8/6/20 Sunday Service Update!
In a season full of so many unknowns, there are some things we can be sure of. God is good, He is with us and for us, and He has established his church to effectively bring His kingdom during times like these! And we love getting to do that with each of you!
As you know, Sunday services are just one way we do church. Thankfully, during this time of quarantine we never had to “close” the church because we’ve been able to lean into other ways to continue being the church!
Recently, we have felt God prompting us to start to put our foot back on the gas and create a space where we can easily connect with more people who need Jesus and His church in this city. Our first strategy to respond to God was our gathering at the Rosenwald Center which was a really fruitful time.
In the last few weeks, God opened the door for us to meet at Broad Street Gym where we have some close relationships and we were able to meet there this past Sunday. Though there’s still no A/C, it was a little cooler and also prevented us from having to set up all the big tents.
This Sunday, we are going to meet there again and see how it goes! Last week was really fun and the experience was dynamic for people. We also had a handful of new people come and even a few people express a desire to commit their lives to following Jesus!
We want to get in there again and see how it goes fitting everyone while working to adhere to the social distancing protocol more strictly. We are a hugging church so it’s a struggle for some of us (aka Blake)!
We hope to have a clearer timeline on meeting at Booker T. soon. School leadership has agreed to meet with us once they get a better handle in things after school starts next week.
Soooo, big days ahead! In addition to Sundays, we’ll continue to gather in groups of 2-3 so we can become wholehearted disciples while also looking to make disciples. We will also continue to pray and fast on Tuesdays as a community. As well as facilitating church-wide Zoom lifegroup, which is our Be the Bridge series for another 3 weeks!
07/17/20 Groups of 2-3 Quick-Start Guide!
Gathering in groups of 2-3 is a one of the best ways we can do church in this season! The great news is that this isn’t a plan B because corporate gatherings are limited—this circle of church is actually one of God’s great ideas for getting in His Presence, experiencing transformation and living on mission. We see the power of 2-3 gathered over-and-over in Scripture such as the “one another” scriptures! In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them!” (Matthew 18:20). That promise alone is enough to make me run to the nearest group of 2-3.
We would love for every person in our church to 1) be in a group and 2) start a group. This will allow for us all to have the personal encouragement and strengthening we each need and also facilitate that for others. To make this as easy as possible, we created a guide that will walk you through one way to have a group centered around Jesus and His Word. You can print it out or save it on your phone and pull it up whenever one of your groups is meeting!
So grab some friends, some co-workers or some neighbors and sit six feet apart while y’all grow in God together! *Zoom works great for this too for those not comfortable meeting in person.
Download guide here: Groups of 2-3 Guide
07/11/20 Church under the Tent!
This Sunday, we are getting back together to have CHURCH UNDER THE TENT! You may be asking, “Wait, isn’t it the dead of summer?” Yes, that’s how much we miss you!
So join us for a short, power-packed service starting at 9:30 am with plenty of iced coffee and water! We encourage you to wear your favorite breathable shorts and t-shirt, bring a comfy lawn chair if you’d like and definitely bring your friends. We’re convinced God is still moving in the lives of people!
We’ll be at the Rosenwald Community Center (1120 S. Broad St.), near Booker T., in the field right beside it. We will have a big wedding tent, plenty of fans, drinks and snacks, as well as activities for the kids to enjoy at their seat.
If staying home works best for you, you can still be a part! Please click the Livestream link on our homepage and you can worship with us that way!
Although most of us are fully adjusted to a life of social distancing, here’s a quick-start guide to socially-distanced Tent Church:
- Wear your mask whenever you’re not seated. We have some if you need one!
- Instead of a hug, try an elbow tap or fist bump.
- Use as much hand sanitizer as you’d like.
- Don’t drink someone else’s drink. This is just a good rule of thumb for life in general.
- Keep your kids with you (if you have ’em).
We are excited and expectant to gather together in person for the first time since March 15th! Let’s throw it back revival-style under the tent this Sunday and get in God’s presence together!
