If this is not a place where I can try and learn to grow, where can I go to just be me?

Valley Christian Church is a small church but one where you can cry, fly, seek, speak, and just be the person God created you to be. That’s Church and I’m glad to be at Valley. Come and share with us, you’ll be glad you came.

~Brother Gary