Hello everyone who may be interested in what is going on at The Vineyard Fort Wayne!
In this message I hope to provide some details about what you may experience and come to expect with our gatherings. We’re still searching for a more long-term building space but for now we have a great plan to accommodate our needs until the right space becomes available. Beginning on Sunday, May 2nd, we will be meeting from our home at 5019 Oak Creek Court, Fort Wayne, 46835. Our home is spacious enough to accommodate 25-30 people comfortably. We have a finished basement space where our gathering will meet. We also have additional spacious areas to chat and mingle. We’re also excited to announce that our next-door neighbors, retired pastor Jim Halstead and Kristi Halstead, have graciously offered their home to host our children’s ministry space! If the weather is nice, we will have even more to offer with our combined backyard space. We want all the parents out there to know that God has equipped our church plant with back ground checked volunteers who have many years of combined children’s ministry experience. At the Vineyard Fort Wayne we understand the needs of a family and we place a high value on the care of the children and the families who come through our church. We’re thankful and excited to be able to offer this to the parents who may have concerns about the care of their children or about the distractions that may occur when it comes to meeting in a home.
Our home will be open at 9:30am for families to arrive and to check their children into the children’s ministry area (our next-door neighbors Jim and Kristi’s home). We will have coffee, donuts, and other dietary conscious snacks available that morning. We would also like to ask each family who is coming to bring a side dish for a pitch in lunch following the service time. Here is what the morning will look like:
9:30am Arrival, check in children, mingle, coffee/tea, and snacks.
10-10:30am Songs and Prayer
11-11:15am Closing song and opportunity to respond.
11:15-11:30am Gather children and prepare for a meal together.
11:30-12:30 Lunch and hangout (We encourage sticking around for lunch but completely understand if you cannot)
To clarify, the service portion of our gathering will be from 9:30-11:15am. I just wanted to share with you a glimpse of what you could expect from the morning.
The children’s ministry portion will look something like this:
When you arrive for check in between 9-9:30am, a volunteer will be able to direct you to Jim and Kristi’s home. When looking at our home from the street, Jim and Kristi’s home is the house directly on our left. When you check your children in, we will take your contact information so that we can reach out to you with a text message if your child requires additional care from you.
9-9:30am Playing inside until the video lesson begins.
9:30-10am Interactive video lesson with an adult volunteer creating a fun and meaningful learning experience.
10-10:30am Activity time. There will be some sort of hands-on activity that is relative to many age groups.
10:45-11:15am Play time either inside or out.
Like all church plants, we will make adjustments as certain needs and circumstances arise. For now, we’re excited to see how this plan comes together. We’re excited to mingle and get to know everyone a little better over lunch afterwards. At The Vineyard Fort Wayne our heart is that all of us would come to experience the great love that our heavenly Father has for us and that our lives would experience the full life of transformation that He intends for us and intends for our communities as a result. Thank you for your encouragement, prayer, and support in this journey. We look forward to seeing each of you and your families at our Sunday gatherings!
Pastor Zach Gay