6:45 pm • Vista Ridge Campus
Dinner at 6:00 pm • $5 Adults • $3 Kids
Starting in August of 2016, we launched our weekly Thursday night service at the Vista Ridge Campus. Though it’s technically on a weeknight, the Thursday night service is considered our “first service of the weekend.” It will has the same features as our Sunday services — worship, communion, and the same message as well. The service begins at 6:45 pm and, as an added bonus, will feature a meal beforehand starting at 6:00 pm. Kids programing is available for children up to 36 months.
Why have our “first service of the weekend” on Thursday nights? There is an emerging trend we’ve seen in our culture around us. According to some fairly solid research in the last couple of years among churches in metropolitan communities, regular guests and church members are attending church less frequently on a weekend-to-weekend basis. Some studies reveal that the average church member attends 1.7 weekends per month. As an interesting aside, several years ago we surveyed The Branch and found that among our members, the average was 2.3 weekends per month. There are a variety of factors that are affecting this trend — the proliferation of youth sports on Saturday and Sundays, the ever expanding weekend “work culture,” and the rising trend of people leaving town on the weekends for this, that, or the other.
It’s our hope that people who are traveling on the weekend, working on the weekend, or volunteering at church on the weekend would see this as a new possibility. We’re also thinking, though, about those we know who may not be personally engaged with the Lord at this time and tend to use the “I’ve got weekend plans” as a “defense shield.” Have we got good news for them!
It may not be possible for you to attend regularly on Thursday nights. At the very least, we hope you’ll keep this service in mind as an alternative for you to use in inviting people into the life of The Branch, or when you know you are going to be unable to attend on certain weekends throughout the year.
Gathering together on a weekly basis for worship, encouragement, teaching, and testimony makes a difference for the better in our lives. It’s our hope that the offering of a service during the week will open new doors for reaching people, while also making it possible for others who are not always able to come on the weekends to still experience a weekly worship gathering.