The decision to add another Sunday morning service was one that has been discussed and prayed over for by the leadership of Church at the Grove for quite some time. While there are many reasons why we believe this is the next step God is directing us in, but the primary reason is we believe this move will help us better accomplish our mission of reaching people far from God and leading them to become followers of Christ. We believe this move will help us in three strategic ways:
This move will better serve and love our children in Kids Grove: Many of our children’s classrooms are over capacity. There have been some Sundays this summer that we have seen more than 20 kids in a classroom! Overcrowding the classrooms is not beneficial to our children or the leaders who lovingly serve them. Adding a second service will lower the numbers in each class and will allow our adult servant leaders to better connect and invest in the kids lives.
Allowing people to serve and not miss the Worship Gathering: Right now we have dozens of servant leaders in our children’s ministry who faithfully serve our kids. Currently this requires these leaders to miss our main worship service on the Sunday mornings they are serving. Adding a second service will allow people to Serve at one service and still join a worship gathering on the same Sunday. We hope this culture of “Attend one, Serve One” will become a regular part of the DNA of Church at the Grove.
Allowing more people to be a part of the Worship Gathering: More options opens the door for more people. Because of work schedules and other obstacles a 10:30am service is not possible for everyone, but an earlier service and a later service option creates more opportunities for people to come. At the heart of this decision is a desire to see more people meeting, loving, and serving Jesus and we believe adding a second service will allow us to reach more people with the Gospel.