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Reflecting on Church Camp

Jun 19, 2012   //   by Stephen   //   Life Kids, Life Students, Videos  //  No Comments

We just finished up 2 1/2 weeks of church camps at Alabama Christian Service Camp, and we are now getting ready for the rest of our summer activities. This is a good time to reflect on how things went at camp this year.

THE GOOD

Lifebridge sent about 25 kids to the 3 camps combined, which was a good turnout this year. We took some visitors and some old friends who had moved out of town. All the kids had a great time, and really seemed to come home more focused on following Jesus. The adults who came as chaperones all had great attitudes, and the “New Life” team from Florida Christian College was AMAZING. Everyone worked hard to make camp a great experience for all.

THE BAD

A number of things broke or had problems at camp. The Air Conditioner was totally out the very first day of First Chance Camp. The pool pump had a few issues. The water pump that sent water from the well to the building went out in the middle of Junior Camp. One of our adult chaperones had a broken windshield and transmission problems while driving home from First Chance camp. Our camp cook was not able to return for Senior Camp because she broke her fingers and nose the day before Senior Camp. We had 2 more counselors that had to leave in the middle of Senior Camp because one of them was sick.

THE UGLY

There were some issues getting our dumpster picked up, so we had a nice pile of smelly trash in the camp parking lot when camp ended. Also, when the water pump broke at Junior Camp, no one could shower for the last 36 hours. The water pump liked to go out right when we were in the middle of the slip-n-slide, and everyone was covered in mud.

GOD AT WORK

We had to make many adjustments on the fly at camp this year, and there were definitely some setbacks that made things more difficult. It would be easy to look at all the things that went wrong and say that camp was a failure or camp was more trouble than it was worth, but anytime that kids come together and loudly proclaim that they want to live their lives for Jesus, I count that a successful experience. Anytime that young lives are changed for the better, and kids and teens go home better equipped and more excited to put God first in their lives, it is worth all the obstacles that we had to overcome. God was at work through the troubles, and God was at work helping us to overcome everything that tried to get in the way of a great camp experience.

Parents, ask your children what they learned at camp, and encourage them to not let their spiritual growth be a momentary mountain-top experience.

Here is a video of the Life Students at Senior Week Camp 2012:

Here is a video playlist of videos that were shown throughout the week at Senior Camp 2012:

1st Baptism at Lifebridge

Mar 28, 2012   //   by Stephen   //   Blog, Church News, Discipleship, Life Students  //  No Comments


On Sunday, March 25, 2012 we celebrated our 1st baptism at Lifebridge Christian Church. Rejoice that Gabe, one of our 6th grade guys, has chosen to pursue a life following Jesus!

We look forward to many more baptisms to follow, and we especially hope to help Gabe and all new Christians to become true disciples of Jesus Christ.

Upcoming Easter Events

Mar 23, 2012   //   by Stephen   //   Blog, Church News, Fellowship, Life Kids, Little Lifers, Outreach, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments

Here at Lifebridge Christian Church, we have several different things going on to celebrate Easter this year on Sunday, April 8.

Holy Thursday Seder Meal @ 6:30 pm RSVP on Facebook

This is a 1st for all of us, but it should be both an educational and eye-opening experience. On Holy Thursday, Jesus had his Last Supper  with his disciples, and we remember this meal every week during communion. This Holy Thursday, we will have a more traditional passover meal for everyone to sample, and we will sing songs to help us remember and thank God for the sacrifice that Jesus would make the next day after this Last Supper.

Easter Morning Pot-Luck Breakfast RSVP on Facebook

All members of Lifebridge are invited to this pot-luck meal at 8:30. Sign-up at church to bring your favorite breakfast items.

Easter Worship Celebration RSVP on Facebook

Worship begins at 9:30 instead of 10:30 this week. Join us for our special Easter Sunday Worship Celebration as we will remember and rejoice for the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This should be one of our biggest Sundays of the year, so make sure you invite your friends and family who need a place to worship this Easter.

Life Kids Worship – Easter Edition

We will have Life Kids Worship on Easter morning at 9:30. All kids in elementary school are invited to this fun time of worship.

Easter Egg Hunt RSVP on Facebook

Every child is invited to participate in our Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00 am. This is a big outreach event, and we hope everyone in the neighborhood shows up! So tell people and invite friends! Find the golden eggs and win prizes!

1 Month In

We have made it through our first month as Lifebridge Christian Church. Here are a few of the highlights so far:

Looking back over the first few weeks, we have been quite busy, and this is only the beginning of what we believe will be a great 1st year at Lifebridge Christian Church. We all look forward to all the blessings and victories that God brings our congregation in 2012. See our Upcoming Events page to see the many things we have planned.

Pray for Our Sick

Feb 15, 2012   //   by Stephen   //   Blog, Church News, Prayer Needs  //  No Comments

We have had a big chunk of our church sick over the last week, ranging from babies to adults. Lifebridge members have been suffering from ear infections, strep throat, RSV, flu, cancer, broken bones, kidney disease, low iron, viral bronchitis, and any number of other illnesses lately.

Please keep all of the sick people at Lifebridge in your prayers. We hope to see everyone back to good health and back to church soon!

Anyone who is sick or has any other prayer needs, please tell your Life Group leaders or contact our staff. We want to keep you in our prayers because prayer is powerful and effective.

