Where exactly is Grace Assembly?? I tried to find it a couple of times as it was my first choice on my list for church because of Sunday a.m. Bible studies, etc. Never found it or bothered to call, so now I have a home in Victory Christian Fellowship in Audubon.
I'm conflicted about Christian rock and clapping for the worship band afterwards - if I clap I concentrate on giving the praise to God for their talent because otherwise it seems so weird! (former Catholic here)
I don't attend a church (although I should) but a lot of my family and friends attend Grace Assembly in Phoenixville on Rt. 23. Small little church, very close-knit congregation, and they do a LOT of community service, including Angel Food Ministries
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There's also Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown. That's where we go. It's much smaller and I really like that. The pastor is super-smart, and I really enjoy some of his insights into the bible. They have three services: 8:30 is contemporary, 10:00 is traditional, and 11:30 is super casual - actually takes place in the little "cafe" instead of the sanctuary. I like all 3 services, but usually go to the traditional service so that DD can go to Sunday School. Plus I like the traditional hymns better than the Christian rock music.
L8 thanks for all the suggestions. As we were outside today doing some much needed yard work, I suggested the idea to Santa that we organize a block party this spring, so that I can meet the neighbors. I think it would be a lot of fun.
Rippy, you should definitely try Calvary. It's a great church and they have a ton of things for families and kids. I love it there. The services are 9 and 10:45. If you ever plan to go, let me know and we can meet up!
FINALLYLOVNLIFE ~ We are still in the process of finding a church for our family. We are trying Forks of Brandywine soon. We talked about trying Calvary, but haven't yet. So ... so far, I'm not helping, but I'll let you know! :-)
L8 ~ Great job with your neighborhood! That's what I want to start up doing when we get our house, too. (Whenever THAT will be at THIS rate!)
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Thanks for the suggestions l8. I have been here for a little bit, but working 2 jobs has me busy. I really do want to start estabishling some friendships here . . . one of the reasons I love sp . . at least there are people I am connecting with on the daily basis.
Hi Lovn, We're a mixed marriage, Quaker and Jewish so we are of absolutely no help what so ever to you!
We had children when we moved here so we had an instant way to meet people through school and sports activities. After we were here a couple of years we realized that no one in our neighborhood knew each other. When the weather got nice we hosted a bring your own picnic social. We supplied the drinks, yard, and games, and everyone brought their own picnic and blanket. Everyone loved it and we finally had faces to go with the names on the mailboxes.
The neighborhood now hosts monthly cocktail parties where the host family supplies drinks and everyone brings something to nibble on. The only rules, you're not allowed to clean your house, stress out about the event, or dress up. Some times people go all out trying new recipes, other times they bring a bag of tortilla chips and salsa.
Do you play tennis? You can sign up for local USTA team and play matches at your convenience in your area. Levels of play vary greatly and it's a great way to get to know people.
Also check with you local department of parks and recreation. They have club teams for everything these days, volleyball, soccer, dodgeball....ect. You really don't have to be very good. Most people join a team to get to know people, unwind, get out of the house, and do something active.
Everyone is so busy. It's really hard getting to know people especially over the colder months when everyone is indoors. Good luck to you and I hope these ideas help.
Good morning everyone, You know that I just moved here in August and I'm still learning my way around and trying to meet people. I started attending Calvary Fellowship Church in Downingtown. It's a huge church and I haven't really met a lot of people yet. Just wondering if any of you might also go there? thanks :)
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