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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.

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.

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.


(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.

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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