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ManUp We will have a breakfast Brainstorm
iLife Series as we learn what it means to live a life that God has planned for us.
SolidSolid is our student ministry here at MeetingHouse, serving Middle and High School students. Our Wednesday night service from 6:30-8:00 pm starts with hang out time and games like; ping pong, gaga, and 4 square to name a few; and finishes with Bible teaching that helps teens navigate life successfully. SOLID Student Ministries shatters the myth that church has to be boring and it's a great time to build friendships. Just for Parents (links):Parent's resourceMom's resourceDad's resourceFocus on the FamilyFaithgoespop blog
PrayerMeetingHouse Church is a church that prays. Every Tuesday night we meet and pray for the leaders, church, worship service, and the community at large. Through this time, we've seen God start and do some big things in the area and the church. So come out to the church Tuesdays 6-7pm
Friday, Sept 28th @7pmWe will be having our fall launch with Steve Nerger of the BCNE. This is a BBQ Dinner, so come hungry both physically and in Spirit, as Steve will challenge us to grow in Christ. Time is 7pm at the church.
Women's Life Ministry“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”John 15:12The goal of this ministry is to bring women in the church together to deepen our relationship with the Lord and with each other, and to reach out to the community.It is our hope that this ministry will be a central resource for MeetingHouse Church women to be encouraged, supported and prepared to serve others where God leads them.The ministry will focus on four areas:SocialCome And Meet Each Other – fellowship, loving and supporting one another. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42Outreach Together we will work continuously on various outreach programs for our community.Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:27 PrayerAs the women of MeetingHouse Church, we will strive to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ as He continually sought our Father in prayer.•Together we will worship our Lord, praise Him, and give thanks to Him.•Together we will engage in spiritual battle on behalf of those who do not yet know Christ and each other.•Together we will seek His will in all things for the purpose of seeing Him glorified.Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to His Power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:20 SpiritualChrist will be our focus – ministering the Word of God to each other.Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Colossians 3:1________________________________________Women’s Life Ministry meets the last Saturday of every month at the church from 3-5 pm for a time of fun, fellowship and devotional study. The Prayer Ministry meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at MHC members’ homes. For further details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Caleb grew up in Syracuse, New York and gained a heart for music at a young age. Called into ministry as a teenager, he attended Liberty University in both the Worship program and the Biblical Studies program. After working at a church in NY for two years, he felt led to the Boston area and started as an intern at MeetingHouse in 2012. He now serves as worship leader and is finishing a degree of religion online.
Christy is the children's director at MeetingHouse Church.She and her husband James met in seminary. They have four children: Ethan, Maggie, Nathanael and Gabriel. She began homeschooling in 2003 and continues to homeschool the younger three children. She enjoys hiking with the family, reading, roadtrips and deep conversations. Education: B.S. Missouri State UniversityBaptist Bible Graduate School of Theology
Jeff is been a bi-vocational pastor for 45 years, serving in 14 churches and has been involved in over 30 church plants, building projects, mentoring, restoration ministries and financial issues (IRS audits, bankruptcy and church closures). He has also been active in hospice, chaplaincy, and disability ministries.Jeff has had secular jobs in three areas, the first in the newspaper business for 20 years, another in Higher education as a Technologist and professor, and the third in computers, where he was a network designer and Management Consultant. He currently works at the MA State 911 Department working on Next Generation 911 development and systems implementation.Jeff and his wife Laura have three grown children and one grandchild.
Chris is a graduate of Boston Baptist College where he studied youth ministry. Despite being an Apple fanboy, Chris has many positive traits. He is well versed in photography, videography and handles much of the church’s graphic design. With the help of his wife Erin, leading and teaching the youth at MeetingHouse remains his top priority and his passion. He and Erin both love the youth and love being a part of Gods work in MeetingHouse Church! Chris also co-leads the young adults group
Caleb grew up in Syracuse, New York and gained a heart for music at a young age. Called into ministry as a teenager, he attended Liberty University in both the Worship program and the Biblical Studies program. After working at a church in NY for two years, he felt led to the Boston area and started as an intern at MeetingHouse in 2012. He now serves as worship leader, he co-leads our young adults group and is finishing a degree of religion online.
