HOUSE CHURCH

JUNE 7, 2020

During this pandemic, we are moving our gatherings from our building to homes. Below is a guide to help assist your house church gathering.

The video is meant to be a resource for your morning gathering, but it’s not meant to be played and watched alone. We’re encouraging participation from all present. Let’s set our hearts on Jesus together as we worship, pray, read scripture, receive the elements, sit under the teaching of God’s word and fellowship together.

Prepare

For the best experience spend some time to prepare for your House Church service. Below are a few tips:

1) Read the guide ahead of time. 
Whoever is going to be responsible for leading your service should:
• Read the guide and familiarize yourself with the timeline
• Prepare to lead people through communion
• Spend some time in prayer that the Holy Spirit would move powerfully

2) Gathering everything you need ahead of time.
• Bible
• Pen and paper to take notes.
• Bread and juice for communion

3) Limit as many distractions as possible
• Silence phones
• Situate pets
• Feed kids ahead of time

Worship

15 MINUTES

Singing with a small group of people may take some getting used to, especially if no one present is musically inclined. But even if it’s a little awkward, worship is an essential practice for believers as they gather together.

Let’s decide to ensure that we’re going to push through any apprehension and have our worship be a meaningful expression of our devotion to God. In worship, we turn our attention and affection towards God and express our love and trust in Him.

We’ve provided a worship set for you in our House Church video, but If you have someone in your group who can lead worship, feel free to pause our video while you worship together. While you worship together we encourage the reading of scripture. A Psalm works particularly well during this time. We also suggest you spend sometime expressing gratitude taking turns leading out.

message

30 MINUTES

Head to the 20 minute mark in the video resources to watch this week's message.

COMMUNION

7 MINUTES

Take some time to pray together as we look to Jesus, remember what he's done for us, and celebrate the hope we have in him.

For practicals on taking communion, use the resource below.

PRAYER

15 MINUTES

At the conclusion of the message we'll have one final song. Spend a few minutes worshiping, and praying for our hearts, each other, our church, and our world.

ONELIFE KIDS

20-30 MINUTES

Families make up a large part of our OneLife community, so having activities especially for children will be an important part of your House Church worship. To help the children feel a sense of “normal,” we suggest following a format like what they experience on Sunday mornings at OneLife. Here are a few simple suggestions of what a you can do with the kids during this time:

Bible Story Time

Lead kids through the Bible story, discussion questions, and activities. Choose questions and the curriculum that will be most easily understood by every child.

Worship

We have included song suggestions that the kids are familiar with from Sunday mornings.

Prayer Time

Spend some time praying for peace and health in our world. This is a great time to remind the kids that God is good, strong, and loves to heal people.

Play Time

In a time of high anxiety and stress, play is an easy, fun way for kids to feel relief and safety. You could organize a group game or have free play. You could make arts and crafts or color. This is not wasted time but could be healing and helpful for kids and adults alike.

Ready to Get Started?

Click the button below to access OneLife Kids' House Church Resources for Sunday, June 7.