When we began the journey of The Downtown Church in August 2014, there was a nursery with no infants, one toddler, no youth. What we did have was an absolute determination to become the church God wanted on the corner of Jefferson & Walnut. When we understood God’s vision for us, we began to live into it. I remember the day, months later, when I looked out one Sunday, and in front of me were people of every group we were seeking to reach. It was the affirmation we were doing as God would have us do.
As we grew, ministries began to develop: mission work, First Fridays and most importantly, The Downtown Kids. It became clear we had the gift and responsibility of teaching the children their value to God and to us. They needed to know Jesus does love them and the people of God called The Downtown Church do too. We began small, with the help of Ed and Pam Gwin. We were then blessed with Kaitlin Eagon who took us to the next level. The past two years Kelsie Young Smith has coordinated The Downtown Kids and helped us develop a youth group as well. As Kelsie leaves this position Sunday it is with our gratitude.
So what’s next? What does intra-pandemic and post-pandemic life look like for The Downtown Church? Who is the Holy Spirit bringing in person and online and how will they want to be engaged in growing their faith in Jesus Christ? Who is the person or persons willing to serve in leadership for The Downtown Kids and Youth ministry? Lots of questions. Here is what I do know: there are things I know I don’t know...yet.
God is faithful. Our Board is committed to living into our vision, as are the many people the Spirit is reaching through The Downtown Church. We have important work to do. A church where the love of Jesus Christ leads is made for a time like this. We are that church.
See you in-person or online this Sunday,