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Growth Groups - Rooted in the Word, Cultivating Friendships, Producing Spiritual Fruit 

The Best Way...
...to make new friends
...to grow spiritually
...to get involved

...to feel like you belong

is to join a Growth Group

There are year-round groups for men, women, as well as for mixed adults for Bible study, encouragement and prayer. Some groups meet at the church, some in homes and some at coffee shops or other public places.

To find out more about Growth Groups, please contact us.

Baptism is a very important sacrament in Christianity.

Christ not only commanded us to baptize and be baptized "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," Matthew 28:19; he set the example for us in his own baptism 'Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. Matthew 3:13-15'

Water baptism is an act of consecration (devotion and dedication) to God. By it we testify to our conversion to the Christian faith and our spiritual cleansing by God. It is often described as an "outward sign of an inward work of grace".

Romans 6:3-5 says, "Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death" We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

In the early church, immersion was the usual form of baptism - that is, new Christians were completely "buried" in water. They understood this form of baptism to symbolize the death and burial of the old way of life. Coming up out of the water symbolized resurrection to new life with Christ.

Acts 2:38-41 says, "Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call." With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Baptism identifies us with Christ and with the community of believers. It is a condition of discipleship and a sign of faith. To be ready for baptism one should have a good understanding of the meaning of baptism, a clear experience of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ, and a sincere desire to be baptized.

At Word of Hope, we like to do a number of things to help highlight the importance and meaning of this event:

  • We encourage you to invite as many friends and family to your baptism as you can, since it is such a powerful way to tell them of your devotion to Christ.

  • In the water, be prepared to share briefly why you desire to be baptized at this time. Feel free to include a little bit of your own testimony if you wish (how and when you came to Christ).

  • Have a friend, relative or spiritual mentor available to pray for you just before you are immersed.

  • The pastor will ask you to state your full name. Then cross your arms, hold your nose, bend your knees and lay back. The pastor will bring you back up...promise!

What to bring:

  • We encourage you to invite as many friends and family to your baptism as you can, since it is such a powerful way to tell them of your devotion to Christ.

  • If you are being baptized in a pond, river or lake, a pair of water shoes or old sneakers is recommended.

  • We encourage you Make sure you bring a towel and a dry change of clothes.

Attender

An Attender is a regular attender to WOH services/events who has not yet entered a Family Member relationship with WOH. There are many ways that Attenders to Word of Hope can serve in the ministry of the church.

Family Member

A Family Member is a Christian who believes in the mission of WOH, is committed to being an active member in the church as demonstrated by entering into covenant with the WOH church family.

  • Family Member Covenant

    Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and having been baptized, I, [name] now unite with the Word of Hope church family. I therefore covenant with God and the Word of Hope family that I will do the following:

    1. I will strive for Spiritual Maturity

    ...by developing a daily time of personal prayer and Bible study

    ...by participating consistently in a WOH small group

    ...by faithfully attending worship services at WOH

    2. I will protect the unity of my church

    ...by acting in love toward others and refusing to gossip

    ...by actively supporting the purpose, vision, core values and leadership of WOH

    3. I will share the responsibility of my church

    ...by praying for its growth and inviting the unchurched to attend

    ...by serving in a ministry at WOH

    ...by financially supporting the ministry of WOH.

  • Family Builder Covenant

    A Family Builder is a WOH Family member who has made a personal commitment to advanced spiritual growth, discipleship, and ongoing service at WOH according to personal SHAPE.

    I [name], having committed myself to continued spiritual growth, discipleship and ongoing service at Word of Hope, hereby covenant with my brothers and sisters in Christ at Word of Hope that I...

    ...am a Word of Hope Family Member in good standing,

    ...will apply Biblical principles of godly behavior to the best of my ability, God being my Helper.

    ...am committed to faithful financial support of my local church with an aim to fulfill the biblical principle of the tithe,

    ...have identified my personal SHAPE and am serving in a ministry accordingly,

    ...have adopted and support the Basic Beliefs of Word of Hope.

     

  • Family Leader Covenant

    A Family Leader is a WOH Family Builder who has made a personal commitment to the health and growth of the Word of Hope family, to actively advance the Kingdom of God through servant-leadership in Word of Hope, and to model Christianity through a godly lifestyle. 

    As a Family Builder in good standing, I desire to express my commitment to my church and my Lord in a greater way. As God enables me, I covenant with my Word of Hope family to

    1.Do all I can to actively advance the Kingdom of God.

    2.Do all I can to help our church be healthy and grow strong.

    3. Be a servant-leader in our church by modeling healthy spirituality and Christian maturity to the best of my ability in dependence on God.

    4. To abide by the membership commitments of The Wesleyan Church as biblical guidelines for my conduct as a Family Leader.

    5. To continually develop myself as a servant-leader.

    6. To use prayerful wisdom, counsel, cooperation and biblical principles in any and all decisions that I am entrusted with on behalf of Word of Hope

Ways to Serve

There are many ways to serve at Word of Hope. Many service areas do not require formal membership at Word of Hope, but some do. If you are interested in serving in a ministry at Word of Hope please contact the church office. Please note that all work with minors requires an application (with a background screening) along with a level of formal church membership to be considered.