07/03/20 Phase 2: Lifegroup and Groups of 2-3
Even though Coronavirus is one great big unknown, here are a few things we know for sure:
* You will be most fully alive when you are abiding in God’s Presence, being continually transformed by the love of God and living a missional life empowered by the Holy Spirit!
* God is on the move! He has a plan and a purpose for our own lives, our friends and neighbors and for our city and nation. He is still at work bringing those things to pass.
* The Church is intended to be the hope of the World–the Church is supposed to be the representation of Jesus on the earth! The earth needs Jesus more than ever.
* We need each other for all of these things to take place!
So here’s what we’re going to do!
Every Thursday night (starting Thursday, July 9th), we will have a virtual, church-wide Lifegroup + Equipping (LGE, maybe?). This will take place on Zoom from 8:00-9:30 pm each week. Some weeks the time will be for Lifegroup as we know it–connecting with one another, worship/prayer and reading the Bible together! Some weeks, we’ll use the weekly Zoom call to equip and empower in other ways. Such as…
– Guest speakers
– Equipping classes on things like evangelism, prayer, finances, etc.
– Book discussions
– Mental health resources
THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS! No matter what we have going on, we hope you’ll join us as this will be a great way to stay connected with each other as we grow in God and are equipped to live lives of Presence, Transformation and Mission.
Lastly, we would love for everyone to be in a group of 2-3 to be able to share life more personally and have a place to be encouraged, challenged and prayed for regularly. These groups can meet in person or via Zoom/Marco Polo/the phone–whatever your group feels comfortable with. If you need help finding people to be in a group with, fill out this form and we’ll get you connected! We recommend groups of the same gender so you can talk as openly as possible, but that’s up to you. We will be providing a guide for these groups early next week to help them be easy to make happen in a meaningful way!
6/26/20 Sunday In-person Gathering Update:
We are excited to begin doing in-person Sunday morning gatherings! Worship services are one of the few things our city is permitting right now because of the ability to social distance while wearing masks. This will give us an opportunity to see each other (from a distance:)), get in the presence of God together, as well as connect new people to our church family and provide a space for those who are searching for God.
Our plan has been to find an outside location where we can set up a big wedding style tent, rent some big fans, and space out the chairs to a safe distance. You know we are all about that old school revival tent life! We hoped to be able to do this outside Booker T. but yesterday, they decided they would not be letting any outside groups use the facilities until at least Phase 3.
But good news! We found a spot! The Rosenwald Center, a NORD facility at the opposite end of Calliope than Booker T., has permitted us to use the open field next to the facility! Many of you will know this spot because of outreaches we’ve done there as well as summer club/tutoring we did throughout 2019. It’s cool that we were able to sow into that relationship with the leadership there by serving the kids and they were eager to help us!
The not so good news is that it’s forecasted to rain Sunday morning! The forecast is currently 80% for Sunday and that includes some rain in the morning time towards the end of our gathering.
So with all that in mind, we will postpone our in-person gathering this Sunday. We’d rather wait until the weather seems more agreeable so that we can know the time will be a win. Enjoy the day with your friends and family. We are disappointed but feel even more excited to see you.
Next week, we will be communicating our plans for the following Sunday, what lifegroups will look like, as well as how to continue making our groups of 2-3 a place of meaningful connection and spiritual growth.
Thanks for sticking with us as we figure out together how to best be the church in this season!
4/28/20 A Night of Prophetic Ministry and Equipping
Tonight from 7:30-9pm we want to invite you to join our Discipleship School class for a Night of Prophetic Ministry and Equipping. We will be joined by Kendall Laughlin who is the Executive Pastor at All Peoples in San Diego and a key prophetic voice in the Antioch movement. He is a really gifted teacher and many in our midst have been personally impacted by his life and ministry in big ways.
This will be a special night for us as a church to grow in our understanding of the prophetic and to be activated to live a life where living in the prophetic becomes normal! The Zoom link is posted below and we look forward to “seeing” many of you there!
