The Fellowship of the Church
We believe that the Bible teaches that young and old are often to gather together and learn from each other (Titus 2:3-5, Galatians 3:28). We have freqent congregational Sunday dinners, a Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer meeting, and other special events which all emphasize the "family togetherness" of our church. We strongly believe children can and should worship the Lord on Sunday with their whole family, with generations joined, not separated.
We also believe that our children are to be taught about the Lord first and foremost by their own parents (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 6:4). The home and church-school use of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, family prayers, and the all-family participation in corporate worship on Sundays has proven time and again to be the best way to nurture Christian faith in the young. In addition, we have all the facilities necessary for children's Sunday School classes, a children's outdoor play area, and the option of a nursery for the very young.
Teaching is an important aspect of our life together. The pastor and other leaders in the church lead Sunday School classes and groups of women meet for shared study in the mornings and evenings. Emphasis in our teaching times is on the doctrines taught in the Bible and practical aspects of Christian life such as prayer, raising children, work and marriage.
At the end of our lives on earth, the quality of relationships we have had with God and other believers will be what has made the difference in attaining a joyful, faithful, and purposeful life. At Sandy Plains we are ever mindful of this fact, and prioritize relationships over programming in our life together.