Story by Tiffany Doss
Movie and paint nights, quilling and Bible journaling, Financial Peace University seminars and concert series are just a few items on the calendar at the Courthouse Road church, located in North Chesterfield, Va., near Richmond. These events, designed to connect and “build bridges back to God”—the church’s mission statement—continue to foster relationships outside the church walls.
“Typically, half of our event attendees are guests,” says Heather Crews, pastor, “and most of our events are very simple to host and plan.” Melissa Winn was introduced to the church through a Christian movie series held at the church. “The next day, Winn came to church, and after the service, asked if we had a baptistry,” says Crews. “She then asked the question that thrills my soul—‘Can I be baptized?’” Winn quickly went through the lessons and Crews baptized her shortly after.
In addition to hosting events, members distribute gift cards, offer messages of hope and pack personal care kits for people who are homeless. “Our focus on making disciples and building bridges allows us to bring newcomers into the church [and] continually revives us as a church family,” says Crews.