ecclesia: church at the chip
a community of faith, love and hope

What do you believe?

We like this statement: “Unity in essential things, liberty in non-essential things, charity in all things.” For us, the essentials include the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus, and salvation by grace through faith. We affirm the classic creeds of the Christian faith.

In other important, though non-essential things, we allow freedom of conscience, offering respect and charity for those who see things differently than us. As a nondenominational church, we try to avoid typical denominational distinctives. We’re eager to join hands with others who want to help us bring the good news about Jesus to our community. After all, Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are arguing among themselves.” Well, that’s not exactly how he finished the sentence, but you get the idea….

What do you do when you meet?

Other than the fact that people sometimes bring a pet to church with them, you’ll find our worship fairly typical. We usually sing three songs, accompanied by guitar and harmonica, and whatever else we can find. The songs are a mixture of old and new. We greet one another. We read the Scriptures aloud. We listen to a message from the Bible. Generally, we work our way through a single book of the Bible at a time. We observe Communion every time we gather. We do not take an offering, but a basket is available at the back for any who wish to contribute. We end promptly at 10:00.

We trust that our worship is simple and sincere, encouraging and hopeful, sensitive to people new to Christianity, and helpful to veteran followers of Jesus. Let us know if you think we’ve succeeded.

Do you have children’s programming?

Not yet! Someday we will have a nursery and programming for younger children, but frankly, we like the idea of families meeting together for worship. As we grow, we’ll add children’s ministry as needed.

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