visit a house church
It can be an intimidating thing to meet with a group of strangers in someone else's home, but we're so excited that you're considering a visit to one of our house churches! Here's how you can get started.
Choose a house church
We have house churches that meet in different neighborhoods around the city, and at different times on Sundays. If you have friends who are already a part of Antioch, ask them which house church they go to! If possible, call the leaders ("shepherds") of that house church to let them know you'll be there (makes it easier to plan the meal).
When you arrive, you'll see an Antioch sign in the front yard, so you know you're in the right place!
What to expect:
Each of our house churches follows roughly the same schedule: we share a potluck meal together, we spend time in group prayer, we listen to a sermon, we discuss the scripture at hand, and we take the Lord's Supper. There is time spent getting to know each other, playing with kids in the yard, and trying to "bear one another's burdens". Some days we sing, some days we move outside to enjoy nice weather, some days we skip the study and just spend time in prayer.
We welcome people at any stage of faith: whether you're a longtime Christian, a new believer trying to grow, or skeptical of any sort of religion, you will be warmly welcomed. We encourage everyone to participate, but you will not be compelled, coerced, or forced into participating if you're not comfortable. For information on our philosophy of ministry, please see our Membership Covenant.
We love kids, and want to help them learn about Jesus from an early age! Kids are always welcome, and we have age-appropriate lessons and activities for them while their parents are praying, discussing, and learning. If your kids have special needs or dietary restrictions, please try to communicate that to the house church shepherds so they can plan accordingly.
visit "church together"
On the last Sunday of each month, we gather all the house churches together for the creatively named "Church Together"! These monthly services are vital to our health as a church, allowing friends to fellowship, even if they participate in different house churches.
We change our meeting place almost every month! Please check out the church calendar or contact Jon for details!
What to expect:
For "Church Together", we try to emphasize the joy of corporate worship. We spend time in group prayer, we sing and take the Lord's Supper, we have a sermon, we share snacks or desserts.
"Church Together" is a joyful experience - seeing our friends from the other house churches, after a period of absence, makes it feel like a family reunion! We love and welcome the informal environment, so don't be surprised when kids run in with questions, or the neighbors drop in mid-service. Bring a good sense of humor!
We love kids, and want to help them learn about Jesus from an early age! We have age-appropriate lessons and activities for them - and plenty of time for free play! Before the service starts, kids run and play all throughout our meeting place. When the service starts, kids and teachers are dismissed to their classes.