Schedule 2018-19 Church Year

 

MID-WEEK COMMUNITY GROUPS

Group sign-ups will begin in early September and begin meeting in October. Look for more information about specific topics and meeting times in the coming weeks. To find out more about community groups, check out this page.

MEETINGS & MEALS

Ministry task forces and teams sometimes meet on Wednesday night and can take advantage of the childcare provided. Occasional Wednesday dinners for special events will be offered.

2018-19 SCHEDULE 

Promotion Sunday, Aug. 19

Children’s Ministry

Sundays

8:30 a.m. Worship Childcare for birth to pre-k

9:00 a.m. (after Labor Day)  Children’s Choirs

Preschool – pre-k and kindergarten

Music Makers – first and second grade

Young Musicians – third, fourth and fifth grade

9:45 a.m. Bible Study for birth to fifth grade

Beginning in September, on the last Sunday of each month, we will have missions education for K-5 students.

11:00 a.m. Worship Childcare for birth to pre-k

Midweek

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday childcare for birth through fifth grade available to parents who are participating in a community group.

Student Ministry

Sundays

8:55 a.m.   Student Handbell Choir

9:45 a.m.   Bible study for all age levels.

11:00 a.m.  TBA

4:30 p.m.   Student Choir

5:30 p.m.    Innermission

Midweek

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Student Community Groups. 

  Middle School in the student ministries suite, High School off campus.

Music Ministry

To join any of the music groups, simply come to a rehearsal!

Sanctuary Choir:

The choir rehearses each Wednesday night in the Music Suite, Room 501 from 7:15 – 8:35 p.m. To join, you are invited to simply come to a rehearsal!

Handbells

Student Handbell Choirs 

High School (Grades 8-12) Sundays at 8:55 a.m. in the Music Suite, Room 501.

Middle School (Grades 6-7) Sundays at 8:55 a.m. 

4th and 5th Grade Handbell Choir: We are currently exploring a new time for this rehearsal.

The Sanctuary Handbell Choir Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in Room 501

 

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP VOCALIST & INSTRUMENTALISTS

Our contemporary worship service meets at 9:45 a.m. If you are interested in joining a team of instrumentalists and vocalists for this acoustic service, please contact Chip Handrich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read below what Pastors Jason and Connie say about this new schedule. 

A NOTE FROM PASTOR JASON

We must recognize that people’s lives are not organized the way they once were. We now live in a culture where, predominately, every working age adult in a household “goes to work.” This affects a family’s time and availability for volunteerism, learning, worship and other activities as well. Each day parents brave traffic to get home from their job, picking up children from school and childcare, sometimes shuffling them to extra-curricular activities, which happen even on Wednesdays and Sundays now. They then return to homes situated all over Liberty and Kansas City, often exhausted, but knowing they still want to find sacred space for their family to spend time together. Time with family is a shrinking, precious commodity. One young father once quipped to me, “you couldn’t pay me enough to drive across I-35 into Liberty traffic to get my kids from home to the church building on a Wednesday evening.” This is a significant part of the reality in which we now live. 

With these and other factors and opportunities in mind, our church staff has been working on ways to better meet the discipleship and service needs of people in our community, starting this fall. In the article that follows, Associate Pastor Connie McNeill shares these plans in great detail. 


A NOTE FROM PASTOR CONNIE 

We are truly excited about bringing hours of conversation together into a new fall programming schedule. There is a lot of information for you, and we are talking about various ways we can make it available, so no one misses out on any opportunity. To begin with, we have to create new space in the existing program. That starts with replacing our Wednesday night meal, adult programs, and children’s missions options. We want to have new ways that we hope will accommodate households in better ways to accomplish the commitments we have to our mission—to provide meaningful Christ-centered community, to nurture whole-life faith and to be a transforming missional presence starting in Liberty. Here’s a bulleted list of changes:

  • On Wednesdays, a pastors-led Bible study and brown bag lunch at noon for anyone interested and available; Wednesday night Community Groups can meet at church and will have childcare provided; Ministry Task Forces and Ministry Teams can meet on Wednesday night at the church and take advantage of the childcare provided. Adult music offerings continue as usual on Wednesday nights. Occasional Wednesday Dinners that are church-wide for special events will be offered.
  • Sunday morning children’s Sunday School will include one Sunday a month as a mission study for boys and girls and Saturday mission service days scattered throughout the year. The adult teachers in these classes are encouraged to sit in on the adult Bible study the morning they don’t teach.
  • Deacons, Task Forces, Ministry Teams will meet on the second Sunday of each month. Standing Committees and Church Council will meet on the third Sunday of each month. Let’s keep the first, fourth and fifth Sundays free of meetings.
  • A third Worship Service is currently scheduled to begin on August 12 at 9:45 a.m. The worship style will be contemporary with an acoustic sound. We are starting this worship experience for anyone looking for this style of worship and we hope that it will also attract new members. This service is another opportunity for us to foster meaningful, Christ-centered worship among people in Liberty who do not currently belong to a church. 
  • We will relaunch Community Groups which are organized around one or more of the following foci: study, covenant, activity, and ministry. Our goal is for everyone who regularly worships with us to be engaged in a Community Group.
    • Sunday morning Bible studies will continue, and we hope that those who aren’t already organized as Community Study Groups, will fashion themselves into Community Study Groups. 
    • Coffee and Conversation Groups continue on the 1st and 3rd Mondays. Coffee and Conversation is an existing  Community Activity Group.
    • Women on Mission continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. This is a Community Study/Ministry Group.
    • MOPS will continue on the 2nd Friday of each month during the school year. We have added a Thursday evening group that meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center.
  • Whole Life Retreats will be held on Friday-Saturdays up to four times a year. Our goal is that everyone who regularly worships with us will participate in at least one Whole Life Retreat each year. Our first retreat is in the planning stage with Carrie Bartlow and Tanna Campbell as co-chairs. The planning team also includes Angie Fuller, Heather Lewis, Kathy Benavidez and Hanni Guinn. Men will soon be hearing about an option designed just for them.
  • Zoom into a meeting! The church has a Zoom account for groups to utilize and to create a platform for us to offer online, live-time teaching, meetings, and other group experiences for those who cannot leave their homes.

Some of these opportunities are still in the planning stages, so details are still being finalized. Please feel free to ask any of the pastors about any of these opportunities that interest you and especially those you would be interested in helping lead. We are certain that as we work out the kinks, we will need to adjust schedules, add things here and there, and maybe remove things that aren’t helpful or meaningful to you. We welcome your feedback and your prayers.