Zoom: Jump in!
4/6/20 // Info for Good Friday and Easter Sunday
As the weeks of social distancing roll on, we’re praying and believing for each of us to experience abundance with God in deep and meaningful ways. With Good Friday and Easter Sunday approaching, here’s an update on how we as a church are going to celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death forever!
On Good Friday, we are going to watch The Passion of the Christ together as a church family! This is an intense and powerful movie that shows the final 12 hours leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. Expect to have a deeper love and appreciation for the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf.
At 8 PM, we can all tune in together and watch it at the same time. We are using a platform that is similar to Zoom but designed for watching movies together with a chat room we can utilize. We will also take communion together before we watch it, so just use whatever you have at your house!
Link to watch The Passion of the Christ.
For Easter Sunday, we’ll do things a little differently this week by hosting the 9AM Waco livestream through the Antioch Nola website! Please invite your friends and family to join with us and worship Jesus together at antiochnola.com! It will be the same Waco livestream but we will have our own chat room and digital contact cards for our Easter guests!
Even though physical services are not an option right now, people that don’t have a church home will be looking for an Easter Service to attend. In the midst of everything going on, what an opportunity for them to hear the Gospel and respond! Social media graphics will be coming out in the next few days so please utilize those and share them as a way to invite people!
4/5/20 // Praying For Our Mayor
Proverbs 18:21 says that “the tongue has the power of life and death”, and this means that the way we use our words is powerful and has an impact! As a church we want to take time this week to bless our mayor through speaking encouragement and truth! She has led our city through a lot this year and we want her to know that the people of God are praying for her!
We are asking everyone to write an encouragement, prayer, kind word or scripture to compile that we will give to her. These can be short or long but we want to take this time and use our words to speak life and truth over our city’s leader!
The bible says to pray for our authorities and we want to bless and honor our leaders, especially in a time like this! Despite politics we can always honor those that are in authority and it pleases God for us to intercede on their behalf. Let us build them up through encouragement, and prayers for wisdom and discernment.
1 Timothy 2: 1-4 says, “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.”
Please email your notes to email@example.com by Wednesday, 4/8/20!
3/29/20 // A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Our City
Orleans Parish has one of the fastest rates of spread of COVID-19 in the world. In addition to that, as of 12pm on 3/27, 57 people have died in our city.
As Christians, we believe that God is good, that He loves New Orleans and the people here, and He always moves when we come together as His people. Because of this, as the body of Christ, we are taking a 24 hour period, beginning Monday morning March 30th, to humble ourselves through prayer and fasting on behalf of our city (2 Chron 7:14).
In addition, we are asking that each person participating would take 10 minutes to prayer walk around their neighborhood based off of this scripture: “Aaron did as Moses told him and ran out among the people. The plague had already begun to strike down the people, but Aaron burned the incense and purified the people. He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped.” Numbers 16:47-48 NLT
This initiative is all under the banner of Jesus Christ and not any specific church or denomination. As His people, may our songs of worship and prayers of intercession rise like incense before God and bring about a miraculous stop to the spread of COVID-19 in our city.
Together, we are praying that:
- God would continue to give our city leaders and health care professionals strength and wisdom to help and guide our city through this crisis.
- Those who are impacted negatively, whether physically, economically, or relationally, would experience God’s nearness and provision in supernatural ways.
- That those who are sick would be supernaturally healed in Jesus’ name and that the spread of the virus would be quickly and dramatically slowed down in our region.
03/20/2020 // Info on Sunday Services Plan
These are truly crazy and uncertain times we have found ourselves in. We have been standing on the fact that Jesus never changes. He is truly “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). We also know that even though many of us are dealing with a sense of loneliness (unless you’re an introvert like my wife and you’re actually loving this) that we are not alone for Jesus told us that “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
I’m thankful to be a part of a church family that not only thrives during trials, but when squeezed, we press in even more and go after God and fight for each other more than ever before!
