Our primary ministry is public worship. It is the center of our life as a church and as individual followers of Christ. When we worship together we are serving the Lord, but we benefit too: He is powerfully present with us; our souls are strengthened by the means of grace, especially the preaching of Scripture; and we are encouraged by the fellowship of the saints.
In seeking to use the Sabbath well, and in keeping with biblical patterns of morning and evening worship, we worship twice each Sunday.
Before morning worship we offer classes for children and adults in subjects that are age-specific or better suited to a classroom setting than the pulpit (for example, church history). Sunday school is a chance to learn and grow, prepare for worship, and enjoy additional Lord's Day fellowship.
In prayer we speak with God, cast our cares on him, ask for his mercies, and help to bear each other’s burdens. In our congregational prayer meetings, we take turns praying aloud for our fellow believers, sister churches, missionaries, neighbors, nation, and more.
We have three congregational prayer meetings per month:
• 7:00 p.m. on second Wednesdays at a member's home.
• 6:00 p.m. on third Sundays (i.e., just before the evening call to worship).
• 7:00 p.m. on fourth Wednesdays by Zoom.
Several of our members lead Bible studies at the Blount County Jail on Thursday evenings. Sometimes we provide additional training and encouragement to individual inmates whom we've met through the jail ministry, and who have come to know Christ.
Two of our members, Danny & Ariel Rorabaugh, work with Wycliffe Bible Translators, helping translate scripture into the 4000+ languages that do not yet have the entire Bible. More info is available on their ministry page.
Instead of regular meetings or programs, from time to time volunteers will schedule group outings for our school-age kids. In the past these have included camping trips, talent shows, Christmas caroling, and visits to nursing homes.