NURSERY
Care for children ages 0-3 during the 10:00 AM Sunday worship service

Special Requirements: Loves children, Servant heart,

Family Membership (W.O.H. 101), Complete an application form

Time Commitment:

· Monthly, possibly bimonthly

· Sunday 10:15 am-12:00 pm

HOPE KID'S HELPER
Assist the teacher in keeping children engaged, bringing lesson to the children and supervision.

(Working with children age 4-grade 5.)

Special Requirements: Loves children, Servant heart,

Family Membership (W.O.H. 101), Willing to prepare lessons,

Complete an application form

Time Commitment:

· Weekly or biweekly

· Sunday 10:00 am-12:00 pm

OUTREACH TEAM
Serve with a team to involve Word of Hope family in outreach activities to the community or mission field.

Special Requirements: Desire to share Christ with people in practical ways, Servant heart, Regular attender

Time Commitment:

· Monthly meeting

· Special events as decided upon

GREETERS
Welcome worshipers to the services at the front entrance. Provide a Family News and directions to nursery, restrooms, kitchen, etc.

Special Requirements: Friendly, loves people, Servant heart & Regular attender

Time Commitment

· Monthly

· Sunday 9:30-10:15 AM

WORSHIP TEAM
Sing or play an instrument to assist the congregation in worshiping God.

Special Requirements: Musical ability, vocal &/or instrumental,

Desire to worship God, Musical Audition and share testimony with team, Servant heart & Family Membership (W.O.H. 101)

Time Commitment:

· Weekly or biweekly

· Thursday rehearsal, 6:30-9:00 pm

· Sunday 7:30 am-12:00 pm

LADIES' MINISTRY
Serve with a team to plan and implement special events for women.

Special Requirements

· Enjoys planning special events

· Servant heart & Regular attender

Time Commitment:

· Meetings as called

· Special events as decided upon

FELLOWSHIP TEAM
Serve with a team to involve Word of Hope family in fellowship activities with one another.

Special Requirements: Enjoys planning special events, Servant heart & Regular attender

Time Commitment:

· Meetings as called

· Special events as decided upon

PRAYER TEAM
Receive emails regarding prayer needs and diligently pray.

Optional: Pray with a group on Sundays for the services

Special Requirements: Strong belief and commitment to prayer,

Servant heart & Regular attender

Time Commitment:

· As prayer emails come in

· Sundays 9:20-9:40 am for prayer group

DRAMA TEAM
Assist in the production of outreach drama/musical presentations, especially Christmas and Easter. Role options include: actor, dancer, singer, costumer, staging, props, lighting.

Special Requirements: Appreciation and penchant for stage presentations, Desire to use gifts to dramatize Gospel message, Some acting ability helpful, Servant heart & Family Membership (W.O.H. 101)

Time Commitment: Seasonal, Weekly rehearsals for 2 months prior to performance, 1-2 hours per rehearsal, Usually 2-3 presentations on a weekend

CUSTODIAL TEAM
Prepare the church building for Sunday worship services by making sure things are clean and set up appropriately. A checklist is provided.

Special Requirements: Dependability and follow-through, Attention to details, Servant heart & Regular attender

Time Commitment:

· Monthly or bimonthly

· Approximately 3-4 hours as scheduled

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
Facilitate the healthy functioning of an adult small group for Bible Study, spiritual growth, and/or special focus.

Special Requirements: Desire to help believers connect with each other and grow strong in their faith; Family Builder membership level (W.O.H. 201); basic Bible and doctrinal knowledge; good people skills; consistent

Time Commitment:

· Weekly small group meetings (usually 60-90 minutes)

· Weekly preparation and contacting (2-5 hours)

· Service/outreach projects as decided by the group

SOUND
Provide a balanced, undistracted sound mix for Sunday services and occasional special events. Record and keep a library of sermons.

Special Requirements: Teachability and interest in sound equipment, Attentiveness, Ear for music, Servant heart & Regular attender

Time Commitment

· Weekly or biweekly

· Thursday rehearsal, 6:30-9:00 pm

· Sunday, 7:00 am-12:00 pm

PROJECTION TABLE
Produce clear, readable screens for song lyrics, announcements, etc. Manage use of video presentations in sanctuary.

Special Requirements: Teachability and interest in projection equipment and software, Attentiveness, Servant heart & Regular attender

Time Commitment

· Weekly or biweekly

· Thursday rehearsal, 6:30-9:00 pm

· Sunday, 7:00 am-12:00 pm

GROUNDS KEEPING & SNOW REMOVAL
Ensure the exterior property is presentable with mowing, edging, weed control, litter pick-up, etc. Provide snow removal prior to services and special events as needed.

Special Requirements: Physical ability to do grounds keeping and snow removal, Attention to details, Grounds keeping or snow removal equipment is helpful, Servant heart & Regular attender

Time Commitment:

· Grounds keeping, weekly or biweekly 2-3 hours

· Snow removal as needed

OFFICE HELP
Provide presence during part of the work week in the church office to answer calls, take care of visitors, and perform management tasks to help the church function smoothly.

Special Requirements: Volunteer office help must have a servant heart and a pleasing personality. Volunteers will do a variety of jobs depending on interest and skill. Jobs may include data entry, correspondence, filing, organizing, literature design, information gathering, etc. Family membership (W.O.H 101).

Time Commitment:

One afternoon per week, on a week day.

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