We want to encourage you, if you haven’t already, to jump into our AM and PM prayer blitzes. These are 30 minute prayer times happening over Zoom, Monday through Friday with different people leading each time. M-F is at 8pm and T/TH is at 7am. The time is centered around the fact that our prayers matter and God has chosen to partner with us to push back the enemy and to establish his Kingdom on the earth. The details and links for the Zoom calls are at the top of this page.
While we can’t gather as large groups at this time, there has never been a more important time for us to actually BE the church than now. We must each embrace this calling. And hallelujah that church is more than a place you go! Like we shared in our Launch Team meeting, church is meant to be expressed in a variety of ways:
– Me + Jesus
– Groups of 2-3
– Sunday Service
– Church in the World
And thanks to some extra spare time for some of us, amazing technology and close proximity to neighbors, we can actually continue to be the Church in all of these ways as the Holy Spirit leads us!
For Sunday services, we are excited to continue a rhythm of pursuing God’s presence, holistic transformation, and missional living together on Sunday mornings. It’s important for us also to do this in the context of community as best we can in this season. To do this, we are going to utilize a service live stream and the GroupMe app.
We will be inviting you to tune into the Antioch Waco livestream at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings for a time of worship, teaching, and encountering God. This will be really well done with powerful content, so we feel confident that it will be a blessing. It will also be a great opportunity for us to connect with what is going on in the Antioch movement and hear powerful testimonies of what God is doing around the world in this situation. Simply go to antiochwaco.com and the live stream link will be somewhere on the homepage or the main menu.
We will also utilize the church GroupMe chat to interact with each other during the service. Share what’s meaningful for you, what God is speaking, or even a good “AMEN!” We will reward extra points to whoever sends a pic of the best PJ’s or church outfit.
Kimi is sending out content for families to utilize on Sunday and a craft kids could do during the service! This whole quarantine time can be such a powerful time for families to come together around the presence of God and grow together. I know for me and Lena, the time has already produced many opportunities for us to be intentional in the way we parent and disciple our kids. As well as inviting us to grow in patience (…aka praying often so I don’t say mean things).
This is also a great opportunity to invite neighbors or friends to tune in and be a part. Many people will be chomping at the bit to do something productive especially if it means connecting with God and connecting with people.
We are thinking of you all and praying often for God to meet each of us in a real way and bring provision and healing to our land! “See” you on Sunday!
03/16/2020 // 8:30 pm
This afternoon, President Trump called for people to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people. Mayor Cantrell echoed and emphasized this guideline and stated that there should be no gatherings larger than 10 and no unnecessary gatherings.
In order to honor these guidelines, we will no longer be having the following gatherings in person:
Young Adult Lifegroups
Daily Prayer Times
But as we are honoring these guidelines and believing for God to use these nationwide efforts to slow and stop the Coronavirus, we are still committed to being the people of God especially in a critical hour of need.
We will focus on the following:
Staying connected and in communication with one another as a church community
– Please turn on IG notifications to stay updated with any changes, resources and outreach opportunities.
-Utilize GroupMe to communicate any needs you may have and share testimonies of what God is doing. How is everyone in your lifegroup doing? Who needs what?
– Providing prayer points and declarations to pray unified, faith-filled prayers
– Tuesday-Thursday Prayer Times via an online platform like Zoom–Details to come in the morning
Serving those around us
– Keep awareness of the needs within our church and of those around us. Find a way to meet those needs.
– Provide resources for our neighbors and members of the community to connect with God if they are searching for peace, clarity or hope.
Groups of 2-3 focused on Presence, Transformation, Mission
– Who are the couple of believers you are going to stay connected to–encouraging one another, going after God together and living missionally together?
– This can be in person depending on comfort levels or via text, phone, Marco Polo, etc.
– We will also provide weekly content to be used in place of Sunday mornings + resources for kids.
This is a rapidly changing situation as you all have experienced so we will continue to evaluate week-by-week and communicate consistently via Instagram, Facebook, the texting service and our website.
For a video update from Blake explaining these points in more detail and providing some practical ways to engage with God, click here.