There’s something freeing about being at the park. The sun on your skin, the breeze in the air. Go to any park in the Nocatee community and you’ll likely find a group of moms enjoying the outdoors with their preschoolers. Beth Chin said it only made sense to start a ministry to reach out to those moms.
“My world was chaotic and confusing and constantly in transition. I came from a broken home. I was trying to figure out who I was as a person and what my life would look like down the road.” At the Florida Baptist Children’s Home Desiree found stability and able to thrive. Here’s her story…
“When God can give you a little glimpse into what’s going on in a kid’s heart, it’s amazing!” Seeing those glimpses is one of the things Dawn Parker enjoys the most about leading her LifeGroup. Dawn has been leading ChetsKids LifeGroups for 15 years. “I’ve found my niche and I haven’t felt any reason to give that up.”
We had an amazing week celebrating our risen Savior together this Easter! Check out the highlights.
What does it mean to take the Lord’s supper? It’s a symbolic act of obedience where Christians remember the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming. The bread is a symbol of His body and the juice represents His blood. Pastor Glenn explains the who and why of the Lord’s supper.
Mzamomhle is a township on the outskirts of Gonubie, part of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. There are approximately 45,000 people who live in the township of Mzamomhle. Last year nearly one fourth of those people (just under 10,000) were touched by the programs offered through Living Hope.
“At a young age God called me to him and I have carried this burden of needing to bring other people to Him since” said Megan Hulling. She knows we’re all called to do that, but she thinks God gave her a special yearning in her heart for it. “My life was changed dramatically through discipleship,” said Megan. She was longing for a way to invest in deeper relationships for the sake of the gospel. Disciple triads offered her that opportunity.
“God does not burn out. Let Him use me to add to His family” was the prayer of one woman after attending IF:Gathering 2018. Over 200 women from all of our campuses experienced a weekend of teaching, discipleship, conversations, and encouragement.
“The church is a whole, not separate, and was designed to be that way. We are the next generation and we can only have a revival if we work together.” This is what God revealed to one student who attended our Chets Students annual THRIVE Weekend. This year, 222 students and leaders from all four of our campuses came together for a weekend of fun, worship, and discipleship. Students connected with God, built relationships with each other, and were challenged to live together in Christ centered community.
God is at work all around the world and we get to be a part of it! Check out these updates from our current church planting partners.
We're excited to introduce you to Andrew Kistler. Our Hodges Campus church members voted to call Andrew to serve as our full-time Associate Minister to Students for the Hodges Campus in our services this week.
He had no idea what would come from the thank you note he wrote, all he knew was that he had to write it, and he knew exactly who he needed to write it to. During our ThankFULL series at Chets, we passed out thank you cards and challenged everyone to write out a thank you and give it to someone. A specific woman came to Mike Russell’s mind during that challenge.
Imagine visiting a place thinking you would be there for a day or two of vacation and then waking up one day having lived there for a year and a half. That’s what happened to Claudia, Pablo, Sofia, Mateo, and Alejandro. When Claudia and her family first came to Jacksonville from Venezuela in 2017, they had no intention of staying. But as Claudia said, “God had a different plan.”
We're excited to introduce you to Todd Kornahrens. Our Nocatee Campus church members voted to call Todd to serve as our full-time Minister to Elementary for the Nocatee Campus in our services yesterday morning. He will begin serving in this new role on January 2, 2019.
You never know who God is going to use or how he’ll do it. For the Weldon family, that someone was Pastor Glenn Reese. “It’s special because the same person who led me to the Lord and has had an impact on my whole life did the same thing for my kids,” said Cherie Weldon.
This past Sunday our Chets family celebrated our 20th anniversary together at the Florida Theatre. It was an amazing night celebrating with people from all four of our campuses in one location.
When Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle, the leadership at Chets immediately began searching for ways our church could help. We would pray, give, and go. But what was the best way to give support to those hurting from the devastation of the storm?
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re reflecting on our church’s values through the stories and experiences of our Chets family. In this post Mark Smith shares how we live beyond ourselves, showing people that they matter to God and to us.
“There was just devastation everywhere. It’s going to take years to get their lives back together” said Monte Confer of the destruction from hurricane Michael. Monte, along with Rodney Butler, Allan Abner, Dan Glesener, and Jimmy Knight drove to Panama City earlier this week to help with relief efforts. And the guys said the reality of what they saw was terrible.
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re reflecting on our church’s values through the stories and experiences of our Chets family. In this post Ned and Donna Hastings share about the joy of giving to help make our church all that it is today.