Legally Lifebridge

Feb 8, 2012   //   by Stephen   //   Blog, Church News, Fellowship, Office News, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments

We found out from the lawyer yesterday that our paperwork has been filed with the state, and we are now 100% officially, legally Lifebridge Christian Church. We will celebrate the new start with our “Birthday Bash” after church on Sunday, February 26. This is an exciting time! God is really giving us a chance to be a part of something great here in Decatur.

Summer Calendar

Feb 2, 2012   //   by Stephen   //   Blog, Discipleship, Life Kids, Life Students, Little Lifers, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments

I am finishing up the summer calendar for the youth and children. We are trying to do some new things this year, so the schedule will look a little different. We have our regular Alabama Christian Service Camp schedule the first 2 weeks of June, VBS in June, and 2 other trips in July. I am just covering the major events in this post, but there will be other one day activities including the big 4th of July Party, local service projects, church cookouts with slip-n-slides, etc.

ALABAMA CHRISTIAN CAMPACSC on Facebook

(Price: $150/person)

  • First Chance Camp: Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3

  • Junior Camp: Sunday, June 3 – Friday, June 8

  • Senior Camp: Sunday, June 10 – Friday, June 15

This year will be a first for me, as I am going to be Dean of Senior Camp, along with Andy Ellingwood from Huntsville Christian. I have been a counselor the last 2 years, so this is much more responsibility. Aaron Warnick and John Lancaster are Deans for Junior Camp.

WILDERNESS WEEK (Price: See Stephen)

The last 2 years I have taken groups to Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee, and these trips have been awesome. Last year we all did the Gorge Hike, which was extremely challenging, but an outstanding accomplishment for everyone.

This year we are changing it up a bit. We are staying close to home, going to Bankhead National Forest, and the trip will include more of the intense level hikes. More importantly it will include even more of an outdoor worship experience than we had at Fall Creek Falls. We hope to bring in a worship leader friend of ours and really have great times of worship.

We are also opening this trip up to other kids from church camp, so it will be a bigger group. I am partnering with Sikes and John Lancaster to plan and lead this trip.

Our tentative schedule for this is to leave Sunday, July 22 and come home Thursday, July 26.

VBS (Price: Free)

This year, we have moved VBS from late July to early August. The dates are Sunday, August 5 – Thursday, August 9. The theme is Sky: Everything is Possible With God.

Lots of Work to Do

Jan 31, 2012   //   by Stephen   //   Blog, Office News  //  No Comments

As we try to get everything transitioned into a new church, it is evident how much work we have to do just to get things going the right way! We have been searching for a new logo, discussing things like mission statement and vision statement, getting temporary banners to cover up the Decatur Christian Church sign outside, thinking about permanent outdoor signs, and getting legal papers filed to make Lifebridge Christian Church official with the state. Plus the website has a long way to go, and there are plenty of small things that need to be changed. I spent a couple hours today just getting some kinks worked out with our new Lifebridge email accounts. It is amazing how much time all this stuff can take.

I look forward to getting all of these tasks out of the way so we can give our full energies to the real work of serving the community, building relationships and making disciples of Jesus. I know there will always be office and computer work, but right now it seems like it is really piling up. Pray for our church staff so that we do not get lost in the mix of all these tasks and forget why we are really here. I am eager to see God’s work really take off here at Lifebridge!

Lifebridge Begins Today

Jan 29, 2012   //   by Stephen   //   Blog, Church News, Discipleship, Life Groups  //  No Comments

Today, members of Decatur Christian Church voted to change its name to Lifebridge Christian Church, accept a newly revised set of Bylaws and Operations Manual, hire Michael Sikes as Senior Minister, retain current staff members Stephen Davis, Youth Minister and Sherry Yeager, Administrative Assistant, and for all current members of Decatur Christian Church and Hartselle Christian Church to become members of the newly formed Lifebridge Christian Church.

The vote was overwhelmingly positive, thus today marks the official beginning of Lifebridge Christian Church in Decatur, AL. We kicked things off with two of our Life Groups tonight, one at the Bennett house and one at the Davis house. There is a true sense of joy over this new beginning, and there is excitement about what the future holds for Lifebridge.

Everyone on our transition team has worked extremely hard over the past year, spending countless hours at dozens of meetings hashing out the new Bylaws and Operations Manual, shaping the leadership structure, and strategizing about how we can be a disciple-making community. These tasks were in one sense painfully slow and tedious, but in another sense, critical to get all of our leaders on the same page. We have had some rough moments and faced some tough decisions, but it has been clear that God was working on all of our hearts, teaching us patience, instilling us with compassion, and guiding us to a place of unity. Most importantly, God has taught all of us to trust Him on a deeper level.

This merger between two congregations could not have happened without a strong sense of unity between the leaders of both Decatur and Hartselle, and the results of today’s vote make all of the hard work well worth it. God has been moving in this place, and it is only the beginning of the true work God is going to do in both our local community and all over the globe via the ministries of Lifebridge Christian Church.

Today is a great win for God’s kingdom, and everyone at Lifebridge should be excited and ready to jump in and help bring many future wins for God in this world. We are embarking on this journey together, and only God knows where it will take us. As long as we are a church who seeks to serve others, a group of people who accept no glory or honor for the work that we do, but do all things to glorify our wonderful God, this will be a beautiful journey together.

Check out the story of how we got here.

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