Don helps MHC stay connected through the website, social media, emails, and other areas. He also leads ManUp the men's ministry at MeetingHouse.He grew up in Brockton, MA, and has lived in Taunton for the last 10+ years. He's been married to Natalie for 15 years. Prior to MeetingHouse, he served 10 years in youth ministry at his previous church, 3+ years as youth pastor. Don is a diehard Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins fan. Education:Certificate Biblical Studies - Liberty UniversityB.A. - Eastern Nazarene College. Quincy, MA
James is the founding pastor of MeetingHouse Church and has served two local churches in pastoral ministry since 1999. He also served as professor of New Testament and Ministry at Boston Baptist College from 2000-2009. James and his wife Christy have four children: Ethan, Maggie, Nathanael, and Gabriel. His favoirite things to do are go hiking with his family and coaching his kid's sports teams. Education:B.S. - Milligan College, Johnson City, Tennessee.Master of Divinity - Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MissourriPost Graduate Studies - Trinity College, Bristol, England.
What to ExpectAttending a new church can be an uneasy adventure, so we work hard to make sure you feel welcome and enjoy your experience with us. If you have additional questions you can contact us through our CONNECT PAGE.Where do I go when I get there? Looks can be deceiving: our facility is a 6000 sq. ft. redesigned space in the Liberty and Union Plaza. It looks fabulous on the inside, but not like a church on the outside. Our front door is at the center of the plaza under our sign. Walk straight down the hall and through the door to the left.What is the service like? The service lasts from 60 to 70 minutes. Our band gets things going with four contemporary songs, then one of our pastors teaches the Bible in a relevant and meaningful way. Think of a good time with friends at a coffee house with a great live band and a message that will mean something to you on Monday. What do you have for my kids? Kids begin the service with their parents for the singing, and then go to age appropriate classes during the rest of the service. When you arrive, one of our teachers or greeters will help you find the right class for your children. What should I wear? Everyone dresses casually. Wear your favorite shirt and a pair of jeans or slacks and you won’t feel under dressed. Do I have to bring money for a collection? No, our church is financed by regular attenders who give as an act of worship and thanksgiving to God. Our hope is that you experince the hope of God's joy in your life.Will I be pressured to make a decision I'm not ready to make? No, we realize that many people have given up on institutional religion, but maybe not on God, so there’s no pressure. You can expect space to decide for yourself. If you have questions you can submit them on a communication card, send an email to email@example.com, call, or set up a time to grab a coffee with one of our pastors and talk about it.
ManUp1 Corinthians 16:13ESV "Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong."Gatherings:Bible Study every 1st and 3rd Saturday morning of the month 8am at the churchManUp Dinners Sept, Dec, and MarchWarrior Conference June 6th-8th (yearly retreat)Mission: To bring together the men of MeetingHouse Church to develop friendships and accountability with one another, through Bible Studies, Dinners, Weekend Events, and Yearly Retreats, so that can be the men of God they have been called to be at home, work, and in the Church.Vision: To see the men of MeetingHouse become the best husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, and friends that they can by sharing the love of God within the church and through outreach to the community around. To see them become the servants and leaders that they have been called to be by God, through Jesus, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.Further information contact Don McKinnon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community OutreachOne of the reasons so many people have decided that religion is irrelevant is that churches seems to care only about their own. Jesus on the other hand spent much of his time and energy helping people who were still unconvinced about who he was and what he had come to do. He loved with no strings attached.At MeetingHouse we want to be like Jesus. We’re convinced that it’s not enough to just talk about and believe the life changing love of Jesus Christ, but people who follow Christ need to live out his love in their community.Regular projects: At the start of each school year we donate back packs and school supplies to needy children in Norton’s elementary and middle schools. We sponsor youth basketball teams and a free youth baseball clinic each year.
