Get ConnectedAs followers of Christ, we are called to love, serve, and pray for one another. At Countryside, we seek to connect with one another as we grow together in our faith.
We believe that there is more to being part of the body of Christ than simply attending our corporate gatherings on Sundays. Biblical fellowship is most fully lived out in the context of intimate spiritual relationships. This essential aspect of church body-life allows each individual an opportunity to engage in relationships which promote spiritual growth. We offer a variety of smaller community groups that meet throughout the week. These home-based community groups are where we “stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24) and function as the context in which the body of Christ practically cares for one another. Small groups are such a vital part of ongoing discipleship that we believe every believer should be engaged in this essential ministry.
Breaking Bread Together
Fellowship Table Groups
Fellowship Table Groups are designed to foster relationships by connecting you around the dinner table with others in our church. Groups of eight meet for a meal once each month for four months. Each couple (or pair of singles) has the opportunity to host the group in their home or at a local restaurant.
Connecting the Hearing and Deaf
As a church of both hearing and deaf people, Countryside is a beautiful expression of the rich diversity that exists within the body of Christ. Because of our shared identity in Christ, we believe the church is a united body of believers, whether deaf or hearing, who grow and mature together to be more like Jesus. Therefore, we are not a church with a “deaf ministry,” but rather a church that ministers alongside the deaf. Hearing and deaf people worship, serve, and fellowship together. ASL classes taught by deaf members are offered each year, and many of our hearing members have learned to sign.
While our Sunday morning worship service is in English, our team of interpreters, led by a deaf coordinator, work hard to facilitate clear, accurate, and consistent communication each week. An ASL Sunday School class is led by one of our deaf men and provides excellent direct instruction in ASL. Weekly Bible Studies allow for a deeper understanding of the Word with either a deaf teacher or ASL-interpretation provided. Deaf children are also involved in the ministry at Countryside. Their classes have an ASL interpreter, or upon the parents’ request, a deaf teacher.
(OUR DEAF SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS IS TEMPORARILY POSTPONED DUE TO SEVERAL FACTORS INCLUDING COVID-19. WE WILL GIVE NOTICE WHEN THE CLASS RESUMES ITS REGULAR MEETINGS.)
Iron Sharpens Iron
Christian men are called to be spiritual leaders in their homes and the world. It is the purpose of the Men’s Institute to help equip men to fulfill that role. Men’s Institute sessions are held one Saturday each month in the spring and fall. Sessions start at 7:30 AM and end by 9:00 AM. The Men’s Institute provides helpful teaching on specific life issues which require faithfulness from men.
Pastor Otto Skoog will be teaching at the next Men’s Institute on February 27, 2021, from 7:30-9:00 AM in the Commons. We look forward to seeing you there!
“Created in the Image of God”
Countryside’s Women’s Ministry hosts quarterly fellowships, which we call “Encouraged Hearts.” At these gatherings, women age 16 and older come together to learn and share through a variety of formats that may include testimonies, teaching, singing, small groups, prayer, or panel discussions — all focused on the Word of God. It’s a wonderful way to get to know other women in all seasons of life and look for opportunities to encourage and build relationships.
We are currently exploring the riches of Scripture under the theme of “Created in the Image of God.” We hope you’ll join us during our upcoming gatherings as we focus on what it means to live “from Him through Him and to Him” (Romans 11:36)!
Investing in the Next Generation of Leaders
As we seek to invest in the next generation of leaders, we see training them in the knowledge of the Word as central. All our children’s ministries seek to instill God’s truth in the lives of our children.
Children ages 3-6 may participate in their own special Children’s Hour of Worship (CHOW) during the Sunday morning worship service. This special time of teaching at their level is designed to help them receive a well-balanced diet from God’s Word.
Children ages 3-5 and 6-9 are encouraged to join us on Sunday evenings during the school year. Truth Trackers focuses on building a foundation of key scriptural truths about God in the hearts of our children. Those who participate in this ministry will spend time learning biblical answers to questions about God and His Word, and memorizing important verses that teach us about the nature of God.
Based on the truth of Romans 1:16, Power Pack is a new, original kid’s club developed by Countryside that meets Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:00 PM. Power Pack’s purpose is to partner with parents to raise up a generation of kids who know the gospel and can communicate it clearly. Power Pack kids memorize gospel statements and verses at their own pace and earn rewards such as buttons, patches, and even a backpack! Kids will also learn to name the books of the Bible and to quickly locate verses in their Bibles. It is designed with flexibility for new members joining at any time and for families who have varying commitments. Please contact David Lammers-Meis at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For those children in the 5th and 6th grade, the Junior Youth Group (JYG) offers a smooth transition from Truth Trackers to the Youth Group. Through personal Bible study and Biblical instruction each Sunday evening, children are encouraged in their spiritual growth and provided practical Biblical application for issues they can relate to their daily life.
Helping to Shape and Mold Teens
We value the opportunity to help shape and mold teens in a Biblical manner during this crucial and special stage of life. Our goal is to see teens drawn to Christ, conformed to Christ, and commit their lives to serving Christ. In this way, we see our youth ministry not as separate from, but as an extension of the larger ministry at Countryside. Through weekly youth meetings, Sunday morning classes, Bible studies, retreats, discipleship, and service opportunities, we seek to see junior high and high school aged young people grow in a personal walk with Christ. Our youth meet on Sunday nights after the family portion of our service for worship, discussion, teaching, and fellowship. They also participate in monthly activities.
To learn more about the Bible Quizzing activities that some of our youth participate in, please contact Richard Dietzel or click here.
Preparing the Next Generation of Church Leaders
Young Adult Ministry
Our young adult community is full of people in their 20s and 30s who are committed to the mission of our church to live as disciples of Jesus while making disciples for Jesus. We want to grow closer to God and each other through a relationship with Jesus Christ. To do that, we gather every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for coffee and Biblical teaching.
We are also actively involved in small groups throughout the week and provide other events during the year that seek to deepen our understanding of our faith. We use a private Facebook group and an email list to keep you up to date on upcoming events and community service opportunities. To access that group or join our list, please contact Otto Skoog at email@example.com.
The Forerunner Ministry is for those of us who have hit the half-century mark and are able to look back at all the lessons we have learned and reach out to those who are still learning many of those same lessons. To get involved, please contact Pastor Scott Nicoll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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