By Meredith Knight
Memorial Church of Christ is all about connecting—with the community and the community with Jesus Christ. Their motto, “Seeking and sharing God’s love, truth, and grace”, isn’t just branding. It’s the motivation behind everything they do.
“There’s a place here for everybody, from infant to senior citizens,” said Preaching Minister David Duncan. “We have a vibrant children’s ministry called Journeyland that goes far beyond Sunday and Wednesday night services. Although COVID-19 has put some things on hold, we’re still planning fun events like a corn maze and a pumpkin patch that aren’t just fun for kids, but also help moms connect with one another. We realize being a mom or dad can be a lonely time. We want it to be a beautiful time to develop deep friendships with other parents and grow closer to God together.”
Connecting with Children and Teens
As kids outgrow Journeyland they can advance to The Bridge program for that challenging period of 5th and 6th grade. Once in the youth group, teens from 7th grade to 12th grade can meet in small groups, really get to know other, and tackle this time of life together. As with the children’s ministry, this is also a spiritual support to parents as they and their teens navigate the rocky waters of adolescence.
“Each teen is encouraged to enter and deepen a discipleship relationship with Jesus Christ,” David said. “Youth meet on Wednesday evenings in intimate groups, by age and gender with two mentors, which allows them to let down walls and really connect with each other. Every youth event, activity, or Bible study is designed to produce one thing—cross-focused followers of Jesus Christ, fully devoted to loving God, maturing in the image of Christ, and sharing faith.”
Connecting with Adults
The church also has dynamic programs for singles and married couples. “One of God’s greatest desires for His children is that they grow up to maturity in Him,” David said. “Our desire is to help facilitate the maturation process by offering classes that will equip and train people of all ages to maximize their growth in Christ. We have a lot of fun doing it and develop lifelong bonds that make our time on Earth so much sweeter. One of the things we’re known for is our annual marriage retreat where 100 couples get away, strengthen their marriages, and form friendships with other couples. It’s very relaxed and fun. Our ministry to singles recently named themselves FOCAS, Fellowship of Christian Adult Singles. The group is really growing and just like with all of our groups, the idea is that people don’t have to do life alone but can connect with people with similar goals and directions in life and grow closer to Christ together.”
Connecting with Seniors
Lastly, the Young at Heart senior ministry is a vibrant group of senior church members who have fun taking day trips together to museums and plays, hosting luncheons, and engaging with speakers. “Many of their activities are on hold right now since this is such a vulnerable population, but they’re finding ways to stay connected with one another and looking forward to a time when they can fill up their calendar again,” David said.
Connecting through Outreach
Outreach is a big part of Memorial Church of Christ’s impact as well. Whether it’s their support of 25 missionaries in Africa, Russia, Greece, Israel, and throughout Latin America or their special bond with Fifth Ward Church of Christ, the Memorial family is always looking for ways to be God’s hands and feet here on Earth.
“We display flags in the back of the church from the countries where we have missionaries to remind us to pray for them and those they’ll encounter,” David said. “Our youth group has embarked on mission trips as far away as Haiti and as close as McAllen, Texas, conducting vacation Bible schools and planting churches. Our indoor playground is closed now because of COVID-19, but as soon as we can safely reopen it, it will again be available as a safe, friendly place for community kids to play with an attendant on hand.”
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Houston, Texas 77024