Children's MinistryThe most important ministry we have is to our children and families. Our families are the most powerful influence in our lives, so we want to help equip parents as they teach their children what it means to follow Jesus Christ and discover their life's calling.In KidZone and TotHouse, we have three goals:Provide a safe, fun, learning environment.Strengthen the bond between children and parents.Teach our children that God cares about them and has an awesome purpose for their lives.Classes for Your Child:1. Tothouse: Newborns - 3 years2. LittleKidZone: Ages 4 - 63. Big KidZone: Ages 7 - 5th GradeKidZone classes consist of age appropriate teaching, large and small group activities, and games. Each month kids learn a different virtue through scripture and real life application examples. If you prefer, you are welcome to have your children stay with you during the service.To enhance your child's growth, we offer a weekly handout and parents can go to Studio252.tv
to order a "Family TImes Virtue Pack"If you have any questions please contact: Christy Thomasson, our Children’s Ministry Administrator: email@example.com
Community Groups Our Community Groups are networks of 6 -12 people who meet together regularly in homes to build their relationships with God, each other and have fun. They are relaxed Bible studies where we learn how God can make a difference in our lives. Our Community Groups are also a great place for you if you are skeptical or curious, and still have some exploring to do before jumping in. They are a safe place where you can sit and listen, or ask the tough questions and find answers. Nobody is ever singled out or pressured to take a spiritual step they are not ready for, but everyone is encouraged to take the next step on their journey with Jesus Christ at their own pace. Childcare is arranged by each Group.Go to our CONNECT page to request more information about our Community Groups.
Welcome to MeetingHouse Church Whether you are happy or hurting, struggling or successful, doubtful or disinterested, you will feel comfortable at MeetingHouse and discover a purpose worth living for.We are a growing community of people from Southeastern Massachusetts who are excited about following Jesus, serving people, and building lasting relationships with each other.We are from different backgrounds and are at various places on our journey. Some of us have followed Jesus for years, others are still exploring.Hope to see you this weekend; we’d love to meet you.
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Our VisionTo be a Growing Community of people who Experience all Jesus Christ is to us and Accomplish all He has for us.Our Mission To be and make fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.We do this by equipping you to:Reach Up - Celebrate God togetherReach In - Develop your faith and Serve othersReach Out - Share the love of God with your family, friends and community.What We BelieveAbout the BibleThe Bible alone is God’s written word to all people. In it, He has revealed His plan for bringing us back into relationship with Him. As originally given, every word and every part of the Bible’s sixty-six books are inspired by God (lit., God-breathed) as no other writings ever have been or ever will be. This was accomplished through the work of the Holy Spirit in the original writers so that they wrote absolute truth without error. Therefore, the Bible does not merely contain the word of God, but is the very word of God. As God’s word, the Bible is the final authority on everything about which it speaks.About GodThere is only one God. He is eternal, spirit, sovereign, holy, and loving. He alone is to be worshiped. The triune God exists as three equal Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three persons yet one essence. All three are to be worshiped equally as God.The FatherGod the Father has priority of function as the first Person of the Trinity. He is the Source and Sustainer of all things. He is the Father of Jesus Christ. He is only the Father of those who enter a relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the SonJesus Christ, the man who was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, is the eternal Son of God. He is fully God and fully man. His Virgin BirthHe was conceived by the Holy Spirit and birthed by a virgin named Mary. He therefore was without a sin nature. Although He was fully human and tempted like other men, he never sinned.His Atonement for SinHe was crucified by both Gentile and Jew, died, rose bodily from the grave three days later because of our justification, and ascended into heaven where He lives forever to intercede for the saints.His death for the sins of all men was the completely sufficient sacrifice that satisfied the holy justice of God towards men because of their sin. It was the suffering of the just for the unjust. His death was substitutionary: the suffering and death that He endured are the suffering and death that we deserved because of our sin.The Holy SpiritThe Holy Spirit is equal as