What do you think of when you hear the word 'church?'
Above all things, the church is God's family. God frees and forms people into his story, 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). 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.
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. That’s why community life is such a big deal at Iron Works West Chester. That is where we get to be the church together in between Sundays.
The Church is God's family called to love people, places, and things.
We do this through community groups, cross-generational gatherings that meet regularly for meals, study, and service (i.e. live life together). Community Groups are a place to share your story, build relationships, and seek ways of loving others -- being known and knowing others. This means that 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.
Currently we have two community groups, one in West Chester and one in Kennett Square, but we are developing groups that seek to love college students, young married couples, and in other communities. Each community group will have a different rhythm, but our priority is to care for others well through prayer, service, and live life together.
To help you understand what our groups look like, check out the following video produced by Soma Communities in Tacoma, WA.