I’m still kind of mulling over my next post in the community series (by that, of course I mean I haven’t taken the time to sit down and write it yet, sorry). So, I thought I would do a quick update in the life of our new church. There is so much to tell.
We now have 34 adults, and double that many kids, committed to the core group of Covenant Community Church (OK, not really that many kids, it just seems like it sometimes). That may not seem like a lot, but for us who have been here from the beginning, it is an astounding number. Never could I have pictured this group when we were meeting for the first time in Daniel and Joy’s living room, just over 6 months ago now.
At that first meeting, there were 7 adults – to think that we’ve over quadrupled in size in a few short months is crazy! As a result of the growth, a couple of weeks ago, we multiplied from one large core group meeting on Wednesday night to three community groups meeting at different nights and different locations throughout Pearland. A couple of the groups are already “at capacity” and could be multiplying again soon. It is amazing to see how God is growing our church!
God has also provided a location for us to meet on Sundays – we are renting space on the west side of Pearland in a dance studio, that’s right, a dance studio. It is ideal for our small body right now, providing a few smaller rooms for children’s ministry and one large room for our corporate gathering. In addition, after a few months of preview services, informational meetings, trainings and the like, we are launching our first public service on Valentine’s Day! It is astonishing that it’s already almost here!
More than the numbers and locations, I am excited about the growth that is happening in and among the relationships that are being built. God has been so kind to knit our hearts together with those in our new church family quickly and tightly. Through the power of the gospel, we have swiftly developed a genuine affection for one another. We have seen people jump right in to serve one another, practice hospitality, love on each other’s kids, give and share what they have been given, and just generally be the church as God has called us to be. It is incredible.
As I think back to all that has happened, it is so clear to me that God’s hand has been and continues to be at work every step of the way. When I see who has come to be a part of Covenant, from where and by what ways people have made their way to our church, there is no explanation except that God has done it. God is building His church- it really has nothing to do with us. We are so grateful to simply be a tiny part of the work God is doing.