Deity and in personality with the Father and the Son. He was active in Creation along with the Father and the Son. His ministry consists of: testifying of Christ; convicting of sin, righteousness, and judgment; sanctifying, regenerating and permanently indwelling believers; guaranteeing their ultimate salvation by sealing; and teaching them all truth. The biblical fruits and gifts of the Spirit are not to be confused with the ecstatic experiences advocated by some in modern Charismatic phenomenon.About the Devil or SatanSatan is a personal being, who was created perfect and with free will by God and lived with Him. Yet he rebelled against God leading many angels astray with him. Satan is the god of this world, ruling over every unbeliever, yet defeated by Christ and having no authority over the saints. He opposes the work of God and His people by accusation, persecution, false teaching, temptation, and is a deceiver. He and all those who follow him will suffer eternal judgment in the lake of fire.About CreationThe account given in Genesis chapters one and two is a general historical record of how God created the universe as a whole and planet earth in particular. It is not a religious myth. God therefore created all that now exists in six days, and rested on the seventh. The length of each day of the creation week cannot be determined with absolute certainty. This creation was ex-nihilo – God did not use previously existing matter to create the universe, neither was their any gap of time intervening between Gen. 1:1 and 1:2. Genesis chapter two is a focused account of the creation of humankind, which occurred on the sixth day of creation. Man alone was created as God’s image bearer to rule over creation and fill the earth. Man is in no way the macro-evolutionary descendent of lower forms of life. Neither are animals and plants the result of macro-evolution, but were created by God according to their kind and reproduce according to their kind. This being evidenced by scientific data in three basic areas: (1) the fossil record contains no transitional forms of plants, animals, or quasi-human creatures; (2) the contradiction between the laws of thermodynamics and evolution (the idea that life has naturally increased in complexity); (3) the evidence of intelligent design in the physical universe.About ManMan was created in God’s image on the sixth day of the creation week, in a state of purity and innocence, free of sin. Being created with a free will, man voluntarily chose to disobey God’s express will and therefore fell from his state of innocence. As a result, man lost his ability to freely choose God, incurred spiritual and physical death, sin, and condemnation. Every person born subsequent to the fall has been born spiritually dead, a sinner by nature, under the bondage and condemnation of sin, unable and unwilling to escape that bondage, and so is a sinner by nature and by choice. Furthermore, apart from God taking the initiative in all our lives, we are unable and unwilling to come to God for salvation or to contribute anything to our salvation.About Believers and Non-believersThere are radical differences between those who have chosen to follow Christ and those who have not: differences in their natures; in God’s present disposition towards them; and in their ultimate destination after physical death. In nature, the Christ-Follower has been made righteous and holy by faith, through the work of Christ, while the non-believer remains fallen. God’s anger towards the Christ-Follower has been satisfied, while His wrath presently abides on those who don’t believe. The destination of the Christ-Follower is eternal joy in the presence of God, while that of non-believers is eternal separation from God in anguish and just punishment for their sinfulness and rejection of Christ.About SalvationGrace in the New CreationSalvation is a second birth or regeneration, where the recipient is instantaneously brought from spiritual death to life by the will, mercy, and grace of God, apart from any merit of his own. Regeneration involves the spiritual creating of a new person and the death of the old. It is brought about by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and belief in Jesus.The Freeness of SalvationSalvation is a divine mystery which no theological system can adequately explain. Through the communication of the gospel, God calls everyone to repent, believe, and receive His free gift of salvation. It is therefore the duty of everyone to repent and believe in Christ, and nothing hinders man from so doing except his own voluntary rejection of Christ.JustificationJustification is God’s official act of applying the righteousness of Christ to the one who repents and believes in Jesus Christ and in His death, burial, and resurrection for sins. Justification is by faith alone, apart from any works on the Christ-Followers’ part. It involves forgiveness of sins, freedom from the Law, and freedom from condemnation.Repentance and FaithRepentance and faith are inseparable, being both man’s responsibility