What is the church?
Above all things, the church is God's family. We are designed to be a place of belonging, where you are known, heard, and valued. This is only possible through the freedom of the gospel. Jesus saves us from the power and condemnation of guilt, and the Holy Spirit is actively working in our hearts to save us from the power of sin. God frees and forms people into his story, ultimately enlisting them in his common mission. From the earliest pages of Scripture, we find God's family intended to be "a blessing to the whole world" (Gen. 12:1-3). Jesus reiterates this when he sends us into the world in the same way that the Father sent the Son. "For God so loved the world God sent his son, Jesus, into the world because he loved the world. And Jesus sends his disciples - the church - into the world to love people, places, and things. All because he loves the world.
The Church is God's family called to love people, places, and things.
Our identity as a church is rooted in the belief that the church is not a worship service or a building, but a community of people who follow Jesus together. We don’t want to be isolated individuals who simply go to church. We want to be the church. This is why community life is such a big deal at Iron Works Church. It is in this community life that we get to be the church together in between Sundays.
We life out everyday lives together through community groups. These cross-generational gatherings meet regularly for meals, prayer, discussion, and service. Community Groups are a place to share your story, build relationships, and seek ways of loving others. Community Groups are for everyone and anyone; we all need this. So we encourage anyone interested in learning about God and the Christian faith to join one.
Join a Community Group
West Chester Groups
Tuesdays @ 7pm
Contact: Nicole O’Leary
Thursdays @ 7pm
Contact: Tyler Hutchins
Wednesdays @ 6:30pm
Contact: Emily Yao
Thursdays @ 6:30pm
Contact: Kelli Stewart
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
"How do I join a community group and get to know people?"
This is our most popular question. We have two on-ramps available to help you learn more about us and get to know others. The first is our Newcomers lunch, where we share our story, introduce our leaders, and just get to know each other. There'll be folks from each community group to help you get to know others in your area. The second is our community groups. When you join us for worship, there'll be an opportunity to connect with a community group. All activities are publicized in our worship guide.
"I want to start a community group in my neighborhood, how do I start one?"
Start attending a community group and express your desire to the leaders and to our pastor. They'll walk you through the process of starting an Iron Works Community Group in your area.