Finding a church for your whole family can be a heavyset task. First you must find one that co-insides with your belief system. After you have found a few that fits into your beliefs the next step is weeding out the ones that lack connection with the community and the ability to inspire Gods words.
It is important to choose a church that fills the needs of the whole family. One that the adults feel inspired to learn more about the word of God and to share it with those they love. If you have children a big part of choosing your church is checking out what types of programs they have for kids. You want your children to learn about God in an interactive and fun way that will guarantee they retain the information.
My family and I have been going to Eagle Brook Church for little over a year now. We first were invited by a old high school friend but at the time we were not ready to find a new church. About a month later, I had this urge deep inside me to seek a church that would help me reconnect with God but in a new way.
So as a family we decided to visit Eagle Brook Church in Blaine. As you walk through the doors at Eagle Brook you are welcomed right from the start by volunteers who are smiling as they welcome you into the church. There is a small coffee shop that provides hot and cold beverages for you to enjoy before the service. As you walk further into the lobby you will see staff holding a yellow envelope asking the question ” Are you new here?” which is a welcome packet for your first visit. Something my husband really enjoyed because the packet contained details on the church and their views. Not to mention a coupon for a free coffee that just gave the welcome feel an extra touch.
We were a bit overwhelmed by how many people were coming in from all directions. But, the staff and volunteers were quick to notice anyone who seems to be new and they were ready to help. In the far back is the registration desk for the kids programs. Every time you attend church, when you check in your child you will receive an ID sticker for your child and a claim ticket for the parent. Being a bit of an over protective parent, this made me feel at ease. If there is a problem with your child, the ID number comes up in church so that you know to return to the kids area.
We were amazed as we walked into one of the kids area called Elevate for kids ranging from 1st grade until 5th grade. Our daughters eyes widen as she walked into a room full of hula-hoops, video games and kids coloring and playing everywhere. As parents we were curious as to what our child would be learning. We decided to sit in the back for a bit to see what it was all about. After a short period of play the kids were called to the center of the room where the youth pastor welcomes them. Our daughter received a special welcome bracelet making her feel included.
The program was so interactive. They broke the kids up into smaller groups so that kids could work together and become part of the learning. Instead of being just lectured. For the first time my daughter came out of a church program with knowledge about God and what it means to do the right thing. But, that is not the only thing the children do in Elevate. They also do great work for the community like putting together care packets for kids that struggle with hunger. This program is incredible and truly has the seal of approval of many kids. In fact when many of my daughters friends sleep over they ask if they can go to church with us.
Kids are not the only one who come away with the word of God. Adults get there fair share too. In fact Eagle Brook is the first church that I have attended that teaches you the bible and then how it applies it to your everyday life. The message are always mixed with a little lite humor reminding you that learning about God can be fun. The music is outstanding although it can be a bit loud at times but Eagle Brook provides ear plugs if the noise is to much for you. They have pretty much thought of everything.
Both my husband and I come away from church learning something new and do our best to apply it in our lives. This church has allowed us to feel more connected with God every day. We especially like that when my husband travels, we can still go to church together online.
I invite you to visit a Eagle Brook Church near you. They have locations all over the Twin Cities making it easy to get connected with God. There is no pressure felt by new attendees. Each service the pastor welcomes new guests and reminds that the church does not require anything from them but a willingness to hear Gods message. If your near the Blaine location and want someone to join you feel free to email me. I would be happy to give you a tour or point you in the right direction