We commonly refer to our congregation as an ‘ecclesia’. This is a New Testament term usually translated as ‘church’ in our english bibles. Over the years, the word church has come to commonly refer to a building rather than the people who worship inside. Since the building in which we meet has no relevance to our salvation (Acts 7:58-50), we have adopted the term ‘ecclesia’. We feel that this name more accurately reflects a people who seek to serve God as the bible states in Ephesians 2:18-22; God’s building is his people.
- New Here? — We would love to hear from you!
- Memorial Service — Our primary focus each Sunday.
- Midweek Bible Class — An important part of our lives.
- Sunday School — Be diligent in teaching.
First and foremost: WELCOME! Just as Jesus has welcomed all of us into his family, we welcome you! “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Rom. 15:7 ESV) We hope that you will be interested in learning along with us what the Creator has revealed in His word concerning His plan for the future of the earth and the people that inhabit it. With this being said, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s not easy being new and we know that. That’s why we want to do our best to make you feel comfortable at all of our services.
Our congregation size varies depending on location. Our Randolph location has approximately 100 members and our Schooleys Mountain location is a smaller more intimate group. Both locations operate like family. In fact, if you pop into any Christadelphian location across the globe you will find a similar family atmosphere. Our congregation consists of young and old alike from diverse backgrounds.
We offer a wide range of classes and activities. From our Sunday school program, memorial service, bible class, sister’s class, youth program and special events, we are confident your spiritual needs will be met. If you like, please visit the contact us page to ask any further questions. We would love to hear from you!
Sunday, 11 — 12:15pm
The Memorial Service is our primary focus for meeting together each Sunday. It is a time for meditation and reflection. Hymns are sung, prayers are made and God’s word is expounded upon. The focal point of this service, called ‘the breaking of bread’ is modeled after the example found in the Bible where Jesus shared a last meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. While they were gathered together Jesus took bread, offered a prayer of thanks and divided it amongst the disciples. “This is my body,” he said, “do this as often as you meet together to remember me.” After the meal he took a cup of wine, offered a prayer of thanks and said, “this is the blood of the new covenant, shed for you - share it between you all.” The disciples understood that this meal is representative of Jesus’ sacrifice, burial and resurrection. After Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven the disciples met regularly on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7) and remembered Jesus in the way he commanded. Following this example, we meet each first day of the week, to remember and rededicate our lives to Jesus through the breaking of bread and reflection of his sacrifice.
Midweek Bible Class
Tuesday, 8 — 9pm
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:14-17
In his letter to Timothy, Paul instructs him to continue in what he has learned and believed in from a child. The sacred writings or holy scriptures give us the only way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. He goes on to explain that the Bible is the inspired word of God, citing several benefits its readers can gain through its reading and understanding. God’s word teaches us of His plan and purpose for this world, convicting us of its message, providing a standard by which we can correct ourselves and instructing us in the ways of righteousness.
Following this advice, we believe that reading the Bible on a daily basis is extremely important to our lives as disciples of Jesus. In the spirit of this passage, we get together once a week to share in reading and discussing what God has written to us in His word. We enjoy looking at the details God left us in His book and gain insights from varying perspectives and viewpoints. We strive to incorporate the attitude of the psalmist in the 119th chapter, “Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” and “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.
Sunday, 9:45 — 10:45am
“Children are a heritage of the Lord” David states in the 127th Psalm. He goes on to say that “the fruit of the womb is His reward”. God’s love for children is clear from the passages we read in scripture. For this reason, it is a primary responsibility of bible believers to teach children the character of their Heavenly Father and the wonderful promises contained in scripture.
God urges his followers to be diligent in the teaching of His children. In Deuteronomy 6: 6-7, the Israelites are commanded by God to instruct children of their beliefs and to make faith a part of everyday family life. “These words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). The emphasis placed on teaching can also be found by the apostle Paul when he commends his young friend Timothy for his early understanding of the scriptures. “You must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
As Christadelphians, we understand the importance God places on children. Sunday School classes are held each week prior to Memorial Service where children of all ages are taught the precious promises contained in scripture. Each lesson comes directly from the bible and often includes practical applications to everyday life. Lessons generally include a bible story, songs, crafts and snacks for the young ones to reinforce what is taught.
In addition to Sunday school classes for children, adults also enjoy the benefits of spending time together studying God’s word each Sunday morning prior to memorial service. This provides adults the opportunity to explore various subjects and books of the Bible as a group.
Thursdays noon — 2:30pm
A woman can wear many hats. She can be a mother, daughter, friend, mentor, widow, and the list goes on. Our women’s class is a place where women from all walks of life meet together to discuss God’s Word, incorporating unique experiences and lessons learned from each participant. Often, a relevant book is studied and women take turns leading discussions surrounding the reading. Class participation is encouraged and lessons often reflect those from daily life. Books are bible based and applicable to all. Class begins with lunch and ends with yummy desserts. One of the best parts about this class is that young and old meet together to learn and share, creating deep bonds in the love of Jesus Christ.
Youth Program (CYC)
Friday Evenings: 8:00 — 9:00pm Class (Fellowship 9:00pm - ?)
Does God’s Word offer guidance to youth? Is it even relevant to today’s teen? Let’s face it; teenage years can be very difficult but the Bible is full of pertinent topics and advice for the modern adolescent. That’s one of the beauties of God’s Word; it’s timeless. God knew the struggles and challenges the young people of today would face, and that’s why He offers many words of wisdom, guidance and hope. Hence, this is what our ‘Youth Program’ is all about. It’s about deciphering God’s message to us. What does the Bible say about the way we should live our life? Does the Bible offer advice on topics such as gossip? Young people from the ages of 13 — 30 meet weekly to learn and discuss topics like these. It’s a chance to learn, grow and build a solid foundation in Jesus Christ. Friendships are formed and fellowship often continues long after class has ended. Games, snacks and exciting outings typically accompany Bible lessons and stories.