[This post is part of the What Are We Up To In Ministry? series]
It has been interesting being apart of a church that meets in a YMCA. When I lived in Florida the first time (freshman year of college), I went to a church that met in an elementary school, but my level of involvement never rose above attender (and it was sporadic at that). Since we’ve gotten plugged in here at CrossPointe Waterford Lakes, heading over the YMCA in Blanchard Park has become somewhat of a Saturday tradition.
Typically, we gather together Saturday afternoon around 4pm to setup. Here’s what it looks like before:
Then, after everything is put together, it looks something like this:
And then, during the service, this:
And then afterward, everyone usually pitches in to tear it back down:
And then, after everything is loaded up in the boxes and put in the trailer, we head out.
Since we don’t have the luxury of hanging around and talking with friends after church (we still do, but there’s work to do), we’ve been inviting people over to our house afterward to sit around and chat and talk theology and life. Today was the second week we’ve done that, and I’m looking forward to the next week we’ll meet!
All in all, it’s been a good experience for us because this kind of setup makes it easy to serve. Many times, I think people attend church and may want to serve, but not know where they are gifted or where they can help out. Since we need people to help setup every single weekend, there is always an opportunity to worship through service.
That doesn’t mean I’m always thrilled to go setup every Saturday, but it actually is a time when guys get to know each other well and grow in their relationships while they are providing a tangible service to the church body.
Hopefully, one day soon we’ll outgrow our space in the YMCA and need to get a building of our own. But, until then, you can find us every Sunday worshiping together at the YMCA. If you’re in Orlando, you should come visit us some time!