Worship Gatherings

Worship is extremely important at theeffect. As we see it, it’s one of the three pillars of the function of a faith community in the first place. We believe we’re here to help ourselves understand our relationship with God and each other as clearly as possible [study], to leave each person we meet better than we found him or her [service], and to directly experience God in our moments [worship].

Theeffect BandOur times of musical worship are not meant to be the sum of our worship in any given week, but a jumpstart and a touchstone to help bring those moments of contact into every other moment and detail of our lives. theeffect band plays regularly twice a week for 30 to 40 minutes, which we believe is the minimum time needed to quiet our minds and spend some time spirit to spirit with God.

weekly worship gatherings

Everyone is welcome at these worship gatherings. Even though Tuesday night is geared toward the Recovery community, all are welcome. Many people come just for the worship portion, but you can stay as long as you wish.

  • Sunday Gathering: worship begins @ 10AM
  • Tuesday Recovery Gathering: worship begins @ 7PM

soak

Once a month, generally on the second Friday evening of the month, we dedicate an entire evening to worship. We call them Soaks—an extended time of soaking in God’s presence. At these gatherings, theeffect band leads worship for around two hours straight with people mingling, praying alone and with each other, reading devotionally, eating together…

_DSC0216It’s a time to use in any way that makes God’s presence real to us. With people coming in very comfortable clothes and bringing their beach chairs, and with thick rugs and pillows strewn about for folks to lay on, the atmosphere is as warm as the candlelight and coffee. It’s a great time to relax and really soak in the presence of God.

See Featured Events or Calendar for next Soak.

To make sure you don’t miss anything, see our Calendar and contact us to get on our enews email list and be alerted to upcoming Soaks and all other events.

More information, 949-218-2228, Option 5.

 

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Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

Since we’re all recovering, we accept everyone right as they are—no expiration dates or deadlines. We don’t tell anyone what to believe or do. We present points of view that we hope will engage seekers in their own journey; help them unlearn limiting perceptions, beliefs, and compulsions; give opportunities to get involved in community, building the trust we all need to find real identity, meaning, and purpose. In other words, to engage the transforming Way of living life that Jesus called Kingdom…non-religiously understood from a first century Hebrew point of view.

 

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Embedded in the fun and laughter of each of our gatherings and events is the connection and accountability as well as the structure, discipline, and opportunity for service that authentic community is all about. We help create programs for physical support, emotional recovery, and spiritual formation that can meet any person’s needs. Such programs work at two levels: first to address a person’s physical and emotional stability—clinical, financial, relational,professional—anything that distracts from working on the second level: true spiritual formation centered around the contemplative way of life defined by an original Hebrew understanding of the message of Jesus.

Rather than telling people what to believe or think, we model and encourage engagement in a personal and communal spiritual journey that allows people to experience their own worthiness of connection and acceptance, to find the freedom from underlying fears that brings real meaning and purpose into focus.

 

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Seeing ourselves as a learning and recovery community that worships together, the focus isn’t on Sunday morning alone, but on every day of the week as we gather for worship, healing and support workshops, studies, 12 step meetings, counseling and mentoring sessions, referral services, and social events. We maintain a food pantry for those needing more support, a recovery worship gathering, and child care for those with little ones.

Our Sunday gathering starts at 10AM and our Recovery gathering on Tuesdays at 7PM. Both gatherings include worship with one of the best worship bands in the area. See our monthly calendar and our Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening each week. You can also sign up on our elist for email enews updates.

 

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