Gatherings

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Sunday Gatherings

Come Prepared:
We start our Sunday gatherings with a breakfast (or dinner) potluck – bring healthy food to share. We encourage everyone to bring their Bible for a conversational study of Scripture. There is also opportunity for the sharing of a teaching, psalm, song, etc. – so prepare as the Lord leads. If you are a musician (you do not need to be a trained professional) feel free to bring a musical instrument as we will take time to pray and lift our voices to the Lord together in song.

Children:
Kids are welcome and stay in the gathering with parents. There is no childcare.

Typical Meeting Length:
We generally meet for 2 to 2.5 hours.

All Gatherings:
Once a month everyone involved with Ecclesia Communities gatherings is invited to come together for a time of feasting and celebration as a broader family – we call this time our ALL GATHERING.

Other Gatherings:
Other gatherings happen at various times including monthly, bi-weekly and weekly – such as: Group Leader Meetings, Women’s Bible Study, Men’s Group, Thursday Women’s Group and others. View our Community Calendar to see dates and times.

What is a “gathering?”
When the Body of Christ comes together, we term it a “gathering,” and it can be planned or spontaneous. The purpose of each gathering is for believers to be built together in Christ and each other; growing in the common life of faith that we share.
Why do we call “going to church” or “church time” a gathering?
We call “church time” a gathering because it shifts us from a mentality focused on going to church to a mentality focused solely on being the Church. Calling our church time a gathering helps to reinforce the biblical principle that God’s people are the Church, whether they are assembled in one place, or scattered throughout a city, state, or country.

Furthermore, viewing the Church as a time, place, or event robs believers; it prevents them from seeing themselves and others as the Church. If you realize that you are part of the church, it enables you to understand that you have a role in the everyday lives of others within God’s household, and it is not limited to a location or day of the week.

What happens at a gathering?
A gathering can include a variety of activities, including but not limited to: eating, teaching, singing, prayer, and reading. It is important to note that gatherings can happen throughout the week, and they may contain only one or a few of those activities.
Why do we share meals?
Jesus regularly identified with others by sharing meals with them. Similarly, whenever we gather, we identify with others as we eat and drink together. The sharing of meals creates a space where people can naturally communicate, fellowship, interact, and encourage one another.

Historically, the sharing of meals was a practice by which the early Church remembered and celebrated Jesus. Eating together foreshadows when we will be with Jesus, partaking in the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb.” (Revelation 2:4)

The way we share meals also reinforces the biblical value of family. Families routinely eat together in every culture around the World, and Ecclesia Communities makes mealtime a communal practice that strengthens our relationships with one another.

How does one participate in a gathering?
The ways believers participate in a gathering varies from one week to the next, and they often change to meet the needs of the Body, or as our settings change. Some common ways that believers participate include bringing food to share, a teaching, a song, a prayer, or helping to set-up or clean-up.

Sunday House Gatherings

Montgomery, Lynchburg
(In the Boonsboro area)

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Boonsboro Area – Lynchburg, VA

Golf Park, Lynchburg
(Near Lynchburg College)

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Golf Park, Dr. – Lynchburg, VA (near Lynchburg College)

Rivermont, Lynchburg

 

Rivermont gathering
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Rivermont – Lynchburg, VA

Colton’s Mill, Bedford

Colton's Mill / Village Farm (Bedford, VA)
Sunday: 4:30 – 7:00pm | Near Sedalia (northern Bedford County) – Bedford, VA

Aaron Place, Lynchburg

 

Aaron's Place, Lynchburg

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Off of Ward’s Ferry Rd. in Lynchburg, VA

Queens Drive, Lexington, NC

Ecclesia - Lexington, North Carolina

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Lexington, North Carolina.

All are welcome! Simply contact us for details.