Redemption Church has two weekend Community Gathering locations--one in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake and one in Virginia Beach. These meetings are a time for us to gather as a family, connect with God and one another, and be reoriented around the story of Jesus. We place a high emphasis on hospitality, and listening to God in the community, in song, and in the scriptures. We hope you will find stepping into one of these gatherings to be disarming and
welcoming. No dress code, no expectations, no manufactured emotions, no heavy handed seriousness; just a real encounter with the family of God in the presence of God for the sake of our formation into his image.
So what do we do?
We sing songs.
We take time to have more than “small-talk” conversations with each other.
We listen to the scriptures.
We share stories.
We are sent out missionaries.
It’s simple. But it’s formation, all of it.
It seems to us that one of the primary paces we engage in discipleship is with our children. We assume that, as a church family, we are all together at least partly responsible for every young person in our community. We commit to pray for them, serve them, and teach them along their way to adulthood as active participants in the whole life of our church. Our goal is to see all Redemption’s children take hold of our shared faith personally and communally through education, community participation, and a commitment to mission beyond our community.
Our goals are that our kids:
All classrooms are staffed by at least two staff at any given time. Our kids leadership team has worked to create an enjoyable vibrant environment for each stage of development:
Loving and nurturing childcare provided for infants and toddlers up to age 2.
Education and formation begins: a short time of teaching, prayer, and song, with games,coloring, snacks, and play time.
Education time expands, with more time dedicated to the story, praise and interaction, along with time for play.
Teaching, prayer, praise and activity take the entire classroom time. These ages start the gatherings with their parents and move into their own time after the opening songs.
In addition to the teaching and activity, more interaction and discussion is involved. Kids also start the gatherings with their parents and move into their own time after the opening songs.
Want to help out with RC Kids? Contact Tori Benoit. For more info on safety and policies for RC Kids, see forms below.
Unfortunately, for many of us, the following is an all too common reality: We head to the weekend gathering, drop our little one’s off in their classrooms, our teens head off to their designated spaces, and we make our way to the “main service”. When we all reconvene afterwards, we’ve all had entirely separate experiences of God and the community.At Redemption, we want to avoid this. For junior high and high school students, we want them integrated into the normal life of the community as much as possible. We include them in the entirety of our weekend gatherings. They sing, pray, listen, and take communion alongside their parents. We assume the shared spirituality of our community is weightier and more transformative than the current trends and cultural fashions that often dictate how we try to teach the teenagers in our community. We want them to begin to take Jesus more seriously than anything else, and believe the place sphere for that to happen is alongside those further along in the journey. We believe students, like all of us, long to be made whole, in heart, soul, mind and strength. In order to guide them in this, we encourage MC’s to include those at this stage of life in full participation in the regular rhythms of their particular MC.