and God’s gift. Repentance is both, the change of mind about who Christ is and what He has done, as well as the change of life in turning away from sin to Christ. Faith is trust in Christ as one’s only Lord and Savior.About the Perseverance and Security of the BelieverTrue Christ-Followers do not depart from faith in Christ. By an unbreakable attachment to Christ they distinguish themselves from counterfeit believers. It is God’s power that keeps them in the faith, ending in the consummation of their salvation.About the ChurchThe word “church” as used in the New Testament has both a local and comprehensive sense. The local church is God’s ordained institution to carry out His work on earth. It is a congregation of immersed believers who share common faith and doctrine, not a building or location. The New Testament designates only two offices; pastor (i.e., bishop and elder) and deacon. As God’s ordained institution to carry out His work on earth, the duties of the local church are: to practice Baptism and Communion or the Lord’s Supper; to fulfill the Great Commandments (love God and love others) and the Great Commission, which involves teaching and discipleship as well as evangelism; and to defend the truth of the Gospel. In its government the local church is autonomous, free of all external interference. It is responsible for its internal affairs and unity, the appointing of its officers, and determining the level of its cooperation with other churches.About BaptismBy definition water baptism is total immersion in water. It is to be done in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the New Testament it was administered by elders, deacons, and missionaries and we therefore take this as our example. It is the outward sign of the inward change that took place at salvation; our participation in death, burial, and resurrection with Christ. Baptism carries no ability to forgive sins, it is symbolic. It is therefore the act by which one outwardly identifies himself with Christ and His people. Thus it is a pre-requisite for identifying oneself with a local church.About Communion or the Lord’s SupperLike baptism, the act of Communion carries no ability to convey God’s grace to the participant; it is a remembering of Christ’s death until He returns. Communion should be preceded by serious self-examination and confession of sin so as to avoid God’s discipline. Throughout the New Testament, Communion is seen in the context of the local church.About MissionsThe command to make followers of Christ is clear. It is the responsibility of every Christian to take part in evangelism as a member of a local church, God’s ordained instrument to carry out the Great Commission. In fulfilling the Great Commission, the responsibility of the church to teach is just as important as making converts and baptizing.About GivingThe church and its work are to be financed by the gifts of its members. We are to give cheerfully and not because of compulsion. The amount to be given by members of the church is a personal decision between the individual and God based on the giver’s financial situation, realizing that all they possess is God’s and His gift to them. In both the Old and New Testaments the minimum standard for giving is one tenth of income. In giving we may expect God’s abundant blessing in return.About Civil GovernmentGovernment is ordained by God for the punishing of evil and rewarding of good. The duties of the Christian towards civil government are to pray for their governors, submit to and honor them. Whenever the rule of civil government and obedience to God are in conflict, the Christian is always to follow God rather than men. One of the distinguishing marks of false teachers is that they despise God’s ordained authority.About Human Sexuality and MoralityGod commands that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage. Marriage is only between one man and one woman. God disapproves and forbids adultery, bestiality, bisexuality, fornication, homosexuality, incest, lesbianism, pornography, the alteration of gender and calls his people to be chaste, holy, and obedient to His design. God has instituted these regulations for our protection and pleasure, not to rob of us freedom.About the Resurrection and the Return of ChristJesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised on the third day according to the Gospels. His resurrection is a historic fact, both physical and visible. He physically and visibly ascended into heaven where He now intercedes for the saints. He will come again a second time physically and visibly to earth to set up His kingdom for one thousand years.The Rapture (gathering up into Heaven) of the saints will occur between Christ’s ascension and second coming, prior to the Tribulation, which is the outpouring of God’s wrath on the earth. At the Rapture, Christians who have died physically will be resurrected and given a new body. Then, those who are still living, will receive a new body without experiencing death.
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