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If you ever have questions about weather related cancellations…this is the place to check. We also will post to our facebook page and send out an email to everyone on our email list ( if you don’t get our weekly email newsletter just contact the church office  to be added office@joy-church.org )


Lenten Worship begins Wednesday, March 6th with Ash Wednesday and continues through April 10th from 6:30-7:15pm

Fall, Winter, Spring Schedule
Sunday-Traditional Worship  8:15am
Faith Formation  9:25am
Contemporary Worship & Sunday School 10:15am Fellowship Time Following Worship

Summer Schedule Begins Sunday, May 5th through September 1st(Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Sunday-Blended Style Worship 9:30am
Wednesday-Informal Campfire Worship 6:30pm

Whoever you are, however you come, you are welcome here.

Below is a video Pastor Steve made from their visit to Malawi  June 2018

What is the difference between “Faith Formation” and “Sunday School”?  

If you have noticed the signs for the fall schedule change you have seen references to both Faith Formation and Sunday School.  What is the difference? Both have the same goal of helping to form faith but they go at it in different ways.
First of all, Sunday School: Sunday School is a model of faith formation that we have used for many years.  Most recently it has meant a setting where kids were dropped off for class, while parents went to worship.  It allowed teachers to prepare a very age appropriate experience for children, while parents worshiped without distraction.  However, the unfortunate side effect has been that children don’t learn how to worship by experiencing it with their parents.

That will be changing this year, at least partially, because Sunday School will begin with worship in the sanctuary with their families.  The worship at 10:15 will look a little different because of that. It will be very intentionally cross generational and interactive. After about 15 minutes the children can be dismissed for their Sunday School class.

The Faith Formation time (45 minutes between services)  at 9:25 provides an educational experience which is separate from worship, so parents who want to worship as families have that opportunity. There are two elements: The first element is something we are calling Faith U (faith university) and will consist of two classes, offered each week for adults.  There will be a variety of topics offered, dealing with both life application, as well as Bible and theology topics in short series.
Questions about how this will work? Talk to Christy or Pastor Steve
PS.  I have long valued having children in worship  check out this article on “my kid doesn’t get anything out of church”