At Neighborhood Church we have a unique gathering for all of our Micro-Churches three times a year.
Three weekends a year the entire church gathers to spend time together. We have fun, we worship God, we learn and serve together, we pray together, and you can usually find us eating quite a bit too. We call these gatherings Weekenders.
The Weekenders concept, while pretty unique to our church today, is something we saw God’s people doing through out history. The people of God held seven feasts for all sorts of celebrations and honoring moments for God each year. The stories of these events and their customs are described all through out the Bible. Three of those feasts are called pilgrimage feasts because no matter where you lived all of God’s people came together to spend time with one another and honor God.
At Neighborhood Church, we saw something powerful in this tradition that God established for His people and we decided to create this same habit and rhythm for ourselves.
So we gather three weekends a year, the last weekends in March, June, and September. They are anchors on our calendar. Our plan is to keep them on there each year and allow this ancient custom to become commonplace for us.
A Common Weekender Schedule (There are usually tweaks)
- Friday Evening – 7pm to 9pm – Fun, Social Gathering
- Saturday Morning – 9am to Noon – Learning Opportunities or Service Projects
- Sunday Morning – 9:30am to 11:30am – Potluck Brunch, Worship, Prayer, and Fellowship